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The deputy director of the Chinese People’s Congress, Liu Xueqin, today visited our Wudang Academy. In addition, Deputy Director Li Huiping for Culture and Tourism from Shiyan also came.
There are three main doctrines that help progress in the internal arts. We reach mastery when we train all three categories. The doctrines are structured and should prevent confusion in the Wudang martial arts or esoteric approaches which lead away from the main path.
I experienced that many westerns think different about Daoism or have a different idea of what Daoism should be. Here I want to address some of the common misunderstandings westerners mostly have about Daoism.
Chapter 56 follows the principles of equality. We asked Master Yuan Xiu Gang about the deeper meaning.
“The valley spirit does not die, it is called the invisible mother.”
“The gate of the invisible mother is the root of heaven and earth.”
“Formless but appears to exist, use it and it never depletes.”
Traditional schools build character and improve the individual. It is the tradition which keeps everybody oriented and on the right path.
We held the interview completely in Chinese and then constructed a translation with our translator who is a native speaker and Coach in our academy and follower of the Daoist doctrines for many years.
Many people over confuse this topic but the Dao should be simplified to make its deep principles reality. From simple things, many things can come. Looking at yourself and improve gradually without any magical tricks and following the simple way of the master will help you to achieve your goal.
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The Beginning We started our journey at Vienna airport, from there we were flying to Dubai and had to wait 4 hours to get our next flight to Beijing. Both flights were tiring due to the lack of sleep but the time went over really fast. As we arrived at 11 pm in Beijing, we slept 3 hours in the Three Legged Frog Hostel, from there we transferred to the next train… Read More
Tomorrow we start our journey to Wudangshan, and we decided to start a Journi blog. For all who don’t know what Journi is: Journi is your travel journal and blog. It’s the easiest way to capture, share and relive your travel adventures. Discover other amazing Journis and get inspiration for your next trip. It works offline and is completely free. Journi is the fastest way for us to document our travel without much hassle…. Read More
Connecting With The Tao Stillness is the root of the Tao. Meditation is the key practice for internal transformation. In stillness, we allow the regeneration of the Jing, Qi and Shen – essence, energy and spirit. In meditation, we bring the mind into single threaded thought and allow the natural process of internal cultivation to progress. In seated meditation we cage the monkey and tie up the wild horses, bringing both body and mind… Read More
“Human beings follow the pattern of Earth; Earth follows the pattern of Heaven; the Dao patterns heaven; Dao follows Nature.” Survival is the most fundamental need of human beings. The question of how to improve the quality of life, improve health and prolong life has been of central interest to us throughout time. Achieving good health has been a central part of the culture of Daoism. With its long history and development,… Read More
Grasping the essence of internal martial arts is something that may happen along the way of endless physical and mental concentration practice. Today I want to bring the principles of internal martial arts closer to practitioners. There are not many martial arts schools (even in China) which are knowledgeable in this topic. The Fundamentals Everyone may practice internal martial arts, but one must understand that it is also a way of living…. Read More
Concepts Taiji is an ancient Chinese system of exercise for people of all ages that can prevent and cure disease. It promotes health and is also an effective form of self-defense. The circular movements of Taiji are non-strenuous, soft and flowing. It is often described as “moving meditation” because it relieves stress and improves concentration. The slow turning motions loosen the joints and spine and relax points of tension in the body. Taiji trains the mind to direct the… Read More
Taiji is an internal training method that was created by the great Daoist priest and immortal, Zhang San Feng at Wudang Mountain. When people discuss Taiji, they are referring to Taijiquan or the forms practice involved in Taiji. However, in Wudang, Taijiquan is considered a part of the greater ‘Taiji System.’ The Taiji System is composed of 3 parts: Wuji, Taiji, and Liangyi. Each of these three parts contains their practices, purposes, and methods of training. Although the Taiji System is separated into three parts, they… Read More
Influenced by Daoist religion and philosophy, ancient Chinese people invented many methods for cultivating essential nature and eternal life for longevity and immortality: Dao Yin; Tu Na; sitting meditation; observing the inner body and the mind; five animal play; and, many ceremonial forms of Daoist rituals. These all contributed to the origins of Taiji. About 700 years ago, Zhang Sanfeng came to Wu Dang to cultivate his internal energy to achieve immortality. When he observed a snake fighting with a sparrow, he had a… Read More
Ji Ben Quan 基本拳 is the first basic fist set for long term students in Wudang. Ji Ben Quan promotes balance and position strength that is required for any other Wudang forms. All important basic postures are included (Mabu, Gombu, Pubu, Xiebu, Xübu,). In Wudang Ji Ben Quan one first learns relaxation and to be ready fast and explosive at the right time. Living right now in this moment is all that matters…...
Wudang martial arts on Wudang Mountain today are a compilation of remnant bits and pieces from around China. One of the boxing methods considered pure and representative of the Wudang System is known as Taiyi Wuxingquan. Taiyi Wuxing Quan Taiyi Wuxing Quan (太乙五行拳) or in its full name “Wudang Taiyi Qin Pu 23 Postures” (武当太乙擒扑二十三势) or Liangyi Quan (两仪拳), this set of Wudang Practice was practiced and popularized by Aisin Gioro Pu… Read More
When we see the swallows fly over our houses, we instinctively find a little more freedom in our heart. They glide with such elegance in the air and dance with their partners high up in the sky. It is a sign, of having a sincere heart when such good things visualize before our eyes. We are the sender and receiver of what we sow. We live for the modality of such transcendence; it… Read More
Fu Hu Quan (Taming the Tiger) is an older form which does not originate directly from Wudang. “Taming the Tiger” is a form taught between Daoists to protect themselves from robbers, the form uniquely developed itself over the centuries. Fu Hu Quan was only taught verbally, like most traditional forms between Daoists. Therefore no list of the movement set was ever written. The reason for this is the personal development, the structure… Read More