6 Months Tai Chi Instructor Training in Hubei, China

  • China Wudang Kungfu Academy, Taiji Lake, Wudang Mountain, Shiyan City, Hubei, China

Overview

Tai Chi Instructor Training

The Tai Chi Instructor Training course has been designed specifically for those who want to become a Wudang Taiji Coach in future. The overall effect of this study combines movement with stillness and the internal strength and external work complement each other. Learning from the lower to the upper, from outside to inside, will help you understand the cultivation of the interior and exterior, and unity of form and spirit. This is the character and essence of Wudang Neijia or internal Kungfu.

Highlights

  • Daily wudang taiji training sessions
  • Graduation certificate of wudang taiji
  • Learn traditional wudang kungfu forms
  • Learn Chinese mandarin and calligraphy
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 182 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 144 days with instruction
  • Chinese (mandarin), English
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The accommodation offered in China Wudang Kungfu Academy are single room or double room with classic and comfortable environment, equipped with air conditioner, high-speed internet, and ensuite with clean, and tidy bathroom

First Month

Taiji three-part training method (Wudang basic steps, Daojiao Huogu Qigong, Taiji basic postures)

Wudang Sanfeng 13-form Taiji (Original Form)

Taiji Zhuang Gong (Stance): Dantian Tiaoxi Juqi Zhuang, Taiji Yinjin Zhuang

Second Month

  • Wudang Taiji 28
  • Fuhu Quan(Tiger form)
  • Hunyuan Zhuang

Third Month

  • Wudang Taiyi Wuxing Quan
  • Daomen Baduan Jin Qigong

Fourth Month

  • Wudang Taiji Sword
  • Wuxing Qigong( Five Animals Qigong)

Fifth Month

  • Daojiao traditional health-preserving Qigong
  • Wudang Xuanwu Quan
  • Bagua Zhang(Palm)

Sixth Month

  • Wudang Taiji 108 form

Six month program and graduation

You are welcome to commence your training at any time. Upon completion of the course, a Graduation Certificate of Wudang Taiji will be issued for you by China Wudang Kungfu Academy.

Teaching experience after graduation

After six-month of studying, you will have an opportunity to practice teaching and continue your training for 3 months. During these three months, you will get a discounted fee for accommodation in which you will only be paying for 3000 CNY for standard double room and 4000 CNY for standard single room per month. After 3-month teaching experience, the students who pass the examination will be issued a Coach Certificate of Wudang Taiji, which is helpful for those that want to teach and spread the benefits of Wudang Taiji. Successful students may also be able to stay at the academy as coaches.

Becoming disciples of Master Chen and 16th generation of Wudang sect

Also, students with good character and a high standard of kungfu may apply to be disciples of Master Chen Shixing and become 16th generation inheritors of the Wudang Sanfeng Sect, helping to develop and spread Wudang Taiji with Master Chen. For students who want to open a training center after graduation, our academy can send coaches to offer technical guidance and support.

China Wudang Kung Fu Academy training schedule

Summer daily schedule Friday to Wednesday

  • 05:30 - 07:00 Morning excercise
  • 07:30 - 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 10:30 Morning training
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Afternoon training
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Night excercise

Winter daily schedule Friday to Wednesday

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Morning excercise
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Morning training
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 17:00 Afternoon training
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:30 Night excercise

Free time

Every Thusday will be an off day and there will be no training conducted.

Martial Arts

Taichi

Taichi is an internal training method that was created by Zhang San Feng, a legendary Daoist priest. Contrary to the widespread misconception that Taichiquan is simply a calisthenic exercise for the elderly, it is actually a deep internal practice that requires great dedication and a strong determination.

In fact, Taichi is a complete system composed of three kinds of Gong Fa: Taichi Gongfa, Liangyi Gongfa and Wu Ji Gongfa. Each GongFa has derived its own branches with its own training purposes and methods, but they are all integrated and complementary to the others.

