The Three Pillars of Internal Wudang Martial Arts

The Three Pillars of Internal Wudang Martial Arts

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.

Posture – 步法 Bù Fǎ

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Ma Bu Posture

The position and physical orientation of the body is the key to efficient relaxation and muscle tension as well as to the control of gravity. The basic Gong Fu doctrines consist of the Ji Ben Gong – basic exercises as well as the basic positions. Emphasizing a strong posture is important as students begin Wudang martial arts.

Usually one should start with Ji Ben Quan practice to improve in the basic postures.

You can start Ji Ben Quan right now and learn with our free online class here!

Internal Movements – 身法 Shēn Fǎ

Once the posture is stable, the student can gain power in the movements by controlling internal motions rooted over the Dantian. It is required that one acquires good enough flexibility for the basic postures in Ji Ben Quan. The internal movements in Wudang require flexible joints, elastic tendons, and relaxation.

Internal movements are rooted in the posture and lead the intention in one direction.

Rhythm Control – 節奏 Jié Zòu

The coordination between yin and yang, strength and relaxation as well as the breathing determine the rhythm control. The rhythm control can be done in both a consistent and irregular pattern. Everything is depending on controlling the factors which lead to efficiency in the internal practice. The learning of rhythm control must be corrected and taught by a master and is in an online class incomprehensible.

Learning from an authentic master

Master Ziji is one of the only qualified masters that teach the full understanding of the internal Wudang martial arts. You can check his seminars over here!

The next seminar plan for the upcoming year will be published at the end of October.

Also, watch the video about the three pillars:

The Mystery of Wudang Xuan Gong Quan

The Mystery of Wudang Xuan Gong Quan

Wudang Xuan Gong Quan is an often misunderstood Gong Fu form! You can look up the several steps and translations in our forum here! First, we must understand a word which is primarily used between Daoists: 玄 (Xuan). Most Chinese people with no Daoist background will have trouble to accurately translate this symbol. However, we did our research, and we will explain step by step about it in this post!

Xuan translates in our language more as “mystery,” but this is meant in a practical understanding in Wudang. In our sense, it is intended to obtain power from natural movements and from the laws of nature itself. In the Daoist context, we obtain power from Heaven and Earth, Yin, and Yang.

How do we generate Yang from nothing? By letting nature take its course. Out of Wuji, the void, the emptiness, we find the power to direct for all purposes.

Energy Transformation

Transforming the energy from Yin to Yang and vice versa is an essential part of the Xuan Gong practice. The natural flow between heaven and earth will direct the movement. Letting yourself fall when earth demands it and giving your maximum power when heaven, Yang at its lightest allows it. From relaxation, we find ultimate power, and from the most powerful tension, we find the ultimate relaxation. This explains the snappy and explosive movements followed after relaxation. It is energy efficient, and our heart will stay at a slower rate, less power consuming and we can last much longer. The combat is ultimately at its maximum when tension becomes highest for a very short moment.

Wudang Xuan Gong Quan is Inspired by Nature

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Xuan Gong should not focus on beautiful movements but on the power transitions, it will determine the level of one’s Tai Chi and gives the Shifu a good idea of how good ones understanding of Wuji may be. Xuan Gong should look like it is always continuing, not finding a start and an end because the power smoothly crosses from one move through the other giving each individual movement meaning and importance.

Developing the Paradox Synergies

Xuan refers to something that is not obvious, something that cannot be seen by someone outside. The true meaning and function are always inside, the Dantian, from which all movements like Tai Chi generate. It truly fits as a beginner form to learn early and develop much later.

Xuan Gong Quan is the base of the San Feng Daoist doctrines and develops a strong character and the basic understanding of Tai Ji, heaven, and earth. It will establish the connection between nature to learn from our primary power source as Daoists. The form comes in three parts and can be learned in our online school.


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Traditional Gong Fu Dao

Traditional Gong Fu Dao

Traditional Gong Fu Dao design with nailed fitting for durability. This Dao has long-lasting quality for heavy Gongfu practice.

  • Rosewood
  • Stainless steel
  • Flexible blade
  • Nailed fittings