Tai Ji and Wudang Tai Ji



 Tai Ji (or Tai Chi ) are two Chinese characters but it's actually a word which can spelt as Taiji (Chinese Pinyin)or Taichi (romonisation). So no wonder why we've seen such different spellings as Tai Ji, Tai Chi, Taiji and Taichi. In sense of martial arts, we say Taiji Quan (or Taiji Boxing).

Tai Ji was in fact a philosophical conception originally. It got inspiration from the picture of Taiji, with two fishes representing yin and yang following each other.

Wang Zongyue, living in Qing Dynasty(1644-1911), wrote the book On Taiji Quan . This is the earliest recording, in written form, of Taiji Quan as a title referring a martial art in the history.

As to the origin of Tai Chi Chuan (romanisational way to say Taiji Quan ), all together there are the following arguments:

• created by Xu Xuan-ping in the middle of the 8 th century (during Tang Dynasty);

• created by Wudangshan alchemist Zhang San 峰 , 12 th century (during Song Huizong's reign),who had dreamed of Grand Lord Xuanwu teaching him this martial art;

• created by Zhang San 丰, a veteran Wudangshan Taoist monk in14th century (the end Yuan and beginning Ming Dynasty).

Taiji quan is not simply the exercise for elderly, which is perhaps what is known to Westerners. It is in fact a combination of Yin and Yang, Tai Ji and Infinity. It is an art requiring perfect control of mind. It integrates stillness and movement, from external to internal, from movement to stillness, from elementary to advanced, and merging stillness with movement. Taiji quan not only directs internal power to external movements, it combines the mind with breathing, resulting in good health and an art of combat applications.

Today, people all over the world have come to popularize China's Taiji Quan, regarding this martial art an efficient way for wellbeing, but they mainly know about Chen and Yang styles. Let's have a metaphor: Chen and Yang and also another three styles are just like the five tree branches, Wudang style is truly like the tree trunk!

Come to Mt Wudang, the famous Taoist shrine, to feel Wudang Taiji and experience a retreat life as a Wudang immortal!

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TEACHING CONTENT

Basical Skills : 
1. 36 kicking skills 
2. Basical hand and foot    skills 
3. Basical fist

Qigong : 
1.Wudang Hard Qigong 〈 also Tietong Gong 〉 
2.Wudang Tongzi Gong

 

Quan ( Boxing : 
1.Tai Ji 13 forms
2.Tai Ji 28 forms
3.Tai Ji 48 forms
4.Tai Ji 108 forms 
5.Tai Yi Five element Boxing
6.Tai He Boxing
7.Ba Ji Boxing
8.Xuan Gong Boxing 
9.Xuan Zhen Boxing
10.Fu Hu Boxing 
11.Long Hua Boxing 
12.Xuan Wu Boxing
13.Xing Yi Boxing 
14.Twelve Shape 
15.Ba Gua Zhang

 

Weponry : 
1.Taiji sword 
2.Taiyi xuanmen sword 
3.Baxian sword 
4.Longhua sword
5.Baxian stick
6.Ziwu spear
7.Xuangong Dao
8.Chunqiu broadsword
9.Fangbian chan 
10.Fuchen(Taoist horse tail whip) 
11.Taiyi fuchen
12.Dingpa

Health-keeping Qigong : 
1.Crane-shaped Standing 
2.Taiji Hunyuan standing 
3.Standing Baduan Jin
4.Standing Baduan Jin
5.Wudang Tongzi Gong 
6.Taiji Stepping
7.Xiaoyao Stepping

Traditional Gong : 
1.Tie Sha Gong 〈 practice with herbal medicine 〉 
2.Tie Bi Gong〈 practice with herbal medicine 〉 
3.Finger Gong

Important Note: those who'd like to learn other subjects than just martial arts, such as Taoism history,Taoist music, Mandarin or TCM, please let the headmaster know.

SCHEDULE

(The schedule tends to adjust according to different season and particularly different weather)





6:00 -7:00    morning exercise for refreshment

7:30 Breakfast

8:00 - 10:00 morning class(2 periods)

10:30 - 11:30 Chinese language or other cultural courses

(payment excluded)

12:00 Lunch

12:30 - 14:30 Post-lunch rest

15:00 - 17:00 afternoon class (2 periods)

17:00 - 17:30 fun

18:00 - 18:30 dinner

18:30 - 19:00 post-dinner walk on the mountain road

19:00 -20:00 cultural study program (payment excluded)

20:00 - 21:00 review of the martial arts lesson you've learned in the daytime

21:00 - 22:00 hot water shower

22:00 Going to bed









Testimonial



Georg from Germany, a three year student in our school(2007-10-12)

Georg and Victor Gu

Me and Victor Gu,a WudangTaoist Culture expert

I am in Wudangshan since September 2006. I really love the scenery here. You often can feel the powerful but soft energy of the mountains; just like the amazing martial arts, that have developed here. Often, when I go somewhere on th mountain I am newly charmed by that great appearance. So I am very happy to be able to study martial arts in such an environment and with such a good master, knowing excellent martial arts and being kind in his heart. 
Thanks to headmaster Victor Gu, for giving me the chance to learn at his school; thanks to Master Chen Shi-Yu, for teaching me everything, and thanks to my parents, for helping me financially and supporting my decision.

 

Ana Leonor (2007-9-12)

I am happy to came to this school of Martial arts, where everybody are fantastic. 
I like very much the training and the methodology. 
Whole environment provide necessary balance of mind and body to learn Tai Chi Chuan. It is important to understand more the concept of this art in this cultural context. 
Tank you because I became more conscious of my self. 
 
Angelica (2007-9-9)


I found a local for training and studying in which i feel at home. 
A home in which the kindness of people i have never felt in other place. 
The integration of my self was easy and the exchange of knowledge was very precious. 
I received all that they have to give to me and i feel that they received all that i had to give to them. 
It's good to feel that i belong to a world in which doesn't exist differences between races, cultures and ideologies 
We are all in one.' 
 
Sandra (2007-9-6)

It takes time before the COSMOS understands what people want or they need. 
For me it was a course of changing with some exchange also, kindness, where 
we created a strong effect. 
I consider the school have the eternal exchange to understand the students.

Many many thanks to SIFU Chen Xiangwen and Victor GU 
Sandra Bras' 

 
Sofia (2007-8-25)
Message: 
'It's truly a big sensation to feel that we are in the heart of all the traditional culture of China and of the Universe, and to have access to that - the martial arts, the internal martial arts, the I Ching, the Taoism... Here we can work our conscious and our unconscious altogether and be a more complete being!

 


PRICE LIST
Unit:yuan

The exchange rates for a few currencies , take July 6,2007 for example, are as follow : 1 British Pound = 15.3149yuan ; 1euro = 10.3502yuan; 1 dollar = 7.6135yuan; 1HK dollar = 0.97403yuan; 100JP yen =6.1921 yuan

A)Three-in-one payment: the payment covers Gongfu course plus food and accommodation
Pay by day ------ 400 yuan/day
Pay by week ------ 2000 yuan/week
Pay by month------6400yuan/month
Pay by year -----60000yuan/year
B) Payment for the other courses apart from Gongfu can be discussed.
C) Other payment (optional):
1.Gongfu suits (jacket+pants+Taoist shoes) 300 yuan
2.student Pass: 6 yuan
3.Completion Certificate: 50 yuan