I-Chuan Association of the USA




The way begot one,
And the one, two;
Then two begot three,
And three, all else.

- Lao Tzu


History of I-Chuan


I-Chuan is an offshoot of Hsing-Yi Chuan, which was founded by General Yeh Fei during the Sung Dynasty. According to legend, Kuo Yun Shen, a sixth generation master and the best Hsing-Yi fighter of his time, killed another martial artist in combat. He was sentenced to three years in jail. While incarcerated, he discovered the essence of I-Chuan. One of Kuo’s top students, Wang Xiang Zhai (probably the most famous I-Chuan Master in history), was a seventh-generation master who changed the name to I-Chuan (intention or idea from the heart). He later experimented with the movements and exchanged martial arts skills with other masters while traveling extensively throughout China.

After all his detailed studies, he refined I-Chuan and called it "Da Cheng Chuan," or “The Great Achievement Fist." Wang passed his art to Han Hsing Yuen.  Kuo Yun Shen had another student, Wang Gin Yin, Hsing Yi teacher of Kuo Lien Ying.

The great masters of I-Chuan include all the students of Wang Hsiang Zhai including professor Yu Pung Shi ; Jiao Tao Hsin; Yao Zong Xun; Han Xing Quao and Han Hsing-Yuen.


Kuo Yun Shen

Wang Xiang Zhai