DVD: Wudang Kung Fu by Zhou, Xuan-Yun
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Run Time: 97min
Number of discs: 1
Narration: English & Chinese
Region Encoding: All Regions
Release Date: October 2009
Wudang Kung Fu—Fundamental Training
Wudang Kung Fu Fundamentals Revealed
For thousands of years, the Wudang arts were kept secret from the outside world. This program shows, for the first time, the fundamental training practices used on Wudang Mountain. This one-on-one lesson offers detailed instruction of a warm-up routine, and the basic stances, punches, and kicks of Wudang Kung Fu. The fundamental Wudang Kung Fu sequence is also taught with practical martial applications. This program offers deep insight into traditional martial arts training, no matter what style you practice.
Wudang Mountain in central China is a physical and spiritual sanctuary. Covering over 300 square kilometers, it has 72 peaks, breathtaking lakes and rivers, and a forest with over 600 known medicinal herbs. Home to dozens of temples, it is the world's largest Daoist center. Daoism is an ancient Chinese philosophy that teaches people to live a refined life, in harmony with nature.
The monks of Wudang Mountain centuries ago blended Daoist concepts with traditional Chinese fighting arts, integrating physical and spiritual practices, and internal-style Wudang Kung Fu was born. Wudang Kung Fu emphasizes flowing and agile movements, designed for self defense. It develops a strong root, proper body alignment, efficient movement, and a relaxed body and mind.
Features performances by senior YMAA Instructors Nicholas C. Yang and Adison Martin.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Choice of Mandarin Chinese Narration with English Subtitles, or English Narration • Interactive Catalog with Previews of All YMAA Titles
YMAA PRODUCTION • ZHOU, XUAN-YUN • WUDANG KUNG FU FUNDAMENTAL TRAINING • WRITTEN BY ZHOU, XUAN-YUN WITH JULIE BAECKER & DAVID SILVER • PERFORMED BY ZHOU, XUAN-YUN, WITH NICHOLAS C. YANG & ADISON MARTIN • EDITING & DVD AUTHORING BY OCEAN SILVER • PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY DAVID SILVER
Daoist monk Zhou, Xuan-Yun (Mysterious Cloud), grew up in a temple on Wudang Mountain, China where he was a student and later an instructor of Taiji and Kung Fu. He belongs to the Orthodox Unity sect of Daoism, and is trained in ritual arts, chanting, divination, and internal alchemy. He is formally recognized as a disciple of Li Guang Fu 李光富 Head Daoist monk on Wudang Mountain (武当山道教协会会长), and he is dedicated to teaching the traditional arts in classes around the world.
Hoa from Illinois
Xuan Yun is a great teacher. Of all the Wudang Daoists who offer English DVD, he's the one who has genuine interest in sharing knowledge. While others only teach the forms, he teaches the forms together with small but important things such as how to position your eyes, tongue, tailbones, and perineum. When I asked him questions about qi gong and nei dan - internal alchemy -, he took time to answer my questions in details, providing many valuable points that I would otherwise miss... I am really glad that I discovered Xuan Yun and YMAA.Wu Dang Kung Fu, Tindaro Niosi (Amazon reviewer) December, 2009
Learning martial arts from a book or dvd is always a challenging process. This dvd is an excellent introduction and capable teaching tool for Wu Dang Kung fu, an internal chinese discipline. The DVD presentation is well done and the english narration is clear and easy to follow. The four sections of this DVD present the forms and applications in a crisp and succint manner. Overall a great introduction and overview of the internal art of Wu Dang Kung Fu.Authentic Wudang Kung Fu, Jen (Amazon reviewer) November, 2009
This DVD is fantastic! I actually studied Wudang kung fu in China with Xuan Yun before he moved to the states, and developed a passion for the Wudang style. When I returned home, I had difficulty finding a school that taught authentic Wudang style martial arts, and certainly could not find a teacher comparable to Xuan Yun. I never considered using a DVD for training, but when Xuan Yun put this DVD out I couldn't resist, and am glad that I didn't. The training on the DVD is set up just like the training I had with him in China; using the DVD I quickly regained what I had learned under him, and have been progressing rapidly ever since..