WUDANG (武當) STYLE Tai Chi (of Wudang Mountain)
Wudang Style martial arts, from the Wudang Mountain, now becoming increasingly well known, are often classified as “internal styles” in spite of apparently having no direct connection to the major styles we know of as taijiquan, xingyiquan and baguazhang. There is a style from Wudang called neijiaquan (“internal style fist”), but it is not related to the aforementioned styles that were dubbed neijiaquan in Beijing in the early 1900’s.
There are some masters, particularly from Zhaobao taijiquan, who emphasise the Daoist influence in the creation of taijiquan. There are many who still declare the legendary Zhang Sanfeng to be the historical founder of taijiquan, even though historians regard him as a mythical figure.
One style known as Wudang taijiquan (武當太極拳) was created by Chen Tinhung, a taijiquan master from Hongkong. This system is now being taught in the United Kingdom by Dan Docherty and Ian Cameron and in Hong Kong by the founder’s son, Zheng Jianen (鄭鑒恩). This style does not come from Wudang. Rather, it is derived largely from Wu style tai chi.
There are other schools of Tai Chi Chuan that also use the name, Wudang Taijiquan. Some claim to derive from one or more of the major five styles. Others do not seem to have any direct connection to the major styles at all.
This video is of You Xuande, who learned martial arts from several masters of Wudang martial arts. He teaches a style called Wudang Taijiquan, which seems to have elements of Yang style, Chen style, and Wu style.
You Xuande and his Wudang martial arts have been well received by taijiquan masters at international taijiquan and wushu gatherings.