Master Tang Chongliang
Master Tang Chongliang lived a life of 115 years. He has been a legend of his life, he was even a solder of the Qing dynasty and became a Taoist monk at Wudang in 1898.
He specialized in Medicine and methods for health preservation, as well as Wudang Kung Fu. He always helped people with medicine and healing, lived a very simple life, but was always generous with helping others, often contributing to fix the bridges and roads. When the Japanese invaded China, he took the risk to support the Chinese army by sending them medicine.
He is well known for his longevity, when he was around 100 yeas old, he was still in good condition, had no problem of hearing and listening at all, and was able to demonstrate his kung fu.
He has been honored by the Government as The “National Taoist Master of China”.
Master Guo Gaoyi
Guy Goyi was a chosen disciple of Tang Chongliang. When he was young he first started learning Shaolin Kung Fu and Erlang Quan at his hometown. When the Japanese invaded China, he joined the Chinese army and fought against the Japanese in the North of China. Later as his army were falling apart, he met a Taoist monk while he was wandering in a temple in Liaoning province. This experience led him down the path of becoming a Taoist monk. Hidden and practicing Kung Fu, he learnt the Wudang Taichi and Taoist internal healing methods from his master Yang Mingzheng, the inheritor of Zhang Sanfeng.
During the Culture revolution, Guo was forced to leave the temple, and he went back to his hometown Henan Shangqiu. In 1981, he was able to get back his Taoist life again at Baiyun Mountain in Henan , and became the disciple of Tang Chongliang. There he deepened his understanding of Wudang Kung Fu through advanced Taoism practice, and learned medicine with his master. In 1983, he was invited back to Wudang and took charge of the Zixiao temple. Here he started to teach Wudang Taichi. Later he was invited to be the Chief Master of the Wudang Taoism association and taught many disciples - Zhong Yunlong, Cai Yating, Zhang Siyong, Wu Junhua are eminent disciples of his.
Guo Gaoyi is the most important Taoist monk who has passed down the teachings to the modern generation. He is a leading example and he still holds great influence in Wudang to the current day.
Master Zhang Siyong
The last disciple of Guo Gaoyi. When he was young Zhang Siyong joined the army in Shanxi province. The army invited a kung fu master to teach them as part of their army training. This was the start of Zhang Siyong’s kung fu journey. From here he became a descendant of this master and continued to train with him for 7 years. His master then recommended him to Guo Gaoyi in Wudang. After only a few months he was accepted as the disciple of Guo Gaoyi. Guy Gaoyi decided to leave Wudang and move to Shennongjia Mountain due to political conflicts and he took only Zhang Siyong with him. Here they lived and trained together in a cave for 3 years.
After this time together Guo Maoyi recommended Zhang Siyong to travel across China to fulfill his path. During his travels to Shandong province, he remembered that his Master Guo had mentioned another great Taoist monk Kuang Changxiu. He decided to make a visit to his temple at Qingdao Lao Shan mountain, the meeting turned to be very pleasant as they shared the same interest in Kung fu. Master Kuang invited him to live in his temple and share his skills with him - Zhang Siyong trained the Lao Shan style of Kung fu with Master Kuang for almost a year. This experience advanced his Kung fu practice to higher level.
Zhang Siyong wanted to be ordained as a monk under Master Kuang, but he was worried the knowledge might get lost in the temple so he advised Zhang Siyong to pass on his knowledge to his next generation which means to start a family and have the children to carry on the practice.
Master Zhang Weifeng
The disciple and the son of Zhang Siyong, it was Zhang Weifeng’s destiny and mission to learn and carry on the culture and teaching of these grand masters of Wudang and Daoism. His father started to train him when he was very young, in order to enhance his knowledge and gain more experience. His father sent him to Wudang when he was 12 to learn with many different masters in Wudang, Taichi, Wudang Sword, stick,Spear and knife, Wuji Quan, Wudang Mianzhang, Xingyi quan, Bagua quan etc. Zhang Weifeng almost mastered all of these skills and forms. When he was 17, his father sent him to Shaolin, where he learned with Shaolin Wugulun lineage. In 2011, he was accepted as a disciple by Wang qi, the head coach of San Huang Pao Chui in Beijing.
So far, Zhang Weifeng has participated in multiple competitions in China, and has won dozens of Gold medals, and was invited as a judge of the Martial arts competition in Netherlands in 2014.