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  • The Foreigner Classes at Yuan Xiu Gang’s School

    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. 

  • The Current Dangers of Monkey Valley

    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.

  • Wudang Friends – Pictures

    We found many new friends and a lot of new impressions. I want to share a few pictures of our most important moments

  • Wudang Martial Arts – Flexible Body and Mind

    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.

  • The Hidden Heart of Daoism in Wudangshan

    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.

  • Chinese Martial Arts: Baguazhang

    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 of Wudang Style

    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 Amazing Wudang Mountains

    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!

  • Impressions from the Wudang City

    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!)

  • Visiting the Wudang Mountains in 2019

    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.

Today we started our training, as some of us want to develop in a particular direction we all had different coaches. Before training we had a morning ceremony, reading the Daodejing. Chen Shiyu showed us a section of the Taiji 13 form during the training session. Our training consisted only of required basic movements; later our group will learn Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Taiji13, and Xuanmenjian. After training, we went to town and ordered… Read More

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…...

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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