Chang Wu Na 張悟納

Master Chang, Wu Na, (Daoist name Bao Na), is the co-founder of the Wudang Internal Martial Arts Academy and is its chief instructor. Master Chang has been trained in martial arts since the age of four. In his youth, he studied hard style martial arts, primarily for self-defense. In his early years, Master Chang learned Kong Shou Chuan, Shaolin Quan, Tai Quan, and weapons. In his teenage years, Master Chang, Wu Na was exposed to Southern Chinese Martial Arts. For several years Master Chang focused on training in Chuan Tao and Wing Chun.

Master Chang also had exposure to Chuan Ji, San Da and various other types of Gong Fu from his father who was a top ranked athlete. From his father, Master Chang learned the importance of instinct and lightness in gong fu. He also learned proper training habits and exercises. During this time, Master Chang practiced diligently and studied the arts of Qiu Shui Gong and Da Shu Gong.

Then at the age of sixteen, Master Chang began to learn Wudang style martial arts. He initially began training in Baguazhang and Xingyiquan with a master from Beijing. Later, after meeting Grandmaster Ma, Jie he began his intense training of Wudang Dan Pai Gong Fu.

While living in Tianjin, Master Chang met Grandmaster Ma, Jie who is the head of Wudang Dan Pai in China. After meeting each other, Grandmaster Ma tested them (Master Chang and Dr. Lu, Mei-hui) by having them perform for him. He was so impressed by their performance, that he accepted them as his personal students. This was a very high honor, since the grandmaster was very picky to choose who to teach personally. Later, after proving themselves to him, Grandmaster Ma accepted them as his inner-door disciples.

From Grandmaster Ma, Jie, Master Chang, Wu Na has been trained in the traditional systems of Wudang Sword, Traditional Wudang Taiji, and Han, Mu-Xia style Xingyiquan among others. He also learned how to apply internal martial arts in practical fighting situations. Grandmaster Ma frequently would use Master Chang to demonstrate fighting techniques and applications, so subsequently Master Chang was able to gain an understanding of the techniques fairly quickly.

Master Chang studied many esoteric gong fu practices under Grandmaster Ma including Nei Gong, various weight training practices, Rou Gu Gong, Shang Guan Gong, Xi Yin Gong, and Qing Gong.

Chang, Wu Na, along with Dr. Lu, Mei-hui, are the global representatives of Ma Jie’s system outside of China.

Chang, Wu Na had the unique opportunity to train with another 12th Generation master of Wudang Dan Pai, Master Qian, Timing, with whom he began his serious study of Wudang Free-Step Taijiquan.

After becoming a disciple of Qian, Timing, he learned all the techniques of Wudang Free-Step Taijiquan, including the various weapons and fighting techniques, Wudang Baguazhang, and Wudang Continuous-Stepping Sword. Master Chang, Wu Na became a leading disciple in the Changzhou-based Dan Pai and learned a great many techniques.

Grandmaster Qian taught Master Chang special techniques of Wudang Dan Pai including Wo Hu Gong, several Qing Gong techniques, and various standing meditation nei gong practices.

In order to explore and learn more about the internal arts, Master Chang was sent to train with various masters in each particular field.

In Baguazhang, Chang, Wu Na trained with the famous Beijing master, Gao, Ji-Wu, the current president of the Beijing Bagua Research Association and the lineage holder of Yin Sect Gao Style Baguazhang. Grandmaster Gao was very fond of Chang and later took him as disciple. From Grandmaster Gao, Chang was introduced to a plethora of traditional Baguazhang techniques and internal training methods. Strong emphasis was placed by Grandmaster Gao on Wu De, the martial virtues.

In Xingyiquan, Master Chang has had the great fortune to train with two leading masters in the field, the first being his Gong Fu uncle, Li Hong. Li Hong is the current head master in Shang, Yunxiang style Xingyiquan, originating in Hebei Province. His teaching was strict and focused and laid a strong foundation. From Master Li Hong, Chang learned a variety of forms, weapons, and power training of Xingyi. Theoretical concepts were heavily emphasized.

The second master of Xingyi that Chang, Wu Na trained with was Grandmaster Yang, Fan-Sheng, one of the leading figures of Xingyiquan in the place of its birth, Shanxi Province, Taigu County. Grandmaster Yang’s skill and fighting prowess is unmatched in the realm of Xingyiquan. It was a true honor for Master Chang to have the privilege to train with him. Yang, Fan-Sheng also was fond of Chang, Wu Na and later took him as his disciple. From Grandmaster Yang, Chang learned many sets for single and paired practice that involve both bare hands and weapons. Chang was also able to learn many special techniques such as Pai Da Gong and Iron palm.

