Martial Arts

Wu De Guan Kung Fu

Welcome to the Wu De Guan Family! Wu De Guan stands for Martial Virtue Training. It is a complete system of martial arts training that has a very rich history. No matter if you are a novice or have had years of study in another style you will find the atmosphere here fun and intense. There are many aspects of traditional Chinese Kung Fu that we focus on here, but the overall principal of health and personal cultivation are two principles that take the forefront.

Wu De Guan teaches that there is more to studying the martial arts than just kicking and punching. Learning an effective form of self-defense does not just mean that you can fight off an attacker; it also means that you are healthy and can fight off disease (modern day attackers). By studying the Wu De Guan system you will learn techniques that will help strengthen your body, mind, and spirit while learning an extremely effective form of self-defense.

There are two forms of Chinese Kung Fu taught within the Wu De Guan system. Ba Ji Chuan (Eight Directional Boxing), and Xing Yi Chuan (Form Mind Boxing). These two styles are very similar in their approach and philosophy, but quite different to watch.

Qi Gong (Energy Work) is also a focus, as well as Tai Ji Chuan (Supreme Ultimate Boxing) for those students who have studied and grasped the rest of the system.

Ba Ji Chuan

Ba Ji Chuan is renowned in China for being a very powerful form of self-defense. The adjectives most often used to describe Ba Ji are powerful and effective. Ba Ji is an ancient art designed to be extremely efficient in its movement. The simple movements appear to be quite easy to learn, but in time students realize that movements are quite complex to perform.

The energy in Ba Ji is called Fa Jing (internal power), and is performed with detailed body mechanics and relaxation. It is a practical style which utilizes the bear step and the tiger claw. Fa Jing takes much time and hard training to develop, and master. Ba Ji is very precise in attack and defense and can attack while still protecting the self.

There are three major forms taught in the Ba Ji system: Ba Ji Shu Ga (Ba Ji Small Frame), Ba Ji Dai Ga (Ba Ji Large Frame), and Ba Ji Liu Jia (Ba Ji Linking Fist). There are also several smaller forms that are designed to help students practice the numerous stances and body mechanics required to elicit fa jing.

Xing Yi Chuan

Xing Yi Chuan is a very old Chinese martial art that most believe originated in the early 1600’s. It is a very powerful art, which is classified as an internal martial system like its sisters Ba Gua Zhang and Tai Ji Chuan. Tai Ji yields and blends with an opponents attack, Ba Gua circles and evades, Xing Yi smashes through the opponent in a seemingly linear fashion with an unrelenting attack.

Xing Yi’s movements are based on five basic moving patterns. These “fists” take after the five elements of Oriental medicine: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. The five transformational fists, or wu xing chuan, are the foundation for the rest of the Xing Yi system. Other forms include: 12 animal forms, 12 tan tui (spring legs), 2 broadsword forms, staff, and linking forms that combine the different elements of this vast system of kung fu.

Character

The most important aspect of Chinese martial arts is the development of a moral character. Without a deep understanding of morality one can never develop into a great martial artist. This concept is in general a hard one to understand for most people, but in China it is well known that a martial artist is an individual of the strongest moral integrity. Only so much can be achieved with technique, the “wisdom mind” (yi) must be integrated into one’s practice, which of course means every minute of the day.

It is said that a calm and stable mind can achieve anything. This is an idea that I hold strong to. If we are not thinking with our wisdom mind then we are thinking out of impulse and reaction, like most animals do. This thinking out of impulse is known as the “emotional mind” (xin). The martial arts are very much a tool to shape reaction, both mentally and physically. Through diligent practice, and study of the martial virtues one can begin to act from the wisdom mind.

Virtues

The virtues fall into two categories; morality of action, and morality of mind. Of those that are associated with action, there is:

  • Humility
  • Respect
  • Righteousness
  • Trust
  • Loyalty

as well as those which are associated with the mind:

  • Will
  • Endurance
  • Perseverance
  • Patience
  • Bravery

These topics and more are discussed within and outside of class time. Students are encouraged to bring notebooks; at times lectures are given.

Here are several excerpts from an article by Dai long Bang, written in 1750, entitled Essential Knowledge for the Practice of Martial Arts.

Solo and partner practice – For those practicing martial arts, eighty percent of the time is spent in solo practice, twenty percent of the time is spent with others. Therefore, it is said, ‘The time strengthening the body is long, the time defeating opponents is short.

Daily practice -One must practice every day, barring illness, without break.

Perseverance – There are those who have no perseverance, who study a little and think they know it all, they are quite satisfied with themselves and rarely practice, they think they are a great success, until they have to use the art and find themselves useless.

Before practice – The stomach should be neither too full or too empty, the mind should not be preoccupied with other affairs, do not practice when angry. When hungry one has no energy, too full and stomach will be injured. Extraneous thoughts harm the brain, anger harms the spirit.

Sequence of practice -At the beginning of practice stand, afterwards practice forms.

In an attempt to create a familial atmosphere, students of Wu De Guan are asked to wear similar “uniforms”. Black pants and a black shirt worn in class would be appreciated. In the future such clothing will be available for purchase. Please see the attached class and tuition schedule. If you have any questions call or ask at anytime. Have fun and train hard!

Sincerely,

R. Scott Moylan, M.S., L.Ac.
Head Instructor