Lu Zijian comes from a famous martial arts family situated in the Yichang area of Hubei province - a family which contains many long living members:
Grandfather - Lu Zhengde [吕政德] (1840-1913) - 73-years-old
Grandmother - Wu Meihua [吴梅花] (1842-1945) - 103-years-old
Sister - Lu Zimei [吕紫梅] (1888-Still Alive) - currently 125-years-old!
Brother-in-Law - Li Fengfang [李丰方] (1878-2001) - 123-years-old
During his long life, Lu Zijian mastered all aspects of the 'Wudang' (武当) tradition (training for three generations - or sixty-years - under various Masters) - specialising in 'Longfist' (長拳 - Chang Quan) - and eventually inheriting the Wudang Bagua Zhang (八卦掌) lineage.
In 1945, a US Military General took exception to Lu Zijian's good reputation (as he had killed both Japanese and Nationalist thugs over the years - many of the latter working for the US)! The General sent his personal Bodyguard - 'Tom Newham' - to teach Lu Zijian a lesson - but things did not go according to plan. The Americans had been making anti-Chinese statements and this fight took place in front of Chiang Kai-shek's mansion (situated at the foot of Huangshan Mountain) on the South Bank of Chongqing. Lu Zijian beat Tom Newham to death with a single palm strike as taught in the Baguazhang System.
Chiang Kai-shek was furious about this (for political reasons) and announced that Lu Zijian was dismissed as his Bodyguard! Previously, Lu Zijian had been in trouble in 1929 when he openly opposed Chiang Kai-Shek's plan to 'ban' TCM and introduce a US-controlled medical insurance system in China!
Source: China Taiwan Network
China Taiwan Net - August 30th, 2016 - Shiyan News (Reporter Zhao Miaoqing [赵苗青]):
On the afternoon of August 29th, 2016 - organized by the Taiwan Affairs Office of Hubei Province – we participated in the ‘Use Your Wisdom-Eye to Understand the Foundation’ intuitive, which formed part of the ‘10th Cross-Strait Media Jingchu Travel Collective Activities’! This time the focus was on ‘Wudang Mountain’ (武当山 - Wu Dang Shan). The members of the team visited the following places of interest amongst many others:
a) Wudang Mountain Geological Museum (武当山地质博物馆)
b) Wudang Mountain Special Zone Planning Hall (武当山特区规划馆)
c) Wudang Mountain Museum (武当山博物馆)
d) Wudang Mountain Museum (武当山博物馆)
The Wudang Mountain is a Daoist area of immense beauty designed to relax all inner and outer tension whilst generating unity, harmony, balance, peace and perfection! By being present in this place, the mind, body and spirit experience a ‘purification’ process (premised upon breathing deeply and fully the pure air), whilst the Daoist practitioners and Masters see right ‘through’ each and every person who happens to walk (or manifest) within their vision (or sensory sphere)! Of course, many people who visit have disabilities – just as some of the Daoist priests and Masters do! Everyone (and every living creature) is welcome and all that is felt is an uplifting ‘compassion’ and a ‘healing’ love for life and existence! Many visitors report a ‘new’ agility and ‘renewal’ of mind and body with the spirit (consciousness) being expansive and all-embracing! The area (and experience) is grand and majestic! The ‘qi’ (气) energy is truly ‘great’ and ‘uplifting’! An interesting point the Daoist Masters and Daoist priests wanted to emphasise is that ‘everyone’ is welcome to participate in the ‘humanistic’ quality of Wudang Mountain – the Daoism of which does not discriminate in anyway and which accepts ALL beings without question or condition! Inside the Wudang Mountains Special Administrative Region the sand-drawing table attracted media attention from both sides of the Straits! Everyone was amazed at the grandeur of its scale!
On the last stop of the day, the team visited Jade Emptiness Temple - known as the ‘Forbidden City’ of the South! The Jade Emptiness Temple is located at the Northern foot of Wudang Mountain, within a basin area of 5 square kilometres. There are four imperial stele pavilions situated inside and outside the Temple – perfectly positioned so that each faces the other in a majestic manner (despite their differences in size)! In an area directly in front of the Jade Emptiness Temple, Master Yuan Xiugang (袁修钢) - the 15th Generations Lineage Descendent of the Wudang San Feng (三丰) School of ‘Internal’ (內 - Nei) Martial Arts – led a group of disciples through an impressive display of bodily movements of the arms, legs and torso! As a Daoist Priest, he responsible for the preservation and transmission of these ancient Daoist martial arts which can be spectacular to encounter!
"The martial arts practiced on both sides of the strait share the same common cultural origin. There are many Taiwanese compatriots who come to Wudang Mountain to learn martial arts every year - but there are not many Taiwanese students who commit themselves fulltime to learning Wudang martial arts over the longterm and place themselves in a position to inherit the Wudang martial arts lineages - as this would be something we would definitely encourage."
Explained Master Yuan Xiugang in a joint interview with media from both sides of the strait. When asked about the exchange of martial arts between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, Daoist Master Yuan Xiugang said:
‘Since 1994, cross-strait martial arts exchanges have become more frequent. In the past, Taiwanese people mostly conducted Daoist cultural exchanges in the form of ‘incense’ groups (paying respect at various holy places). After more than 20 years of exchanges, however, the cross-strait martial arts have gained a deeper understanding of each other.’
