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Wudang Daoyuan Taiji Kungfu Corps

2013-1-5 14:42:56

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  Wudang Daoyuan Taiji Kung Fu Corps is made up of the elite practitioners of the Wudang Daoyuan Internal Kung Fu Academy, who are excellent at Kung fu and enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad. They shoulder the vital task of passing on traditional Wudang Taoist culture and promoting Wudang Kung fu. Wudang Daoyuan Taiji Kung Fu Corps took the internal martial arts of the Wudang Daoyuan Internal Kung Fu Academy and created a new form of performance art with Wudang characteristics. The main programs include Wudang tai chi boxing, the nine palaces and eight diagrams battle array, horsetail whisk and sword, Wudang hard Qi Gong, Wudang Seven Stars battle array as well as Wudang Tai Yi five elements boxing, etc.

   Until now, our Kung fu corps has performed in more than 30 countries and regions,

including Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. Their

performances have been featured by global media and have been greeted by state and party leaders, such as Jiang Zemin, Hu Yaobang, Qiao Shi, Zeng Qinghong, Wu Bangguo and Li Lanqing.

   


Shanghai Expo in 2010

 With their long hair in buns and wearing white cotton robes, the Taoist disciples wander in at a gentle yet fast pace, and speaking in slow and soft tones. They begin doing taijiquan, a Chinese martial art practiced for both its defensive and health benefits. This is not a recreation of a scene from a martial arts novel shot on a film set; it is being preformed by actual monks nd anuns at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.They are members of Wudang Daoyuan Taiji Kung Fu Corps from Wudang Daoyuan Internal Kung Fu Academy, which is located on Wudang Mountain, mainly known to Westerners as the inspiration for the name of the influential hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan. The monks have been invited to the Expo to perform "Wudang - Tai Chi and Dao," giving three shows daily and 276 shows in total from July to the end  ,Shanghai is a massive adjustment, especially as they are watched by hundreds of thousands of people daily. However, the Taoists manage to remain true to their Taoist disciplines.

At 5:30 in the morning, the Taoists rise and exercise until 8 am, much shorter than their exercise sessions on Wudang Mountain where they practice kung fu for eight hours a day. Following their morning exercises the Taoists then begin religious study, where Confucius

and Taoist texts are read. Texts studied include The Four Books of Confucius (selected by Zhu Xi, a famous Confucius scholar from the Song Dynasty (960-1279), as an introduction to Confucianism and was used as the core of the official curriculum for civil exams in later dynasties), The Five Classics (allegedly compiled by Confucius himself), the Taoist canon Zhuang-zi (parts of which were written by influential Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi in the 4th century BC) and Tao Te Ching (believed to have been written in the 6th century BC by Lao-tzu, the founder of Taoism). After their morning routine, the Taoists leave for the Expo Park at 11:30 to perform their first show. They spend the whole afternoon resting to prepare for two more shows starting at 5 pm and 7 pm.

Several times a day the Taoists have to travel back and forth between the Expo Park and their accommodation at Lujiabang Road, Huangpu district. They have dinner after finishing all of the three performances; sometimes even going to sleep at midnight. Their full schedules mean that they have no spare time to explore the Expo pavilions; however, some of the Taoists have visited the China Pavilion. "At the beginning, we were not used to life in Shanghai, because it is incompatible to practicing Taoism. However, for a qualified practitioner, one should always be in a serene state of mind no matter where they are. So, Shanghai is a good challenge for us," said Song, a Taoist monk. "The noisier the place, the more inner peace one needs. For us, it's a good opportunity to see exactly how much we can embrace the spirit of Taoism," said nun Pan , another member of the Taoist disciples.

Wudang kung fu has a history of more than 2,500 years. It is a pure representation of traditional Chinese culture and philosophy and continually attracts many people from all over the world. From June to September every year, many travel to Wudang Mountain, the

Taoist holy land, to study. 

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