The Six Harmonies and 8 Methods
The genesis of Wujido arose from the summer of 1990 in Dallas Texas during intensive research into the common principles in what we will call the “essence” of Bushido and the ancient Wuyi principles expressed in the Wuxing (five elements fist). The research was part of a “post-graduate” thesis/dissertation and subsequent presentation for 8th Dan examination (1990) The title of the dissertation was “Wujido”. In this synthesis a great many theories and principles were tested and refined ultimately producing a hybrid martial art combining the 5 shapes of Wuxing with the Bushido elements of kata from the following systems of Karate to wit; Shudokan, Shorin Ji, Isshin Ryu, Goji Ryu, Shorei Kan, Shito Ryu, 23 Kata in all with accompanying methods of practice and system requirements established up to and including the 10th Dan rank requirement. Thus the seeds of Wujido were planted.
The practice of Six Harmonies already established in China arose from a synthesis of both the internal and external schools. These provide the basis for the inner shape of Wujido. the 6 harmonies as expressed in the principle of unification of the body combined with the 8 torso methods simply state that the 6 external harmonies are the following:
- The shoulders harmonize with the hips
- The elbows harmonize with the knees
- the hands harmonize with the feet
Thus there are the 6 external harmonies of the body. These combined with the 7 stars of the head, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, hands, and feet make up the means of action and expression in the 5 animals boxing taught at the Wujido Institute. Its expression encompasses the 3 basins and the 3 bridges and the 10,000 variations.
Wujido is a Shaolin System by all means of its form and method. It however has some unique aspects that distinguish it from the more well-known and popular Shaolin style seen in movies and promoted widely. Certain principles of body mechanics and movement are distinctive and produce a very smooth and powerful expression seen more often in the internal systems and not so much in the external systems. An example of one subtle differences in execution of various techniques can be gleaned from the text of an old Hebei xingyi boxing manual with reference to the fist and foot arrangement in a technique referred to as the “smashing fist” known to us as the “standing fist” method. It goes like this;
Its form is like an arrow, it corresponds to the wood element, of the zang organs, it calms the liver. The front foot must not hook in,and must not turn out. The back foot seems straight, but is not straight; seems turned out, but is not turned out.
All movements are executed with the principle of whole body unification and the body segmentation and expression of most “traditional” external styles is avoided as being inefficient and sometimes counterproductive on a multiplicity of levels including the risk of crippling injury and negative health effects that accompany improper training in the “traditional” hard style methods of practice which is far more common than people realize. The principle of whole body boxing by means of the application of the 8 body methods and the 6 harmonies are the unique method that creates the exceptional health benefits and incredibly efficient fighting style as well as the look and feel of Wujido.
Wujido means “the path without limits”.