A3 – Gordon Faulkner
Wudang Taiyi Xiaoyao Zhang
Taiyi, also known as Liangyi, is one of the lesser known internal martial systems of Wudang boxing.
The belief is that Taiyi is the complement to Taiji, as it is said, “Taiji is formed by combining Yin and Yang while Taiyi is formed by separating Yin and Yang.”
The name Taiyi also symbolises the transitional state that lies between Wuji (no extremes) and Taiji (great extremes).
The Xiaoyao part of the name comes from the title of the first chapter of the ancient philosophy text, Zhuangzi ‘Free and Easy Wandering.’
Taiyi Xiaoyao Zhang – the Free Unfettered Palm of Taiyi.
Wudang Xiaoyao Zhang contains the proto elements of Taijiquan, Baguazhang and Xingyiquan. It has the softness of Taijiquan while some steps and explosive power are like Xingyiquan and other steps and turns with sinuous actions are like Baguazhang.
The form combines movements that are slow and gentle, alternating with fast explosive power. At one end of the spectrum, it can be performed martially. At the other end, paying attention to the cultivation of internal energy, it becomes Qigong.
Accessible to all although some previous experience would be beneficial