Martial Arts and health preservation as a way of life
We offer classes in Qi Gong, Tai Ji, Kung Fu, Weapons and more for all levels. We strive to build a Wudang community in the West honing our skills together and creating modern traditions out of the ancient ways. Immersion and dedicated focus is the backbone of our school. We create an environment where students can experience what it is like to train full time, take a step out of the grind of society and go deep into this discipline.
Wudang Internal Martial Arts are based in Daoist principles and practices. Daoism is a way of following the nature of the seasons of life. Often Daoist monks would retreat to the mountains to cultivate. Self healing is taught through a shifting of world view and habit, transformation through meditation, qi gong, and scripture.
We evolve with the times of humanity and are constantly striving to integrate these valuable modalities into daily life with realistic goals. We teach students how to teach themselves so that they can take the martial and health preservation methods home with them into whatever lives they are living.
He accepted around eight students throughout that decade, but none of them were Daoist renunciants. He withheld the three secret arts of Chun Yang which can only be passed within the religious sect, teaching to them the martial and medicinal techniques alone. Many sports committees were formed in the 1990’s. Hubei Province Ti Wei summoned Liu to come out of reclusion and teach his martial exercises to many. After being pressured several times, he agreed to accept more students. This new wave of students was even less trusted by Master Liu. The internal depth and meaning of the forms were lost to them. Liu taught martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine techniques to over 20 students in the “Zong” (23rd) generation. Each of those students held their own special talents, the things they excelled in, and did achieve a very high level in those arts through years of dedication. Therefore Pure Yang Wushu and Longevity exercises are well known in the Wuhan area.
Liu Li Han carried the weight of the lineage through the era. He taught fist, sword, and gong because these things may be passed down to “the outside.” But those things which are involved behind ceremonies and spells may only be passed down to a disciple who has been closely examined for over ten years, who has renounced the world and taken true refuge in the Dao. This is called “Dao bu luan chuan.” The Dao may not be passed messily. This is the tradition of single disciple transmission since the Yellow Emperor.
By 1999 Liu Li Han was 98 years old and had still not passed the deep arts of Chun Yang, which had been kept alive since the life of Lu Dong Bing. He feared the teachings would die with him, so he decided he must give these techniques back to Wudang Mountain, where they had not returned to for almost 100 years.
That is when he journeyed to White Horse and found Daoist renunciant Du Zong Chang (Li Shi Fu) to whom he transmitted the jue, fa, zhou. This marked the return of Chun Yang to its original whole, its union of martial technique and healing with the esoteric and spiritual teachings of The Way and Virtue, as well as ceremony and faith.
Li Shi Fu was one of the last students accepted by Liu Li Han. In fact, he spent near to the least amount of time with the master compared to the other disciples from Wuhan. Liu Li Han ascended in the year 2002. In the last three years of his life was when Li Shi Fu would go to visit him to learn the sacred arts. Li Shi Fu would not have been able to comprehend those things if it were not for his other masters and lineages which had come before, especially, but not limited to Tao Shi Fu.
-excerpt from The Valley Spirit, chapter
LIU LI HAN
22ND GENERATION CHUN YANG
Born 1901. Around 1920, Liu Li Han, 22nd generation renunciant became the disciple to Wang Zhi Dao. Liu Li Han was to mark the end of single disciple transmission due to the oncoming modern era and cultural revolutions which his lifetime would face. After Wang Zhi Dao had taught everything he knew to Liu, around 1940, it is said that Wang left China to go to Tibet, Nepal, and towards India; it is possible he went to Thailand or Laos, due to the political unrest in China.
Liu Li Han was situated in Wuhan, Hubei along the Yangtze River at the Wu Chang Snake Mountain Wudang Temple. After 1949, Daoism was no longer permitted to be practiced by the Communist Revolution and many Daoists were forced to flee or return to society to practice in secret. Liu Li Han lived out his life (at some point he traveled to Si Chuan and Yunnan Provinces accepting two students). Not until the 1980’s, when the Communist Government began to encourage the country to engage in athletic activities, did Liu Li Han begin to teach the outside.
TAO FA ZHEN
29TH GENERATION LONG MEN
Tao Fa Zhen, 29th generation Long Men Renunciant, was born in 1915 Ankang, Shaanxi. She began studying the Dao at age seven following her uncle who was an at home practitioner of the Zheng Yi Pai. She renunciated in Lou Guan Tai under the same master as Ren Fa Rong (now Head of the Daoist Association of China). She survived the severe hardship and torture of the cultural revolution, having chosen to stand her ground as a renunciant and refusing to return to societal ways. She came to the Five Immortal Temple around 1990, at the time no more than a few shacks, and was to remain the only residing Abbess for the following ten years.
