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Tuesday, 11 December 2007

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       Wudang Gongfu, one important school of Chinese Martial Arts, has a very long history. Wudang Gongfu, incorporating the ways to keep healthy and prolong the lifespan and collecting the skills to fight, is not only a special school of Martial Arts, but also a whole system of Martial Arts theory.
       Wudang Gongfu, as a culture, taking root in the fertile soil of thousand-year long Chinese civilization, containing profound Chinese philosophical theories, has combined traditional notions of Taiji, Yinyang, Five-element, Eight-diagram into boxing theories, boxing skills, exercise and attack policies, tantamount to studying the laws of life activities. So we can say that Wudang Gongfu is the crystallization of Wudang Taoism in the process of studying life.
It is said that when Zhang-Sanfeng, the founder of Wudang Boxing, was self-cultivating in Wudang Mountain; he met a fight between a magpie and a snake. That the magpie was flying up and down to attack and the snake was shaking its body and raising its head to fight back gave him some inspiration and understood Taiji theory so that had created Wudang Boxing.
       The original legend of Wudang Gongfu and the pose of the snake in the fighting have visually demonstrated the gist of Wudang Gongfu: to overcome the strong in a gentle way and to win by striking only after the enemy had struck; to ascertain one's position and then defeat the enemy.
      After many boxing masters' enrichment and development, Wudang Gongfu has many derivative schools and kinds, such as, Taiji Boxing, Form-and-will Boxing, and Eight-diagram Palm; Taiji Spear and Taiji Sword; Qingqong, Hard Gongfu, feats and some kinds of Qigong. From then on, Wudang Gongfu has walked out of the deep mountain and become an important school of Chinese Martial Arts.

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