Henan TV feature on the programme “Lets begin practicing kungfu”
On August 2, 2018, Hong Nan, the host of "Let’s Begin to Practise Kung Fu" on Henan Satellite TV, and the honoured featured guest Wang Hongxiang (widely known in China as the "Chinese hero"for his Sanda competition accomplishments) came to China Wudang KungFu Academy for an interview and an exchange. Master Chen Shixing personally received the entourage of Mr. Wang and Ms. Hong, and extended a warm welcome to their visit. Master Chen in that reception demonstrated his Wudang Kung Fu as well explaining the five steps of Wudang Qinggong in detail. Mr.Wang and Ms. Hong then proceeded to experience Wudang Qinggong, Wudang Taijiquan and the health-preserving Kung Fu of Sanfeng Sect under the guidance of Master Chen. Subsequent to the workshop, Mr. Wang conducted a deep discussion on the broad and profound culture of Chinese martial arts and commented on the impact upon which the Wudang legacy has made with Master Chen. The program was broadcasted on Henan Satellite TV at 21:15 on August 24, 2018 and received unanimous praise from martial arts fans.
Since antiquity in China, martial heroes are esteemed among their martial peers. Upon their first acquaintance, Master Chen invited his honoured guest to a tea ceremony. Among heartfelt exchanges, and deepening of friendships over tea, Master Chen brews and serves his guest in a practiced deft motion, his hands seemingly expressed subtle polarities in his flow of movements from his left like a sunrise and his right the sunset as he dispensed the tea from high position to the low laying cups, the slow tipping vessel forming a rapid stream tea. "The search of the Dao begins with a cup of tea" – this gentle philosophy espouse by Master Chen permeate in sincere tranquility, that moment capturing Master Chen’s sentiments of his journey through time.
The conversation continued as they took a stroll on the grounds of the Academy. As Mr Wang had expressed that he long admired Wudang Light Body Skills (Qinggong). At this juncture, Master Chen elaborated on the five techniques to practise Wudang Qinggong -- Frog jumps, water skipping, inverted hanging, wall walking and pile balancing. Subsequently Master Chen and his protégés demonstrated Qinggong on the academy grounds. Mr.Wang and Ms.Hong experienced and benefited a lot after the detailed explanation and presentation. Furthermore Mr Wangs’s excellent conditioning was evident in his participation of the activities to practice Qinggong.
In order to further satisfy Mr. Hong and other Taijiquan practitioners desire to know more about the health preservation methods of Wudang, Master Chen also demonstrated Wudang Swordsmanship and taught them some techniques of Taijiquan. Master Chen emphasised: “The essence of Wudang Kung Fu lies in the gentle and tranquil qualities”. In practicing Taiji, more than just simply practicing the form, is to cultivate the spirit. In our practice, express a sense of reverence to nature, using our sincerity to reach out to it. In cultivation, we set ourselves on the path to refine our emotional consciousness. We lead different lives, but we share the same universe, all seeking our balance. Every movement and stillness are in a cycle, every word and every action aggregates our cultivation.
Finally, Master Chen also taught some techniques of health-preservation which can be seen in the middle segment of the programme as way of fulfilling the purpose of the sincere visit.The health-preserving exercise that can improve the functions of the body is a traditional national sport in China, which aligns physical movement, breath and mental well being . It puts a special emphasis on the combination of movement and stillness, the balance between Yin and Yang, the complementing dynamics of hardness and softness, and the inclusion of the spirit and the form. As a result, the health-preserving exercise gives full play to the potential of the human body and has achieved an optimal form of movement for the human body which allows room for its practitioners to develop and thrive. It is not only helpful to people’s health, but also very good on mental well being.
Amongst the beautifully landscaped grounds at the academy, Wudang martial arts and Taoist culture complement each other. Following the order of time, the journey of cultivation with a master is one of virtue and inheritance, along the flow of myriad emergence in nature, melding into the principle of Yin Yang; the legacy of Wudang martial spirit at its highest expression is a search in our hearts the way of reconciling with the order of the universe.