As the only school affiliated to Wudang Taoism Association and an entity to propagate Chinese culture, we offer a very comprehensive curriculum not only covering traditional Wudang Kungfu study, but also health-preservation approaches and Taoism, Buddhism, Taoist Yoga, Chinese astrology and so on. So, gaining strength and powder to the corporeal body can only make us a better figure in constitutional existence; but to have the mind infused by sage's wisdom can bring up a great men in character!
The following are the typical subjects we offer to teach:
1-5. Chi Kung
|1-6. Theory Class
1-7. Language Study
1-8. Experience Taoist life in Taoist temples
NOTES: For the detailed curriculum arrangement please go to the page syllabus
- Basic Exercise---29 postures in all. Fundamental preparatory movements for beginners to practice basic fist work, leg work as well as stance work.
- XuanGong Boxing---3 routines including all the wudang basic fist work, leg work as well as stance work. They are primary level characterized by simplicity and practicalness.
- Fuhu Chuan (tiger-taming boxing)---65 postures in all. It is also called Xianglong FuHu Chuan (tiger-taming and dragon- subduing boxing). It is one kind of boxing for Taoist to train their kungfu most often. It is mainly featured by many complicated fist work assisted with leg work.
- Bachi Chuan (eight-extremes boxing)---47 postures in all. There is a very popular saying as “applying gentle TaiChi to manage the country; using fierce Bachi to overtake the domain”. Bachi Chuan is characterized by its vigor and explosive way to excise its power. The movements are rather swift, vigorous, violent and steady. It can be used for long-distance attack as well as short-distance defense.
- Tanglang Chuan (mantis-style boxing)---40 postures in all. It is a kind of form-imitating boxing, which adopts the defensive features of mantis as well as wudang wushu fundamental Kungfu work. Attack and defense both are controlled in varying degree, while the attack are swift and effective in deployment.
- XuanZhen Chuan (Xuanzhen boxing)---41 postures in all. It is also a kind of elementary work characterized by simplicity and practicalness, containing most wudang basic fist work, leg work as well step work.
- Longhua Chuan (Longhua boxing)---28 postures in all. Mountain Wudang can be divided into southern wudang and northern wudang. As we often say, the south is famous for the fist boxing while the north famous for the leg application. Longhua boxing is of northern wudang Kungfu. It is mainly characterized by leg movements assisted with essential fist work.
- Xuanwu Chuan (Xuanwu boxing)---53 postures in all. It is also called Two Symbols Boxing, which comes from the saying, “the coordination of Yin and Yang gives birth to Taichi, and the separation of the two leads to Two Symbols.” Among this boxing, the advantages of “yin” and “yang” can both be felt. Some of the movements are rather swift, some are relatively slow; some are hard while some are quite supple. This is why we call it “ Two Symbols”. It is a kind of kungfu which can be used to train hands, eyes, body, basic work as well as to enhance explosive strength (outburst power, and rebounding ability).
- BaGua Chang (eight diagrams palms)---8 sub-categories in all within which 8 movements contained in each. Bagua Chang is one kind of internal Kungfu work, as it well employs the laws of Five Elements’ growing and transformation as well as the increase and decrease pattern of Yin and Yang. Based on the movements of walking in a circle, this art proceeds just as the knack says, “like doing grinding, Bagua Chang transforms its positions and movements as in a mystery.” Old Bagua palm, round body Bagua palm, Bagua chain palms are the most famous ones. As to old Bagua palm, it is quite demanding in compliance with exact degree of body flexibility. When in practice, the body should move naturally as like to wade mud and full concentration is required. It is beneficial for strengthening body, and also useful for defense as well as health preservation.
- Shing-I Boxing (form-and-will boxing)---about 22 postures in all. It is also called form-and-will chain boxing, which is composed of cuts, straight blows, swings, oblique-thrusts, corkscrew blows and so on. The movements are simple, succinct but effective in combat.
1-2. Weapons Manipulation
- XuanMen Sword Play---74 postures in all. Shoaling enjoys its fame of cudgel manipulation for a long history, while wudang gains its popularity for its internal Kungfu and sword. Sword plays a very special role in Chinese martial arts, and it is considered as “King of Weapons”. Taiyi Xuanmen Sword is the most valuable treasure among weapon manipulations arts. When performed perfectly, the sword is to follow the movement of body, and is manipulated by the will so that it can achieve such a state that the body and the sword can cooperate as one unite.
- Baxian Sword Play (Eight Immortal Sword)--- 81 postures in all. It originated from the Stances of Eight immortals. This work makes movements of both sword and body incorporated into one unite and embeds intention in body movement. It is characterized by simplicity, combined force of hardness and suppleness, and imitative stances of eight immortals.
