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The foreigner class is specifically designed for people from other countries who come for a short-term or long-term stay. The classes are easier than the Chinese traditional class but they are more optimized to get an understanding of the Wudang martial arts and consider the fact that most foreigners are older than the 13y old students at the Chinese traditional class.
After the great flooding of Xiaoyao Valley, also known as Monkey Valley, a lot of pathways and bridges were destroyed and till today not restored. The bus station in the valley is fine, but if you want to walk the path up to the golden top, the valley may conceal some dangers which are important for tourists to know.
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.
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Training was as usual, and we learned many new things. Chen Shiyu showed us his Xianmenjian which we will record on Friday. At the evening he wrote beautiful calligraphy for us.
Most of our group finished learned their forms and continued with the traditional class training. The weather was rainy in the morning and quite cold for the rest of the day, giving us time to focus on our techniques.
We went after training to town to get a new haircut. Today we could not make so many photos we were busy doing daily chores and keeping up with the training. In the evening all were very tired.
Today our oldest Gongfu brother was busy teaching the young traditional class, split and basic exercises were mainly focused. We did a lot of Taiji form training and split practice and had a lot of fun with our younger Gongfu brothers.
During our free day, we decided to visit the Purple Cloud Temple and eat vegan Daoist food. Afterward, we made some nice pictures at the temple. At the evening we invited our older Gongfu brothers at the Jianguo Hotel.
After our training sessions today we went to a Karaoke bar and had some fun with our Gongfu brothers. Yuan Xiu Gang also came and sang with us!
Shifu started a group Taiji 13 class today; we recorded the first of it on video, the second Taiji class was in the afternoon. During our practice, we had live Guqin music from Chen Shiyus Guqin teacher and Chen Shiyu himself. Funny fact: I caught Shifu explaining a Taiji movement to a student by pointing in his book at a picture of himself.
We had a beautiful day at school with lot’s of practice, right now we are halfway through with our forms. We also filmed Long Hua Quan from Master Chen Shiyu in the morning, and in the evening we recorded a Gongfu Cha Ceremony with English translation from our Gongfu brother Yuan Kai.
Master Chen Shiyu explained today the Wuji and Yin Yang relation and the essence of Wudang Taiji. We documented it on video, but we still lack a proper translator. Afterward, we went to town and had some thing to do at the tailor. We ordered swords at the swordsmith but still don’t know the prices; we will properly learn more in the following week. We also made a very nice video of… Read More
Today we learned more movements; some still felt a little tired since the weather became very hot again. Our older Gongfu brothers are like a family and gave us very detailed instructions. I felt that the coach for Baguazhang has a different style with his movements and so we learned that he is a student from Grandmaster Zhong Yunlong. He promised to give us a Xuan Wu Quan performance before we travel… Read More
Today the climate is way cooler than yesterday, and so we recovered from the heat. We made some pictures from the training with our older Gongfu brothers. In the middle of the day suddenly a thunderstorm came and we had to stay in the training hall.
Today is a free day, means no Gongfu training. Some went up to the mountains while some went to town. Our group is still not accustomed to the heat, and some underestimated the long term effects. That is why this day is lacking pictures. But we had a beautiful day still, and Chen Shiyu played the flute (Xiao) for us. Afterward, we had to sing our Austrian folk songs for Chen Shiyu… Read More