The path of the San Feng line begins with intense physical training. During this training, you learn to unite calmness and strength to develop Qi. The application of internal martial arts takes place through a natural learning process. Getting closer to the Dao means to think mentally unbiased, like a child’s condition, to be free from prejudices and inner conflicts. The body becomes supple and elastic, the most important requirement for an impressionable mind.
In principle, anyone who has the intention to learn the San Feng line must be clear that it is not an easy task to do! Discipline and the willingness to follow strict guidelines are conditional.
For some, the intellectual and physical demands that the academy places on its students can hardly be met – these basic requirements of the Wudang Academy are based on traditional standards.
What is expected of a Wudang Academy student?
- Willingness to redefine and rearrange his “inner” being
- Willingness to self-reflection and self-criticism
- Willingness to abandon egoism and egocentrism\
- Extraordinary endurance and tenacity
- Exceptional physical co-ordination
- Above-average performance and concentration
All this is taught to the student in very intensive and often strenuous teaching units. We follow strictly the original ideals of the Chinese doctrine in the academy. For this reason, “westernization” has no place in the sense of relief in the classroom. For all students, the road to the Dao is not easy – but when the goal is set, the practitioner is an entirely different person who has no fear of any challenges ahead!
Form training is an important tool for getting there. By so-called routine movements (forms) one learns to identify with the self and the matter. Each form addresses a different topic and deals with various levels.
The full list of San Feng forms (ordered by difficulty):
Suitable entry forms:
- 基本拳 Ji Ben Quan (Kung Fu Basic)
- 五形氣功 Wu Xing Qi Gong (Five Animals Qi Gong)
- 八段錦氣功 Ba Duan Jin Qi Gong (Eight Brocades Qi Gong)
- 玄功拳一路 Xuan Gong Quan Yi Lu (Part 1)
Additional important basic forms:
- 玄功拳二路 Xuan Gong Quan Er Lu (Part 2)
- 玄功拳三路 Xuan Gong Quan San Lu (Part 3)
- 伏虎拳 Fu Hu Quan (Taming the Tiger)
- 太極二十八式 Taiji 28 steps
- 形意拳 Xing Yi Quan
- 太和拳 Tai He Quan
- 太極十三式 Tai Ji 13 steps
- 太極四十八式 Tai Ji 48 steps
- 玄真拳 Xuan Zhen Quan
- 玄功刀 Xuan Gong Dao (Saber)
- 太極乾坤扇 Tai Ji Qian Kun San (Fan)
- 龍華劍 Long Hua Jian (Sword)
- 龍華拳 Long Hua Quan
- 玄門劍 Xuan Men Jian (Sword)
- 八極拳 Ba Ji Quan
- 八仙棍一路 Ba Xian Gun Yi Lu (Part 1)
- 太和棍 Tai He Gun (Staff)
- 太乙拂塵 Tai Yi Fuchen (Dust whiskers)
- 春秋大刀 Chung Qiu Da Dao (Pudao)
- 方便鏟 Fang Bian Chan (Shovel)
- 釘耙 Ding Pa (Rake)
- 子午槍 Zhi Wu Qiang (Spear)
Very advanced forms:
- 玄武拳 Xuan Wu Quan (Liang Yi Quan)
- 太乙五行拳 Tai Yi Wu Xing Quan (Five Elements)
- 八卦掌 Ba Gua Zhang
- 八卦刀 Ba Gua Dao (Giant saber)
- 八仙棍二路 Ba Xian Gun Er Lu (Part 2)
- 八仙劍 Ba Xian Jian (Sword)
- 三丰太極劍 San Feng Tai Ji Jian (Sword)
- 太極一百零八式 Tai Ji 108 steps
This list is complete with all traditional San Feng forms up to the 14th generation; other forms are fictitious and neither listed nor supported by our academy.
Dao De Jing: The guide of Lao Zi is the most important text responsible for the emergence of philosophical Daoism. These teachings describe the principles of the Dao and explain ourselves and our interactions with nature. In our academy, we teach the functional relationship with the Daoist teachings of Lao Zi, the connection with Taiji, and at the highest level, the Dao.
Daoist Medicine: The body and mental processes with which we are concerned have formed a complete medical understanding thousands of years ago, according to which the TCM also developed later. Understanding your own resources is necessary for increased training progress and efficient health cultivation through your own preventive measures.