The emblem of the Wudang Academy is not only a quality assurance and guarantees authenticity, but also ensures professional competence in the field of application. Courses, training, and seminars at the Wudang Academy are practice-oriented and contain a full understanding of the applied Daoist healing, philosophy and martial arts.
In contrast to the chaotic and capitalist development with the San Feng Cultural Heritage in China, the International Wudang Academy of Internal Arts defines a precise level and thus guarantees quality.
San Feng Lineage
The San Feng line is the most prestigious group in Wudang due to the authentic and comprehensive teachings. Through the Wudang Daoist Association, the traditional San Feng line has been maintained and made accessible to the public in 1989 after the change of Chief Coach Guo Gaoyi under the new leadership of Chief Coach Zhong Yun Long.
Two other groupings: Xuan Wu and Long Men (Dragongate) came out publicly, they have little in common with the San Feng line and until recently have not been preserved as well. Today, there are some new groupings, which, however, are mostly self-manufactured styles and have nothing in common with the original tradition of Wudang.
While many other styles pursue esoteric and religious goals, the San Feng line is orienting to the philosophical and application – related Daoism (according to Laozi), the teachings of Zhang San Feng, the founder of internal martial arts, and preventive methods of healing Medicine. The proven contents of the San Feng line are visibly recognized and studied. In the West, in sports science, medicine and philosophy, the San Feng line gains more and more academic notoriety and reputation.
The International Wudang Academy of Internal Arts gives everyone the opportunity to understand the San Feng cultural heritage in its applicability logically. From a healthy body and mind to individual self-development, the inner Wudang arts of our academy explain a universal understanding that everyone can continue to live and represent for themselves.
The content is basing on three main categories:
- Internal martial arts are a long way of self-awareness through the continuous strengthening of mind and body. The inner struggle is preferred because the reason for a conflict always lies primarily with one itself. While the conflict is often interpreted as something contradictory, fighting is a contributing and productive process of self-development. This “inner struggle” deals the self with the state of being on a deep physical, mental and emotional level.
- Preventive curative arts from Wudang have Daoist roots and is today’s basis for traditional Chinese medicine. This ancient form of healing is a self-study and has a very practical focus that works and is appreciated in preventive medicine by many western physicians. For all patients who had medical care at the same time, everyone could improve their condition at all levels by adhering to a strict training plan. Utilizing special exercises body-specific processes are realized and understood. The willingness and readiness for change are fundamental to work consistently on our health.
- Applied philosophy is the main observation in San Feng Daoism. This understanding of our self and the construction of Yin and Yang gives us the inspiration and motivation to turn the thematic Wudang teaching into living art. This philosophy is the core of the principles of the universe according to old school explanations and is in our academy logically handed down and applicable.
The five disciplines of the San Feng line:
- Nei Gong is the discovery of the subconscious. Here the solutions of one’s problems are found – by self-discovery to the origin. Nei Gong trains the feeling of the self and soothes the mind.
- Qi Gong in Wudang has a unique Daoist character and is the foundation of the internal martial arts. Qi Gong enhances vitality, improves the blood quality, and can quickly relieve pain, back pain, and joint pain. Even chronically ill people benefit from the proven Qi Gong exercises.
- Tai Ji combines mental concentration with coordinated body control and brings our entire self into consonance and harmony. In addition to the complete theory, it is also important in our academy to implement this. Whoever understands Tai Ji optimizes his natural way of life and benefits from an improved quality of life.
- Liang Yi, also called Tai Yi is a famous Wudang discipline that broadens the understanding of Tai Ji. Liang Yi is the direct force conversion which is controlled by Yin and Yang. Less is about harmony, but about a practice-oriented implementation of the Tai Ji principles.
- Kung Fu is a personality-oriented discipline based on strengthening body and mind. In this way, we are emotionally grounded and form a suitable vessel for the application of the internal martial art. Without Kung Fu, there is a lack of a strong mentality and discipline to work consistently.
The eight gates of the San Feng doctrine and their origin:
(The principles for the five disciplines are derived from these eight goals.)
- Tàijí Mén from the priests: Guo Gaoyi and Zhu Chengde.
- Xíng Yì Mén from the northern Shàng Jì Lineage and southern Huángwànxiáng.
- Bā Guà Mén from the priest Liú Chéng Xǐ.
- Bā jí mén from the academic Zhāng Lóng style.
- Xuán Zhēn Mén from Master Kuāng Cháng Xiū in Laoshan.
- Bā Xiān Mén from Daoist Gānsù Chén Ye in Hunan.
- Liù Hé Mén is an expansion of Xíng Yì Mén.
- Jiǔ Gōng Mén is an expansion of Bāguà Mén.
Along with this comprehensive knowledge handed down over generations, the San Feng line forms a self-contained system of internal arts. The preservation of this cultural heritage is the responsibility of our academy.
The path of the San Feng line begins by intense physical training. During this training, you learn to unite calmness and strength to develop Qi. The application of internal martial arts takes place through a natural learning process. Getting closer to the Dao means to think mentally unbiased, like a child’s condition, to be free from prejudices and inner conflicts. The body becomes supple and elastic, the most important requirement for an impressionable mind.
In principle, anyone who has the intention to learn the San Feng line must be clear that it is not an easy task to do! Discipline and the willingness to follow strict guidelines are conditional. For some, the intellectual and physical requirements that the academy places on their students can hardly be fulfilled – and it is precisely in this respect that the goals of this unique training in Austria are addressed:
- Willingness to redefine and rearrange his “inner” being
- Willingness to self-reflection and self-criticism
- Willingness to abandon egoism and egocentrism
as well as:
- Extraordinary endurance and tenacity
- Exceptional physical co-ordination
- Above-average performance and concentration
All this is taught to the student in very intensive and often strenuous teaching units. We follow strictly the original ideals of the Chinese doctrine in the academy. For this reason, “westernization” has no place in the sense of relief in the classroom. For all students, the road to the Dao is not easy – but when the goal is set, the practitioner is an entirely different person who has no fear of any challenges ahead!