The International Wudang Academy of Internal Arts gives everyone the opportunity to logically understand the San Feng cultural heritage in its applicability. From a healthy body and mind to individual self-development, the inner Wudang arts of our academy explain a universal understanding that everyone can continue to live and represent for themselves.
The content is based on three main categories:
- Internal martial arts are a long way of self-awareness through the continuous strengthening of mind and body. The inner struggle is preferred because the reason for a conflict always lies primarily with one itself. While the conflict is often understood as something contradictory, fighting is a contributing and productive process of self-development. This “inner struggle” deals the self with the state of being on a deep physical, mental and emotional level.
- Preventive curative arts from Wudang have Daoist roots and is today’s basis for traditional Chinese medicine. This ancient form of healing is a self-study and has a very practical focus that works and is appreciated in preventive medicine by many western physicians. For all patients who had medical care at the same time, everyone could improve their condition at all levels by adhering to a strict training plan. Utilizing individual exercises, body-specific processes are realized and understood. The willingness and readiness for change are fundamental to work consistently on our health.
- Applied philosophy is the main observation in San Feng Daoism. This understanding of our self and the construction of Yin and Yang gives us the inspiration and motivation to turn the thematic Wudang teaching into living art. This is the core to the principles of the universe according to old school explanations and is in our academy logically handed down and applicable.
The five disciplines of the San Feng line:
- 內功 Nei Gong is the discovery of the subconscious. Here the solutions of one’s own problems are found – by self-discovery to the origin. Nei Gong trains the feeling of the self and soothes the mind.
- 氣功 Qi Gong in Wudang has a very unique Daoist character and is the foundation of the internal martial arts. Qi Gong enhances vitality, improves the blood quality, and can quickly relieve pain, back pain, and joint pain. Even chronically ill people benefit from the proven Qi Gong exercises.
- 太極 Tai Ji combines mental concentration with coordinated body control and brings our entire self into consonance and harmony. In addition to the complete theory, it is also important in our academy to implement this. Whoever understands Tai Ji optimizes his natural way of life and benefits from an improved quality of life.
- 兩儀 Liang Yi, also called Tai Yi is a famous Wudang discipline that broadens the understanding of Tai Ji. Liang Yi is the direct force conversion which is controlled by Yin and Yang. Less is about harmony, but about a practice-oriented implementation of the Tai Ji principles.
- 功夫 Gong Fu is a personality-oriented discipline based on strengthening body and mind. In this way, we are emotionally grounded and form a suitable vessel for the application of the internal martial art. Without Gong Fu, there is alack of a strong mentality and discipline to work consistently.
The eight gates of the San Feng doctrine and their origin:
(The principles for the five disciplines are derived from these eight goals.)
- 太極門 Tài Jí Mén from the priests: Guo Gao Yi and Zhu Chengde.
- 形意門 Xíng Yì Mén from the northern Shàng Jì Lineage and southern Huáng Wàn Xiàng.
- 八卦門 Bā Guà Mén from the priest Liú Chéng Xǐ.
- 八極門 Bā jí Mén from the academic Zhāng Lóng style.
- 玄真門 Xuán Zhēn Mén from Master Kuāng Cháng Xiū in Láoshān.
- 八仙門 Bā Xiān Mén from Daoist Gānsù Chén Ye in Húnán.
- 六合門 Liù Hé Mén is an expansion of Xíng Yì Mén.
- 九宮門 Jiǔ Gōng Mén is an expansion of Bā Guà Mén.
Along with this comprehensive knowledge handed down over generations, the San Feng line forms a self-contained system of internal arts. The preservation of this cultural heritage is the responsibility of our academy.