Meet the Martial Artists
Lindsey Wei is a 24th generation disciple of Wudang White Horse Chun Yang Pai. Her Master is Abbot Li Song Feng of the Five Immortals Temple. She is a practitioner of Wudang Internal Gong Fu, Tai Ji, Ba Gua, Qi Gong, and Wudang Sword. Her Wu Shu training began in 2004 at Beijing's Capitol Sports University for 2 years, then in 2006 she entered the study of internal Wudang and trained in China for the next 6 years. By 2008 she was also immersed in the culture and theory of Daoism, living in a remote Daoist temple with her Master. In 2012 she moved to Northern California to teach Wudang Gong and Daoism. She continues to lead trips to China annually.
It was in China that Mark Zanghi first came to understand that mind and body are required to work in concert with each other in order to achieve and sustain personal balance. While Zanghi’s first trip to Wudang was aimed at furthering his training in Baqua Zhang, his many returns to the Academy would find him devoted to many other disciplines aimed at realizing personal strength, health, and fitness, including self-defense. As a teacher, Zanghi guides his students towards their individual fitness and longevity goals. His emphasis on posture, stance, and the foundation footwork of Kung Fu and Ba Qua Zhang are the first steps in your journey towards mental and physical strength; your continuation in the pursuit of balance.
comes from a Daoist lineage and is an ordained priest of two traditions of Daoism: Shangqing and Quanzhen. He trained at an early age in all the different facets of Daoism and decided to focus on the healing arts. Mr. Yuen serves as Director of Classical Studies at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina and former Dean of Academic Affairs at the Swedish Institute College of Acupuncture in New York City. He was the first recipient of the "Educator of the Year" award conferred by the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). Mr. Yuen was also responsible for the recognition by the U.S. Department of State to acknowledge Daoism as a religion which paved the way for Daoist priests to enter the United States on special visas. He lectures frequently, nationally and abroad to colleges and associations of Oriental medicine.
, founder of the Universal Consciousness Festival, comes from a direct line of Wu Dang Daoist priests, a lineage that is over 700 years old and completely unbroken. His gift for making Daoist thought accessible, his desire to share its message of peace and hope, and his open affection for his students have earned him a place as one of the most sought-after Daoist priests and Tai Chi masters in the West.
Master Chen is the president and founder of the President of and President and founder of the Association for Chinese and American Enrichment, Inc., (aka the North American Wu Dang Taoist Association) a not-for-profit organization. He is the deputy director of the Sanfeng Friendship Association, based in Wu Dang, and is the official U.S. representative of Wu Dang for the Wu Dang Taoist Association.
Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen)
Michael Xià Chóngyì
David Wei (魏 资 容, Wei Zi Rong, "Wayfarer of Vast Capacity"), is a 16th generation lineage holder of Wudang Zhang San Feng Pai, and a global instructor of Wudang Daoist wellness arts and traditional Chinese acupressure massage.
Under the direct guidance of Daoist priest, Master Yuan Xiu Gang, David completed over 11,000 hours of formal training at the
, China, in 2007, at which time he was accepted as a senior disciple. During those five years, David practiced internal martial arts, medical Qi Gong and meditation.
While in Wudang, he also trained under Master Du Yi Jun, a highly-esteemed blind master of Tui Na medical massage. David then became a certified Wat Po therapist from Wat Po Temple in Bangkok, Thailand, building on his previous training in Tui Na, Zen Shiatsu, Acu-oil, and Lomi Lomi at the Acupressure Institute. Prior to Wudang, he trained in traditional Shaolin Gong Fu and classical Chinese brush painting with renowned Master Y.C. Chiang at
David has since travelled globally, conducting workshop intensives in China, Thailand, Bali, Czech Republic, Sweden, England, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, and across the U.S.
In 2012, David founded the , a 501(c)3 non-profit wellness ministry, based in Oakland, California, committed to the practice and preservation of classical Chinese healing arts.
Taoist Swordsman Michael Xià Chóngyì (夏崇义 (夏崇義)), received his Taoist name in July, 2010 at Purple Heaven Palace on Wudang Mountain, under Wudang Taoist Priest Zhou Xuan Yun. This event marked the first time a westerner would be inducted into Wudang Quanzhen Taoism formally, and the first time the Full 2+ hour induction ritual would be performed since the re-opening of the temples in the late 20th century. Inducted through Dragon Gate Sect, Xia’s Taoist name was presented to him by his Shiye (grand master), Li Guangfu, current president of the Chinese Taoist Association.
With over 25 years in the martial arts, and a dedication to both practicality and tradition, Swordsman Xia offers a glimpse into these specialized practices of Swordsmanship in the Taoist community along a dynamic view of Taoist development through scholarly and academic studies. As the elected Chair of the Taiji Fencing League, and head teacher of 6 Wudang Swordsmen Academy locations––in two countries––his life dedication to a peaceful sword-method seems something out of a Wuxia movie or a child’s dream for when they grow up! Nonetheless, as a Taoist first, and a swordsman second, it is Michael’s hope everyone who participates in his discussions and workshops will walk away with an enhanced relationship with themselves and a deeper understanding in their pursuits of this mysterious universe!
Michael is currently the Founder and Maestro at the
in Guadalajara Mexico, Founder of
and Director of Tiaji Fencing League.