Originally published in Chinese in 1930, The Major Methods of Wudang Sword has become a contemporary classic inthe field of traditional Chinese martial arts. Written by HuangYuan Xiou, the disciple of Li Jing-Lin—China’s most celebratedsword practitioner—this edition now introduces English readersto the fascinating world of traditional Chinese swordplay.
Immensely popular in China, Wudang sword contains withinits techniques the essence of the internal martial arts of TaijiQuan, Xingyi Quan, and Bagua Zhang. Unlike other books of itstime, The Major Methods of Wudang Sword explores the practicalapplication of its techniques rather than simply introducinga solo form. This helps readers and students of any style andbackground discover new insights and gain new approaches topersonal practice. The book also emphasizes the internal aspectsof swordfighting, including mental and meditative techniques.Translated by Dr. Lu Mei-hui and with expert commentary by MasterChang Wu Na—two contemporary disciples of Wudang sword—and featuring dozens of black and white photos from the originalChinese edition, The Major Methods of Wudang Sword unlocksthe secrets of Wudang swordplay for both novice and advancedpractitioners.
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“In this book, two modern masters of Wudang Sword provide a deep understanding and historical review of this ancient art through the eyes of Master Huang Yuan Xiou. I have been fortunate to have known Dr. Lu Mei-hui and Master Chang Wu Na for two decades and still stand in awe of their unbridled commitment and loyalty to one of the highest-regarded skills in all of martial arts. Wudang Sword practice teaches how to develop one’s inner strength or Jing, transform it into Qi, convert it into Shen, and finally achieve Xu—abilities that are not only essential for this art but also for many other internal and external martial arts. It is evident that Wudang practitioners, other martial artists, and those exploring their own personal cultivation will benefit greatly from this written achievement.” —Sifu Julio R. Ferrer (Wu Liu), director, Integrative Wing Chun, Pacific Northwest region