Full Training Curriculum
Below, you will find the full curriculum of San Feng Pai taught through the Ways of Wudang. Be sure to read the corresponding pages that go into more detail on both the External and Internal Systems. There is also a recommended training order, though this is only applicable up to a certain level. It is most important that students take part in some form of basic training throughout the learning process as this will greatly assist and complement their practice regardless of whether their curriculum is focused on external or internal styles.
Recommendations for each training structure have been done in a few different ways. There is a training plan for separate as well as collected external and internal system practice. It should be noted that these are only recommendations and not necessarily the path that you will follow while learning the Ways. Each student is unique in experience, interests, and goals. These must and will be factored into developing a training plan. This lists that follow serve as overviews of all of the styles taught as well as some practice templates to give you an idea of how you may structure your training.
Designing a Training Plan
The lists above give you an idea of what a general progression through the different styles can look like. Of course an exhaustive list to summarize such a large curriculum is quite difficult to assemble. This is because of the interplay between the different modes of training between empty hand, weapon, and internal systems. A good foundation in the basic training of the external system is optimum. However, from that point on, there are many options available. Even when designing a specific path there are some things that may need to be taken into consideration. For example, if your direction brings you to learning spear, this can be done after fundamental skill building with the basic forms, but to truly and comprehensively understand the techniques, it may be beneficial to have learned the forms Xing Yi Quan and 8 Immortals Staff prior. Xing Yi employs the same body structure for technique development and staff will introduce the practitioner to double handed weapons. Likewise, learning a form like Monk Spade (listed above as "Shovel") is best after having learned basic training, staff, and halberd though it would also be an asset to have learned a conditioning form like BaJi Quan. Also it would be beneficial to have been introduced to the soft body fajin techniques in TaiYi Quan as it will help the student to round off their practice and not develop weakness.
Qigong, on the other hand, should be something that is trained in tandem with whichever system that you focus on. The benefits of this practice and how it complements training in general should not be underestimated. Qigong, and other "soft" practices like Taiji Quan and Meditation, help one to develop stability and balance. Without even going into the deeper levels of internal alchemy and just treating these arts as a physical practice, we can see the advantages that come with a regular and balanced training routine.
With all of this said, one can see how having a knowledgeable and experienced teacher is of paramount importance when designing your own training plan. Students learn at different rates and excel in different skills. Being able to judge and guide a student through this process is the responsibility of the teacher. Having this understanding and trust within the student-teacher relationship is something that benefits both parties. It brings steady progress and improvement to the student and it allows the teacher to offer the best possible path for success.
However, it should be noted that developing gongfu requires time and commitment and this comprehensive path may not be for everyone. This is also ok and this is part of the communication with the teacher that needs to take place. While it may be recommended, and possibly even necessary in the traditional sense, that students follow whatever path is laid out before them, this is not always the case. For students with a specific interest in a certain aspect or even a certain form, this may be communicated and the training plan adjusted. What is organized and stated above is simply a more traditional path.
Chinese Pinyin English Translation
五路步法 Wǔ lù bù fǎ Five Stances
三十六路腿法 Sānshíliù lù tuǐ fǎ 36 Kicks
云手 Yún shǒu Cloud Hands
站桩 Zhàn zhuāng Standing Meditation
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
太极十三式 Tàijí shísān shì Taiji 13
太极二十八式 Tàijí èrshíbā shì Taiji 28
太極拳一百零八势 Tàijí quán yībǎi líng bā shì Taiji 108
太极剑 Tàijí jiàn Taiji Sword
太乙五行拳 Tài yǐ wǔxíng quán Taiyi Five Elements Fist
太和拳 Tài hé quán Tai He (Supreme Harmony) Fist
八段锦 Bā duàn jǐn Eight Pieces Brocade
五行气功 Wǔxíng qìgōng Five Animals Qigong
五禽戲 Wǔqínxì Five Animals Frolics
鹤行桩 Hè xíng zhuāng Crane Standing Meditation
坐式八段锦 Zuò shì bā duàn jǐn Seated Eight Pieces Brocade
推手 Tuīshǒu Push Hands