- Longhua Sword Play--- 71 postures in all. As of northern wudang kungfu lineage. Longhua Sword Play features the typical movements of a dragon. When performed perfectly, it looks as though the dragon passes through the clouds, rushing into the peak in a sudden or hiding at the bottom in unexpected way, and throughout the whole process, all the movements are perfectly coherent with each other and full of vigor.
- Fochen Play (a kind of horse whisker)---55 postures in all. This weapon has the implication to keep aloof from the mortal world. It is of the kind of soft weapons and can be carried along with easily. The movements for this work are mainly cut, pull, shake, sweep and so on, and once performed well, people are often impressed with the the feeling that they resemble the wind sweeping the ground. It combines features of sword and broadsword with the styles of whip and dart, thus fully representing the characteristics of perfect combination of the hard and the soft as well as of striking behind (but not overlooking the front).
- Chiwu Spear Play--- 72 postures in all. It is said that spear is the king of weapons. A lot of famous generals in ancient times are skillful at using spears. Once practiced, the body and the spear can not be separated from each other, and that the spear should move in line with the body and vice visa. Ziwu Spear can be used to parry overhead, press downward, prick forward, and punch backward. It is an idle weapon for both attack and defense. The whole set of movements are very smooth and swift, as though an easy dragon is playing with water.
- Xuangong Broadsword---63 postures in all. It is a kind of Kungfu, which belongs to wudang Xuangong School. The postures conclude cutting, sweeping, hooking, tangling, upper cutting and so on. When performed handsomely, it should be felt as though the dragon is dashing out of water, and, the wrist-work must be carried out high flexibly, in good cooperation with internal work assisted in coherent and smooth way.
- Spring and Autumn Broadsword--- 48 movements in all. As one weapon manipulation, it enjoys the same popularity as spear, as the latter is often connected with magic of dragon, while the former is commonly related to the courage of a tiger. There goes a legend: Guan Yu, a famous general in Three Kingdom Times, was an expert in using this broadsword. So he named it scimitar. Besides, he liked to read the History of Spring and Autumn Period and wanted to follow the example to become a hero at that time. Therefore, people name it as Spring and Autumn Broadsword. The main movements for this work are cutting, liao (upper cutting), wiping, patting and so on. When practiced well, the broadsword must go wherever the body goes. Each posture is full of force, steadiness and vigor.
- Harrow Play---56 postures in all. A harrow can weigh more than 50 kilograms, a unique weapon in Taoist Kungfu, and it is a mixture of broadsword, spear and cudgel. For a harrow practitioner, some people believe, in the front, it is a spear for him to wield; at two sides, two bulwarks; and behind, a rake is supplied; and in well connection of the three, a cudgel is there in the middle communing with the three. A harrow can weigh more than 50 kilograms. The main movements for this weapon is pricking, liao, mixing, raking and so on.
- Baxian Cudgel (eight immortal cudgel)---61 postures in all. This work is one treasure of Wudang Eight Immortal School, which is only handed down secretly to special-nominated disciples. It is created in reference to the features of eight Taoist immortals, namely, Zhong Hanli, He Xiangu, Lv Dongbin, Han Xiangzi, Lan Caihe, Cao Guojiu, Tie Guaili, and Zhang Guolao. It is heard in a legendary story that Zhong Hanli undid the clothes to sleep; He Xiangu catched up with the stars and the moon with her cudgel; Lu Dongbin seemed to get drunk; Han Xiangzi played the flute; Lan Caihe painted flowers; Cao Guojiu recited poem; Tie Guaili descended from the clouds with one leg; Zhang Guolao rode the donkey with face backwards. From such description, people can vividly visualize how this cudgel play presents its contents.
- Easy Shovel--- 72 postures in all. It is also a unique weapon of Taoist martial arts. It is somewhat similar to crescent shovel in Buddhism, and a must for Taoist when they go for travel. It is said that an easy shovel is passed down from Lao Tsu. Lao Tsu left 81 shovels to encourage his disciples to cultivate their moral character attentively, in a hope that they can do good to remove evil. Easy Shovel is a weapon incorporating cudgel, fork, and spear. Its main movements are pressing, parrying, pricking, shoveling, wiping, patting and so on. Such art looks magnificently once in mastership performance.
