Mount Wudang is considered the birthplace of Wudang Martial Arts.
Wudang is renowned as a research center for learning and practicing meditation, martial arts, traditional Chinese medicine and arts related to Taoism. Before the Songs dynasty, Zhang San Feng (祖师 祖师) was reported to be the originator of tai ji Quan and would have allowed the development of Martial Arts in Wudang. Many talented masters have succeeded each other in wudang to enable the development of boxing and wudang kung-fu, a mysterious martial art combining body and mind, flexibility and firmness, power and softness … .
Wudang martial arts are also considered a true art of health and fitness.
Wudang Mountain Taoist Martial Arts Research Institute
The Wudang Research Institute is the first traditional martial arts institute run by the authentic wudang monks and managed by the Wudang Taoist Association.
The institute is located directly in the Wudang National Geopark in the main temple, it is the only one able to teach Martial Arts on the wudang Geopark.
Trainings are taught by monks, coaches or teachers recognized by the Taoist Wudang Association.
The trainings and courses are usually right inside the temple and its surroundings,
As the institute has access to the entire wudang Geopark, they will also be made in the mountain or in different small temples located on Mount wudang
A typical day in summer:
- 5h30 – 7h : first class
- 7h : breakfast
- 8h30 – 11h/11h30 : 2nd class
- 11h30 : lunch
- 15h30 – 17h30: 3rd class
- 17h30/18h : dinner
- 19h – 20h : 4th class
This is just one example of the day, times may vary according to the seasons and the selected classes and lessons.
The rest of the time you have free time and can go about your own business or take the opportunity to revise.
Saturday and Sunday are days off. (There may be some weeks there has classes on Saturday)
The courses are open to all levels, whether you are beginners or experienced masters will ensure to best adapt their teachings
Everyone is different and everyone does not have the physical ability to train as much, that’s why we offer everyone to plan their stay with us so you can fully enjoy your experience. We invite you to check our services for more information.
Each student of the institute will have access to the entire wudang Geopark (about 200 hectares), during your rest periods you can take advantage to discover the site. (Beware though, if you wish to take the cable cars, bus … they will be at your expense, some small independent temples may also charge entrance fees)
Hikes can also be arranged by the institute.
The Wudang Institute offers various lessons, mainly learning martial arts but also Chinese culture.
Here is a list of lessons:
The Xing Yi is one of the wudang boxing styles. This form is characterized by its explosiveness, its striking strikes and its linear and curvilinear displacements.
The ji ben quan is one of the very first forms of Wudang San feng (三丰 三丰). This boxing is mainly characterized by its explosiveness and its rapid movements.
The Fu Hu Quan is a basic form practiced by all Taoist monks. It was created to protect Wudang Mountain and its temple. This boxing is characterized by its energies explosions and great physical strength.
The Long Hua Quan also called dragon boxing is a characteristic form of northern China. Developed in Wudang, it is characterized by its many powerful and spectacular kicks. Liang yi quan also known as Tai yi quan, it can be translated by the boxing of the 2 extremes, indeed, it combines hard and soft, power and softness, speed and slowness, yin and The yang. The Ba Gua is a very widespread form of Wudang, based on the Chinese theory of 8 Trigrams and 5 elements from the Yi-King. It is an internal form that is characterized by its circular displacements. The tai yi wu xing quan is a very important form in the practice of the internal martial arts of Wudang. It is mainly based on the theory of yin and yang and the five elements. This form helps practitioners to regulate their breathing during the attacks and defenses. Tai quan he is a form that combines the intention, breathing and movement. It is characterized by its fluid movements and energies explosions. The Xiao yao zhang is a form that combines tai ji, Xing yi and Ba gua. Xuan Quan zhen is an intermediate form of Wudang, it is characterized by its many jumps and kicks. The Tai ji quan or Supreme ultimate boxing is a martial art in its own right. It is an art called internal, it is both a defense system and a preventive medicine, its health benefits are very recognized in china. Here we are in competition versions of tai ji quan, you can study there and perfect the official forms approved by Chinese federations. The Qi Qong is a traditional Chinese gymnastics which by the repetition of movements, the control of the breathing and the concentration promotes the well being and the health. It also allows you to master your body and mind. Several forms of Qi Qong are practiced: Qi Qong preventive (health and well-being), qi qong martial and Qi qong medical. Study the main weapons of Wudang such as ba gua jian, tai yi dao, tai ji qiu, zi wu qiang, dan jian … This list is not exhaustive, it regroups the main teachings but other forms are also studied.
Study traditional Chinese instruments such as the GuZheng and the Traditional Bamboo Flute
Learn about the art of Chinese calligraphy
Study the basic principles of Taoist culture and Chinese philosophy
Introduction to Taoist Chinese medicine, mainly to the study of Mount Wudang plants and their usefulness in medicine, Yi-King study fundamental principle of Chinese medicine
Study the art of Chinese tea, the different types and qualities of tea. Learn how to perform a tea ceremony in the Chinese tradition
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You will stay a few meters from the temple in the hotel built by the monks at the edge of the mountain.
You will stay in a double room (possibility of single room following availability but this will generate additional cost)
Each room will be equipped with:
- 2 beds
- 2 closet
- Chairs and desk
- A bathroom (toilet and shower)
- Wifi and ethernet socket
The institute provides 3 meals a day (morning, noon and evening)
Meals will be taken in the hotel restaurant, they will consist of traditional Chinese dishes (soups, vegetables, tofu, egg, rice, noodles …. )
We are partner with Wudang, so the Fee are preferential
The institute’s fee include full board accommodation (3 meals per day + hotel accommodation in the institute) as well as trainings and classes.
The payment will be made directly to the institute, we will send you all details by mail once the registration fee has been paid.
Registration fees are not deducted from school fees
|Per day||Per month||Per year|
|500 yuans per people||8000 yuans per people||55640 yuans per people|