Wudang Sword 武當劍

Wudang Jian

Wudang Sword has been in existence for many hundreds of years. It is one part of the Wudang martial arts curriculum that was handed down by the Daoist Immortal, Zhang San-Feng. He taught his art to nine disciples who in turn created their own branches or “Pai” of Wudang Gong Fu. His last disciple, Zhang, Song-Xi, founded Wudang Dan Pai.

Wudang Sword is the main element of Wudang Dan Pai. It uses delicate techniques along with lightning fast movements. Wudang sword goes from slow to fast and soft to hard in an instant. Attacks can be straight-line or circular. Low postures are utilized along with high jumps in the air. It is this combination that makes Wudang Sword one of the most famous and sought after sword arts in China’s history.

The traditional Wudang Sword system was passed down to Master Chang, Wu Na and Dr. Lu, Mei-hui by their master, Grandmaster Ma, Jie who is the highest living master of Wudang Dan Pai. The system consists of one sword form with six sections and 132 movements, a two-person fighting form, sword and Daoist fly-whisk combined form, “flying sword” techniques (throwing knives), and sword sparring. This system has been recognized as the most authentic Wudang Sword system by Wudang Mountain. Its techniques are direct and powerful.

Also taught by the academy is the rarely seen Wudang Continuous-Stepping Sword. This is a more recent form passed down to Master Chang, Wu Na and Dr. Lu, Mei-hui by their master, Grandmaster Qian, Timing. This system was created in the early part of the 20th century by the great master Li, Jing-lin who was the most famous swordsman of his day. He combined the traditional Wudang Sword that he learned from his master with Taiji and Bagua to create a new system. This style was promoted heavily by Grandmaster Li near the end of his life when he opened the Shandong Martial Arts Academy. Because of this, in recent times there have become two branches of Wudang Dan Pai. One branch focuses on the traditional form and its practices, and the other branch focuses on the new form.

Master Chang, Wu Na and Dr. Lu, Mei-Hui are the only two individuals who have become disciples of both branches. Not for more than eighty years has the system been taught as completely as it is taught in the Wudang Internal Martial Arts Academy.

Students of the academy under Master Chang and Dr. Lu will learn several forms for Wudang Sword including both the traditional and newer forms. Students will be exposed to the vital four and thirteen techniques that make up the backbone of Wudang Sword movements. They will practice on both hands and will be trained in several two-person sword fighting forms.

Wudang Jian

Wudang Jian

At the higher levels, students will be trained in full-contact sword sparring with practice swords, similar to western Fencing.
Wudang sword is also a powerful health art. By utilizing the sword to focus the mind, the student will learn to calm their emotions, deal with stress, strengthen their body, and increase external and internal flexibility.

Techniques taught include but are not limited to the following:

• Wudang Sword Basics (Yin-Yang Sword Changes,Basic 4 and 13Techniques)
• Wudang Dan Pai Jian (Sword form in Six Sections)
• Wudang Dan Pai Xing Jian (Continuous-Stepping Sword)
• Wudang Jian Fo He Bi (Fly-Whisk and Sword Combined Form)
• Wudang Shuang Shou Jian (Two-Handed Sword)
• Wudang Wu Jian (High-Level Fluid Movement Practice)
• Wudang Dui Jian (Two-Person Sword Fighting Form)
• Wudang Shizhan Dui Jian (Two-Person Sword Combat Form)
• Wudang Nian Jian (Wudang Sticking Swords Matching Practice)
• Wudang San Jian (Wudang Sword Sparring)

Please visit the Wudang Sword Lineage section for more information on the lineage tree and each master.

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