Taichi GongFa

Taichi is the balancing interaction of yin and yang. Under the Taichi system, Taichiquan is the form that we use not only to cultivate ourselves but also for learning to develop and understand feeling in our bodies and how to integrate that into movement.

In Taichiquan practice we learn to conceal hardness within the softness of movement, breath through the Dantian and use our intention and internal awareness to guide our movement. Taichi GongFa includes Wudang Sanfeng Taichi 13 form, Wudang Taichi 28 form,and Wudang Taichi Sword.

Liangyi Gongfa

Liangyi is the separation of yin and yang. Under the Taichi System, Liangyiquan is for the use of the energy that we have cultivated through our practice. In Taichiquan, we combine the soft and hard, whereas in Liangyiquan practice, we separate the soft and hard.

In Taichiquan, all movements are at the same speed, with the same balance in softness and hardness at once, but in Liangyiquan, the movement is slow and soft one moment, followed by fast, sudden movement, called fali, the next.

The power of Liangyiquan is explosive, resembling a bomb detonating; its practice is more for use in practical fighting application. Liangyi GongFa includes Wudang Xuanwu Quan,Taiyi Wuxing Quan, Fuhu Quan (Tiger form), and Bagua Zhang (Palm)

Wuji GongFa

Wuji refers to QiGong, including three Tao Lu: Daoyin, stance and meditation. Under the Taichi system, practicing Wuji Gong is a process of gathering Jing (Essence), Qi (Energy), and Shen (spirit), which are three necessary vitalities for our health.

In Daoism, to strengthen and practice our Jing, Qi, and Shen is the ideal way of becoming healthier, so Wuji is also acknowledged as the road to immortality. Wuji GongFa includes Daojiao Huogu Qigong, Wuxing Qigong (Five Animals Qigong), Daomen Baduan Jin Qigong, Hunyuan Zhuang Gong, Taichi Yinjin Zhuang, and Daojiao traditional health-preserving Qigong.

Traditional Wudang Kungfu

Wudang Kungfu is an important style of Chinese martial arts and has a very long history. Wudang Kungfu comprises many training methods designed for keeping healthy and prolonging one's life while at the same time gaining many effective fighting skills. It is not just a school of martial arts, rather a complete system for both self defense and health preservation.

Wudang Kungfu cannot be separated from Daoist culture. Wudang Kungfu has its roots in the fertile soil of the thousands of years' ancient Chinese civilization. Wudang Kungfu is a way of studying the laws of life and nature. One may say that Wudang Kungfu is the crystallisation of the Daoist exploration of life.

It contains ancient Chinese philosophical theories, combining the traditional concepts of Taiji, Yin and Yang, Wu Xing (Five Elements), and Ba Gua (Eight Trigrams) with boxing theory, boxing skills, training principles and attack strategies.

It is said that Zhang Sanfeng, the founder of Wudang Kungfu, was cultivating his spiritual energy in the mountains when he witnessed a fight between a crane and a snake. The crane was flying up and down to attack and the snake was shaking its body and raising its head in defense.

The scene inspired Zhang Sanfeng and provided him with a general understanding of the Taiji theory. He then proceeded to create Wudang Internal Kungfu. He found in the battle between the two creatures the following two principles: one must overcome the strong in a gentle way and win by striking only when the enemy has made its move.

Having been developed and supplemented by many masters through the years, Wudang Kungfu now has several different schools and styles which include Taiji, Xingyi (Form and Will Boxing), Ba Gua Zhang (Eight Trigram Palm), Light Body Kungfu, Hard Qigong and further styles of qigong.

Wudang kungfu has come from deep in the mountains and become an important school of Chinese martial arts. There are many Wudang Kungfu schools today, but the lineage of Zhang Sanfeng remains the one that has inherited Wudang Kungfu in the most complete way. Master Chen Shixing is a 15th-generation Sanfeng Master.

Wudang Internal Kung Fu

Chinese martial arts has been divided into waijia (external) kungfu and neijia (internal) kungfu. Waijia comes from the Shaolin temple, while neijia originates from Wudang mountain. Wudang mountain is the birthplace of Wudang martial arts (also known as Wudang wushu, Wudang kungfu, Daoist martial arts, neijia quan and Wudang quan).

