Introduction to Wudang Gong Fu

Wudang Kung Fu is a full system of hard work to achieve health cultivation, body control, discipline, and self-defense. The meaning of Kung Fu itself describes the hard road in everything to achieve mastery. Wudang has a Taoist background with its life philosophy and wisdom. The way of a Wudang Taoist is to strive for the path to be closer to the Tao. The Tao is one with nature, and we are one with nature. As we came from nature, one day we have to return to our origin. The way of life can be fulfilling when people are close to nature and therefore closer to the Tao. Wudang Kung Fu is the way to extend this road of life with a long lasting experience and many achievements of wisdom. This way we can find the values and treasures of nature and inspire more people to find new meaning and the destined nature of life.

Wudang Kung Fu can be divided into more specific categories:

Nei Gong means “inner work” and is the tranquility and focusing of the mind and its link with the body. At first, it promotes their emotional understanding and later the knowledge of the whole body. Nei Gong is an internal art to build the life force and to recognize own problems and understand their healing solution. Nei Gong is an essential integral part in all other Wudang disciplines.

Qi Gong, the “Qi” symbol is translated as “breath or force” and takes place in the Chinese language in the use of a vehicle. Like the car, we need fuel – Qi Gong is an invigorating breathing exercise. Qi Gong promotes blood circulation, strengthens the resistance and defenses by the stretching of muscles, internal organs and joints with concentrated breathing and tension. Qi Gong accelerates physical healing and is especially useful in the morning.

Tai Chi is the practice of inner harmony through movement and emotional expression. This practice refers to the interaction and coordination with body and spirit at all levels. It is highly recommended to have knowledge in Wuji Meditation (Neigong). From the Wuji (the void) a direct connection between the mind and body is created, which will be implemented in subsequent exercises. The physical condition is just as important as the mental and emotional. By Wuji and the harmonized doing the Tai Chi arises. Wudang Tai Chi can be applied widely, it soothes and can solve mental problems, but also stimulate the body to heal and mobilize.

Liang Yi, Yin, and Yang are a two-way connection with the neutral Tao, because from a response the opposite, the second answer is automatically created and from this also the neutral state of both is existent. Yin and Yang, therefore, forms three parts, which creates the Bagua symbol. The Bagua doctrine deals with these three states, which are the laws of nature in interaction and incurring of 8 possible opposites. Liang Yi employs this through applied exercises to understand the contradictions with the two sides of Yin and Yang. For us to be able to comprehend the value of relaxation the tension must be known. This way it is with everything in life and Liang Yi Quan binds this principle in physical exercises. Then in addition to physical benefits, the contrast of Yin and Yang reflects our inner values, such as the mind, spirit, and emotions. Since the physical is opposed to the mental, the two sides of yin and yang (Liang Yi) are connected and thus open up new perspectives to further understanding. Liang Yi significantly promotes the understanding of health cultivation and internal martial arts.

The Taoist physical training model is based on the mobility of a child. With the Wudang training, you can regain your “child’s condition”, to feel more active and healthier. The training has not only external but also internal effect: The organs are stronger and have better blood circulation, to become less sick and get a new access and awareness of the own body.

Wudang Kung Fu is first of all a martial art, but also includes a study of our body, and is applicable as preventive healing art. Wudang Kung Fu contains much more content, like Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Baji, Xuanzhen, Xuanmen, Longhua, Fuhu and Baxian.

Category: Martial Arts

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