Wudang Kungfu originated in Wudang Mountain in Hubei Province during the Ming Dynasty. Wudang Mountain is one of the four famous Taoist mountains in China. According to legend, the great Emperor Zhenwu cultivated himself and became a real Taoist master, hence the saying of "It is only emperor Zhenwu who really deserves it", after which "Wudang (meaning the same as the saying in Chinese) Mountain" is named.
With a long history, Wudang Kungfu is broad and profound. The Wudang Taoist Zhang Sanfeng of the late Yuan Dynasty and early Ming Dynasty created the concepts of Wudang Kungfu and has been honored as the founder of Wudang School. By ingeniously combining the essence of I Ching and Tao Te Ching with Kungfu, Zhang Sanfeng created Wudang Kungfu that"s dominated by Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing I Chuan and Pakua Boxing with important bodybuilding and health keeping values.
After continuous innovation, improvement and enrichment by Kungfu masters of later dynasties, Wudang Kungfu became a major part of Chinese martial arts. It has long been honored as the most authoritative kungfu in the south alongside Shaolin, the most authoritative Kungfu in the north. Wudang Chuan, also called ¡隆茫Neijia Chuan¡隆脌 (meaning soft, internal martial arts) is aimed at health preserving and a means of self defense. Wudang Chuan values martial spirit rather than strength, focusing on the principle of ¡隆茫levering a ton of weight with four ounces of force¡隆脌 and ¡隆茫letting flexibility control hardness¡隆脌. Meanwhile, Wudang Chuan is more for defence than attack. Its functions and features also include prolonging life, helping cure and prevent diseases and boosting intelligence etc.
Wudang Kungfu embodies distinctive Taoist culture and is a natural combination of Kungfu and regimen, profound in both traditional Kungfu culture and scientific theory. Wudang Mountain had long been reputated as a sacred land for cultivation, and it would naturally draw the attention from all the dynasties. Currently, Wudang Kungfu has been introduced overseas, becoming a sport activity for health preserving, disease curing and life prolonging.Since Wudang Mountain is a famous sacred land for Chinese Taoism, Wudang Wushu(martial arts)is also called Taoist Gongfu.