在中国的春节期间，我第一次参观了一座道教宫观，神秘的道教文化引起了我的兴趣，使我忍不住想做更深入的了解。因此，当得知有一个机会可以去武当的时候，我 高兴极了，立即作出了延长此次中国之行的决定。在此之前，我一直都对武当充满憧憬，太多的人和电影中都提到有关武当山的故事，当然，还有令人向往的中国功 夫。
刚 到武馆，在了解了我的基本情况与愿望后，武馆给我安排了一个教练。我第一次接触了气功与太极拳。尽管在这里待得时间不长，但我真的觉得通过习练，更加了解 感知了自己的身体，并且掌握了很多协调身体各个部分平衡与锻炼的方式方法。更重要的是，运用道家的观点看待养生。例如，我们所吃的食物，我们可以从很多不 同的方面获得所需的能量，当然，这些都需要不断的实践与练习。
另 外，在其他学校我们是多个人跟一个教练进行学习训练，而这里是一对一的教学，这是一个很大的优势。教练会更注意你的学习，也更容易指出你出现的问题，而你 也必须专注于自己的每一个动作。拥有个人教练最大的优势是，这里有来自全世界不同的学员，大家需求不同，程度也不同，教练可以根据学员自己的情况安排适合 的进度。这里也有很多功夫套路供你选择，比如：太极、八卦，再到剑类和扇子等。
在 日常的训练中，师父和教练也会对你进行指导。训练是张弛有度的，也是合理的，虽然也会很辛苦，但也不会让你累到像其他学校那样，失去所有能量而产生再也不 想继续下去的念头。我觉得这样对于一个不经常进行运动的人来说，是比较适合的方式。许多人告诉我，他们更喜欢来这里，而不是其他地方。并不是从小训练武术 的人才可以学武术，在这里每个人都有学习接触武术的机会，无论男女老少、零基础还是是已经学过武术的人。
作者：Yi Shu Zhang
The Danish Girl in Wudang
I am a Danish girl who just finished my bachelor degree in sales and marketing this summer. I have been studying at wudang kungfu school for 3 weeks after having been in China for 2 months for travelling and visiting my sister.
This year was the first time i visited a Daoist temple during Chinese spring festival. After visitng the temple i was curious to learn more about Daoism. It was therefore a great opportunity for me when the chance to go to wudang mountain came to me as i wanted to extend my stay in China. I have always wanted to go to Wudang mountain after having heard alot about it from people and movies but also because i have always loved kungfu.
I started to search for schools online and found this school which apealed to me with its focus on both internal as well as external training.
Coming from Denmark which is totally different from China i was a bit concerned about the conditions. For example in Denmark the toilets are not holes but you sit on them. Luckily i have been in China many times before so i got used to it although it was a bit unconfortable in the beginning.
The food at the school was better than many other places i have been at although i often missed eating western food since we combine western and Chinese food at home. But it was okay and the town was just a few minutes walk from here so i could buy whatever i needed.
When i came i talked with the school about my needs and wishes and was assigned a coach. And for the first time a practiced qigong and taichi. Although i have only been here for a short time i really feel that i have learned a lot new about my own body as well as how to move differently. And although not much i have also learned more about how the body and mind works from a Daoist perspective, how things are connected and needs to be in balance which for example can be obtained through several ways including through the food we eat, our mindsets and through practice.
Compared to other schools i have stayed at in Beijing and Henan i feel that this is the place where i have progressed the most. Perhaps it is because i have never practiced taichi or qigong before and because of the holistic approach.
But also as at the other schools we only practiced in large groups instead of having a coach like here. This is a great advantage as there is focus on you and it gives no space for loose ends. You have to focus on each move. Having an indvidual coach is also a huge advantage as there are people from all over the world with different needs and levels. Thus you are able to develop in your own pace and you get to focus on your own interests as you can choose to practice everything from taichi and bagua to sword and fan forms.
The coach and shifu are able to guide you in your needs and the training is hard but yet not too hard as in other schools where you loose all your energy and don't want to train anymore. I think for many people who don't practice sports everyday this is a better approach.
In fact many people have told me that they like to come here as opposed to other places it is not necessary to have trained martial arts since you were a kid, but there is place for everybody, young and old, newbeginners as well as people who have already studied martial arts.
Apart from the training part one of the greatest things about the school was the social environment. As mentioned you meet people from all around the world with different backgrounds and histories. The environment at the school is relaxed and allows for social activities and close friendships to be made. And i think it is a combination of that and the training program that make many students wanting to stay here for longer periods keep returning to the school.
If i could stay for longer i definately would and i am certainly coming back.
Author：Yi Shu Zhang