No longer in the same cultural and religious despair, however in extreme poverty and often without sufficient food and warmth, she continued to cultivate alone for many years.
It was in 1995 when she sought out Du Xin De (Li Shi Fu). He had, for the third and final time renounced his family and society and took post at Zi Xiao Gong in central Wudang.
He stayed there for some time though soon became unsettled and decided to seek out a smaller quieter place to cultivate. On the morning he had packed his bag and was on his way out of the gates of Zi Xiao towards he did not yet know where, one foot had stepped over the door rise and one foot was still inside, a messenger came running up the steps towards him.The messenger said, “I am looking for a man by the name of Du, have you seen him?” Li Shi Fu replied, “My surname is Du.”“Ah, then I have found you!” The messenger explained to Li Shi Fu that he was to take him to White Horse where the Abbess was waiting to meet him. When he arrived, Li Shi Fu asked Tao Shi Fu how she had known his name and she only laughed in return.Li Shi Fu stayed with her until her ascension to immortality in the year 2000, learning from her scripture, herbs, inner alchemy, and of all intangible things, most importantly the cultivation of life and character, making merit and dispelling desires. He then took her place as Abbot of the Five Immortal Temple.
-excerpt from The Valley Spirit, chapter Chun Yang Men
LI SONG FENG
30th generation long men
Li Song Feng, 30th generation Long Men, 23rd generation Chun Yang. Abbot of Five Immortals Temple, White Horse Mountain, Wudang, China. Renunciant and High Priest of Daoist Ceremony. Healer and Gong Fu Master.
Born in 1964, in Henan Province, Shang Qiu, at the age of 12 he began to study the external martial arts of Shaolin, the internal martial arts of Mount Wudang as well as the classical scriptures of Buddhism, Catholicism, Christianity and Islam.
He traveled to many high mountains of China in order to seek out grandmasters, he was accepted as disciple by many masters and therefore has received many religious names. At the beginning of 1991 he became officially a devotee to Taoism/follower of the Tao, in 1996 he left his homeland officially became a renunciation in Mount Wudang and found his own path in Hubei province, White Horse Mountain.
In very harsh conditions he experiences a lot of suffering and hardships, studied Wudang Internal Alchemy cultivation practices form his masters and received the transmissions of Taoist Medicine and Taoist talismans, rituals and mantras and other Wudang Tao Arts. In 2000 he became the abbot of the Five Immortals Temple, he is a Mount Wudang Dragon Gate Sect and Pure Yang Sect High Priest and Master of Jing Chan Ceremonies.
WEI CHENG LING
Wei Cheng Ling, 魏诚灵, 24th generation Chun Yang Sect of Wudang Daoism, (Shi Ling, 魏世灵 31st generation Long Men Dragon Gate). Cheng Ling (Lindsey Wei) trained in the Wudang Mountains under her master Li Song Feng for 9 years.
Lindsey’s Wu Shu training began in 2004 at Beijing’s Capitol Sports University for 2 years. She had a rigorous and influential 2 month training experience in Deng Feng Shao Lin, near the ShaoLin Temple. In 2006 she entered the study of internal Wudang Gong Fu and trained full time in China for the next 6 years. By 2007 she was also immersed in the culture, philosophy and spiritual practices of Daoism, living in a remote Daoist temple with her Master. In 2008 she began organizing groups of students to train for 1-4 months at a time with her Master Li Song Feng in Wudang and has been taking trips annually ever since. She is one of the senior instructors under Li Shi Fu of the Five Immortals Temple.
In 2010 she moved back to the US to start teaching Wudang Gong Fu and Daoism. She taught adults and children for 3 years at Shugyo Center Cooperative Martial Arts. She instructed Kung Fu for 2 semesters at Twin Hills Middle School in Sebastopol, as well as an after-school program at BrookHaven School, and a children’s program at Sebastopol Cultural Community Center. She taught adult classes at her school Wudang White Horse Academy for 2 years and then in the Non-profit studio SHDWBX for 2 years. In 2017, she transitioned her immersion programs to various mountain venues in California and Oregon, and teaches solely through Wudang White Horse via online courses and in person camps. Her passion is combining ancestral skills and indigenous world views of how to steward the earth, exist and thrive in wild places, with the life way of internal martial arts cultivation and health practices.