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Taoist Life-Nourishing Exercise and Kungfu

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We will cover life nourishing exercise from Taoist system of martial arts called Wujiquan. This exercise is beneficial for muscles, sinews, joints as well as internal organs. Through continuous exercise one can balance the yin and yang in body (which means to balance the internal organs, as well as the right and left, lower and upper, back and front side of the body) master the coordination between different body parts, preserve health, joyful mood and calm down the mind. It is suitable for adults of all ages. For example my father who is 60 years old western medicine surgeon has been practicing for almost four years now, through the practice he got rid off chronic head ache, neck and knees pain, stopped taking pills for high blood pressure and his blood sugar is now in order

My teachers’ teacher was 86 this year and is still in good physical and mental health, practicing every day.

If you feel like it is time to take the responsibility for your health in your own hands you can try Wujiquan life nourishing exercise.

Chinese martial arts:

The term Chinese martial arts itself contains a lot of different schools, styles and lineages. Essentially, all of the Chinese martial arts can be divided into two main branches, which are so called Internal styles or Buddhist styles and so called External styles or Taoist styles. It doesn’t mean thou, that all the practitioners of External styles are Buddhists and all the practitioners of Internal styles are Taoists. It only means that External styles have closer to the philosophy of Buddhism and Internal styles have closer to the philosophy of Taoism. Here we need to emphasize the word philosophy, because martial arts do not necessary have a connection to religions. We would need a whole lecture to explain the differences between External and Internal styles in detail. In short we can say that External styles are characterized by speed and hardness, while in Internal styles fast movements alternate with slow movements and hardness is conquered by softness, but softness and hardness are complementary, which means that we can find hardness in softness and softness in hardness. To the naked eye, External styles may seem more dynamic, the movements have wider range and seem to be harder, on the contrary, Internal styles may seem slower, more gracious and softer. It should be noted that both styles have much to offer, it depends what one is looking for.

Wujiquan - No limits/boundaries style

Wuji refers to the state before Big Bang, when everything was One. It is an ancient Internal martial art system. If we want to trace its origin, we must begin with the Book of Changes (Yijing, Zhou Yi). Yijing describes actions in nature and laws of these actions. Yijing has been compiled during many generations; its essence is the observation of phenomenon that are happening in human body (micro cosmos) and in our surroundings (macro cosmos). All of these phenomenons have some laws according to which they behave and which we can discover by mindful and aware observation. In this process it is essential to get to know our own body, get to understand it, make it stronger and healthier. Wujiquan is based precisely on these principles, which are healing our body and prolonging our life, building our body, strengthening it and also learn how to defend it if necessary. Wujiquan is one of the five Taoist arts that were thought only in family or in monastery.

In Wujiquan Wude (Martial virtues) is the most important part. It includes: "Respect", "Tolerance", "Compassion", "Righteousness", "Goodness”, “Elimination"(of one’s bad habits).

In Wujiquan there are empty hand forms, weapon forms (short stick, broadsword, sword …) push hands (wrestling in Internal martial arts), sanshou (free fight), neigong (internal work), pressure points techniques, life nourishing exercise, etc. Great emphasis is put on push hands, which is the basic for the free fight. Long term practice of Wujiquan has positive effects on one’s health. It can prevent and control high/low blood pressure, diabetes, different kinds of stomach and intestines problems, problems with joints and spine… Wujiquan is suitable for all ages and genders.

Wujiquan was passed down in the family of Grandmaster Wu Zhenshi for six generations. Grandmaster Wu was born in 1932, he started o train with his father when he was 11 years old. In Wu family there was a strict tradition of passing down Wujiquan, in one generation it would be passed down to only one male offspring. In 1993 after Grandmaster Wu retired, for the sake of preserving this cultural heritage for next generation, he disclosed Wujiquan for the public, so that everybody had the chance to gain martial, health, mental and spiritual benefits of long term practice of Wujiquan.

Master Yu Qingdi

Master Yu was born in 1959, in city of Dalian, China. From childhood he has studied traditional Chinese martial arts. Closed door 7th generation disciple of traditional Taoist marial art Wujiquan of Master Wu Zhenshi. Member of Chinese Wushu Association, holder of 6th Duan (degree) in Chinese martial arts, 1st degree Chinese marial arts instructor and referee.

Master Yu teaches Wujiquan at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian and he also is the headmaster of Fumin Wujiquan Wushu Club in Dalian. Many of Master Yu's disciples achieved outstanding results in international martial arts competitions. Master Yu is also vice chairman of Chinese-Slovak Friendship Association and co-founder of Wuji Chinese wushu guan in Slovakia.

Something about me: My name is Marian I was born in Slovakia, studied different martial arts, like karate, nhat nam since 10 years old. In 2003 I started to practice Chinese Wushu, mainly shaolin styles, pi gua and Chinese wrestling. In 2009 I became a closed door disciple of Master Yu Qingdi and 8th generation successor of Taoist martial art Wujiquan. In 2012, after I finished my 5 year studies at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian, in order to spread traditional Chinese culture and martial arts I returned back to Slovakia and founded Wujiquan European Center of Chinese Culture and Martia Arts. 2014 -2015 I was elected as Secretary General of Slovak Wushu Association. In 2015 I was one of the co-founders of Slovak first Wujiquan wushu guan (place build especially for training and performing martial arts). Under the supervision and help of my Master Yu Qingdi I co-organized two Wujiquan and traditional martial arts summer camps, and 1st. Slovak International Wushu Festival. I now teach kungfu in Beijing in Hello KungfuSchool. I hold 6 duan of Chinese martial arts.

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I was doing martial arts for more than 20 years. I started to have problems with elbows, spinal cord, internal organs due to non-balanced training methods. Fortunately Marian met master Yu and they started to spread Wujiquan also out of China. I can only recommend this system to everybody - you can strenghten your body, health, self-defense, better understand and know yourself...According my previous experiences this system belongs to close group of systems which are realy functioning. Good luck with Wujiquan

I discovered wushu kung fu when I was 31. Started with the internal style and then included also external styles. At the beginnig I became more flexible and got better coordination of my body. Unfortunately after 6 years that was all I could achieve so I thought I need to practise more so I put more and more time in to the excersise thinking that you have to. Suddenly I met master Yu and Marian and tryied wuji. This turned my whole worl upside down. The benefit of this martial art was totally out of this world. It helps me to calm down, get strenght, get healthier and understand what it meens to practise the inner martial arts. You can feel the diference already after a short time. I am very thankfull that I can learn wuji and enjoy its benefits. For me is wuji definitely a traesure.

I tried out wujiquan having never heard of it before. As of writing, I've had only two classes, and I am enjoying it a lot so far. It's very holistic--it includes practically all aspects of health--mind, body, and spirit. It particularly attracted me because it also helps to address health issues and is helpful for improving health. The movements are very graceful and I can feel its internal nature when we learn and practice the movements. There is emphasis on breath as well. Marian, the teacher, is very humble and accommodating and always happy to answer questions. From his explanations, teaching, and demo, I can see many similarities between wujiquan and yoga. I studied Tae Kwon Do and Aikido many, many years ago but just for a short while. I have to say that I'm quite struck and intrigued by the internal nature of wujiquan and how wujiquan can help one attain peak health, not to mention how very effective it is as a martial art. I'm quite happy that I found wujiquan!

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