Wujiquan: the magic and the mystery

Sometime in the past; a very long time ago, before the Shaolin of the Tang Dynasty, the Hong and Choi of the Qing, and long before the modern era of spectacular Wushu tricks and performances of the Mao era there was the devastating and profound art of Wujiquan. At that time they called it Wuyi, deep in the recesses of the past on ancient Chinese battlefields bathed in blood and glory. Wujiquan was the modern name coined by the honorable grandmaster to honor the deep principles and precepts of the art.

Only through deep study and sacrifice can one reach the pinnacle. Many have tried but few endure because its profound subtlety takes a lifetime to master even a small corner.

 

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                                                                  The Eighteen Stanzes

 

Take the foothold like bending a great bow and leap across the great chasm

Shoulders hold like the great bear pressing forward and down

Hands grip, hold, pinch, clamp, and hit without mercy

Feet pound, step, crush, and run with chicken legs to and fro

First master the four, then the twelve and then the forty-eight styles12st39

Steps glide like a great water slider with chicken steps short and long 

Thrusting boldly with full intention and unified spirit

Using the five speeds to reach heavenly skill

Form of pure intention becomes impossible to defend

One single stroke fulfills its masterful purpose

Steps long and short, right and left with turning led by mind with Chi following

Hands speedily busy with fall, chop, cut, lift, hold, release, restrain, cling, crush using soft and hard skills

First learn the three virtues then combine with the one Chi 12st41

Observe the one, two, three, four, five then turn toe-in and toe-out, going forth and returning are all one chi

Each has its own place and order which cannot be violated even in the smallest degree

It takes place first in the mind and then in the body

Refresh the spirit and smooth the Chi

Hold the one in the three cavities and circulate through the channels, vessels, fascia, and organs for best effect

 

Wujiquan is the before modern era Wushu (kung-fu). It is not concerned with sport or self-defense but only in self-cultivation and appropriate action, the development of spiritual bravery and authentic being. In the contest of wills it is for victory and not defeat.

Some are of the opinion that Wujiquan is superior to Taijiquan and is supreme but this originates with the individual because all depends upon the source of our power within. This is a matter of opinion and is not a dogma. Method and training are at the core of principle throughout and the art is pursued not just physically but also by application of the mind reaching into the subtle aspects of our being to transform our essence and nature.