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Master Zhang Sanfeng

Master Zhang Sanfeng

Zhang San Feng was born Zhang Jun Bao in Liao Dong during the late Yuan Dynasty. His family lived in Longhu Hill, Jiangxi Province. His grandfather was an expert in reading fortunes by watching the stars and constellations. Before Zhang Jun Bao was born his grandfather predicted there would be good fortune in Liao Dong, and so he moved there.  At the age of five, Zhang Jun Bao suffered from a severe illness and lost his eyesight. His grandfather heard that some nearby Daoist priests had an incredible way of curing illness; so, he took Zhang Jun Bao there.

Within a week, he was cured and had regained his eyesight.

The Daoist priest loved Zhang Jun Bao and took him as a disciple, teaching him both writing and martial arts. Like all fathers, Zhang Jun Bao"s father wished him every success. Zhang Jun Bao was expected to take the state exam for a career in the government. However, he was not interested in becoming a politician or minister. He loved martial arts and visited many ancient temples. Later in life he traveled to Yan Jing and took up a local government post through the relationship of a good friend. But Zhang Jun Bao soon quit and returned to Liao Dong where he spent most of his time in a deserted temple.

One day at the temple, a Daoist priest approached him. They talked throughout the night, and treated each other as old friends, regretting not having met earlier.

As they parted, Zhang Jun Bao wished to be living a life of solitude, wanting to be free like the clouds and birds. He spent the next few years traveling around, learning martial arts and becoming famous. When he was visiting Shan Xi Province, he realized that the Daoist priest he met earlier was Qui Chu Ji, the disciple of the renowned Wang Chong Yang of the famed Eight Immortals.

Zhang Jun Bao moved to the Jin Tai Temple in Bao Ji and was accepted by the respected Daoist Huo Long as a disciple. He became versatile in Daoism and named himself San Feng 三丰, which means heaven and earth. (In the 8 trigrams, San 三 represents heaven, or qian 乾. Feng 丰 represents earth, or kun 坤 .) Zhang San Feng came and went without shadow. Settling down in Wudang Mountain, he was inspired by watching a snake fight a bird. By incorporating his training in wushu, Daoist internal alchemy, and Qi Gong, Zhang San Feng created Nei Jia Quan (Internal Martial Arts), which was later called Taijiquan or the Tai Ji Quan 13 Style. The Tai Ji Quan 13 has formed the basis of Wudang Internal Martial Arts, often referred to as Daoist Gong Fu or Taoist Kung Fu.

The Wudang San Feng Pai, meaning Wudang San Feng Sect or lineage, continues the traditions and teachings of our patriarch and the teachings of his successive followers. Wudang Internal Kung fu is based upon the principles of Infinity (Yi Wu Ji), Supreme Ultimate (Tai Ji), and Two Extremes (Liang Yi). Over the years the combining of these principles a varity of styles have developed and flourished, most notably: Baguazhang (Eight Trigrams Palm), Xingyi quan (Form and Intention Fist), Liangyi quan or Taiyi quan (Two Extremes Fist), Xuangong quan (Dark Gate Fist), Baxian (Eight Immortals Style), Fuhu quan (Taming the Tiger Fist) and more.

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