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Study the traditional Wudang Gong Fu at Wudang Taoist Martial Arts School. Learn directly from a highly knowledgeable master. Gain more understanding of Wudang Gongfu and the Daoist culture behind it. Be surrounded by scenic sceneries and practice Kung Fu within the great Wudang Mountain scenery.

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  • Basic Wushu exercises, Taiji, and traditional martial arts classes
  • Traditional Wudang Gongfu training with the masters Friday to Wednesday
  • Get a graduation certificate after completing your training
  • Peaceful, quiet, and scenic location
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 364 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


288 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Chinese (mandarin), English
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Accommodation is comfortable with hot water facilities; and we also have a small shop. Internet is accessible, so you can go on with your previous work or communication with those back home in your spare time. A few rooms are equipped with air-cons. In winter or summer you can require / enquire to use that room if you agree to pay for extra electricity. There are a small number of people, mainly those elderly or accustomed to luxury, can be suggested to stay in the nearby hotels.


Teaching contents will be starting from the basic Wushu exercise, and then boxing (Quan shu), Wushu with weapons, Qi Gong, traditional martial arts and Tai Ji. Every Thursday is the school off day, Wednesday is half day. Classes are from Friday to Wednesday. Upon graduation you will be given a certificate from our martial arts school.

Wudang Taoist Martial Arts School schedule

Daily schedule Friday to Wednesday (May - October)

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Morning class
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon class

Daily schedule Friday to Wednesday (November - April)

  • 09:00 - 11:00 Morning class
  • 15:00 - 17:00 Afternoon class

Wudang Kungfu training styles

Wudang Kungfu

Wudang Kungfu has profound Chinese theories

Wudang Kungfu is one important style or family of Chinese Martial Arts with a very long history. It contains profound Chinese philosophical theories, combining the traditional concepts of Taiji (TaiChi), Yin and Yang, Wu Xing (Five Elements), and the Ba Gua (Eight Trigrams) into boxing theories, boxing skills, exercises and attack strategies, all derived by studying the laws of life and nature.

Wudang Kungfu (neijia quan internal boxing) is featured by overcoming motion with stillness. The opponent will be laid down the moment he attacks. It is apparently different from Shaolin which is classified into external type boxing. Internal Gongfu was created by Zhang San-feng, a famous Taoist in the Song Dynasty.

Wudang Kung Fu, a complete system

Wudang Kung Fu contains many skills and training methods designed for keeping healthy and prolonging ones life while at the same time collecting many effective fighting methods. It is not only one particular school of martial arts, but also a complete system for both self-defense and health preservation.

Wudang Taiji

Tai Ji originated from infinity

It is the basis for all movement and stillness. It is the originator of the Two Extremes (Yin and Yang). Tai Ji was formed from Infinity by separating Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are the equal and opposite pair. Sometimes Yin stands for female and Yang stands for male. In Tai Ji, Yin represents stillness and Yang represents movement. The workings of the universe are based upon Yin and Yang.

In Tai Ji, there is stillness in movement and movement in stillness. The two are interconnected and should not be separated. Internal power is through control of the mind. Concentration of mind moves the internal energy prior to any external movement. Taijiquan is not simply the exercise for elderly, which is perhaps what is known to westerners. It is in fact a combination of Yin and Yang, Tai Ji, and infinity.

It is an art requiring perfect control of mind. It integrates stillness and movement, from external to internal, from movement to stillness, from elementary to advanced, and merging stillness with movement. Taijiquan not only directs internal power to external movements, it combines the mind with breathing, resulting in good health and an art of combat applications.

Tai Ji 13 postures

There are 13 postures (8 hand/arm movements and 5 body movements) in Tai Ji. The 8 hand/arm movements: Beng, Lu, Ji, An, Zai, Lie, Zhou, and Gao. In simplified terms, they mean: ward off, pull back, push, press, oblique turning, twist, elbow strike, and shoulder strike. The 5 body movements are directional.

They are: advance, retreat, shift to the left, shift to the right and stable equilibrium. The 13 postures are based on the 8 trigrams and 5 elements. Requirements include relaxing, body coordination, concentration of mind, and stillness in movement.

