Frequently Asked Questions

Questions on Enrollment

How do I enroll for training at WDTKA?


Click here to enroll for training now. Enrolling for training is easy. First, you must decide when and for how long you want to come to train at WDTKA. Second, see what type of room you would prefer (with or without AC and private bathroom). Then, you only have to communicate this to the office staff through the link above or by getting in touch with the school at wudang.wushu.info@gmail.com. If enrolling for classes during the peak training season(June - August), you may be asked to send a deposit in order to reserve you space at the academy. This can be paid by wire transfer.




How early should I register for classes?


To ensure that enough time is available to apply for your Chinese visa, make travel arrangements, and register for classes, we encourage students to begin enrollment at least one more before their intended arrival, two months for training during the summer months. Although, it is always best to get started as soon as possible.




What is the best time of the year to sign up for training?


While each seasons has its own benefits of training, you should know that training changes as per the season (click here). Typically, summer is much more busy and is more comfortable for training. The colder, and slower, months of the year are December - February. This means colder temperatures but also smaller class size and more time with your instructor. The best times are really the months in between when temperatures are not too extreme and student population is not too high, as in April - June and September - November.




What is the difference between a "Single Room" and a "Simple Room"?


While both rooms are private, individual rooms, a Single Room also has a private bathroom. A Simple Room does not. The Single Room has its own western toilet, sink, and personal shower. For the Simple Rooms, there are shared facilities with sinks, showers, and Chinese toilets. The rooms themselves have the same furnishings, bed, sheets, desk, chair, and warddrobe.




Does the school offer discounts or work programs to save on tuition?


To be fair to all of our students, we are unable to offer discounts on our regular tuition rates outside of our regular long term student discount. We are also unable to offer work programs as this would violate Chinese Visa regulation. If a student is in China on a business visa, or any other type, they are welcome to join us for training. However, we are only able to assist with Tourist and occassionally Student visa applications.




I registered for classes but now my plans have changed. What do I do?


If you are just changing your plans, please let the office know by clicking here. There is no fee incurred by changing the dates of your travel and study. The money that you may have transferred already is your credit and can be used for training at any date. Even if you are within Wudang and an emergency occurs, you will not loose your remaining tuition. Simply let the office know as soon as possible and we can make sure to creidt your account until the next time that you come to WDTKA.




What is the policy on refunds for tuition?


WDTKA has a policy of no refunds or returns on tuition paid. Once paid, however, the tuition can be redeemed at any time. In special circumstances and emergencies however, this rule can be lifted. Although all transfer fees will be paid from the remaining balance. If you need assistance, please get in touch by clicking here.





 
 

Questions on Training

What is a typical day of training like?


Daily training adds up to a total of 7+ hours of training time in a variety of skills within the Wudang Internal and External System. From Qigong in the morning, to Basic Training Classes during the day, and Meditation in the evening, you will study many aspects of wushu during your time in Wudang. Daily practice is a combination of footwork, flexbility, kicking drills, light acrobatics, coordination, balance, strength conditioning, form training, taiji practice, meditation, posture correction, stamina, weapons practice, and more depending on the season and how long you can dedicate to training with us. For more information, please click here.




Do I need to have martial arts experience to come and learn?


No! We accept students from all backgrounds, experience levels, and age groups to join us for training. As long as you are ready to commit to training, you will have a great experience!




What is the difference between internal and external styles?


Internal styles that are generally refered to in this way are likely the "soft" styles of Qigong, TaiJi, and Meditation. These practice methods are done at a slower speed and emphasis is placed on posture, breath, and mental balance. External styles are refered to this way to explain their "hard" nature. These systems of training are quick paced and focus on power, speed, and a mroe dynamic range of motion. Styles in this category would be things like the Basic Fist Form, Staff Form, and Dragon Fist.




When can I join the training and study martial arts?


You can study at WDTKA at any time! We are open year round and have training 6 days a week. The daily training is made to accept students of all experience levels. Once you arrive, we will help you decide on a curriculum path for your training and you will develop skills in martial arts that suit you and your needs. We also have scheduled events that you can sign up for by following our Facebook page and getting in touch with us when you are ready to register.




Is there an age minimum or limit for training?


