Wuxing Five Animal Wudang QiGong Classes in Toronto


Wudang Qigong, much like Shaolin Qigong, is a group of exercises that have tremendous benefits for both body and mind.

It is a gentle form of specific movements, postures and breathing techniques intended to promote healthy Qi and to expel toxins from the body. It is suitable for people of all body types, ages and goals. The practice of Wudang Qigong works to increase overall strength, flexibility, balance and the health of the internal organs. It is also beneficial in promoting mental focus and calming of the mind when we are faced with the external distractions experienced in our daily lives.

Wudang Five Animal Wuxing Qigong uses each of the 5 animal postures (Dragon, Tiger, Leopard, Snake, Crane) and their relation to each of the 5 elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water) to promote the wellbeing of 5 organs (Kidneys, Lungs, Liver, Spleen, Heart).

History


This particular form of Wudang Qigong comes from the San Feng Pai Lineage of Wudang Daoism. The San Feng Pai lineage dates back to the 14th century when Zhang San Feng became enlightened by the Dao and created Taijiquan. Grandmaster Zhong Yun Long passed it on to Master Yuan Xiu Gang, a 15th generation disciple and Daoist priest, who still teaches it in The Wudang Mountains today. It is an ancient form of Qigong that has many modern benefits for martial artists and lay persons alike.

About the Class


In this class, we will learn each of the 5 animal postures and how they relate to the health of the 5 organs that they target. Breathing techniques and focus on each posture will be covered progressively more in-depth over the course of the term. The complete set of the Qigong postures will be practiced together in each class so that students can benefit regularly from the form.

Your Teacher


David began his training in Chinese Martial Arts in 1987 as a Taiji Student at the “Rising Sun School of T’ai Chi Chuan”, here in Toronto, learning Yang Style Taiji, including taiji sword and taiji staff. In 1990, he began training with Grandmaster Pan Qing Fu after seeing him in the movies, “Shaolin Temple” and “Iron and Silk”. He eventually became Pan Qing Fu’s disciple and learned a number of Kung Fu styles taught by Pan, such as, Long Fist, Tiger Style, Bagua, XingYi, Taiji as well as Chin Na and Shuai Jiao. Pan had an affinity with weapons and passed on to David training in a number of weapons including; Guan Dao, Pu Dao, Staff, Spear, Straight Sword, Broadsword, Double Broadsword, NanDao, Nine-Section Whip, Three-Section Staff, DaGun, Double Daggers and Long Sword. Alongside Grandmaster Pan, David performed at many tournaments and festivals in Canada, including the opening ceremonies of the Martial Arts Pan Am Games. Grandmaster Pan Qing Fu passed away in July of 2017 and asked David to eventually pass on his “Iron and Silk Kung Fu”. Recently David became a student of Shi Chang Dao and has studied at STQI for two years to begin to learn the ways of Shaolin. David studies Shaolin Kung Fu, Gentle Kung Fu and Shaolin Qigong under the tutelage of Master Dao. With coaching from Master Dao, he recently competed with Shaolin Team Canada at the 12th Zhengzhou International Shaolin Wushu Festival in China in Tong Bei Quan and Yin Shou Gun. After the death of his Master, Pan Qing Fu, David travelled to China and stayed in the Wudang Mountains with Master Yuan Xiu Gang (pictured above) to begin an intensive study of Wudang Daoist Traditional Kung Fu, Qigong and Meditation.