Wudang martial arts has a long history, is one of the main schools of Chinese martial arts and enjoys a high reputation. Wudang kungfu cannot be separated from Daoist culture. The philosophical background is ancient Chinese, applying the traditional concepts of taiji, yin and yang, wu xing (Five Elements) and bagua (Eight Trigrams) to boxing theory and practice, training principles and fighting strategies.

Wudang kungfu is a way of studying the laws of life and nature. One may say that Wudang kungfu is the crystallisation of the Daoist exploration of life. Daoists pursue longevity and their cultivation is often accompanied by martial arts. Before the Song Dynasty, there were many Daoists who were martial arts masters.

At the beginning of the Ming Dynasty, Zhang Sanfeng, who practised in Wudang Mountain, created taiji quan and laid a solid foundation for the development of Wudang martial arts. Developing over hundreds of years, Wudang kungfu has become one of the main schools of Chinese martial arts and has spread throughout the South. So as the saying goes: "The north honours Shaolin, the south reveres Wudang."

Wudang Taichi Quan

Wudang Taichi Quan is based on achieving a fullness of internal energy, breath, and spirit. While practicing, the eight kinds of body awareness that Wudang Taichi Quan stresses are; lightness, easiness, roundness, evenness, flexibility, changeableness, steadiness and precision.

The motto for practice is to be relaxed, complete, well-timed, and swift. Wudang Tachi requires one to be hard and strong inside, round and smooth outside and to strike out quickly, so fast that the opponent does not have the time to react. Move like the waves of the Yangzi River flowing to the ocean, one after another, never stopping.

Wudang Qigong

In the third chapter of Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, it says; "Empty the mind, fill the belly, weaken the ambition, strengthen the character." Naturally then, this is also the motto for practicing Wudang Taoist Qigong.

To practice each movement correctly, the theory of hard qigong must be understood first, and then the energy processed. There are about eighteen ways to practice Wudang Qigong. In practicing Wudang Qigong, the first step is to move the inner breath in the small heavenly circle, also known as the first gate, whereby energy is refined and the breath transformed.

When brought together, energy, breath, and spirit become spiritual breath. The second step is to move the inner breath in the large heavenly circle, also known as the middle gate, whereby the breath is refined and the spirit is transformed.

At this point, spirit and breath become one. The third step is to combine everything into an integral; this is known as refining the spirit and returning to the state of selflessness. Recover and return to emptiness, explore the mind, make the body stronger, and prolong the life.

Basic skills

  • Wudang 36 Lu Tui Fa (36 Kicks)
  • Exercise of hands, eyes, body and steps
  • Wudang Ji Ben Quan (Basic Skills)
  • Jump and Flip

Wudang Quan

  • Xuangong Quan
  • Xuanzhen Quan
  • Fuhu Quan (Tiger Form)
  • Longhua Quan (Dragon Form)
  • Xuanwu Quan
  • Baji Quan
  • Xingyi Quan (Body and Will Fist)
  • Bagua Zhang (Bagua Palm)
  • Taiji 13 Form
  • Taiji 28 Form
  • Taiji 108 Form
  • Taihe Quan
  • Taiyi Wuxing Quan (Taiyi Five Elements Form)
  • Taiyi Xuanwu Quan

Wudang weapons

  • Taiji Jian (Taiji Sword)
  • Taiyi Xuanmen Jian (Taiyi Xuanmen Sword)
  • Baxian Jian (Eight Immortals Sword)
  • Baxian Gun (Eight Immortals Stick)
  • Ziwu Qiang (Ziwu Spear)
  • Xuangong Dao
  • Chunqiu Dao
  • Fangbian Chan (Convenient Shovel)
  • Fu Chen (Horsetail Whisk)
  • Taiyi Fuchen (Taiyi Horsetail Whisk)
  • Ding Pa (Rake)

