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We found many new friends and a lot of new impressions. I want to share a few pictures of our most important moments
The standard stretching routines in the traditional Wudang schools demand high flexibility to improve ones internal power. Being flexible puts less strain on the body and relaxation becomes more efficient. This will prevent injury and establishes freedom in the mind. Freeing oneself from physical and mental blockades to prevent stagnation of energy.
Between all of the politics and competitions, deep in the valleys of the Wudang mountains is the last refuge. The purpose is to live in the mountains and practice the internal arts. Deep in the Yiren valley is a circle of seekers and believers of the truth.
Baguazhang is derived from the philosophy of I Ching. Practitioners move in eight directions represented by eight trigrams: Qian, Kan, Gen, Zhen, Xun, Li, Kun and Dui. Practitioners should keep walking in circles with swinging and hooking steps, and strike with different palm positions.
The swordsmanship is one of the features of the Wudang school,” says Chen Shiyu, inheritor of the Taoist kung fu in Wudang style. “The sword is considered as ‘king of weapons’. It has a sense of elegance.
The vast mountain range of Wudang has been since a long time a place for inspiration and Daoist beliefs. Those who work on improving oneself find a deep bond with the spirits in this area. This post is all about my impressions when I visited the Wudang Mountain area. If you like a picture you can click on it for purchasing a license, nice prints for your wall or a postcard for your friends!
Every Wednesday is a performance day at Yuan Xiu Gang’s school, the performances were going till 11am and the rest of the day is basically free. So that is a nice opportunity to go to the city and check things out! (click on the images to buy a license, print or postcard!)
The suburban district of Wudangshan is within the town Shiyan. In the past, it consisted of bumpy roads and walking paths. The shopping street used to be a crowded marketplace for the locals, now it is closed for vendors and became a western-style shopping street with official restaurants and stores.
Master Yuan Xiu Gang (Daoist Name: Shi Mao) is a disciple of the 15th generation of Wudang San Feng Pai and the direct Master of Michael Weichhard (Master Ziji). You can find more information about Master Yuan Xiu Gang on his website here!
After a long and enduring flight, we finally arrived at the Beijing airport. From there on we decided to go by Airport Express to the subway system of China.
Our Wudang Academy website is dedicated to the Wudang arts and the continuity of the traditions. Always carry the Wudang teachings in your heart. If this is your first time here make sure to read the links in the top header navigation to understand more of what this website is about.
We, the Wudang Academy, welcome everyone in the New Year 2019 and would like to share some of the things that are happening here this year.
Tai Ji, often falsely written “Tai Chi,” is a practice of self-awareness in the physical and emotional realms. The applied techniques and methods go back to the archaic movements of combat. To work on ourselves, we go into our own fight. We want to be free from the anchor of expectations in order to develop ourselves. Learning to understand ourselves and our experiences mean breaking away from the things that happen to… Read More
In contrast to the heavenly beings of Taoism, man, who lives according to his nature, is forever bound to the sequences, the ups, and downs, of this nature. This path is characterized by the tolerance of the inevitable, it is the path that shows us our purpose: to be in harmony with ourselves.
Since Wudang is a way to live a quality life, combat is a part of its doctrines, yet one must have the basic abilities to be functional in combat. This is why the basic training is much more important especially in the beginning of the Wudang training.
Postures like Xie Bu and Ma Bu are very important to keep Fu Hu Quan controlled and quiet. Beginners who rush their training cannot keep the same height and wiggle their knees. Anyone who can finally relax in the postures also manages to incorporate the explosive power of relaxation in the attacks.
Whoever puts the effort out of his situation and gives up his comfort, focuses his perception step by step back to the source of all conflicts. Stress, relaxation, and actions that are directly related to our environment occur unconsciously and uncontrollably. Recognizing the origin through experience gives us the true solution of the great whole – the path of harmony.
Wudang is world famous for his masterly sword art. The calm and serenity needed to control energy and power is an important hallmark of Wudang Sword Art and a result of years of intense training.
I get often asked about good books regarding Wudangshan, Taiji, Qi Gong and Gongfu. This is a post where I will introduce some good stuff for you to support your internal studies! The Immortal Path: The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan No Martial Art has been so misunderstood than Tai Chi Chuan and it’s relationship with the Tao. In The Immortal Path: The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan we explore the Tao… Read More
Wudang Baguazhang consists of eight sequences of movements that are circular in both directions. The translation of the individual forms can be found here!
Relaxation must be learned because our everyday life consists of exhausting activities and we were conditioned to maximize performance. The consequences are burnout and many other health problems. But this is the content that you read on many other websites of Tai Chi schools as well because it is the absolute mainstream that is perceived by consumerism.
If you can relax well, you have the power to bring the body to a maximum, so that the body appears superhumanly strong and fast. It is the art of how Daoists can overwhelm stronger enemies and redirect energies. A high degree of self-control is required and the training in Tai Yi needs a clear mind, determination and a lot of patience to learn from the failed attempts. Once the force comes through the definition in the interior is important to optimize the body targeted.
Rhythm plays an important role in Sanda: if you train the rhythm, you can apply hits and combinations faster, while at the same time you become aware of the opponent’s rhythm. In the Sanda training, you learn how to overwhelm your opponent, the attacks come from as many sides as possible at the same time, a spontaneous change of direction is possible at any time. The traditional Sanda steps are designed so that the opponent can be moved or dodged in any direction.