Taijiquan is a stepping-stone to Daoism. In Daoism, one has to train ones behaviour and mind. It is important to keep a peaceful mind. Through meditation, combining Yin and Yang, and stillness in movement, the internal power will flow through the whole body achieving the ultimate aim.

Wudang Qigong

Qigong, an ancient practice

Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice for cultivating the body energy, for the benefits of the physical body, mind and spirituality. Qigong practices are varied. They include hard and soft qigong, healing qigong, and general toning qigong. Wudang Qigong is an "earlier heaven" method based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles and teachings.

Qigong is a good practice for everyone, at any age to keep healthy in both body and mind.

Peoples Life and Death, Connection to Life, Dao of Life, Dao of Cultivation, Beginning of Life, Stairs of Immortality.

Xinyuan, yima

The character sits in the heart. The initial spirit within the heart is sent out through the eyes. The character in the heart is moving like an ape. The life lies in the kidneys. The initial energy within the kidneys is sent out by the root of excess and the character of heart. The thoughts are running like a horse. This is called xinyuan, yima.

Take back xinyuan, yima will follow. The ancient practitioners took back heart and will, and stabilized the jing and nurtured the qi; made the qi of the breath like the wind and the qi of real yang like the fire.

In practicing and heating, they transformed jing to qi, and qi to shen; let energy concentrate, and united with the nature of Dao. The methods of practice are immeasurable, there are methods of movement, stillness, sitting and laying, but never stick rigidly to given patterns - you can hardly understand the - everything.

Wudang Taoist Martial Arts School

Traditional Gongfu and Daoist culture

Being a small school, the school is able to offer traditional Wudang Gongfu instead of the commercial Wushu. Master Chen Shiyu personally teaches every foreign student. Learning directly from a highly-knowledgeable master, you would gain a deep understanding of Wudang Gongfu and Daoist culture behind. Apart from the regular teaching the on our Huilongguan campus, we can also arrange teaching either deeper or higher on the mountain or downtown.

Training environment

The Feng Shui of the school and training ground has been carefully planned. The training ground is surrounded by the mountains and a beautiful bamboo forest. Surrounded by nature, the atmosphere is peaceful and quiet, benefiting Daoist Gongfu (Taoist Kung Fu). The school also makes use of traditional training equipment such as wooden post training, traditional weight training and conditioning equipment.

Calligraphy lessons

If you are interested in learning Chinese calligraphy, Master Chen Shiyu can also teach you.


Chen Shiyu
Master Chen Shiyu is the Headmaster of the Wudang Traditional Martial Arts School and its main instructor. Master Chen Shiyu vows to bring Wudang Wushu to high development, let more people understand it and wishes every lover of Wudang Wushu to be healthy in body and heart; succeed the Tradition and bring it to the world.


School location

We are proud to be the only school that is located in the heart of the Wudang mountains, at Huilongguan (Returning Dragon) Temple. Huilongguan is the first temple after passing the entrance to the National Park of Wudangshan.

Our school is easily accessible by a frequent bus service that starts from the entrance of Wudang Mountain. This makes sightseeing of the many famous temples easy and shopping in the city centre convenient.

Wudang mountain

Wudang mountain is one of the most famous Daoist holy mountains in China. The palaces and temples on Mt. Wudang were all built into the actual mountain face, adhering to the topography of the land, which dictated the scale of the buildings, the spaces between them and their layout. Palaces appear on the tops of peaks, in the middle of ravines, on the edges of cliffs, and nestled within rock faces.

Apart from its unique architecture, Wudang is renowned for its wealth of cultural relics. Throughout its history, most especially during the Ming Dynasty, Wudang was the recipient of numerous religious gifts. Feudal rulers and Taoist devotees provided funds for the molding of thousands of statues of gods and the crafting of thousands of musical instruments made of gold, silver, copper, iron, tin, jade, pearl and stone.

The first temples on Mount Wudang were constructed during the Tang Dynasty (618 -907 AD). By that time Taoism had become a state religion, coexisting with both Buddhism and Confucianism as one of the three great religions of China. Taoism is essentially a reinterpretation of an ancient tradition of nature worship and divination.

