When Chris hits the pads, you can see how much my arms are moving, even
though I am doing my best to resist. This type of power actually penetrates
Wu Dao Gong
Fitness, Inner Strength & Self Defence
Would you like to improve your
health in a holistic way? Or build your strength and stamina? Or do you
need a change from the gym? Or supplement your existing training regime?
Or are you unwell and would like to regain your health? Or do you simply
want to de-stress? Try Wu Dao Gong! You will find this a rewarding system.
Wu Dao Gong is an internal Chinese martial arts system which develops mind,
body and spirit. This art has been refined and passed down for
hundreds of years. It is inspired by the rich philosophies of Buddhism
and Taoism that teach balance and harmony. Combined with the ancient
knowledge of Chinese medicine which promotes health and well-being, and the
disciplines and skills of internal martial arts, Wu Dao Gong displays
power, confidence and artistry. All of these features make for a
well rounded system of personal growth
a way to live a healthier and happier life, bringing the spirit of
optimism to everything we do.
Its body conditioning is truly amazing
and is second to none. It draws on the finest methods of internal
and external disciplines that have been refined for thousands of years by
many great masters. Students who practise these methods are amazed at the
changes they experience physically, mentally and emotionally.
This type of training differs greatly from a gym type workout or a purely
fighting system as it works in a holistic and integrated way. The sinews and joints are loosened and then strengthened. The muscles are
toned. Gradually, the internal organs are affected and even the bones
become stronger. The mind is trained to relax and to develop the
ability to focus clearly, even under pressure.
that You Can Expect:
stronger back, more flexible joints and tendons
increased strength, stamina and energy
improved posture, flexibility and coordination
enhanced feeling of optimism and happiness
expanded clarity and awareness
a sense of centredness, calm and peace
robust internal energy
development of speed and power
and healing aspects of Wu Dao Gong have made many positive changes
to our students. Benefits they have gained include recovering from old
injuries, a stronger immune system, a sense of calm and clarity, more energy
and confidence and a feeling of well-being which carries the day.
Some of our students are experts in health professions
such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, western
medicine, psychology and psychiatry. All agree that this is a very deep
and comprehensive system for training the whole person.
What do we train?
The Wu Dao Gong system is based on the principle that stability and
growth need to be supported by a deep, strong foundation. As an old
Chinese adage states, “The top is the basics and the basics are the top.’’
Training starts with loosening tension from muscles, joints and sinews.
Various practices are taught to calm the mind and improve concentration and
relaxation. Methods using punching and kicking develop balance,
coordination, concentration and power. The legs form the physical roots of
the body. According to Chinese medicine, the legs also influence the
energetic roots of the body’s health and vitality.
This stage of the training process teaches and develops an integrative
strength, that is, we are taught to use the whole body – tendons,
joints, muscles and mind – in a synergistic way.
There are various stages of training.
Students are encouraged to develop in a non-competitive step-by-step process.
Each stage builds on the previous one, training mindfulness to higher levels and fine tuning the nervous system.
This method produces deeper levels of satisfaction and well being.
does Wu Dao Gong mean?
The internal arts systems have been evolving in China for thousands of
years. Wu Dao Gong incorporates many traditional health, meditation,
energy cultivation and martial systems. Fei Wang is a traditional
Chinese medical practitioner and is an heir to this highly developed
system. He was taught in a traditional way by his teacher who himself was a
scholar, a traditional Chinese medical practitioner and a very accomplished
kung fu master. At first, Fei Wang studied medicine for two years with his
teacher. He was twelve years old at the time. One day, his teacher asked
if he would like to learn kung fu. Fei was surprised at first because his
bespectacled teacher was a slightly built learned gentleman. To Fei`s
surprise, he performed a one handed stand on a rope fence. Amazing for a
seventy-two year old!
The word Wu refers to the inspiration we need to find in order to do
well at any task in life. Dao means the way. In the context of the
training, it means the methods and procedures we follow to change and
develop the mind and body. Gong is the result of consistent quality
effort over a period of time.
