Wudang Gong fu 武當

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"Once you begin to move,the entire body must be light and limber. Each part of your body should be connected to every other part"

 

Zhang San Feng

 

Wudang quan (武當拳)

 

The Taoist Wu Dang Monastery is considered the place where Tai Chi and all Internal Martial Arts were born. The lengend is that Tai Chi was created by Chang Seng Feng, a Taoist (Already skilled in Shaolin), who had retreated to the Wu Dang Mountains. There, while watching a battle between a snake and a crane, he was impressed with how the snake was avoiding the crane's blows instead of blocking or fighting with strength.

Wudang Kung fu, Wudang quan, generally includes the disciplines Taijiquan, Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, several Wudang-Styles, and the use of sword and other weapons including the horse-tail whip.

 

天下莫柔弱於水。
而攻堅強者,
莫之能勝,
以其無以易之。
弱之勝強。
柔之勝剛。
天下莫不知莫能行。

There is nothing softer and weaker than water,
And yet there is nothing better for attacking hard and strong things
For this reason, there is no substitute for it.
All the world knows that the weak overcomes the strong and the soft overcomes the hard.
But none can practice it.

(Chan 1963)

 

 

 

 

 

Wudang Tai Chi

The peculiar principles specific to Wudang Tai Chi include the idea of hardness and strength inside, and yet round and smooth outside, and also the idea of striking outward quickly, so quickly the opponent does not notice. Force is exerted through stretching the body, especially the legs.

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