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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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The Wudang Taiji System
Taiji is an internal training method that was created by the great Daoist priest and immortal, Zhang San Feng at Wudang Mountain. When people discuss Taiji, they are referring to Taijiquan or the forms practice involved in Taiji. However, in Wudang, Taijiquan is considered a part of the greater 'Taiji System.' The Taiji System is composed of 3 parts: Wuji, Taiji, and Liangyi. Each of these three parts contains their practices, purposes, and methods of training. Although the Taiji System is separated into three parts, they are all integrated and complementary to the others.

Wuji is another name for Daoist meditation practice. The practice of Wuji (loosely translated as 'ultimate emptiness') is for the cultivation of our three vitalities: Jing (Essence), Qi (Energy), and Shen (spirit). 

We practice Wuji to promote the health of these three vitalities; Wuji is also understood as the road to immortality. To become stronger and more robust in our health and our lives, we must strengthen and practice our Jing, Qi, and Shen. 

Taiji is the balancing interaction of yin and yang. Under the Taiji System, Taijiquan is the form that we use to cultivate ourselves and learn to develop and understand the feeling in our bodies and how to integrate that into movement. In Taijiquan practice, we learn to conceal hardness within the softness of movement and learn to use our breathing through the Dantian, and our intention and internal awareness to guide our movement. Contrary to the widespread misconception that Taijiquan is simply a calisthenic exercise for the elderly, it is a deeply internal practice that requires great dedication and a strong determination.

Liangyi is the separation of yin and yang. Under the Taiji System, Liangyiquan is for the use of the energy that we have cultivated through our practice. Whereas in Taijiquan we combine the soft and hard, in Liangyiquan practice, we separate the soft and hard. The power of Liangyiquan is explosive, resembling a bomb detonating; its practice is more for use in the practical fighting application. While in Taijiquan, all movement is the same speed, with the same balance of softness and hardness at once, Liangyiquan movement is slow and soft, followed by fast, explosive movement, called fail.

The practice of all of the elements that comprise the Taiji System can help us to more deeply understand our bodies and minds and learn the methods to make them cleaner, clearer, quieter, and healthier. Taiji training teaches us not only to train our muscles, tendons, and bones, but also to teach our intention, internal feeling, awareness, and power.
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Drinking Bottle for Wudang
Hello!

I found it very convenient to use this kind of drinking bottles in China - since you can find many different teas. In China, most bottles are quality-wise inferior to ours.

If you don't need a tea strainer inside, I recommend this take a look at this one:

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  • Heat reistant
  • Can be touched when hot water is inside
  • Properly sealed - no dripping (rare in China)
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The Three Treasures
Kaijet wrote: Thank you for the fast reply Master Zij,

of course this concepts are in all Wudang arts like Kung Fu, Taijiquan or Chi Kung.
But later in intermediate or advanced stage do you have specific exercises to come in a deeper understanding and experience? 

Or you have to get the skills from Nei Gong and Nei Dan?


For advanced users, the most important exercise for internal martial arts is Zhan Zhuang! [smile]
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The Three Treasures
Kaijet wrote: Dear Master Zij,

thank you for the explanation of the three treasures of humans.

Can you please give an explanation in which particular exercises of the Wudang arts you train them.

Thank you
 


You have this concept in all exercises - Kung Fu, Tai Ji, Qi Gong

However, Kung Fu is best for preparation in the beginning, and Qi Gong might be the first opportunity for beginners to feel an actual change due to the internal alchemy. Once you started to develop an internal control, you begin to understand Tai Ji.
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I made some beautiful pictures of bumblebees today!
We can see in nature that respecting each other can work when we concentrate on our goal. When looking at ourselves and living with great determination then others are not seen as concurrence.

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Photographer: Michael Weichhardt

Topic: Bumblebees on Echinacea and other flowers!

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Translation: Xuán Wǔ Quán
Xuan Wu Quan is an advanced form in the Liang Yi section. The steps are traditionally explained as stories or metaphors.
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The Problem of Sore Muscles After Training
It is sad to see people stop practicing once their body feels tired. The real training starts after the first time to transform the body to be more elastic and resistant, but this process cannot even start if you give up.

What are sore muscles?
During our training, we put a strain on our muscle fibers, and this leads to muscle irritation and results in swelling.

The wrong solution is to do nothing!
When you have sore muscles further training is necessary, the biggest mistake for beginners is to stop practicing. Don't misunderstand; we don't mean to destroy yourself by increasing your exercise intensity, instead keep the intensity that led you to sore muscles in the first place.

You felt that the training was too intense because your muscles cannot handle it yet, the natural process is to never give up and keep trying.

More stretching than ever!
During sore muscles, it is critical to stretch multiple times during the day. The natural reflex of sore muscles is to cramp, become hard and protect the muscle fibers with mucilage. This mucilage is what you feel and see as swelling. The natural process here is completely normal and will restore your physical condition similar to where it was before the training, cause it is considered the normal state.
If you want to improve (that's basically what training is for) you need to signal your body that this new state is now the normal one, the improved workload on your physical body should not be signaled as an out of the ordinary situation.

Keep your training schedule to reduce strain on your body!
In our Wudang Academy, I observe every student carefully and give them an individual training program to improve their condition. This situation is very depending on the trainer, but the principle is to stay on your training schedule to make it easier on your body. If you give up and stop training till your sore muscles are repaired, you will start from the beginning and put more workload on your body again than it can handle.

Once over the hill, the body can adapt, and you can concentrate on your training!

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