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.