Master Chang has been trained by numerous masters in Chinese Martial Arts. Among them are Wang, Bao-Ren in tui shou, Chen, Xiao-Wang in Chen style Taijiquan, Sha, Ming-Xi in Spear and Broadsword, and Li, De-Yin in 24 form and 42 form Taiji Competition Routines.

Master Chang also has done research into martial arts from around the world. He has trained in Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Western Boxing, Western Fencing, Kendo, Aikido, Kenjutsu, Bojutsu, and Indonesian Pencak Silat. Master Chang has used his training in these arts to cultivate a more balanced understanding of martial arts, which in turn has led to better understanding of Chinese Martial Arts and its place in the global martial arts community.

In addition to his martial arts training, Master Chang, as a disciple of Wudang, has done great research and training in the spiritual practices of Daoism. His studies have taken him all over China to various holy places and temples. He was later initiated into the Quanzhen Sect of monastic Daoism and has been authorized to pass on the teachings of this ancient spiritual practice. As such, Master Chang feels it is his duty to pass on what he has learned to the next generation so that it may protect, cultivate, and improve their lives and the lives of those around them.

In 2005, Master Chang won two gold medals and was awarded two ceremonial trophy swords at the Traditional Kung Fu Invitational in Vancouver, Canada.
Also in 2005, Master Chang represented Chinese traditional martial arts and was awarded a first and second place trophy for his performance at the West Coast National Martial Arts Championship in Southern California.

In 2006, Master Chang, Wu Na won two gold medals and one silver in the 2006 UC Berkley International Wushu Competition. More than five countries were involved in this competition.

Also in 2006, Master Chang won five gold medals and the grand championship cup at the 8th Annual International Chinese Martial Arts Competition held in Orlando, Florida. At that competition, Master Chang was among over 1,000 competitors from over 13 countries, including Mainland China, Taiwan, Germany, Romania, and Italy.

In 2007, Master Chang was invited to demonstrate at the reopening of the Zhong Hua Wu Shi Hui in Tianjin, the oldest and most famous martial arts association in China. Because of his performance of Wudang Sword, he was featured on the news and an article was written about him.

In 2008, Master Chang was invited to attend the opening of the Bei Wudang (Northern Wudang) Martial Arts Association in Dalian and to demonstrate at the event. Because of his performance, many masters were stunned and he was awarded a Gold Medal.

In 2008, Master Chang won the Championship in Internal Boxing in The First International Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Competition held by New Tang Dynasty TV Station. The process was televised and stories about Master Chang have been extensively reported in Chinese and English media.

In 2009, Master Chang’s biography was included in The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Outstanding Chinese Martial Arts Masters, published in China.

In 2009, Master Chang won four gold medals in The Fourth Hong Kong International Wushu Competition for Taiji, Xingyi, Wudang Sword and Dueling Sword.

Also in 2009, in The Seventh Hong Kong Wushu International Championship, Master Chang won 3 gold medals for Taiji, Wudang Sword, Wudang Dueling Sword, and a silver medal for Xingyiquan.

A few of Master Chang’s positions and accomplishments are as follows:

13th Generation Successor Wudang Dan Pai under Grandmaster Ma Jie
13th Generation Successor Wudang Dan Pai under Grandmaster Qian, Timing
16th Generation Successor Quanzhen Chunyang Men Peng Lai Pai Daoism under Grandmaster Chao, Lai Zhen
6th Generation Successor Beijing Baguazhang under Grandmaster Gao, Ji-Wu
4th Generation Successor Shanxi Che Style Xingyiquan under Grandmaster Yang, Fan-Sheng
5th Generation Successor Wudang Xuan Men Dan Pai Taiji
4th Generation Successor Wudang Free-Step Taiji Chuan
3rd Generation Successor Han Pai Xingyiquan
President and co-founder of International Wudang Martial Arts Association
Head Martial Arts Instructor of University of Washington’s Gear-Up Program
2008 World Champion – 1st Worldwide Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Competition
2009 International Gold Medalist – 4 Gold Medals, 4th Annual Hong Kong International Martial Arts Competition
2009 International Champion – 3 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal, 7th Hong Kong Wushu International Championship
2006 Grand champion – 8th Annual ICMA Competition, Orlando, Florida

Master Chang has been introduced in the following publications and media:

Encyclopedia for Contemporary Outstanding Chinese Martial Arts Masters, published in China
Xin Bao, (Tianjin Daily News, China)
Tianjin Radio Station, China
Tianjin TV Station, China
CCTV 5 , China
New Tang Dynasty News, Taiwan, Australia, U.S.A., Canada and Europe
Newsletter of Zhong Hua Wushi Hui (Chinese Knights Association, the very first official Chinese Martial Arts Association, based in Tianjin, China)
Tai Chi Magazine, U.S.A.
Epoch Times(Cover Article), Taiwan
Seattle Chinese Times, WA, U.S.A.
Eastside Journal, WA, U.S.A.
Kitsap Sun Times, WA, U.S.A.

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