Wudang Research Association

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.

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.

We started the Wudang Research Association in 1996 to promote the study of traditional Wudang internal martial arts and other internal martial arts.  Our first dual-language publication was this site that same year. We are continuing that work with some interesting additions planned for next year.

Study and Practice

We teach Traditional Wudang Martial Arts including Wudang taiji and Wudang qigong along with bagua, xingyi, Yang style taiji and other internal martial arts.

With a traditional approach, students are encouraged to develop a basic level of proficiency quickly and then to refine it over time, adding layers of understanding through repetition.

The key, especially with internal martial arts, is to keep coming 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.

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 and rewarding. 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 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.

Philosophy

Our philosophy is grounded in the traditional with a modern approach for students. There is no substitute for doing the work. It’s not easy. It’s not intended to be easy. That’s not the nature of the arts. Are there methods that everyone can learn, which will benefit health and physical condition, aid balance and breathing? Yes. There are many such methods. We ask our students to learn some of them.

There is a overarching theme to most of what we have here and just about everything we have done: respect for the teachers who taught us. They, like us, have spent countless hours in practice and study. It’s not something we do. It’s who we are.