Shaolinquan is the art of close combat and skillful arm techniques. Movements on the straight line (yixiang) combined with the rule of “eight intentions and six arts”. The “8 intentions” are: rising, lowering, attacking, retreating, throwing, bending, strength mustering, and release. The “6 arts” are: mastery, obedience, bravery, resolution, swiftness, unity. Three internal (heart and mind, mind and qi, qi and li – strength) and 3 external relations (hands and feet, elbows and knees, shoulders and hips).