Study and Practice

WudangGate1999

A Ming Dynasty gate at Wudang Mountain in 1999. The local people still used the path, but there’s a much newer road that runs just in front of it.

Learning any of the traditional Wudang internal martial arts requires study and practice. Even 10-15 minutes a day can make a difference. The key, especially with internal martial arts, is to keep trying – to come back to that one move, that one concept, that one principle, that one important point – until it becomes naturally part of who you are. There is nothing that is instant. This is a traditional approach. Students are encouraged to develop a basic level of proficiency quickly and then to refine it, adding layers of understanding through repetition, study and practice. As each new skill is gained, another can be added. Little by little, they add up.

For those who are interested, competitive training is an option. Tournaments are challenging. They can also be fun. They are an excellent way to see what others are doing and compare the various systems and styles. They are also a great way to meet people from around the world.

Research and Publications

Ms. Morgan has focused on the dynamics of movement and mind-body connections. Her research includes philosophy, physiology, applications, meditation, and how to translate/communicate the essential concepts of the internal arts from Chinese for English speakers. She translated research and wrote the section on Taiji for a medical textbook, published a guide for China travel and prepared a few articles for magazines. Terri has written extensively on software and technical topics. She manages all the company legal and financial matters, created and maintains this web site, and maintains the company archives.

Prof. Liu’s research has focused on the health benefits of martial arts practice, the long history, practice methods and applications. Some of his research has been translated and published in the US. He contributed to the ‘Encyclopedia of Shaolin Martial Arts’ published in China. He has written extensively, including several books on Wudang Qigong, Wudang Taiji, Shaolin Qin’na, Xingyi Sword, and more.

Selected Articles

Study

Learning is the goal, study is how you get there. Along the way, you may find out who you are.

Refinement

Refinement is the art of making small improvements over time. Then, doing it again.

Practice

Practice doesn’t help you learn what you already know. Practice reveals what you don’t know.

Discipline

Discipline reveals who you are, not to the world, but to yourself.

Insight

Knowing something is only the first step. Why it’s important (or not), that’s what matters.

Excellence

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)