Michael Weichhardt – Daoist name: 魏懋资济 (Wei Mao Zi Ji)
Chief Coach of the Wudang Academy of Internal Arts and 16th generation San Feng Inheritor
Michael Weichhardt has been practicing martial arts since 1999, and later learned the internal arts of the San Feng Line in Wudangshan, under the precise training of Master Yuan Xiu Gang and Master Xiangwen Chen. Ascending under the care and direct line of Grandmaster Zhong Yun Long, Michael was the only foreigner (over the past 12 years) to study at the traditional class and graduate with exceptional results. He soon developed extraordinary abilities in internal martial arts as the master student of Xiangwen Chen.
With discipline and vigilance, Michael lives the San Feng arts for himself and follows the teachings of his masters. The tradition and the preservation of the authentic San Feng content are the most important to him. Today he sees the securing of the old San Feng line as an important life task and to pass down the San Feng cultural heritage to the West.
The handed over traditions from Michael Weichhardt have been recognized worldwide by physicians, physiotherapists, psychologists, and many other academic, professional groups. The primary focus is on self-discovery, development, life/personality training, concentration training through mental and physical self-study under Daoist life philosophy.
Michael Weichhardt learned martial arts since he was 13 years old. Up to his 17th Birthday, he frequently practiced Hap Ki Do and visited Grandmaster Lee Chang Soo in South Korea in Ansan (Hangyang University). He practiced mostly martial arts during this time, the parental situation was difficult, and his school grades average. Instead of learning for school, Michael Weichhardt was mainly concerned about learning more about martial arts, so he simultaneously studied at many martial art schools. The week has seven days, so he learned Hap Ki Do, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, Kyokushinkai Karate, and Payaksiam Muay Thai. Michael Weichhardt studied weapon training in the sword, fan, and Longstaff for three years during his free time. From 15 years onward, Michael Weichhardt always trained more than 4-6 hours every day. A few years later, after he visited South Korea, he traveled to Vietnam, Hanoi, to further improve his skills in the art of combat. In Hanoi, he was trained by an ex-military Vietcong Hero called Thang Phong in the art of Pencak Silat. Simultaneously, on days when Thang Phong had no time to train him, he went to a Vovinam Vietvodao school – the national Vietnam martial arts school. When Michael Weichhardt reached his 17th Birthday he understood that fighting against someone would only improve you as much as you need against your opponent. So he was sure to save money for his path of self-cultivation in the Wudang Mountains, where then he became a lineage holder as he is today representing the Wudang Sanfengpai.
Accumulated certifications and practical experiences:
- International Korean Hap Ki Do championship
- Working three years as Muay Thai coach
- Jiu-Jitsu championship Europe
- Trainer degree in Vovinam Vietvodao
- Master degree in Pencak Silat
- Austrian military training as a mountaineer
- Leading a martial arts boot camp for 6 years
- Giving martial arts boot camps in Austrian middle schools
- Learning full split in seven days in Wudang
- Learning 25 Wudang forms in a year – finished the rest in the second year
- Worked as an instructor in Chen Shiyu’s Wudang school
- Lineage holder degree of Wudang San Feng Pai
- Opened the first authentic Wudang school in Austria (Vienna)
- Created the largest international Wudang Youtube channel
Up to this time Master Ziji (Michael Weichhardt) puts all his effort into teaching beyond the boundaries of his country. He became the representative of the biggest international Wudang community on the internet. The primary goal is to ensure the quality of the Sanfengpai teachings.