Health-preserving Qigong

  • Daojiao Huogu Qigong
  • Daojiao Dongjing Qigong
  • Wuxing Qigong (Wudang Five Animal Qigong)
  • Taoist Baduanjing
  • Meditation
  • Dantian Tiaoxi Juqi Zhuang
  • Taiji Yinjing Zhuang
  • Taiji Hunyuan Zhuang

Wushu Qigong

  • Hard Qigong
  • Tie Sha Zhang (Iron Palm) practice with herbs
  • Tie Bi Gong (Iron Arm) practice with herbs

China Wudang Kung Fu Academy

Academy history

China Wudang Kungfu Academy was established on June 22, 2007. Our goal is to become the best Daoism Kungfu school in China. From here, we will follow our ancestors footprints and search for the true meaning of Wudang Martial arts. We hope that Wudang Kungfu can spread all over the world and benefit a variety of cultures.

The best kungfu academy in China

In the past three years, our team has spared no effort to become the best kungfu academy in China. We have a unique training environment and an experienced teaching team. It has always been Master Chen's dream to carry forward the Sanfeng School for the benefit of all people around the world.

Uniqueness of our kungfu academy

There is an old saying in China that no scholar is so well taught as he who teaches himself. Do you know the true meaning of learning for yourself after a master has introduced you to a practice? Internal factors are decisive for a persons development. External factors have an important influence on the internal factors. Your learning level depends on authentic kungfu, a peaceful environment and good service.

Academy highlights

  • We inherit the major tradition of the Wudang School; the Sanfeng School.
  • We have a highly responsible master; Master Chen Shixing. He teaches personally and supervises the teaching staff.
  • We have three excellent 15th generation masters of the San Feng School of Wudang martial arts.
  • We put a lot of energy into teaching, using the best teaching methods.
  • Students numbers are limited in our academy, not exceeding 100 students. We aim not to be the biggest, but the best.

Our dream

  • Our dream is that all people live a long and healthy life.
  • Our dream is that everyone has the chance to learn taichi quan.
  • Our dream is that all pracitioners can learn the essence of taichi health preservation and not just taichi gymnastics.
  • Taichi quan transforms your consciousness, activates the cells of the body and aligns your reality.
  • Harmonious taichi, harmonious together, harmonious world.
  • One academy, one family. We hope all our students can realise their kungfu dream by training hard and achieving the essence of health preserving.

Free trial

For students who are not sure where to study, we offer a free trial day for those who wish to find out more about our academy, including tuition, food and accommodation. If you are not satisfied, you can visit another academy. This is a free service to people who travel to Wudang to visit many schools and are interested in studying at our academy.

  • Master Chen

    Master Chen is a native of Yangxin county. He is the proud disciple of Master Zhong Yunlong, who is an outstanding 14th generation disciple of the Wudang Sanfeng Sect. Master Chen has loved kungfu since childhood, and trained on Wudang mountain from the age of 11. After more than 18 years of hard training and the tempering of his will power, he has become a highly respected disciple of Wudang Kung Fu, well known for his ability at Wudang Kung Fu forms, free-boxing, Internal training, Qinggong, and other health preserving Qigong techniques.

  • Guo Dongwei

    Guo Dongwei is an outstanding 15th generation disciple of the Wudang Sanfeng sect. He was born in Ju Ye county which is located at He Ze city in Shangdong province. Since eight years old, he began to learn provisions of the national juvenile boxing. When he was 11 years old, he started learning external fist style, and came to learn Wudang internal martial arts at 15. In 2004, he performed at the opening ceremony of the 2nd World Martial Arts and Free-boxing Tournament hold in Macau. Coach Guo is expert in Wudang Sanfeng Taichi, pu dao, nine-section whip, eight-immortal stick, and cavort.

  • Ming Ping Cheng

    Coach Ming Ping Cheng is a proud disciple of Master Zhong Yunlong, making him an excellent 15th generation disciple of the San Feng Sect. Ming began his kungfu studies when he was young, and came to Wudang in the year 2000. After many years of hard and diligent training, he has inherited the essence of the internal Wudang kungfu, and is especially well known for Taichi, Bagua, Xingyi, and Wudang sword. He has been teaching since 2006, and has received accolades from lots of Kungfu fans and Qigong followers. Ming continues to accumulate rich teaching experience through continuous hard training.

