The original legend of Wudang Kong fu and the pose of the snake in the fighting have visually demonstrated the gist of Wudang Gongfu: to over-come the strong in a gentle way and to win by striking only after the enemy had struck; to ascertain one's position and then defeat the enemy.
The motto for practice is: be relaxed, complete, prompt, and sudden.
Here is a long history involvement by Taoists in various exercise and movement techniques. Tai chi in particular works on all parts of the body. It stimulates the central nervous system, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and gently tones muscles without strain. It also enhances digestion, elimination of wastes and the circulation of blood. Moreover, tai chi's rhythmic movements massage the internal organs and improve their functionality. Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that illness is caused by blockages or lack of balance in the body's chi (intrinsic energy). MORE >
Qigong is an aspect of Traditional Chinese medicine involving the coordination of different breathing patterns with various physical postures and motions of the body.
Qigong is mostly taught for health maintenance purposes, but there are also some who teach it as a therapeutic intervention.
Various forms of traditional qigong are also widely taught in conjunction with Chinese martial arts...
Master Cai Xing Sheng is the Vice-Chairman of the Wudang Research Association, a lay-Daoist and life-long practiti-oner of Wudang wushu.
Through his friendliness and openness in guiding us thro-ugh the Wudang maze, our faith was cemented that these two outstanding practitioners had nothing to fear when explaining the subtleties of Wudang kung fu.
Dao (pronounced "Dow") can be roughly translated into English as "Path", "The Flow of Things" or "the way".
However, its true nature is basically indefinable; it cannot be described, it must be experienced.
Qi is the basic material of all that exists. It animates life and furnishes functional power of events. Qi is the root of the human body; its quality and movement determine human health. There is a normal or healthy amount of qi in every person, and health manifests in its balance and harmony, its moderation and smoothness of flow.
Wudang Kung fu, one important school of Chinese Martial Arts, has a very long history. Wudang Gongfu, incorporating the ways to keep healthy and prolong the lifespan and collecting the skills to fight, is not only a special school of Martial Arts, but also a whole system of Martial Arts theory.
Wudang Kung fu, as a culture, taking root in the fertile soil of thousand-year long Chinese civilization, containing profound Chinese philosophical theories, has combined traditional notions of Taiji, Yinyang, Five-element, Eight-diagram into boxing theories, boxing skills, exercise and attack policies, tantamount to studying the laws of life activities. So we can say that Wudang Gongfu is the crystallization of Wudang Taoism in the process of studying life.How To Join >
Later generations have cre-ated the Fu Chen form. The Fu Chen style is one of the soft weapon styles. wrapping and pulling, snapping, whisking, poking, sweeping, etc. It can be used like the broadsword, straight sword, scourge, and dart weapons.
When you practice the Fu Chen , your movements must be in tune with your intention, your intention must be in tune with your Qi, and your Qi must be in tune with your Shen.