An old saying in Chinese martial arts field says: “The master teaches the trade, but the perfection of the apprentice’s skill depends on himself”. Our masters will teach you how to do something and they will do their utmost to help you to progress, but your actual progress all depends on your personal effort. The harder you train, the more you learn, and the better you get.
It is also said: “No pain, no gain” physical pain or weakness will most likely bother you at some point and you might not want to do anything. This is where you need to be extra strong in mind and our masters will do all they can to help you with this and you will come out on the other side stronger than ever.
The basic skills of legs, waist, shoulders and stance training need to be practiced daily to build up a solid foundation for further development of your Kung Fu skills. The basic skills can be applied in all the various styles to learn more specific routines of e.g. boxing, kicking and weapon skills. The harder you work the better your results will be.
An outline of our daily training schedule is given below. Students train up to 6 hours a day, five days a week, the weekend is off. The schedule can be adjusted to your personal goals, style focus and body condition. For example, it can be full time Tai Chi, or Meditation besides Wudang class. You should talk with your master in the beginning of your stay about your goals so you together can create the most optional training plan.
Note: Class times change slightly with the seasons.
The first morning class (6.00-7.00) and the second afternoon training (16.30-17.30) is optional.
Wudang Kung Fu practice entails three levels. The primary is form and appearance. The intermediate level is `integration of mind and fist’, transforming the tangible into the intangible, turning the law into the lawless, obeying no rules, having no movement to follow and controlling the enemy from the intangible. The highest level is when you no longer have to think, Kung fu becomes a part of you and who you are. Teaching plans are based on these principles.
In order to give you a general idea of what you can learn during different lengths of stay, we provide you a rough teaching plan. This plan will be adjusted individually to personal body condition, preference and improvements. For example, if you like one type of weapon in particular you can learn more forms of that weapon during your stay here. Remember though that the masters have spend their entire life learning the art of kung fu, their suggestions for optimal forms for you might not always be what you expect but if you adhere to their advice you will see great results.
After you’ve finished a set of movements or a form, masters will teach you all its practical applications in order to make you understand the underlying meaning of the form. You will be granted an official certificate from the academy to display all your learning’s after you finish your training period.
One month: In this time you will learn the wudang kung fu basics, and one traditional short fist form. Furthermore you will be able to learn basic Tai Chi moves and a basic Tai Chi form if you should wish. Depending on experience some students might be able to learn more and some less than described.
|Examples of forms:||– 13 Step Tai Chi Fist|
|– Liang Yi Fist or Long Hua List|
|– Five Step Fist|
Three months: During three months of studying you will learn some more advanced Wudang fists and weapons (either a long or a soft weapon), Sanda wrestling techniques, the law of attack and defense, Sanda sparring and some Qi Gong. What you can learn in 3 months will also depend on how much you train and/or your preferences for specific styles.
|Examples of forms:||– Tai Yi Five Elements Fist|
|– Xuan Wu Fist|
|– Tai He Fist|
|– 24 Step Tai Chi Fist|
|– Tai Chi Straightsword|
Six months: During this time you can learn about four weapons, six fist and three Tai Chi forms as well as all the applications of the forms. You will also be more skilled in Sanda combat and takedown techniques. In hard Qi Gong you will able to break a brick by hand or head. Other things to train on can be Two-Finger Zen.
|Examples of forms:||– 108 Step Tai Chi|
|– Xing Yi Fist|
|– Xuan Gong Fist|
|– 24 Step Tai Chi Fist|
|– Tiger Form|
|– Four Weapons: Eight Immortals Straightsword, Horsetail Whisk, Xuan Gong Straightsword, Monk Spade (Fang Bian Chan )|
One year: You will know all Wudang Kung Fu theory (to a higher understanding of Wudang Kung Fu); Wudang Kung Fu customs; authentic Wudang health care Qi Gong, Meditation and Ba Duan Jin; flexibility training; stability training; endurance training; You will learn advanced traditional Wudang forms selected from the famous Wudang 18 types of weapons and 72 secret skills. traditional Wudang fist forms, Tai Chi, Ba Gua, Xing Yi, Liang Yi, Sanda, Qi Gong, Qing Gong (Jumping Kungfu), Taoist Medicines etc.
Please Note: Wudang Kung Fu is like a vast ocean, learning is an endless process. You are never too old and it is never too late to learn.