He hopes to strengthen and deepen the cultural exchanges between young people on both sides of the straits using the Wudang ‘Internal’ martial arts tradition as the vehicle and hopes that more and more young people will systematically learn Wudang martial arts and pass on the complete (Internal) lineages in their hometowns and living locations. According to reports, Wudang martial arts conform to the operating state of the inner body and the reality of the ‘natural’ outer world. Therefore, when practicing these ‘internal’ martial arts, the disciples learn to ‘drop’ or ‘sink’ (沉 - Chen) their bodyweight into (and through) the ground they are standing upon – always being physically (and psychologically) firm and stable (like a ‘Pine Tree’) - when in a state of movement or stillness! The outside of the body becomes noticeably pliable and ‘soft’ (柔 - Rou) whilst the inside of the body becomes ‘toughened’ or ‘hardened’ (刚 - Gang) in the sense that if impressed or impacted in any way from the outside – the incoming force is absorbed and dissipated harmlessly away from the inner organs and lacks the piercing power to damage the joints or bones, etc.
Wudang martial arts, however, are about the developmental health of the mind, body and spirit, protecting the natural environment and the REMOVAL of all conflict in the mind, body and environment, and between individuals, species and different systems of life choices, creativity and artistic expressions! With practice, Wudang martial arts practitioners learn to move about as if they are floating like clouds or flowing upon water! These abilities are considered unique within Chinese martial arts! This is why in 2006, Wudang martial arts were selected as part of the first batch of intangible cultural heritage arts considered truly representative of China’s historical genius and creativity! This process led the collection and categorisation of all such Daoist activities that comprise the ‘Wudang Internal Family Fist Law’ (武当内家拳法 - Wu Dang Nei Jia Quan Fa)! There are around 30 different styles being taught and practiced on Wudang Mountain which include ‘Taijiquan’ (太極拳) and ‘Taiyi Five Phases Fist’ (太乙五行拳 - Tai Yi Wu Xing Quan)! There are also 9 types of ‘Qigong’ (气功) which have attracted a substantial amount of attention from home and abroad!
Chinese Language Source:
2016年08月30日 09:30:00 来源：中国台湾网
中国台湾网8月30日十堰讯（记者 赵苗青） 8月29日下午，由湖北省台湾事务办公室举办的“借你慧眼看基地—--第十届海峡两岸媒体荆楚行”采风活动，聚焦武当山海峡两岸交流基地。
ORIGINAL CHINESE LANGUAGE ARTICLE BY: QIANFENG DAOIST MASTER ZHAO MING WANG (赵明旺)
(TRANSLATED BY ADRIAN CHAN-WYLES PHD)
A few days ago, a venerable 70-year old man came to visit me in Beijing (at the Qianfeng Hermitage) from his hometown of Weihai in Shandong province! His name is ‘Jiang Daochang’ (姜道长) and he is a Disciple in the ‘Wudang’ (武当), ‘Sanfeng’ (三丰) School of internal martial arts practice and mastery! Indeed, Jiang Daochang has dedicated his life to the pursuance of Daoist gongfu (功夫)!
In his search for genuine Daoist self-cultivation knowledge and technique, he has travelled far and wide over many mountains and across numerous rivers! He is a Master of the ‘Taiji’ (太极) ‘Long-Sword’ (剑 - Jian) ‘Law’ (法 - Fa)! Eventually, he has settled in the ‘Wudang Sanfeng School’. However, he has also been aware of the Qianfeng Pre-Natal School and has attended a local study group for many years. It has been his positive experience with this group that led to him taking the decision to travel to Beijing and visit the Headquarters of the Qianfeng School.
He is a straightforward person who understands that usually a student must study with a Master for at least three-years (usually after three years of visiting other Masters) before being accepted as a ‘Disciple’ - but this situation is a little different due to Jiang Daochang already training in the Qianfeng School and the fact he is a Taiji Sword Master of many years standing! As is his right as an enquiring student – he requested that I ‘prove’ the efficacy of our School.
I first explained the ‘Essential Life Mind-Body' (性命双修 - Xing Ming Shuang Xiu) self-cultivation method as preserved within the Qianfeng School. I then assessed the health of his mind and body – and immediately ‘opened’ ALL of his energy channels throughout his body. As the transformation was ‘immediate’ - Jiang Daochang stated ‘This is the genuine Daoist self-cultivation! Without this method, the essential nature (精 - Jing) cannot transform vital force (炁 - Qi) in the mind and body!’ After experiencing this – Jiang Daochang immediately requested ‘Discipleship’ and he was formally accepted into the Qianfeng School!
Jiang Daochang is very concerned for the health of those who have practiced Taiji martial arts all their lives but who have also reached middle-age. When this stage of life is reached, it is important to replenish the ‘jing’ and ‘qi’ (精炁) so as to nourish the bones and inner organs. This is the same advice for ‘internal’ or ‘external’ martial arts practice! These activities consume a lot of ‘Jing’ (精 ) and ‘qi’ (气) - and this foundational store of energy needs to be replaced. This is a primary issue for athletes and people who like to keep-fit. Of course, this is also the same issue for everybody else – but at varying levels of use and replenishment. Many just burn themselves-out wasting their internal energy on frivolous pursuits! It is the ‘Essential Life Mind-Body' self-cultivation technique that can easily remedy this situation!
Qianfeng Pre-Natal School
Qianfeng Hermitage: Zhao Ming Wang
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2021.
Original Chinese Language Source Article: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_64e533c90102yssx.html
Shifu Adrian Chan-Wyles (b. 1967) - Lineage (Generational) Inheritor of the Ch'an Dao Hakka Gongfu System.