Wudang Kung Fu: Elementary coaching with Zhou, Xuan-yun is an introductory program for warm-ups, fundamental positions, punches and kicks of this Wudang Mountain artwork. Zhou is a Taoist monk and Wudang Kung Fu is an artwork that the monks of Wudang Mountain developed by mixing Taoist ideas with conventional Chinese language preventing arts, integrating bodily and non secular practices into this inside type of Wudang Kung Fu.
The DVD is nicely produced, as I anticipated from YMAA. The menus are straightforward to navigate. From the primary menu you possibly can play all the pieces in English or Chinese language or go to the chapters. Zhou teaches in Chinese language, and in case you watch the English model, there’s a voiceover translated into English. Each leaflets have the English translation subtitled on the backside. The chapters are divided as follows: About Xuan Yun, Introduction, The Which means of Inner Arts, Heat-up, Positions, Putting Drills, Kicks, Sequence – Sluggish, Sequence – Quick, Martial Purposes, and Conclusion.
The photographs of Zhou within the brief part about him at first display that he’s an especially completed martial artist, and seeing him carry out on stage units was a great way to start out this system. I additionally loved the attractive scenes because the story of Wudang was defined with a voiceover within the introduction.
The part on the that means of the inner arts is brief and gives a easy rationalization, then this system strikes on to a warm-up. The nice and cozy-up part begins by exhibiting Zhou performing some warm-up workouts and encourages the spectator to heat up earlier than coaching. Because of the climate, it doesn’t point out a full warm-up, however illustrates squats, varied push-ups, leg stretches, lunges, waist rotations, and wrist stretches. Most martial artists know them nicely. In any other case, you possibly can try different sources for extra detailed directions on stretching and warming up. These first 4 sections of the DVD are 21 minutes lengthy.
Zhou states that place coaching is helpful in itself for establishing your roots and as a kind of stretch. Aspect and upright horse positions, bow place, squat place, empty place and lateral place are the positions proven.
Zhou teaches the punching workouts on their very own earlier than incorporating them into longer types. Horse stance punches, horse facet stance punches, bow stance punches and elbow strikes are carried out.
Within the Kicking part, a short historical past of Wudang’s kicking is defined as Zhou is proven demonstrating varied kicks. Zhou begins off by saying that he will not educate all of the kicking combos, however will present 24 fundamental kicks. There aren’t many particulars within the instruction, simply the fundamentals of every of the 24 kicks, then Zhou demonstrates. He demonstrates functions with a accomplice holding pads for many kicks. I warning anybody about utilizing crescent sort kicks, or any kicks for that matter, to kick a weapon, particularly a knife, out of somebody’s hand. . I do know many martial arts educate this, however doing it’s one other story. I want Zhou did not speak about it. Zhou provides recommendation alongside the way in which, however once more, there is not a lot element within the directions. A novice will want extra instruction on kicking, particularly among the bounce and spinning kicks included right here, however for an summary of kicking within the system this DVD is fairly good.
The types part (sequence) begins with some basic feedback on the types whereas Zhou performs exterior. Then the DVD goes again inside and Zhou illustrates the primary kind. It is usually proven on the skin too. Though this primary kind is the only kind taught at Wudang Mountain, it’s fairly an extended and complex kind in comparison with among the early easy types in some arts. It is a very good kind to look at whereas Zhou is enjoying, particularly exterior.
After the shape demonstrations, Zhou breaks down and demonstrates the completely different kind actions and functions of the actions. I actually appreciated this as a result of I feel having an app to a transfer helps to be taught shapes. There’s additionally a written insert within the DVD which accommodates the 24 postures / actions of the fundamental kind in English and Chinese language.
Zhou concludes by thanking his assistants and shares just a few phrases about coaching, then the ultimate scene reveals him enjoying the Chinese language flute. The complete program lasted 97 minutes. The DVD additionally accommodates the usual YMAA extras with catalog and video previews.
I discovered this to be an important introduction and overview of the fundamentals of Wudang Kung Fu. To be taught the type an individual will want greater than this video, however it may be mentioned of any martial artwork. For the individual learning this type, this can complement their educating nicely. In case you research an analogous type, it should even be very complementary. For individuals who are solely fascinated about varied kinds, this can be a nice look.