Wudang tradition is tradition of Dao maintaining and practising these old knowledges that human life and nature are indivisible entirety. Although Taijiquan is the most known art of Wudang Dao tradition there are other branches of internal martial arts: Bagua Zhang, Xingy Quan, Huolong Zhang …Than there are also learning of internal alchemy, methods of long living, astronomy/astrology, Feng Shui, YiJing, traditional Chinese medicine and reading of face, palms and body. The mountain chain of Wudang is known for centuries as centre of Dao because of Dao immortals Xuanwu and Zhang Sanfeng (founder of Tajiquan).
History of Wudang Tradition
For centuries mountain chain of Wudang has been the seat of Dao practice because two Laozi students have been cultivated there 500 years B.C.. The first temple (Five Dragons) was built by emperor Taizong from Tang Dynasty (618 – 606 A.D.) And latter dynasties have built new temples and monasteries.
Wudang Mountains is continuously used as a place for spiritual cultivation and training of internal martial arts, so he acquired a reputation, especially for practicing Tai Chi Chuan and Wudang sword.
Grandmaster You Xuande
You Xuande, is the Grand Master of the Wudang Sanfeng Sect, and has an acclaimed reputation in Taoism and Wudang Kung Fu in his homeland of China, throughout Asia, and abroad.
As he has become more well known in the West, many people have travelled to Wudang and visit him, mostly in vain as he is often teaching or elsewhere.
This is why he has a reclusive reputation and some individuals even think of him as an immortal. It is not hard to see why when you observe Master You’s youthful appearance and unwrinkled features.
When he was young, he was introduced to basic Kung fu skills. By the time he reached the age of 18, he began his journey to many famous martial Arts villages throughout China to visit the then famous Kung fu masters.
After meeting Master Wang Weizhe, a disciple of Wudang Songxi Sect, he realised the many benefits of Wudang Internal Kungfu that he became so obsessed that he decided to leave for Mount Wudang where he studied to become a Taoist priest.