Wudang Tai Chi- Origin and Development

Wudang Mountain is one of the treasured and cherished Taoist Mountain in China, and now it’s been an acclaimed a scenic area to investigate the Taoist culture and in addition to this, by knowing it’s cultural benefits you will be wondering about the beautiful natural scenery.

Wudang Tai chi was derived from the term Tai Chi Chuan and it’s been regarded as China’s valuable cultural heritage. Its main focus is on Chinese Confucianism, the harmony of Taoism and Concepts of Yin-yang. Just similar to Chinese martial arts, it is also a traditional method to develop the well-being of the individual and enhances the physical health of the person.

Tai Chi has spread worldwide and it’s been practised by many number of exercisers. Wudang Mountain is the birthplace of Tai Chi. Without a doubt, a Tai Chi experience will make your Wudang venture all the more intriguing and important.

Origin of Tai Chi

Wudang Temple. Photo by drnantu

It is said that the Taoist sacred man Mr Zhang Sanfeng set up Wudang Sect in Wudang Mountain in the early Ming Dynasty (1368) and enlisted devotees from various places. After having a detailed study about Taoism, he made an incredible commitment to advancing Taoist theories.

Furthermore, he made a few Martial expressions with utilizing fist alone. It’s said that when Zhang Sanfeng was practising in a cave, he found a snake and magpie fighting. The initial attack was undertaken by magpie and the snake just gave it a deadly attack.

At the point when the magpie was depleted, the snake gave a destructive strike. Lit up by the snake, Zhang Sanfeng made Tai Chi which is well known for overcoming the unyielding with the yielding and adapting to all movements by staying still.

Due to his Kungfu achievements and Taoist full filments, Zhang Sanfeng earns a well-known reputation. Emperor Zhu Di has welcomed him to the Forbidden City to promote Taoism despite his refusal. A while later, Tai Chi was descended in Wudang Mountain.

Based on Zhang Sanfeng’s achievements, numerous generations proceed with the traditions and a few parts of training have been advanced over years. Since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, it has encountered a quick extension and the Tai Chi players are becoming all around China.

Wudang Mountain

Wudang Mountain is the birthplace of Tai Chi, and hence it’s yet a well-known place for learning Tai Chi. Numerous style of Tai Chi has developed in few schools and in some influential schools including Chen, Yang, Wu and Sun.

At present, there are numerous Scientific Research Departments which is studying about tai chi cultural and researching on Tai Chi from the point of view of physiology, physiology, brain research, natural chemistry and so on.

wudang tai chi
Wudang tai chi

Tai Chi 13 Form

As the name suggests, Tai Chi 13 Form implies 13 different groups of exercises or movements with a motive of offence and protection. Among all Tai Chi forms, it’s regarded as the mother and made by Zhang Sanfeng.

Individuals cherished it as the fortune of Chinese martial arts and the Tai chi’s essence. The 13 forms of movements were made by eight additional Meridians which associate with five inward organs. The 13 Form contains eight fundamental developments which comprise of five movements and the two are coordinated with one another equally.

The eight different hand gestures were originated from Eight Trigrams, which involves paradise, wind, earth, fire, water, thunder, mountain and lake. It is partitioned into two sections – four corner hands and four primary hands.


For a great many years, the Wudang Taoism is considered as the key school of Chinese Taoism. This religion focuses on morals and the blend of three religions, in particular, the Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Moreover, Wudang Mountain is favoured for its Wudang martial arts.

The well-known Tai Chi likewise called shadowboxing, Xing Yi Quan and so on were started there. Consequently, such huge numbers of martial arts lovers visit Mount Wudang from various nations and districts to feel its appeal and the advantages to their bodies and brains.

Wudang Taichi 13, by Master Bing, Zhong Xuechao wudangdao.com

Traditional Kungfu Academy- Wudang Daoist

Among the numerous Kung fu Schools in and around Wudang Mountain, the Wudang Daoist Traditional Kungfu Academy is an expert and old one. It was built up in 2004 by Taoist minister Yuan Shimao – the fifteenth era of Zhang Sanfeng and the follower of Zhong Yunlong.

Mr Yuan was the boss in three things of the Third World Traditional Kung fu Championships. He and his gathering have performed Wudang Kung fu in numerous vital events, similar to the World Martial Art Expo in Beijing, Spring Festival Gala in Beijing, International Martial-music Festival in Moscow, and so on.

After researching for more number of years, Mr. Yuan has adopted numerous techniques with various learning period and learning substance to ensure everybody ready to get the embodiment of Chinese Kung Fu and feel the riddle of Taoism.

So as to make students learn in a more spacious and comfy site with the environment of Taoism, all the martial arts training classes will be given in the Yuxu Palace, the biggest Taoist royal residence in Wudang Mountain. With green tiles, red walls and mild and fresh air, and comfy surroundings, this royal residence a superb place for self-development.

Study Tai Chi

The educators possess a good knowledge of kung fu and English. There are different sorts of Chinese martial arts classes practised in Wudang Daoist Traditional Kung fu Academy, and Tai Chi has the capability to attract more and more Kung fu fans.

The classes are subdivided into two gatherings, long term and short term study. If you are an explorer with restricted time yet need to encounter the delight of playing Tai Chi, it is a smart thought to be a part of the short Tai Chi practising classes. You can go through 0.5-1 day or more days playing Tai Chi under the guidance of the mentors.

If you are a Tai Chi fan and need a little further practice, some different classes are accessible. It takes almost 10-15 days to learn Tai Chi 13 Form or Tai Chi 28 gestures and 20~30 days to learn Tai Chi 108 course.

wudang taichi student
Student at Wudang mountain

The Wudang Sword

Inner silence • Flowing like water • In the middle of being “Zhuanding”

The Wudang sword is part of the classic martial arts and goes back to the Li family and their famous masters.
Shandong Province is closely associated with the historical development of the Wudang sword form practised today and its traditional roots of Wudang sword art.

Wudang 49 form

The form 49 leads back to Li Tian Ji, who was able to study martial arts directly with his father, Li Yu Lin and his teachers Li Jing Lin and Sun Lu Tan.
From this line of ancient masters, the traditional Tai Ji sword and the Wudang sword art were merged and reworked into a sword art form practised today.

The movements

The movements of the Tai Ji sword are relaxed and supple, gentle and not hard, characteristic of following the body with the mental image. This makes the movements of the Wudang sword beautifully natural, with elastic flowing movements in harmony with the spirit and the sword.
The Wudang Tai Ji sword form 49 symbolizes the smooth mobility of the dragon and the stability of the great mountain Wudang.

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