No. Wudang Wushu is centered around increasing an individuals health and overall longevity. The practices are designed to complement old age. While practice intensity may lessen for an older student, the benefits that can be attained are still very much present. We encourage everyone to come and learn these health sustaining practices to improve their quality of life. It is never too late to begin!




Can I choose my own curriculum during my stay?


Yes! If you have a specific area of interest, whether that is TaiJi, Qigong, a sword form, or anything else within the San Feng Lineage, you are welcome to communicate that to us and we will work with you to create a training program that helps you meet your goals.




I am only able to come for a short time. Can I still learn something in a few days or weeks?


While we enourage long term training when possible, short term students still have a lot to benefit from in the initial training. We normally advise at least one month to learn a complete form. However, a week or less is still enough time to learn a Qigong set like 5 Animals or Ba Duan Jin as well as getting initiated to all of the basic training. Sometimes students will even opt to come and try training for a shorter period before they dedicate more time. This is also a good plan and encouraged.




How long does it normally take to study the Wudang system?


The Wudang System is very large and comprehensive. Ranging from Meditation pratice, Qigong methods, Taiji Systems, short weapons, empty hand forms, and all of the basic training that goes with each, the Wudang system is a lifelong endeavor. We have some 30 different things to study at the academy including all of the above. In our experience, it takes one month to learn each style. Some students may train slower and others may train faster. Also some forms are much longer and more technical and may require a student to have extensive training in other methods. For example, if a student learns the Staff form, the movements from other long weapon forms will be a little easier to understand because of their similarity.




Where does the training take place?


Training takes place mostly on the school grounds themselves. Students staying at the old school location will also practice next door in the courtyard of YuXu Temple. The new school location has plenty of space next to TaiJi River for practice. Both locations also have study areas, a meditation hall, and indoor training space for days where weather does not permit outside training.




Does Master Yuan teach the daily classes?


The daily training classes are mostly overseen by Master Yuan's disciples. When his schedule allows, Master Yuan will also attend classes. However, each week we have a school wide performance/evaluation hosted by Master Yuan. This gives the students a chance to show what they have been learning and get feedback from Master Yuan. Master Yuan also hosts a few special courses each year. Scheduled events are posted on our website and our Facebook account as well.





 

Questions on Travel

How do I enroll for training at WDTKA?


Click here to enroll for training now. Enrolling for training is easy. First, you must decide when and for how long you want to come to train at WDTKA. Second, see what type of room you would prefer (with or without AC and private bathroom). Then, you only have to communicate this to the office staff through the link above or by getting in touch with the school at wudang.wushu.info@gmail.com. If enrolling for classes during the peak training season(June - August), you may be asked to send a deposit in order to reserve you space at the academy. This can be paid by wire transfer.




How early should I register for classes?


To ensure that enough time is available to apply for your Chinese visa, make travel arrangements, and register for classes, we encourage students to begin enrollment at least one more before their intended arrival, two months for training during the summer months. Although, it is always best to get started as soon as possible.




What is the best time of the year to sign up for training?


While each seasons has its own benefits of training, you should know that training changes as per the season (click here). Typically, summer is much more busy and is more comfortable for training. The colder, and slower, months of the year are December - February. This means colder temperatures but also smaller class size and more time with your instructor. The best times are really the months in between when temperatures are not too extreme and student population is not too high, as in April - June and September - November.




What is the difference between a "Single Room" and a "Simple Room"?


While both rooms are private, individual rooms, a Single Room also has a private bathroom. A Simple Room does not. The Single Room has its own western toilet, sink, and personal shower. For the Simple Rooms, there are shared facilities with sinks, showers, and Chinese toilets. The rooms themselves have the same furnishings, bed, sheets, desk, chair, and warddrobe.




Does the school offer discounts or work programs to save on tuition?


To be fair to all of our students, we are unable to offer discounts on our regular tuition rates outside of our regular long term student discount. We are also unable to offer work programs as this would violate Chinese Visa regulation. If a student is in China on a business visa, or any other type, they are welcome to join us for training. However, we are only able to assist with Tourist and occassionally Student visa applications.




I registered for classes but now my plans have changed. What do I do?


If you are just changing your plans, please let the office know by clicking here. There is no fee incurred by changing the dates of your travel and study. The money that you may have transferred already is your credit and can be used for training at any date. Even if you are within Wudang and an emergency occurs, you will not loose your remaining tuition. Simply let the office know as soon as possible and we can make sure to creidt your account until the next time that you come to WDTKA.




