In the Wudang martial arts, the fundamental understanding of a fight is very different. Lao Zi tells that an idiot can be highly regarded as a genius without luring too much trouble. The winner has everything to lose, and the winner always requires a loser. It is much better to get out of a fight unharmed than declaring a winner. Wudang martial artists are chosen by their personality, tolerating, and reasonable to achieve balance in the nature of men. If you only want to show off your strength then you already failed the first stage of Wudang martial arts training.
In a secluded village called Hui Long Guan (Returning Dragon Temple) Master Chen Shiyu is living the ancient Wudang traditions after the San Feng Pai lineage. Daoist music, calligraphy, chanting, Gong Fu, Tai Ji, Qi Gong is all part of his schedule. Preserving and living the culture is what you can learn here!
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There is no ultimate formula without meeting the master personally. But you should understand that the connection between master and student is not similar to what we are used to in the west. Because you pay money, it does not mean the master has to teach you. It is a bond of trust and dedication similar to that of a family. Instead of planning your trip to a specific Wudang school you should first travel to Wudang as a tourist and check out different locations. When you see videos and documentaries Wudang is shown from a perfect angle.
The Wudang martial arts have always been closed to outsiders and are now open to the public a few decades ago. The political situation was complicated, and without having too much politics here, it is now allowed to talk about Taoism, and the Wudang temples were reconstructed, even though half of them were burnt down and some are still ruined.
In this post, I want to tell you about my story of how I achieved a perfect split in just seven days. During my education in Wudang, I was required to do the split or my journey would have come to an abrupt end. Achieving a split is absolutely necessary for lineage holders in San Feng Pai. I was required to accomplish the split in three months! This post is telling a real story of how I achieved my split in seven days!
In reality, there are a few drops in the rain which can be perceived. They are enough to ground our soul. When interacting with the endlessly hard and the infinitely soft, we are greatly inspired by the elements. When you are ready to give, you must be prepared to observe under the veil which hides the true intentions of the people. The hidden nature within which clouds the way of the Dao, light the path and be inspired to change.
Confucius is known under his Latinized name, but his family name is Kong, and his given name is Qiu. Kong Qiu was a master of the six arts, the required education for commoners at this time. The six arts were rites, music, archery, charioteering, calligraphy and mathematics. Being a master of all the six arts make a real gentleman. Kong Qiu is a man of the people and therefore always a topic when it comes to education and politics. His methods are much inspired by the teachings of Laozi but on a more personal level. He always had the power to encourage people to understand the greater good and common interests.
Laozi describes two ways of the Dao, the way of humans and the way of nature. When both worlds harmonize we call it Ziran自然 (zìrán) because, in the end, and beginning, it is the same source. The way of the Dao for humans is called Wuwei 無爲 (wúwéi). Everything against our nature is against the Dao.
All energies will be created from Wuji (emptiness) in the moment of true nothingness there will also be Yin and Yang. Once the will of heaven is realized Taiji will emerge. What we realize as our truth will give power to Taiji.
Xuan Gong should not focus on beautiful movements but on the power transitions, it will determine the level of one’s Tai Chi and gives the Shifu a good idea of how good ones understanding of Wuji may be. Xuan Gong should look like it is always continuing, not finding a start and an end because the power smoothly crosses from one move through the other giving each individual movement meaning and importance.
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