Full Training Curriculum

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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. 
Empty Hand Styles
 Weapons Styles
Qigong Plan

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.

Full Curriculum

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

Qigong System

TaiJi System

Double Hand Weapons

Single Hand Weapons

External Basics

Internal Basics

Basic Fist Set

Intermediate Fist

Advanced Fist

Other Practices