What is the policy on refunds for tuition?


WDTKA has a policy of no refunds or returns on tuition paid. Once paid, however, the tuition can be redeemed at any time. In special circumstances and emergencies however, this rule can be lifted. Although all transfer fees will be paid from the remaining balance. If you need assistance, please get in touch by clicking here.





Other Questions

What is a typical day of training like?


Daily training adds up to a total of 7+ hours of training time in a variety of skills within the Wudang Internal and External System. From Qigong in the morning, to Basic Training Classes during the day, and Meditation in the evening, you will study many aspects of wushu during your time in Wudang. Daily practice is a combination of footwork, flexbility, kicking drills, light acrobatics, coordination, balance, strength conditioning, form training, taiji practice, meditation, posture correction, stamina, weapons practice, and more depending on the season and how long you can dedicate to training with us. For more information, please click here.




Do I need to have martial arts experience to come and learn?


No! We accept students from all backgrounds, experience levels, and age groups to join us for training. As long as you are ready to commit to training, you will have a great experience!




What is the difference between internal and external styles?


Internal styles that are generally refered to in this way are likely the "soft" styles of Qigong, TaiJi, and Meditation. These practice methods are done at a slower speed and emphasis is placed on posture, breath, and mental balance. External styles are refered to this way to explain their "hard" nature. These systems of training are quick paced and focus on power, speed, and a mroe dynamic range of motion. Styles in this category would be things like the Basic Fist Form, Staff Form, and Dragon Fist.




When can I join the training and study martial arts?


You can study at WDTKA at any time! We are open year round and have training 6 days a week. The daily training is made to accept students of all experience levels. Once you arrive, we will help you decide on a curriculum path for your training and you will develop skills in martial arts that suit you and your needs. We also have scheduled events that you can sign up for by following our Facebook page and getting in touch with us when you are ready to register.




Is there an age minimum or limit for training?


No. Wudang Wushu is centered around increasing an individuals health and overall longevity. The practices are designed to complement old age. While practice intensity may lessen for an older student, the benefits that can be attained are still very much present. We encourage everyone to come and learn these health sustaining practices to improve their quality of life. It is never too late to begin!




Can I choose my own curriculum during my stay?


Yes! If you have a specific area of interest, whether that is TaiJi, Qigong, a sword form, or anything else within the San Feng Lineage, you are welcome to communicate that to us and we will work with you to create a training program that helps you meet your goals.




I am only able to come for a short time. Can I still learn something in a few days or weeks?


While we enourage long term training when possible, short term students still have a lot to benefit from in the initial training. We normally advise at least one month to learn a complete form. However, a week or less is still enough time to learn a Qigong set like 5 Animals or Ba Duan Jin as well as getting initiated to all of the basic training. Sometimes students will even opt to come and try training for a shorter period before they dedicate more time. This is also a good plan and encouraged.




How long does it normally take to study the Wudang system?


The Wudang System is very large and comprehensive. Ranging from Meditation pratice, Qigong methods, Taiji Systems, short weapons, empty hand forms, and all of the basic training that goes with each, the Wudang system is a lifelong endeavor. We have some 30 different things to study at the academy including all of the above. In our experience, it takes one month to learn each style. Some students may train slower and others may train faster. Also some forms are much longer and more technical and may require a student to have extensive training in other methods. For example, if a student learns the Staff form, the movements from other long weapon forms will be a little easier to understand because of their similarity.




Where does the training take place?


Training takes place mostly on the school grounds themselves. Students staying at the old school location will also practice next door in the courtyard of YuXu Temple. The new school location has plenty of space next to TaiJi River for practice. Both locations also have study areas, a meditation hall, and indoor training space for days where weather does not permit outside training.




Does Master Yuan teach the daily classes?


The daily training classes are mostly overseen by Master Yuan's disciples. When his schedule allows, Master Yuan will also attend classes. However, each week we have a school wide performance/evaluation hosted by Master Yuan. This gives the students a chance to show what they have been learning and get feedback from Master Yuan. Master Yuan also hosts a few special courses each year. Scheduled events are posted on our website and our Facebook account as well.