Taoists believe that the Dao (or Tao, meaning "way" or "path") is the origin of all creation and the force behind all the changes in the natural world. Simplicity, harmony, peace and retreat into nature are some of the basic principles of Taoism. Taoist culture has existed on Mt. Wudang since the East Han Dynasty (25 - 220 AD).

The movement began with a few early Taoists settling on the mountain in order to practice their worship of nature. As time passed, more Taoists converged on the mountain, making Mt. Wudang a Taoist holy place in central China. During the Zhenguan period (627 - 647 AD) in the Tang Dynasty Emperor Taizong constructed the Wulong (Five Dragons) Temple, the purpose of was to spread Taoism on the mountain.

The temple structure is one of the ways of expressing Taoist culture in physical form. A temple provides a container for the integration of the various elements of Taoism. Mt. Wudang remained a sacred Taoist site for several hundred years. The buildings were enlarged during the Song and Yuan Dynasties, but many of the buildings from this period were destroyed during warfare and battles at the end of the Yuan Dynasty when the Mongols invaded China.

The greatest period of development was during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 AD). In 1413 AD Emperor Yongle (1403 - 1424 AD) sent more than 200,000 soldiers and laborers to transform Mt. Wudang into the largest Taoist complex in the world. It took thirteen years to complete construction, which included nine palaces, seventy-two temples and halls, thirty-six nunneries, thirty-nine bridges, twelve platforms and countless stone steps winding their way along the entire mountain.

The floor space of all of these complexes came to over one million square metres, although now, with the destruction of many buildings the floor space totals 50,000 square metres.

In 1994 the ancient building complex in the Wudang mountains was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.



  • Environmentally friendly
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby


  • Internet access
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance nearby


Three meals a day will be prepared by the school cook. In keeping with the Daoist philosophies, the food is primarily vegetarian, with some meat to balance your diet for the training.

How to get there

Wudang Mountain ( Wu Dang Shan in Chinese Pin Yin pronunciation) is located in the province of Hubei, located in Southern Central China. The most common route for students coming to study is from Beijing. From Beijing, one can travel by airplane or train to Wudang. The train, about a 20 hour ride, is much cheaper and more direct than flights.

Arrival by airplane

If you are going to be flying from Beijing, purchase a plane ticket to Xiang Fan city. Xiang Fan is located about 2.5 hours away from Wudang. If you would like for a taxi to meet you at the airport, please communicate this to Master Chen in a timely manner so that it can be arranged.

Arrival by train

If you are planning on taking the train, purchase a ticket for the K279 train to a town called Wudang Shan. Wudang Shan train station is located about 20 minutes from the school. If you cannot purchase a ticket to Wudang Shan train station, purchase one for Shi Yan. Shi Yan is a city located about 1 hour from the school.

Arrival by train from Beijing West Station to Wudangshan

Train: K279, Departure and arrival: 17:01 – 13:58, Duration: 20h55m, Price hard/soft: 300/450 CNY

Train: 1389, Departure and arrival: 19:28 - 14:48, Duration: 19h17m, Price hard/soft: 262/408 CNY

Arrival by train from Beijing West Station to Shiyan

Train: K261, Departure and arrival: 17:26 - 13:28, Duration: 20h00m, Price hard/soft: 262/398 CNY

Train: T9, Departure and arrival: 15:19 - 06:29, Duration: 15h03m, Price hard/soft: 309/472 CNY

Arrival by train from Shanghai to Wudangshan

Train: K351 / K354, Departure and arrival: 18:13 – 16:15, Duration: 21h51m, Price hard/soft: 328/517 CNY

Train: K282/K283, Departure and arrival: 20:44 – 18:34, Duration: 11h50m, Price hard/soft: 351/554 CNY

Arrival by train from Wuhan (Wuchang Station ) to Wudangshan

Train: T6772 / T6772, Departure & Arrival: 08:58 - 14:12, Duration: 05h 14m, Price Hard / Soft: 123 / 191 CNY

Arrival by train from Guangzhou to Wudangshan

Train: K356 / K357, Departure & Arrival: 10:50 - 05:33, Duration: 18h 40m, Price Hard / Soft: 289 / 443 CNY

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