Tillmann Franzen Fotografie
WUDANG TILLMANN FRANZEN, Book
If you are interested in purchasing this book,
please click here
Edited by Tillmann Franzen, Duesseldorf, January 2020
In the Chinese tradition, the Daoist monasteries of the Wudang Mountains are the origin of the “inner martial arts”, such as Taijiquan, Baguazhang and Xingyiquan. These are contrasted with the “outer martial arts” of Shaolin Kung Fu and other styles.
According to a legend, the Daoist monk Zhang Sanfeng is said to have observed the fight of a snake and a crane in the Wudang Mountains, whereby the snake evaded the crane again and again until the crane had to give up exhausted. From this he is said to have developed the principles of “soft” fighting with inner strength.
Photographs: Tillmann Franzen
Graphic design: Bastian Ruppik