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Jian training Re: online academy
To be proficient in sword the most basic are the basic postures. A good swordmaster shows no fatigue when going into lower xübu, gombu or mabu. Best is you show us a video of what you are training - but there will also be a sword video coming up in the online school.
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Jian training Re: online academy
the modern taiji Jian design is more made to be a classical fencing weapon (gentleman weapon) - while the Han sword design favors breaking through armor - it is the older design and was made to be used in a war against armored soldiers.
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Jian training Re: online academy
Thanks for your feedback! You will see a dedicated basic training for the sword in our online school next week! The sword routines are divided into kungfu, taiji and taiyi routines which you need to master to handle the sword properly. Long hua jian is the most basic and the basic routines are included in that form.
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New Promotion Trailer!

We had fun making this yesterday! Special thanks to my students for participating!
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[Movie] Learning About Laozi and the Tao Te Ching
This Movie is about Laozi and his Journey (with English subtitles):

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Does Wudang Kung Fu have Ranks?
No, there isn't. This would be extremely strange for internal martial arts.
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Master Chen Shiyu is coming to Vienna! August 2018!

15th-19th August 2018

5 Days with Master Chen Shiyu personally coaching in Tai He Quan.

The course will be held in English and Deutsch (if required). There will also be a Chinese translator for Master Chen Shiyu available.

Master Chen Shiyu is a successor of the 15th generation San Feng lineage and famous for his world-class skills in the Wudang arts. Watch his video below:

This is a video of Tai He Quan (Great Harmony Form) – the oldest form which is still existing from Wudangshan (previously called Taiheshan). Tai He Quan falls under the category of Taiji forms, and while it is very short, the movements are advanced and systematically improve health, control, concentration and promote the harmony – balance inside the body. Tai He Quan is an internal Taiji form which is very famous in Wudang and a signature form for Daoist life philosophy.


Register for this course!


I never practiced Taiji before! Does it make sense for me to participate?

Absolutely! The course is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. While the main course is a group, Chen Shiyu will check everyone individually and is always available for questions. We have a translator in case you don’t speak Chinese.

Program:


Every day from 15th-19th August:

9:00 – 10:00Easy Qi Gong Class
10:00 – 10:30Traditional Tea Ceremony
10:30 – 12:00Tai He Class 1
13:30 – 14:00Gong Fu Stretching Class
14:00 – 16:00Tai He Class 2

During these five days, everyone will learn the complete Tai He Quan form and receive a participation certificate.


Easy Qi Gong Class

Qi Gong will reduce the stiffness in the body and improve the blood circulation which is essential to prepare the body for the upcoming Tai He class. This class will be held by Master Ziji (San Feng lineage successor of the 16th generation and the host of this event). The Easy Qi Gong Class is already a well known Qi Gong course in Vienna and has a reputation for being very efficient in improving and restoring health. The Easy Qi Gong Class is also recommended and certified by many doctors and therapists in Vienna.

Traditional Tea Ceremony

Master Chen Shiyu will demonstrate an authentic Wudang tea ceremony with many tea specialties from the Wudang Mountains. During this ceremony, you will have time to get to know Master Chen Shiyu better. A traditional tea ceremony is usually a very social and talk-active event. Some tea snacks for the hungry will be prepared.

Tai He Class 1

The first part of the Tai He class. Master Chen Shiyu will personally teach together with our translator. The course will include detailed instructions and step by step coaching on a group- and personal basis.

Gong Fu Stretching Class

Stretching is essential for a flexible body and mind. Gong Fu stretching promotes relaxing and makes the Taiji movements of Tai He Quan much easier to execute. This class will be held by Master Ziji who is very experienced in efficient stretching to promote circulation of internal organs and elasticity of tendons, fascia, and muscles.

Tai He Class 2

The second part of the Tai He class. Master Chen Shiyu will continue the teachings from the first part. There is also more room for questions.

Lunch:

Every day 12:00-13:30

There is a buffet very near our location, you can join us or check out one of many restaurants near our location. For a little walk, you can also reach three different supermarkets.

Accommodations:

For foreigners who travel to Vienna for this event we selected the most cost-efficient and nearest accommodations (Prices are for 15th-19th August for a single person):

We are not responsible for your accommodation, you have to organize this yourself.

What You Need:

  • Traditional Taiji or Daoist Uniform – We are fine with regular clothing but this is very unusual and traditional clothing would show a lot more respect towards Master Chen Shiyu. *This is not a requirement but highly recommended! You can order handmade Taiji or Daoist clothing in this store: http://www.Wudang.international
  • A little gift for Master Chen Shiyu! Does not have to be expensive but should come from the heart. This is a Chinese tradition and should be presented during the tea ceremony.

*If you are a completely new to Taiji regular clothing is fine!


Register for this course!


More information on http://www.Wudang.events

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My Journey to Wudang

The Beginning

Before I fully understood the way of the Dao I stumbled on a lot of problems in our modern western society. People have their reality and decide to force their wisdom up on you, some even without realizing. This society is stressful because people demand from you and you have to pass their expectations. There is a narrow degree between personal influence and professional growth. Something that makes you stronger doesn't have to be a part of your reality which strikes you personally. I realize that everyone has his "gravitation," and the more energetic you demand, the stronger this becomes, influencing other people to your will. Most people don't realize this, but you can fully decide for yourself if you want to be a part of the reality of others.