  • Dai Qianyu

    Qianyui is a native of Wulong county, Chongqing city, and has loved Wushu since childhood. He trained his basic wushu skills under his uncle starting when he was 8 years old. He came to Wudang mountain and became apprenticed to Master Chen in order to study Wudang wushu. He is determined to spend his life carrying Wudang wushu forward and strengthening the Chinese Nation.

  • Xiang Hongsheng

    Inspired by his surroundings, Xiang Hongsheng developed a deep love for KungFu at an early age. After watching many films about Wudang KungFu, he found that he had fallen in love with the internal forms, and wanted to study them more than any others. He resigned from his job resolutely and immediately went to Wudang Mountain, the birthplace of the internal styles, to seek a true master of Wudang Kung Fu. He was extremely fortunate to meet and become an apprentice to Master Chen, an outstanding Wudang Kung Fu master.

China Wudang Kung Fu Academy is located in the holy land of Wudang Martial Arts at Yuanhe temple. It is next to Zhang Sanfeng's palace; Yuzhen palace. Xuanyue gate is beside us, which is the first gate of Mount Wudang. It is named the first pass to immortality. We are on the ancient way to Mount Wudang; the Sacred Way. Master Chen wants us to follow in the immortals footsteps to walk to the summit step by step and spread Wudang Wushu to the world.

Considering some people are vegetarians, so we prepared different dishes. Every meal includes one soup, one vegetable dish and one with meat. The flavors and style vary with every meal.

We offer free Mandarin and calligraphy classes. We can also organize other classes, for example Chinese Chess-playing classes or other aspects of traditional Chinese culture. You may also visit many interesting local places with other students in your spare time.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Xiangfan (now it is renamed Xiang Yang Airport) and you can book flights online.

Here is a link to one popular website for domestic flights www.english.ctrip.com

We can pick you up from Xiangfan for a fee of 450 RMB.

Arrival by train

The nearest train station to our academy is Wudangshan. Shiyan train station is also near and many fast trains stop here and not at Wudangshan.

Pick up from Wudangshan train station costs 60 RMB, and from Shiyan is 100RMB.

You will have to buy train tickets when you arrive in China. Hotels or hostels often buy these for you for a fee or you can go to the train station by yourself.

Here is a link to a website with lots of information about travelling by train in China: http://www.seat61.com/China.htm and here is a link to a website showing the train timetable for China: http://www.chinatravelguide.com/ctgwiki/Special:CNTrainSearch?method=1

For information about the booking conditions, please send China Wudang Kung Fu Academy an inquiry.
  • Review by Marie Claude from France
    9 out of 10

    "I spent 2 months in Master Chens academy and it was a great experience. I found its a perfect place to practice in a friendly atmosphere and with a very helpful team of teachers. Coming here in Wudang to study Wushu was a dream and now even if I know that I have to keep going practicing abroad, I bring back with me more than Wushu forms but also some pieces of Wudang spirit."

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  • Review by Kelly Harper from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I was extremely impressed with the peaceful China Wudang Kung Fu Academy. The staff and students are of high quality and made me to feel welcome. The one week I spent training here taught me more about Kung Fu and the aspects of it that are unique to Wu Dang. Best of all are the students! They all have a love for Kung Fu that excites you to continue training after you have left. Sifu Chens School, like the Shaolin Temple, is a destination-sur-route for all Gong Fu practitioners."

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  • Review by Nathan Roy from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "I stayed at the school for one month and I learned Taichi 13 form and the tiger form. The Taichi made me graceful and the Tiger form give me force. The teachers and students at the school were very nice. I enjoyed my time here a lot and it is all thanks to shifu."

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Hubei, China

Master Chen's school, the China Wudang Kungfu Academy, offers traditional martial arts training in an authentic temple setting.

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