1-3. Taichi Regime Exercise
- 13-style Tai Chi--- about 13 phase routines and 60 postures in all. It is believed to be the authentic Tai Chi Chuan handed down by Master Zhang Sanfeng. Because it contains 5 steps and 8 positions, it is also called Tai Chi Mu Boxing. Wudang Tai Chi Chuan applies the soft to overcome the hard, stillness to restrain movements. It reacts behind but take upper hand first, thus it is a good way of body strengthening and self-defense. By practicing it, people can transform strength into inner energy, then into Shen, so that it makes up for weakness and cooperate with the Tao. It combines wushu with health-preservation and can achieve the purpose of gaining a longevity life, becoming more intelligent and stronger. The whole practicing process can be classified into 3 stages: Jing practicing; Chi practicing; Shen practicing. The main practicing methods include inhaling and exhaling to regulate breathing, assisting external force to make up for internal force; standing on stakes with coordination strength. The main movements are straight blows, pressing, jostling, picking, arraying, elbowing and so on. Once practiced well, it flows very smoothly by following, connecting, pasting, and striking. To practice it well, it requires quiet heart-mind, and practitioners have to bend the chest but erect the back, relax shoulders and lower elbows. What is more, they also have to be done naturally. Wudang Tai Chi boxing incorporates movements with stillness, and, the internal work and external work contains each other, thus it is an easy way for health-preservation.
- Wudang Sanfeng Tai Chi Chuan--- 108 postures in all. It is the transformation of 13-style Taichi Chuan
- 18-style Wudang Tai Chi---18 postures in all. It is excerpted from 108-style wudang sanfeng Tai Chi Chuan.
- 28-style Wudang Tai Chi Chuan---28 postures in all. It excerpted from 108-style Wudang Sanfeng Tai Chi Chuan.
- Wudang Sanfeng Tai Chi Sword--- 65 postures in all. It is heard such art was founded by master Zhang Sanfeng who incorporated many other sects’ sword play. Tai Chi Sword not only has wushu’s characteristics of overcoming the hard with the soft, restraining motion with stillness, reacting behind but taking upper hand first, manipulating the whole with little strength, but also the Taoist health-preservation methods. So it has the function of body strengthening as well as self-defense.
- Taiyi Wuxing Chuan (Taiyi five-element boxing)--- 25 phase routines with about 81 movements in all. As an important school of wudang internal work, Taiyi School is somewhat similar to that of wudang Tai Chi. It was founded by master Shouxing, who is of Longmen School of Wudang Taoism in Ming Dynasty. It combined the 13 styles of TaiChi Chuan, Five-Animal Exercise of Hua Tuo (a famous doctor in Han Dynasty) and the Taoist Yoga practice in terms of breathing, regulating, striking and defense. Theoretically, it lay more emphasis on the application of Yin-Yang and Five Element, so the layout resembles the frame as proclaimed by Yin-yang and the five element in theory.
When in practice, the mind-will is more important than strength, and, transforming to adapt to what is up is more effective than direct resisting. So it requires that the heart-mind and breathing accompanying each other, and that the waist must move in harmonious correspondence with the motion of hipbones.
The body has to act slowly, smoothly and naturally. When practiced well, it looks like worming snakes, yet in fact, it achieves the effect of as forceful as a thick callus, in well attainment of overcoming vigor while flexibility is well preserved.
- Crane-style Stakes--- one kind of health-preservation exercise. It imitates the movements and stances of white cranes in wildness.
- Tai Chi Hunyuan Chuang (Tai Chi mixed-force stake)---strength, internal energy and Shen are the three treasures of human body. Its main focus is to conserve strength and convert it to internal energy first and then to Shen second. Practicing this exercise for sometime can make one feel more energetic, more intelligent and do others far beyond. The gist of performing this exercise is to master the naturally alternating law of three treasures and finally gain longevity.
- Chiran Yangshen Gong (Natural health-preservation exercise)---the wise cultivate Yang in spring and summer, and Yin in autumn and winter, so that they follow the law of nature. Otherwise it will bring the detrimental to body and spirit. Therefore, Yin-yang and four seasons represent the alternation pattern of myriad things in movement.
- Sitting-still Meditation --- life and death depend on each other and cannot work without the opposite. The law of innate nature and life force are main focus for health-preservation regime and longevity. Innate nature refers to heart-mind in some aspect, which serves as the source of heart, yet the letter (heart-mind) demonstrates itself in intangible form. People have their heart-mind subject to changes every now and then, just as restlessly as an ape. In taoism theory there exists one popular terminology as subdue dragon and take captive tiger which, in fact, tells how to calm down the heart-mind to have Chi arise naturally. The ancient sages advocated to cultivate encompassing Chi because corporeal body, heart-mind and true intention can be congeal into one unite--the highest attainment of unifying humans with the naturalness.
1-4. Basic Excise
- Fundamental work ( leg kicking, basic step movements, leg pressing)
- Sand bag beating
- Actual combat training
- Hard-nature qigong
- Training in endurance, sensibility, strength, speed and so on.
- Traditional wudang bare-handed boxing
- 36-style leg kicking