WUDANG PRINCIPLES - 10 Ancient Principles
|1. 混元一周天||hún yuán yì zhōu tiān||The Cosmos is "ONE" Circle|
yīn yáng hé tài jí
dòng jìng běn zìrán
|Stillness and movement in Harmony, THIS is Taiji|
|3. 三元夺造化||sān yuán duó zào huà||The three treasures/circles are containing and affecting everything|
|4. 四象始成形||sì xiàng shǐ chéng xíng||The four aspects are creating the form|
|5. 五行分生克||wǔ xíng fēn shēng kè||The five elements creating and destroying each other|
|6. 六合修内外||liù hé xiū neì wài||The six harmonies schooling the inside and the outside|
|7. 七星本为发||qī xīng běn wéi fā||The seven stars are sent out natural|
|8. 八卦自为化||bā guà zì wéi huà||The eight trigrams breaking Blockades (for self defense) and bringing solutions|
|9. 九宫练神形||jiǔ gōng liàn shén xíng||The nine skills(palaces) teaching the (body) expression|
|10. 万法桩功生||wàn fa zhuāng gōng shēng||10.000 ways are originating from the one and returning to the one (pillar|
1. The Cosmos is "ONE" Circle
Everything is ONE circle! This tells us the old principles of DAO! DAO is ONE! Is NOT separated into 10.000 Things but the 10.000 Things are expressions of the ONE; of DAO! You can’t define it! You can define its ATTRIBUTES and see its EXPRESSIONS in the Nature (10.000 Things), but you can’t define its ESSENCE. This means in first line, that YOU and ME we both are not separated from each other! We are ONE Soul which makes who-ever-experience with YOUR consciousness and makes Ismet-experience with my consciousness!! So it is NOT that we as human beings are doing spiritual experience, but SPIRIT does “express” its deep hidden attributes as a human experience! Looking to me the ppl. call me “Ismet”… looking to YOU the ppl. call the SAME ONE SPIRIT “Your Name”. The point is that one can cultivate his VIEW to see more and more of this ETERNAL ONE when looking into the 10.000 Things.)
2. Stillness and movement in Harmony, THIS is Taiji
Movement & Stillness – Soft & Hard – Fast & Slow – Agile & Rooted – Explosive & Calm…. YIN & YANG …. in Harmony…. THIS is TAI JI !
This tells us that the Stillness alone is NOT enough to become an enlightened Soul, cause all the day life of a human being IS movement… not stillness! So we should know what it means to meditate within movement!!! Taijiquan is NOT a performing Art, it is MEDITATION in MOTION! Stillness within movement!
3. The three treasures/circles are containing and affecting everything
精 - JING - Essence
氣 - QI - (not Energy, mabe flow)
神 - SHEN - Spirit
Everything is formed & influenced by these 3! Essence means the main-stuff of being! You can translate it as Semen… or more deep the essential stuff of material! QI, mostly translated as Energy, is much much finer then actual Energy! It is a FLOW! It is a flow between two points! Between YIN and YANG! Energy can manifest from QI, but it is NOT QI! Qi can manifest as Energy! But Energy is not QI! SPIRIT is the thing which we don’t want to define, because it is indefinable just as DAO! It is the LIVING Attribute of DAO! So this principle teaches us, that we need to cultivate our material, external body (JING), our internal flow (QI) and our internal body (SHEN).
4. The four aspects are creating the form
The 4 Pictures/Aspects are: Half-Yin, Full-Yin, Half-Yang, Full-Yang periods of the TAI JI Symbol!
Without the knowledge of these changing powers one can not move in the right way practicing Taijiquan!
One must know what time to fulfill one leg and half empty the other within the upper-body moves and the yinyang changes of the arms! The movement becomes natural and powerful if one uses the knowledge of the 4 Periods of the TAI JI within the own Body and Mind! Because the Intention is at least same important to control as the body! So the Intention also has the YIN period, the YANG period, the half-yin and half-yang period! Only with the right intention to the right time the FORM as it is… becomes ALIVE! Anyone (even unschooled eyes) can see this by watching a person doing a Taijiquan Form if it is just a “performance”, or LIVING in those 4 Aspects.
5. The five elements creating and destroying each other
The 5 Elements refer to the 5 Dragons, the 5 Chains of Life-Slavery, the 5 Organs, the 5 Animals, and the 5 main Principles of the Xing Yi Quan!
Metal – Water – Wood – Fire – Earth
Snake – Turtle – Dragon – Crane – Tiger
Lungs – Kidneys – Liver – Heart – Stomach
Rituals – Natural Instincts – Impermanence – Ego – Social Habits
劈 Pī (Split) – 鑽 Zuan (Spiral fist) – 崩 Beng (Crushing) – 炮 Pào (Canon) – 橫 Héng (Horizontal)
6. The six harmonys schooling the inside and the outside
Tells us that the 6 Harmonies must be practiced to achieve INTERNAL and EXTERNAL Skills!
The 3 External Harmonies (外三合 - wài sān hé) are:
1) 肩与胯合 Jiān yǔ kuà hé Shoulders and Hips in harmony
2) 肘与膝合 Zhǒu yǔ xī hé Elbows and Knees in harmony
3) 手与足合 Shǒu yǔ zú hé Hands and Feet in harmony
The 3 Internal and much more difficult Harmonies (内三合 - neì sān hé) are:
1) 心与意合 xīn yǔ yì hé Heart with Mind in harmony
2) 意与气合 yì yǔ qì hé Mind with Qi in harmony
3) 气与力合 qì yǔ lì hé Qi with Power/Energy in harmony
Once a practitioner reached the first 3 external harmonies will be a high level Martial Artist already! Anybody can see within a move that this person is skilled well! But gaining the Skills of the 3 internal Harmonies, the level of this person will increase far higher than before!
7. The seven stars are sent out natural
The 7 Stars are our 7 natural Weapons used in a fight to Attack the opponent.
1. 头 - Head,
2. 肩 – Shoulder
3. 肘 – Elbow
4. 手 - Hands /Wrists
5. 胯 – Hip
6. 膝 – Knees
7. 脚 - Feet
All this Points must be trained, conditioned and schooled well for Attack and Defense !
8. The eight trigrams breaking Blockades (for self defense) and bringing solutions
The BA GUA Principle brings Solve for the Defense.
So if the Attacker comes as HEAVEN Trigram ( 棚 - Peng / Ward off) one can solve it easily with EARTH Trigram ( 捋 - Lu / Deflect). If he attacks with FIRE Trigram ( 擠 - JI / Squeeze) I can answer with WATER (按 - AN / Press) and so on… the 8 Energies of the SHE HE XIANG ZHENG System (Wudang specific Snake Crane Tui Shou) are commended with the 8 Trigrams of the YI JING, Book of changes!
Here we learn to answer an Attacker in the right way and he gets just that back, what he gives us! The authentic and deep-advanced Push Hands Training teaches us these 8 natural reactions!
9. The nine skills(palaces) teaching the (body) expression
…is the advanced Bagua Walking around 9 Poles in a very specific way! Here we learn to step fast, lightly and agile but still rooted while our upper body should move very smoothly and invincible for the opponent.
10. 10.000 ways are originating from the one and returning to the one (pillar)
Lastly everything will turn back to the ONE, to the beginning, like it started just as still Standing Meditation. Here 10.000 WAY’S will come out of the practitioner naturally after going through the 9 stages of Wudang Neijiaquan !