Wudang Taijiquan

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The Sanfeng style Taijiquan (Tai Chi) It is one of the main branches of the numerous martial arts practiced by Taoist Wudang, demanding from direct heir to the original teachings of the alchemist and monk Zhang Sanfeng. According to a known legend, Zhang Sanfeng devised the way to unify the teachings of taoísmo, traditional medicine and martial arts in a single set after witnessing the struggle between a magpie and a snake. From now on, He designed a method comprising 13 postures, based on the interaction of complementary poles Yin-Yang and combining harmonically action and calm, than other styles of boxing Taoist monks transmitted exclusively among joined for centuries.

Basing his method in thirteen essential positions (the ancient Taoists believed bequeathed by Laozi or the Yellow Emperor himself), Zhang Sanfeng acquired a remarkable martial skill, par farming methods and meditation to physical evolve spiritually. The thirteen postures of his style (no one can ensure they are the same as those currently included in all styles of Taijiquan), represent the core of Taoist Taiji. In the vast territory of the Wudang Mountains, we find a deeply rooted tradition warrior, promoted directly by the sect of the Polar Star, which has been collecting various martial traditions and practices included in his theoretical body combat, with very famous styles like Taihequan, Xingjianquan, Baguazhang, Ziranzhang, Yinyangzhang, Meihuazhang, Songxi Quan, Lianhuanzhang, or forms with very prestigious weapons, Fencing as Wudang.

Over time, Sanfeng followers, especially those related to the Song family, They developed these techniques to convert them into thirteen 72 movements, and, later, in 108. These one hundred and eight movements are elaborations, repetitions and variations of those 13 original positions. This method was called Wudang Sanfeng Taijiquan in memory of its founder. According to tradition, Wudang Sanfeng in Taijiquan are the quintessence of Taoism, methods of longevity and nutrition Vital Principle stream from Huang-Lao (Yellow Emperor and Laozi), transformations and mutations ritual Yu Pass and March on the Big Dipper, methods bequeathed by Ge Hong, the concept of Great Perfection in Inner Alchemy Zhang Sanfeng, methods transmitted by the fathers of Taoism, the ethical code of the Taoists and transmission of the finest martial arts styles China.

The original method was not called Wudang Taijiquan (surely name coined by Wang Zongyue, discípulo de Zhang Sanfeng), but it included all essential theoretical concepts of Taiji, which they are very similar to those used by schools of Taoist alchemy. In this way, three large blocks are integrated in practice: The martial aspect, which teaches how to control, defeat, injure or kill an adversary. Techniques long life, who wish to provide longevity and quality of life. Cultivation of Nature and Destiny, according to Taoist ideas of meditation and stillness.

Text: Jordi Vilà

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