Taoist terms in the martial arts

Gua Zhang Movement Diagram

When the literati took it upon themselves to organize the internal martial arts, they spared no effort to reconcile universal principles with the physical arts and incorporated cosmological terms into their disciplines. There are numerous examples where Taoist and Confucian universal principles were applied to the martial arts. Below is a listing of key and repeated themes in internal martial art literature. According to ancient Chinese cosmology, creation began with Wuji, the void or chaos...