DāoFǎ – 刀法
Way of the Saber
This special class focuses on the historically accurate use of the Dao or Chinese saber with emphasis on basic cuts, partner drills and free play (sparing). Many contemporary practitioners of Chinese saber focus on forms or personal cultivation, often at the expense of practical martial application. Our training is based upon the skills and basic cuts handed down within the Xing Yi Dao (Form and Intention Saber) system, this is not a program specifically in Xingyi Dao, but in Chinese swordsmanship (daofa). The basic cuts and other skills that are contained in this lineage are techniques that are common throughout all styles of Chinese Dao swordsmanship. While all students of daofa will find this program invaluable, prior training is not required for participation in this program; new students as well as students of all styles and backgrounds are welcome.
武當派 (Pinyin: Wǔdāng Paì, Wade–Giles: Wu-tang P’ai) also known as Wudang quan (Wutang chuan; 武当拳; pinyin: Wǔdāng Quán; Wade–Giles: Wu-tang Ch’üan) or “Wudang fist” is one of two major groups of Chinese martial arts: Wudang (Wutang), named after the Wudang Mountains; and Shaolin, named after the Shaolin Monastery.
The Shaolin school includes many martial art styles, Wudangquan includes only a few arts that share the common practice of using the focused mind to control the waist and through it, the body; these typically include Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan, and sometimes Bajiquan and Wudang Sword.
Wudangquan is often used synonymously with Neijia (內家; literally: “internal school”), but strictly speaking Neijia is a broader term which may also encompass, for example, Aikido and Qigong, which are not Wudangquan.