Living the Classical Chinese Traditions

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This article is a transcript of a 2012 interview with Master Zhongxian Wu

Master Wu, could you tell us how you got started in taiji and Qigong?

At an early age, I developed a strong personal interest in Qigong. This was supported by the culture in my hometown. People there cherished the traditional way of living. I grew up without roads, busses, piped water and electricity. Many people in my hometown practiced the art of ancient shamanism, Buddhism, Daoism, and martial arts traditions – chanting, meditation, herbal folk medicine, acupuncture, etc. – were very common. I found all of these things very interesting and I started to try.

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Other questions answered in this interview:
What characterizes the EMei ZhenGong 峨嵋真功 style? How would you describe it?; Along with Emei ZhenGong, you also studied Dragon Gate Qigong. Can you tell us something about this style?;
How many books have you written or worked on with your teachers?;
Let’s talk about the Wudang He Taiji style you practice;
How does the Wudang He Style Taiji differ from the Yang, Wu, and Chen styles that most westerners are familiar with? Your Wudang He looks very different, but what about its principles?;
Can you describe the XinYi 心 意 internal martial arts?;
You are the lineage holder for four different schools of Qigong and martial arts. Could you explain how the Chinese lineage system works?;
Can you tell us about your work and your approach to healing?;
What are your goals of your Lifelong Training Program (now the JingDao Traditional Daoist Arts Program)?

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