Low Push Hands
“I started the Wu Dao Gong training a year and a half ago. Prior to
starting, I had experienced around 5 years of severe depression and anxiety
following on from a traumatic head injury. The depression spiralled down to
a point where I was suicidal and attempted to take my own life requiring
hospitalisation on two occasions. My anxiety was so severe that even
walking out the front door was incredibly hard even whilst being heavily
medicated and I just simply stopped trying. A good day for me was when I
accomplished one task for the day, such as sitting outside for 5 minutes or
making the bed, but most days, even those simple things were just too much
for me. I'm very lucky I had a couple of people in my life who refused to
give up on me and with a lot of help, support and a huge amount of effort, I
started to do a bit more. I didn't like it; I wasn't comfortable doing it
but I simply had no other choice.
Prior to all of this, I had always wanted to try another martial art (I had
done some taekwondo in the past). So even though it was incredibly hard to
turn up, I decided to trial a Wu Dao Gong class. During the lesson, Brett
had us doing a basic deflection of a punch which was fine and a bit of fun,
until he came around to us and he punched. I tried to push his hand out of
the way and was in shock when his arm didn't even move a millimetre. He
didn’t even appear to be trying. I tried again as hard as I could but with
the same result. I have never experienced anything like that before. I knew
2 things at that moment;
(1) I knew nothing about martial arts or self defence (I had thought I knew
a bit of self defence from the taekwondo).
(2) I was hooked.
I loved coming to class as I was so engrossed in what I was learning for
that hour or so that I 'forgot' to be anxious. I started training a lot at
home and I just started feeling better mentally but in a way I had never
felt before. I started to feel joy, happiness, a sense of calm and not so
much confidence as a ‘comfortableness’. So I kept training.
A year and a half later, I am simply a completely different person. I am
stronger and fitter than I have ever been. More importantly for me, I have
started to live and really experience and enjoy life. Things seem a lot
clearer and I am more 'connected' with myself. People notice that there is
a difference in me, even from the person I was before the head injury. I
had tried all the ‘traditional’ ways to treat depression and anxiety:
medication, seeing psychologists and psychiatrists and general physical
exercise. I spent 5 years going round in circles. I believe I would have
improved to a point but I don't believe that I would be anywhere near where
I am today without the Wu Dao Gong training. I don't understand it but
there appears to be much more to it than just a form of exercise or self
defence moves. I am looking forward to continuing to learn and grow and
appreciate and live life.”
a Wu Dao Gong Student, Electrical Designer
(The name has been suppressed for reasons of
"A few weeks ago I was walking through Civic to my car. It was shortly after
midnight, and I was confronted by five young people, four males and a
female. Having trained in Wu Dao Gong for a number of years, which teaches
sensitivity to your surroundings, I immediately knew there was a level of
menace directed my way.
One of the males asked me for a cigarette for his girlfriend. This was
clearly not his intention as the girl was already smoking one. As I told him
that I didn’t smoke, I saw out of my peripheral vision one of the other
males swinging a strike at my head.
Without thinking, I reacted by intercepting the strike and capturing the
male’s wrist in my hand. I then pushed him away from me by his arm. My
training came into play, meaning that I used a reasonably correct technique
– power through the legs and waist – because the guy went flying backwards
and hit a shop front window very hard.
This must have been unexpected to the youths as they all stood around gaping
at their mate who had bounced off the window and was sprawled on the ground.
I took the opportunity, while they all stood around uselessly, to make my
exit. After a while they gathered their wits and made a half-hearted attempt
to yell abuse after me, but without even needing to turn around, I knew they
were not following and the danger had dissipated.
I think I can safely say that my training assisted me a great deal that
night to neutralise their threat and make my escape without doing any damage
to them other than some bruised ego. Without the knowledge I have gained
through training in Wu Dao Gong and my body’s instinctive reaction to the
attack, things might have turned out very differently."
James, Public Servant
For more information, see
Wu Dao Gong Introduction video
Training in Wu Dao Gong,
Natural Style Kung Fu
Interview with the
founder of Wu Dao Gong
An Art that gives Much
More than Expected
How I Have Benefitted
from my Training in Tai Chi and Wu Dao Gong