Personal Growth

Every person has a zone of comfort, a zone of reality - the zone that explains what is possible and what not. I will refer to this as "personal zone" in this article. This personal zone is critical for achieving your reality. This zone is defined slowly since birth and can vary a lot from your experiences and living style; this is why the way of Dao is individual for everyone, at some point, we step on a train going on our journey, that is what is naturally needed for personal development. At some point people start to question their reality, I believe this a natural process everyone has to undergo, as I examined my reality I began to collect funds for my education on the Wudang Mountains, after five years of hard work in Vienna I was finally able to leave my country.

Master Ziji - Wudangshan, Golden Peak

Daoist philosophy is focused on becoming better, to stay in harmony - Yin Yang balance. But how is this achieved? How can an ancient philosophy apply to modern standards? First of all, you get thrown out of your personal zone. What you believed to be not possible was demanded of you, instead of questioning you should just try and give your best. The problem is what you though is your best is maybe not nearly enough the best you can do. Learning it the hard way you realize that as long you can still stand and think you are perfectly fine. What is asked of you is discipline, ideal discipline - that your resolve is hard as iron. Values that never change, eternal values have real value, which became my principle.

Traditional Daoist Training

When a personal principle becomes eternal - you have accepted it in your heart, which is living in Daoist standards. As a student, my reality was ruled by a coach who decides for me, because in the beginning, my personal zone was way off their demands. Leaving my reality to another person requires a lot of trust, I was fully willing to entrust this to my coach who was a perfectionist and very enthusiastic about making me a full master with everything he knew.

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Our Wudang Travel 2017! Pictures & Info
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We came back successfully from our Wudang travel. You can read all of it by following our tag link here!
The experience was worth it, and I hope it will inspire you as much as Chen Shiyu inspired us.
Some very nice videos from our trip:













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Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like a Post
Hello! Welcome to our forum! I wouldn't say it's counter productive, but it doesn't feel right. Zhan Zhuang is best done in the mornings, but it can be done anytime - sometimes I used to do it in the evening. It is very depending on what you want to achieve with this exercise. But when you start practicing you should consider to do it at least every day at the same time for at least three months to experience any changes. - If you need further assistance, please tell me about your goals and primary focus.
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Master Ziji - Purple Cloud Pictures
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Master Chen Shiyu - Tai He Quan
Philipp made some very nice pictures of Chen Shiyu while he performed Tai He Quan:


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The Three Spirits of Daoism
LaoTzu is the initiator of the school of Daoism, his Tao Te Ching marks the peak of ancient Chinese phylosophy. Nowadays, let’s take a review of this book,only by making use of the knowledge of LaoTzu , can we repossess a mind of refreshness.
The “refreshness” of LaoTzu is best described with three words, they are: mildness, quietness and inertia. Those three words are the core of the whole life’s practice. If one is able to fulfill the three words in one’s deeds,one can not only stay in his poised and calm manner but also achieve better effects in health-preserving.
Mildness—The ultra mildness conquers the strong
Mildness is the top talisman of LaoTzu.Mildness is weighed a lot in Tao Te Ching, in which water,baby and the female are highly prized by LaoTzu mainly because he recognized the power of mildness.
Mildness is the liveliness of baby, the softness of water, the beauty of female. The mildness of life comes in the first place: “the strong tend to be destroyed ,the mild is prone to live longer.” Mankind is the same as plants, tender when alive,stiff when dead.
Mildness is not only the characteristic of life but a sort of “great power”. Laotzu said there’s nothing more tender than water, but it is water that can break the hardesrt into ashes.
Quietness---Quietness wins over noise in heart
It’ll take long to purify a cup of turbid water,you will get a cup of pure water until the sand and mud subside onto the bottom of the container.
Only in quiet condition can cup of water be clearer and more reflective, so it is for our hearts, only when we quiet our heart can we be the master of our own life, can we take a seat and have a taste of true life. Inertia is the prerequisite of quietness.
Quietness is the cure for anxiety and nervousness. When a quiet person compares with a anxious person, he must be more advantageous over the latter. For quietness makes one think more comprehensively and more deeply.
Inertia---Movements gradually arise
In the 39th chapter of Tao De Ching, there’s two lines: “Who can make the muddy water clear?Let it be still ,and it will be gradually clear.Who can secure the condition of the rest?Let movement go on and the condition of the rest will gradually arise.( 孰能浊以静之徐清?孰能以动之徐生)”those words describe the still and the alive, the two Chinese character of “xu(徐)”means inertia. These are what reflecting the intelligence of LaoTzu.
Let movement go on and the condition of the rest will gradually arise. This is the principle of how we live in the world.
Daoism requires people to stay calm ,do not be anxious and nervous, thus leading a life of calmness. Calmness is a virtue that is especially asked for in this age.
In this society, almost every participant craves for money and time, for whatever reason they are all chasing money and fame. And this phenomemon is far from what we require in Daoism.

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