Wudang Kung Fu, an important school of Chinese Martial Arts, has a very long history. Chinese martial arts of all sorts have a long history and a great diversity of methods and styles. Generally speaking, they are divided into two big schools: the south and the north.
The north school originated from the Shaolin Temple of Songshan Mountain, the Holy Land of Buddhism, and is called the Shaolin Sector with its boxing called Waijiaquan, known as External Kung Fu.
The south school originated from Wudang Mountain, the Holy Land of Taoism, and is called the Wudang Sector with its boxing called Neijiaquan, known as Wudang Internal Kung Fu.
Thus Wudang and Shaolin are considered the two main types of Chinese martial arts. Wudang martial arts are a great contribution of Wudang Taoism, which is a famous branch of Chinese Taoism.
Wudang Kung Fu, as a culture, took root in the fertile soil of the thousand-year-old Chinese civilization, and contains profound Chinese philosophical theories combined with the traditional notions of Taiji (shadow boxing), Eight-diagram and Xingyi, converted into boxing theories and skills.
It is said that the father of Wudang Internal Kung Fu is Zhang Sanfeng. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), he created the Wudang Sector on the basis of the theory of alchemy.
Besides the vigorous North School and Benshan School Taiji, the four modern Taiji schools are all derived from the same origin. They all share the same score theory of Yin and Yang, Eight-trigram and Five-elements.
Aimed at maintaining good health, prolonging lifespan as well as self-defense, Taiji Boxing has many features such as defeating a tough rival with a soft approach, winning by striking only after the opponent has struck, deflecting a forceful thrust with a tiny amount of force, and is also effective in prolonging lifespan and developing wisdom.
Influenced by the Taoist idea of "self-protection and self-cultivation in isolation", the skills of Wudang Kung Fu are characterized by not taking the initiative in an attack, as "removing is fighting, and fighting is removing".