In his unprecedented account of the way of martial arts, Master Zhongxian Wu explores WuDao through systematic instruction of select practices from the legendary Dai Family Style XinYi Martial Arts School. Traditional Chinese martial arts embody the richness and depth of Daoist philosophy, and their disciplined practice is an effective way to experience healing, internal alchemy and spiritual transformation.
XinYi martial arts, as with all traditional Chinese martial arts, build strength and stamina, and involve a process of inner cultivation that can bring practitioners closer to the Dao. The author examines and interprets the connections between Daoist numerology, the spirit of classical Chinese martial arts, and internal alchemy practices. With extensive reference to the classic texts, the book provides unique and considered guidance that will inspire and empower practitioners of all levels.
An authentic insight into the spiritual world of classical Chinese martial arts, this book is essential reading for practitioners of martial arts, NeiDan (internal alchemy), XinYi, Xingyi Quan, Taiji Quan, Bagua Zhang, Qigong and Chinese medicine, as well as anyone interested in traditional Chinese culture.
‘Dai Family XinYi is a rare martial art in China. It is so hidden that many practitioners have never even seen the practice. In this book, Master Wu reveals many techniques that have never been made available to the public. He explains the Dao theories in a very easy to understand way, as well as the basic form and the movements of WuXing Quan Mu and BaGua XinJing. He also describes the principles, breath and visualization in detail for each movement. This is a very valuable book for readers to trace back the origin and hidden treasure of the powerful Xingyi Quan.’ – Master C S Tang, senior Xingyi Quan, Bagua Quan and Yi Quan expert and researcher, and author of The Mysterious Power of Xingyi Quan and The Complete Book of Yiquan
‘As an aikido practitioner, I found lineage holder Master Zhongxian Wu's latest book, XinYi WuDao, very fascinating. Providing an in depth explanation of the links between Daoism and Chinese martial arts, Master Wu shows his deep dedication and unique knowledge of these two ancient traditions. There are many similar links that can be made between aikido and its philosophy, which makes this book a fantastic source of inspiration for all aikido practitioners.’ – Jan Nevelius Shihan (6th Dan Aikikai Tokyo), Chinese medicine practitioner and author
‘'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,' says LaoZi in the DaoDeJing. In this illuminating book on XinYi WuDao ('The Dao of the Martial Arts'), Master Wu guides us, step-by-step, on a journey into the heart of the ultimate martial art– the art beyond fighting. Through the inner alchemy of the Three Treasures of Life– our bodies of flesh, energy, and spirit –we learn how to martial these precious resources in a way that benefits self and other as one.
Thanks to the kindness of his mentor, Grandmaster Zhao ShouRong, Master Wu shares with us, for the first time in English print, ancient secrets of the way of the martial heart handed down in China in an unbroken lineage from master to disciple. Whether your interest lies primarily in the practice or the philosophy, you will discover within these pages precious gems of wisdom and power that will enrich your life.’– Daniel Reid, best-selling author of The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity and The Tao of Detox and a leading expert of Eastern philosophy and medicine
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