Xinyi liuhe quan was developed in Henan Province among the Hui people. It is considered one of the most powerful and fighting-oriented styles of Chinese martial arts, and for a long time it has been known for its effectiveness in fighting, while very few actually knew the practice methods of the style.
Although practiced and preserved by the Chinese Muslim community in Henan, the style is recognized to be originated by Ji Longfeng of Shanxi province. The Shanxi transmission of this art is carried by the Dai family and transmitted to Li Luoneng, who modified the style more or less into the modern Xingyi practiced widely in Shanxi and Hebei. Since the Dai style Xinyi contains practice originated from the Dai family, the transmission within the Muslim community is considered the most conserved lineage.
Xinyi liuhe quan's practice methods are not numerous compared to other styles, and include ten big shapes (Chinese: 十大形), four seizes (Chinese: 四把), single seize (Chinese: 單把), and so on. The style favors close-range tactics, such as shoulder strikes.