Why is Wudang martial arts mistakenly perceived as non-fighting?

Why is Wudang martial arts mistakenly perceived as non-fighting?

The martial art of the Wudang Mountains is a tradition for all age groups and should accompany the young on their way and support the old in their life.

Even so, many people often think that the system should be changed.

Protect and preserve

Martial arts were developed to defeat enemies while protecting yourself and making the body so strong that other influences cannot harm it. There are different types of attack: bandits, swordsmen, accidents, disease, poisoning, infection, emotional crisis. Being in combat mode means being prepared for all things. That is why our school offers a comprehensive system to strengthen yourself. Now it may become clear why it is not wise to isolate individual elements from this system just because someone thinks the combat aspect is not important.

Physical fight and psychological fight

Every physical barrier is often an embodiment of a psychological problem, mostly fear or trauma. If you want to cultivate the mind, you must also be physically ready. The interaction between body and mind is an essential part. If you don’t want to fight, you first have to understand what fighting is. The struggle is only a problem if we see it as one. Resistance is an important element that can contribute to personal development.

All Sanfengpai students fight daily:

Tai Chi and Healing Arts

Tai Chi is just the embodiment of fighting with all elements of the internal martial art. It seems stupid to want to learn Tai Chi if you don’t understand how to fight. At least one should be interested in fighting if one is to make progress in health with Tai Chi. Practical healing arts are always associated with conflict and this is one of the reasons people experience deep emotional conflicts. Esoteric approaches teach you that everything can be in harmony. But how can this be possible when someone is unwilling to accept everything?

I hope this post has shown you the integral part of fighting in our lifestyle. One should not pick cherries when everything has been considered for its purpose.

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Wudang Grandmaster Combat Applications

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The Importance of Wudang Combat Applications

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.

Grandmaster Zhong Yunlong explains many principles of Wudang combat in this video, yet it is required to properly master the Ji Ben Gong training first.

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How to Enjoy Fighting

How to Enjoy Fighting

We, martial artists, enjoy fighting, of course, this what we have been doing all this time. We don’t always need someone to fight against; one can hone his skills alone with dedication. The essence of a fight, however, is that there is an opponent. It is crucial how students in martial arts enjoy their fights. Instead of letting aggression take over, the Wudang basic training is established in a traditional way to get rid of negative emotions.

Why Do We Fight?

Everyone has to find his reasons to fight. Wudang students, however, should in the first line always protect themselves. There is no other reason to hone martial arts skills to mastery if the will to practice does not come for the own good. Internal martial arts cannot be mastered for someone else; because the way to obtain mastery is to go over many mental and physical hurdles.

The Essence of Fighting

Is communication in a way that wouldn’t be otherwise possible – giving your opponent a question and see how he will answer it and vice versa. Fighting can also be a test of willpower and endurance, dedication and control. The essence of fighting is however never for oneself, but always for the opponent – in a fight, you work with the opponent not with yourself, so it doesn’t matter if you want to help or teach your opponent or if you want to defeat him. The opponent will always limit your training progress in relation to his skill level – real mastery is never obtained through fighting but through daily dedication in honing your skills.

Using the Wudang Technique

The fighting skills of our Sanfeng Wudang school are full of interceptions, controlling movements, counter attacks, and disabling techniques. Wudang students are trained to use all their power to a greater extent by coordinating every movement with the Dantian (energy center). Every superior power that may attack them can be nullified, or countered by learning the methods of Yin and Yang (Liang Yi). The Wudang methods are unconventional and hard to predict and go along the natural flow and intuition – controlled by subconscious body memory through dedicated training.

Enjoy Wudang Fighting

The way of Wudang might teach aggressive fighters a new way by inspiring them. We reform the fight with a balanced mindset and a good fighting spirit. In Wudang, we continually test our weaknesses and the control of relaxation and power (Yin and Yang) to overcome mental and physical boundaries when confronting someone. The tricky part for Wudang style is to not suppress the power from the opponent with your own; this would only lead to more aggression. As a master, I want to give my students the space to develop and find themselves in a combat situation – by giving them the opportunity to express themselves. Fighting is similar to Taiji and should naturally flow by giving and receiving. Wudang fighting is never hard on hard but is always countered by the opposite element.