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Wudang Martial Arts

Wudang martial arts, or Wudangquan, originate from the Wudang Mountains in Hubei Province. The mountains have long been the centre for Taoist study and practice, as long ago as 25 AD. Traditional arts practiced there include Chinese medicine, agricultural practices, meditation, and Wudang martial arts including Kung Fu, Hsingi, Bagua and Tai Chi. Today the temples at Wudang are a notable tourist spot.

Wudang martial arts are based around the harmonious balance of yin and yang, as well as the I Ching and other cosmological principles. They are centred on borrowing an opponent's force and avoiding direct confrontration, as well as using internal force rather than external strength. According to legend the Wudang arts were created by a priest named Zhang Sanfeng. He is sometimes credited with creating Tai Chi Ch'uan and was well-known for his use of the jian, or straight sword.

Many students, both national and foreign, regularly travel to Wudang in order to receive training there.

Wudang martial arts are reputed to have been founded by the legendary Zhang Sanfeng, who lived in either the Song Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty or Ming Dynasty. He travelled round China before settling at Wudang Mountain.  He is credited with originating Tai Chi Chuan, after witnessing a bird attacking a snake on the mountain. The snake remained still and alert when the bird struck, moving aside to avoid being hit until finally lunging and fatally biting its attacker. This inspired him to create a 72-movement Tai Chi Chuan set.

He is also said to have an expert in the White Crane and Snake martial arts styles, as well as in the use of the Chinese straight sword or jian. His birthday is traditionally celebrated on the 9th day of the 3rd Chinese lunar month.

Wudang Kung Fu encompasses many styles and techniques. Here are some brief examples:

Sanfeng 13-form Taiji

A Taiji set comprising 13 groups of movements and a total of 60 Taiji postures. This is considered the mother of all Wudang Taiji forms.

Fuchen - Horsetail Whisk

This is a weapon form. The Fuchen is a soft weapon that was used by Taoists when travelling, and it has dusting, sweeping and picking movements. It looks soft and gentle, but can be a powerful weapon when used correctly.

Fangbian Chan - Taoist Spade

This is a weapon form containing 72 postures, and unique to Wudang Kung Fu. The weapon is a combination of the staff, fork and spear. The main movements are pressing, blocking, thrusting, shovelling, wiping and patting.

Taiyi Wuxing Quan

A Taiyi 'Five Elements' form containing 25 sections and 81 movements. This form is an important part of Wudang internal practice. It is also influenced by the Five Animals form of Hua Tuo, a famous doctor from the Han Dynasty.

Baji Quan

A form characterized by its swift, vigorous and steady movements. It can be used for long-distance and short-distance attacks.

Fuhu Quan

This form is part of the basic training for Taoist Monks, and is done with explosive energy and great physical force. Hand-work is extremely important, and there is a focus on punching, grasping and pulling techniques. It does, however, contain leg work such as kicks and sweeps.

Xuanwu Quan

A basic but challenging form, which focuses on palm movements, punching, elbowing, twisting and grasping.

Longhua Quan

This form is well known for its intricate leg movements and powerful kicks.

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