The Wudang martial arts sometimes referred to as Wudang Kung Fu are martial arts collections that had originated from the Wudang Mountain from the Central parts of China. It’s Taoists martial arts that are recognized globally but it’s actually different from the equally popular Shaolin Kung Fu.
The Wudang Kung Fu is a specialized martial arts form that enjoys the same position with the Shaolin Kung Fu in China, thus goes the popular saying in China that, pay respect to Shaolin Kung Fu training in the North and pay your respect to Wudang Kung Fu in the South. The Wudang martial art is able to follow Taoism. Taoists follow a philosophy that maintains that one trains kung fu for the pursuit of good health preservation and longevity plus for self defense when need be.
Wudang Kung Fu is understood to have been founded by a local Taoist by the name Zhang Sanfeng. There is a widespread legend that has been passed down about the Taiji fist. It says that there existed an outstanding man during the Chinese Ming Dynasty by the name if Zhang Sanfeng who had excelled highly in martial arts.
Master Sun performing Wu Dang sword in Kunyu mountain.
He had in him that unusual quality and strangely never had an eye and despised both wealth and fame. At one time he had a competition with an extremely strong person and was unable to defeat the person using the external force hence dedicated his efforts thereafter in researching different martial arts until he created a new fist. In the second subsequent competition he used the new fist and a very distinctive technique in defeating the opponent where he namely used the man’s incredible power to defeat him. Late the technique became so impressive among people thus became a famous technique with Taiji Quan. Therefore we can conclude that the Kung Fu originated from the Taiji boxing which had originated from Zhang Sanfeng. From a book called Taiji Masters Lineages that is found in the Chinese library indicates that Zhang Sanfeng had gone to Mount Zhingnan when he was aged 61 years old and he chanced to meet an immortal that was called Dragon Fire who later transferred his knowledge on inner alchemy when he had known that Zhang was a competitive martial artist.
The master helping student learning Wu Dang sword in academy
Then Sanfeng travelled in various resorts in the south and later settling in Mount Wudang. Then there he taught a set of boxing to Zhang Songxin and Zhang Cuisan which became the original form of Taiji boxing. And because there are only thirteen forms it was later called the thirteen forms Taiji boxing. Among the forms is the stretching out and stamping, chooping downward and squeezing, picking up and using elbow, changing place and leaning against symbolize separate eight forms while others including retreating backward and moving forward, turning to left and watching to left and last sating in the center consists of the five remaining elements. It’s also based on the Yi and Yang-Qi theory that is aimed at regulating eventual the inner organs. It also includes other soft movements that are able to imitate animals like snakes and cats, monkeys and others hence being able to sooth inner mental state and be able to harmonize with the inner operations plus immune system strengthening.
The Taiji boxing later developed quickly to include different styles today including Chen, Yang, Wu and Sun styles boxing competitions. Indeed, thus it’s a very popular Kung Fu which popular among the Chinese mostly after the unification. Today it has grown to include ancient nutrition, defense and offense kung fu and other forms of alchemy. Hence, it has been able to ensure inner strength and bridge between hardness and softness and in changing positions according to circumstance.
Nowadays, Wudang Taoism federations offered more than 28 schools of Wudang boxing forms, 17 schools of Wudang weapon forms, and 9 schools inner Chi kung,such as:
Yin Yang Ba Gua Chang
Wudang Taiyi Five Element Boxing
Wudang Pure-Yang Boxing
Wudang Taichi Boxing
Wudang Heavenly-Gate Chikung.
Wudang Moon-Watching Chikun
Wudang Southern School,etc.
*Here is the specific address to the academy in English:
China Kunyu Mountain Shaolin Martial Arts Academy
Kunyu mountain Natural Conservation District, Yantai City,
Shandong Province, China. Postal Code: 264100
*School address in Chinese:
Tel : 0086-535-4693197
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