Sifu David Wei 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 Wudang Mountain Traditional Taoist Martial Arts Academy of 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. He is also trained in medical massage, Tui Na, Zen Shiatsu, Acu-oil, and Lomi Lomi; and is a certified Wat Po therapist.
Prior to Wudang, he trained in traditional Shaolin Gong Fu and classical Chinese brush painting with renowned Master Y.C. Chiang at Wen Wu School. 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 Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit wellness ministry, based in Oakland, California, committed to the practice and preservation of classical Chinese healing arts.
1:00 David’s journey into martial arts and accupressure.
6:30 What led him to shift his martial arts focus to that of a healing art instead of a breaking art.
9:30 Selling everything that he owned to begin life as a monk in China.
12:00 Staying true to his principles when an unexpected request was made of him by his Masters.
15:00 Discovering the real reason behind his mom’s chronic shoulder pain–it had to do with emotional pain instead of mechanical pain.
16:00 How his insight into healing being a matter of the heart impacted his clinical work.
17:45 To have a lasting impact on his students or patients, it’s not going to be in his technique, but in the space that he holds.
18:45 Getting people to slow down their tempo and give up their frantic pace is what leads to lasting healing.
24:00 If you put your energy on fixing things, there will always be more and more to fix, but if you put your energy on celebrating things, there will always be more and more to celebrate.
27:00 He isn’t treating people–it’s through Tai Chi movements that his patients feel better, simply by sharing his space.
33:00 His daily routine encompasses a daily walk, cup of tea, gentle mobility, meditation and holding space for guests.
34:00 He prescribes the 3 M’s to his patients–movement, massage and meditation.
37:30 His current mentor is his 7-month-old son.
42:35 Someone he would enjoy meeting in life is the patriarch of his lineage, Zhang San Feng, who is often thought of as the creator of Tai Chi.
45:00 Some history on his lineage and the direction he has taken it.
51:00 His experience with trying out Plum Dragon Dit Da Jow and discovering that its fluidness, which differs from the thicker salves that he is used to, is what helps it absorb into the skin so quickly. He also loves the aromatic smell of the herbs.
54:00 Why he doesn’t believe Traditional Chinese Medicine is a real thing–everything from the fact that it’s not truly “traditional,” it’s not exclusively “Chinese” and it’s more about “healing” than “medicine” (which has the connotation of fixing a finite problem).
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