Wudang Taoist - Tai Chi - Kung Fu - Qi Gong

Wudang Traditional Martial Arts School
   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
     

Wudang Kungfu is one important style or family of Chinese Martial Arts with a very long history. It contains profound Chinese philosophical theories, combining the traditional concepts of Taiji (Tai Chi), Yin and Yang, Wu Xing (Five Elements), and the Ba Gua (Eight Trigrams) into boxing theories, boxing skills, exercises and attack strategies, all derived by studying the laws of life and nature. Wudang Kungfu (neijia quan internal boxing) is featured by overcoming motion with stillness. The opponent will be laid down the moment he attacks. It is apparently different from Shaolin which is classified into external type boxing. Internal Gongfu was created by Zhang San-feng, a famous Taoist in the Song Dynasty.
Wudang Kung Fu contains many skills and training methods designed for keeping healthy and prolonging one's life while at the same time collecting many effective fighting methods. It is not only one particular school of martial arts, but also a complete system for both self defence and health preservation.

 

 
 
     
 
     

Tai Ji is originated from Infinity. It is the basis for all movement and stillness. It is the originator of the Two Extremes (Yin and Yang). Tai Ji was formed from Infinity by separating Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are the equal and opposite pair. Sometimes Yin stands for female and Yang stands for male. In Tai Ji, Yin represents stillness and Yang represents movement. The workings of the universe is based upon Yin and Yang.
In Tai Ji, there is stillness in movement and movement in stillness. The two are interconnected and should not be separated. Internal power is through control of the mind. Concentration of mind moves the internal energy prior to any external movement.
Taijiquan is not simply the exercise for elderly, which is perhaps what is known to Westerners. It is in fact a combination of Yin and Yang, Tai Ji and Infinity. It is an art requiring perfect control of mind. It integrates stillness and movement, from external to internal, from movement to stillness, from elementary to advanced, and merging stillness with movement. Taijiquan not only directs internal power to external movements, it combines the mind with breathing, resulting in good health and an art of combat applications.
There are 13 postures (8 hand/arm movements and 5 body movements) in Tai Ji. The 8 hand/arm movements: Beng, Lu, Ji, An, Zai, Lie, Zhou, and Gao. In simplified terms, they mean: ward off, pull back, push, press, oblique turning, twist, elbow strike, and shoulder strike. The 5 body movements are directional. They are: advance, retreat, shift to the left, shift to the right and stable equilibrium. The 13 postures are based on the 8 trigrams and 5 elements. Requirements include relaxing, body coordination, concentration of mind, and stillness in movement.
Taijiquan is a stepping-stone to Daoism. In Daoism, one has to train one's behaviour and mind. It is important to keep a peaceful mind. Through meditation, combining Yin and Yang, and stillness in movement, the internal power will flow through the whole body achieving the ultimate aim.

 

 
 
     
 
     

Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice for cultivating the body energy, for the benefits of the physical body, mind and spirituality. Qigong practices are varied. They include hard and soft qigong, healing qigong, and general toning qigong. Wudang Qigong is an "earlier heaven" method based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles and teachings. Qigong is a good practice for everyone, at any age to keep healthy in both body and mind.

People's Life and Death, Connection to Life, Dao of Life, Dao of Cultivation, Beginning of Life, Stairs of Immortality.
The character sits in the heart. The initial spirit within the heart is sent out through the eyes. The character in the heart is moving like an ape.
The life lies in the kidneys. The initial energy within the kidneys is sent out by the root of excess and the character of heart. The thoughts are running like a horse.

This is called "xinyuan, yima".
Take back xinyuan, yima will follow.

The ancient practitioners took back heart and will, and stabilised the jing and nurtured the qi; made the qi of the breath like the wind and the the qi of real yang like the fire. In practising and heating, they transformed jing to qi, and qi to shen; let energy concentrate, and united with the nature of Dao.
The methods of practice are immeasurable, there are methods of movement, stillness, sitting and laying, but never stick rigidly to given patterns - you can hardly understand the everything.

 

 
 
 
   
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