In the Immortal Path: The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan we explore the religious faith of Taoism and the martial art of Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi can be called the Tao in motion. The classic Chinese text, Tao Te Ching acts as a guide to the principles of Tai Chi Chuan. As Wudang Taoist master Zhong Yun Long states “The Tao Te Ching tells us that everything in the universe changes and is the balance of Yin and Yang. This is also the heart of Tai Chi Chuan.” Master Zhong Yun Long broke years of solitary Tai Chi practice and meditation to come down from his Mountain cave and resume teaching at his Kungfu school, San Feng Pai. In the Immortal Path we explore this and other Wudang schools of Tai Chi to uncover the secrets of ‘tapping into our potential’ and to reach the goal of Taoist practice… to become an immortal. We first Master Zhong Yun Long in our documentary, Masters of Heaven and Earth.
Below Purple Heaven Palace is a Martial Arts school that embraces the Tao in their Standing Meditation practice each day… like most Tai Chi schools across Wudang mountain. Dragongate school, one of Wudangs oldest lineages of Tai Chi Chuan practices both Internal and External styles of Wudang Kungfu with particular emphasis on Qigong. Master Zhong Yun Long’s own school, the San Feng Pai insists students train in Hard Qigong to strengthen their body for fighting. “From Wuji to Tai Chi to Liangyi is the core of our practice” says Master Zhong Yun Long, “Liangyi shows us that from softness comes explosive fighting force. However the principle of Taoism is to cherish life. We use Tai Chi Chuan to oppose the strong with softness. To overcome an enemy but not destroy him.” At the heart of all the schools on Wudang Mountain is the Tai Chi form… the mind and body moving between Yin and Yang. In the words of the Wudang masters… Tai Chi is the Tao in motion. Welcome to The Immortal Path: The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan.