Master Zhong Yun Long: Tai Chi Chuan, Wudang Mountain
Master Zhong Yun Long, the leading martial arts master of Wudang Mountain, a Taoist heritage site, gives an exclusive uncut interview at Yuxu Palace, Wudang. Runtime: 13 minutes.
Master Zhong Yun Long interview at Yuxu Palace
A full length Wudang Tai Chi form by Wudang Sanfeng Pai school is the backdrop to an interview with legendary grandmaster and Taoist priest, Zhong Yun Long (14th generation heir of Wudang Sanfeng Pai). Filmed at the Yuxu Palace at Wudang Mountain, China. This interview is the unabridged (uncut) version that is not included in the movie The Immortal Path.
The Wudang Sanfeng Pai school is located at the bottom of Wudang Mountain and their Tai Chi forms are based on the Tai Chi developed by the 13th century Taoist hermit, Zhang Sanfeng (see notes below). In this interview at Wudang Mountain, Master Zhong Yun Long talks about the Wudang Taiji form and the standardization and systematic way he teaches this revised short form that allowed it to spread across Wudang Mountain and beyond. The foundation for Wudang Tai Chi Chuan is Yin and Yang and combined together in balance creates Tai Chi Chuan. When you separate Yin and Yang, we call it Liangyi, which separates the hard and the soft. Together they become Tai Chi Chuan, using internal power to support movement.
In our interview Master Zhong Yun Long stresses that Wudang Tai Chi Chuan is not just about the form that you see. It is the three main concepts, Liangyi, Tai Chi Chuan and Wuji (emptiness). Together these concepts are what forms our daily life and are the backbone of Taoist culture. How do these concepts fit into a martial art? He says “Liangyi shows us that from softness comes explosive fighting force.” You need to watch our interview to hear more!
Yuxu Palace on a sacred mountain.
Wudang Mountain which used to be called Taihe Mountain is one of the well-known Taoist sanctuaries in China, covering an area of more than 77,000 acres. Wudang Mountain has been inscribed in the list of world heritage site by UNESCO. In the last two hundred years martial arts schools have been founded on Wudang Mountain, based on the ancient story that this is the birthplace of Tai Chi Chuan, although many historians dispute this and we have also posted on the subject of Tai Chi history.
The story is that a Taoist priest and hermit called Zhang Sanfeng, after years of the study of Taoism, established a martial art system which we call Tai Chi Chuan, based on the self defense potential of yielding while watching a snake and bird fight. If you visit Wudang Mountain today you will see a number of statues and wall paintings that depict Zhang Sanfeng. He is said to have created the Tai Chi form 13, which is the is the essence of Tai Chi.
In Taoism, yuxu refers to the dwelling of the Jade Emperor. Yuxu palace is one of the largest palaces among the Wudang architectural complex. First built in the Yongle Period (1403-1424) of the Ming Dynasty, the palace had its cities one enclosing another, so there were three, that is, Waile City, Lile City and Zijin City. The existing architectural ruinsinclude two palace walls stretching 1036 metres at the base of the mountain.
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