Introduction: Kung Fu
Wudang Kung Fu is a full system of hard work to achieve health cultivation, body control, discipline and self-defense. The meaning of Kung Fu itself describes the hard road in everything to achieve mastery. Wudang has a Taoist background with its own life philosophy and wisdom. The way of a Wudang Taoist is to strive for the path to be closer to the Tao. The Tao is one with the nature and we are one with the nature. As we came from the nature, one day we have to return back to our origin. The way of life can be fulfilling when people are close to nature and therefore closer to the Tao. Wudang Kung Fu is the way to extend this road of life with a long lasting experience and many achievements of wisdom. This way we are able to find the values and treasures of nature and inspire more people to find new meaning and the destined nature of life.
Wudang Kung Fu can be divided in more specific categories:
Neigong means “inner work???and is the tranquility and focusing of the mind and its link with the body. At first, it promotes their own emotional understanding and later the understanding of the whole body. Neigong is an internal art to build the life force and to recognize own problems and understand their healing solution. Neigong is an essential integral part in all other Wudang disciplines.
Qigong, the “Qi???symbol is translated as “breath or force???and takes place in the Chinese language in the use of a vehicle. Like the car, we need a fuel ???Qigong is an invigorating breathing exercise. Qigong promotes blood circulation, strengthens the resistance and defenses by the stretching of muscles, internal organs and joints with concentrated breathing and tension. Qigong accelerates physical healing and is especially good in the morning.
Taichi is the practice of inner harmony through movement and emotional expression. This refers to the interaction and coordination with body and spirit at all levels. It is highly recommended to have knowledge in Wuji Meditation (Neigong). From the Wuji (the void) a direct connection with the mind and body is created, which will be implemented in subsequent exercises. The physical condition is just as important as the mental and emotional. By Wuji and the harmonized doing the Taichi arises. Wudang Taichi can be applied widely, it soothes and can solve mental problems, but also stimulate the body to heal and mobilize.
Liangyi, Yin and yang is a two-way connection with the neutral Tao, because from a response the opposite, the second answer is automatically created and from this also the neutral state of both is existent. Yin and Yang therefore forms 3 parts, which creates the Bagua symbol. The Bagua doctrine deals with these 3 states, which are the laws of nature in interaction and incurring of 8 possible opposites. Liang Yi employs this through applied exercises to understand the contradictions with the two sides of Yin and Yang. In order to understand the value of relaxation, the tension must be understood. This way it is with everything in life and Liangyi quan binds this principle in physical exercises. Then in addition to physical benefits, the contrast of Yin and Yang reflects our inner values, such as the mind, spirit and emotions. Since the physical is opposed to the mental, the two sides of yin and yang (Liangyi) are connected and thus open up new perspectives to further understanding. Liangyi greatly promotes the understanding of health cultivation and internal martial arts.
The Taoist physical training model is based on the mobility of a child. With the Wudang training, you can regain your “child’s condition??? to feel more active and healthier. The training has not only external but also internal effect: The organs are stronger and have better blood circulation, to become less sick and get a new access and awareness of the own body.
Wudang Kung Fu is first of all a martial art, but also includes a study of our own body, and is applicable as preventive healing art. Wudang Kung Fu includes much more content, like Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Baji, Xuanzhen, Xuanmen, Longhua, Fuhu and Baxian.
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