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External System

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The external system as taught through the Ways of Wudang is a very comprehensive curriculum. The system includes basic training and conditioning, stances and footwork, kicks and flexibility, and empty hand and weapon styles of training.
External training is designed to condition the body. Each style within the system has its own unique qualities and benefits the practitioner in many ways. The list of these benefits can be quite extensive but a simple summary would be achieved by understanding the goals of the external training system. First and foremost the training is meant to improve health and longevity. The layers go deeper than this however and as we transform the body and mind, we are also preparing ourselves for the internal practices to come. 
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At the risk of oversimplifying an entire system, the external arts are a method for us to create a stable environment not just for our physical self, but eventually for our mental, emotional, and spiritual selves as well. These practices are the first step in the San Feng Lineage towards this goal and for serious practitioners they should be treated as such. Of course the external practices may already be enough for many students. They may only be looking for a physical practice to improve, rehabilitate, or maintain their health. These practices can be utilized by everyone. Even so, it is also important to understand their full context in relation to the history of San Feng Lineage and Chinese wushu. 

We begin with the basic external empty hand forms. These teach the fundamental stances, movements, and skills of Chinese martial arts. Through these initial practices we teach our body the "language" of the system. Once a solid foundation is laid we move forward into more intermediate and advanced sets, even incorporating weapons into our training. The emphasis throughout training is on self cultivation, using the movements and techniques to stretch and strengthen the body. In this way, the external system tempers our body and mind, helping us to develop dexterity and discipline. 
For the above reasons, the external curriculum creates "shape" of the system. It is a necessary framework from which we build the internal training upon. In the links below you can find information for the specific forms taught through the Ways of Wudang. The full system is quite large with 20 external forms in total. This is in addition to all of the basic training the goes alongside each individual practice. There is also free online study material available through Wudang Way on Youtube as well as private classes available upon inquiry here.
Wudang Empty Hand
Complete List of Empty Hand Sets
Training in Wudang
Wudang Weapons
Complete List of Weapon Sets

基本拳             Jīběn Quán                          Basic Fist

玄功拳一路     Xuán Gōng Quán Yīlù         Mysterious Skill Fist (Pt 1)

玄功拳二路     Xuán Gōng Quán èr Lù       Mysterious Skill Fist (Pt 2)

玄功拳三路     Xuán gōng quán sān lù       Mysterious Skill Fist (Pt 3)

玄真拳             Xuán zhēn quán                  Mysterious True Fist

伏虎拳             Fú hǔ quán                           Taming the Tiger Fist

龙华拳             Lóng Huá Quán                   Dragon Fist

玄武拳             Xuánwǔ quán                       Xuan Wu Fist

八極拳             Bā jí quán                             Eight Poles Fist

形意拳             Xíng yì quán                         Shape-Intention Fist

八卦掌             Bāguà zhǎng                        Eight Trigrams Palm

玄功刀        Xuán gōngdāo     Mysterious Skill Broadsword

拂尘            Fúchén                 (Horsehair) Whisk

玄门剑        Xuán mén jiàn      Mysterious Gate Sword

龙华剑        Lónghuá jiàn         Dragon Sword

八仙剑        Bā xiānjiàn            Eight Immortals Sword

八仙棍        Bāxiān gùn            Eight Immortals Staff

子午槍        Zǐwǔ qiāng            Meridian Spear

五龙大刀    Wǔ lóng dàdāo      Five Dragon Halberd

方便铲        Fāngbiàn chǎn      Convenient Shovel

Wudang Way Tutorials
Five Dragon Temple Training
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