Hello everyone, this is my first post outside of the introduction post. I've tried to come on here before and ask the same question, though previously signing up hasn't worked for me.
My reason for coming here is learning more about the Art that I was taught. I've done a lot of research on my own about this for many years now, though I haven't been able to find anything that I can document about the lineage online. I know that it is a different style of Xingyiquan, called "Wuji Style Xingyiquan". I also know that it is more esoteric then Xingyiquan that is taught most commonly today; the main focus being on obtaining Wuji. Through refinement of the 3 tressures to achieve one with the Tao, it also had more physical implications then this.
My Sifu explained to me that the mind is part of the Shen, that it IS the Shen. Your consciousness isn't part of your brain, the brain is only the seat for the consciousness, that the Shen is what holds your memories, your consciousness, etc. I was told that through specific practices, development, and self mastery you can obtain Wuji, which he explained is a level of mastery, what he termed to be the ultimate Gung Fu. I've tried researching and learning on my own more about this, more deeply, and the closest thing I have come to know is that the practice, I think it's spelt "Taiding" in Mandarin, is similar to the yogic practice of Samyama. My Sifu once explained something that sounds very much like Samyama. He said "you become like an opaque jewel. You are transparent, though you take on the form of anything you wish, knowing it truly".
To give you a background, I am 25, turning 26 this month. I have been learning this system sense I was 9 years old, up until the time I was 19 years old, nearly 20. This is when my Sifu passed away. The system has the 5 Elemental forms, the 12 Animal forms, some variation of the animal forms, some 2 person forms, 2 spear forms, 2 linking forms, and a couple more 2 person forms. Though the esoteric teachings of this seem to be very Taoist like in nature, which is why I thought this would be the best place to ask. I've seen his books, his own writings, and pictures of the lineage from in his own books. My sifu had no son of his own, and I was told that this was normally taught to the son, and it had been like this for a very long time. I was young when the lineage was explained to me, so I don't remember any of the names other then my Sifu. When he passed away, his sister had taken all of his possessions. I was suppose to receive the books, but I didn't end up getting them, she believed that they should stay inside of the family.
Alright, down to the questions.
1. Has anyone heard of this style?
2. If so, do you have any idea where it originated?
Thank you all for taking the time out of your day to read this, it means a lot to me. When I was young I wasn't as thankful as I should have been for what I was being taught, I thought I wasn't being taught something anyone could learn from just any martial arts studio. It took my years to recognize that I was being taught something special, though thankfully I have been gifted with a great memory.
Thanks again to again who takes the time to read this.