Wudang Sanfeng Tai Chi and Qigong in the Ozarks!
with Jason Salgado
Jason is a eleven year student of 15th generation Wudang Sanfeng Kung Fu Master Zhong Xuechao
a.k.a. Master Bing (www.WudangDao.com). He began training Wudang Qigong and Taiji (tai chi) with Master
Bing in Southern California in 2012 and every Spring thereafter, later in Wudang, Hubei Province, China in the Summer of 2016. In September of 2023, Jason traveled back to China to participate in a three week training and cultural seminar with Master Bing and other students at Taiji Gong in Fuquan city, Guizhou province, then two weeks training on Wudang mountain at Master Bing's new school, Wudang Dao Seven Star campus.
Originally from Southern California, Jason moved to Eureka Springs with his wife in Winter 2016 to a small
homestead with their three dogs, chickens, organic garden and a small AirBnB/Lodging just outside of town.
He teaches Zhan Zhuang (standing meditation), 8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong, Wudang 5 Animal Qigong, Wudang Taiji 28 and Wudang Taiji 13 forms in Eureka Springs andthroughout Northwest Arkansas. See here
In 2019, he brought Master Bing to Northwest Arkansas for the first time for Qigong and Taiji seminars
in Eureka Springs, Rogers, Fayetteville and Bentonville. Future seminars are planned when he can easily travel back to the States.
Jason is also a practitioner of Wing Chun Kung Fu (Ip Family/Samuel Kwok lineage) and a thirteen year
student and disciple of Sifu Bryan Talbot of West Coast Wing Chun in Long Beach, CA (www.WestCoastWingChun.com).
Wudang Internal Exercises
The Wudang Mountains (Wudangshan) in China is the cradle of Daoism (Taoism) and the Wudang internal exercises, or internal gong fu (kung fu). 'Gong fu' means 'Hard work' or 'Attainment of skill through hard work'. Over hundreds of years Wudang Monks have developed these groups of internal practices which combine physical fitness, internal work, attack and defense into one. Relaxation is key. Deep breaths into the abdomen help increase oxygen in the blood. The internal and external movements work together to help strengthen the body. The movements open the energetic meridians on the body and massage the organs. This helps to improve blood flow and Qi circulation.
Qi is the body's energy (life force/vitality). These practices are a moving meditation and a low impact workout that help to achieve physical balance, mental clarity and a stronger immune system. Other benefits include improved balance, lower blood pressure, stress reduction, anxiety relief, better sleep, improved flexibility, improved digestion...and it just gets you moving! No experience is needed and any age can participate. Movements can be adjusted to each person’s balance and Range of Motion. There is no competition with anyone else, only one’s self-improvement.
8 Pieces of Brocade
Eight groups of easy movements that are a short Qigong routine. The practices can be done alone or
used as a warm-up for other exercises. It is used to open the meridians, improve posture, loosen joints and muscles,
improve blood circulation, improve vital functions, help digestion and drive stagnant qi from the body.
8 Pieces of Brocade in Chinese is 'Ba Duan Jin' and also known as 8 Golden Treasures, 8 Silken Movements,
8 Pieces of Silk, etc. All classes begin with 8 Pieces of Brocade as a warm-up, but it is also a qigong routine in itself.
Here's Master Bing performing the full 8 Pieces of Brocade that you can follow along with:
5 Animal Qigong
Wudang 5 Animal Qigong, also 5 Element Qigong or Wuxing Qigong in Chinese is one of the most important exercises practiced by Wudang Daoist monks. It is movement coordinated with breath. It's movements are slow and soft like Taiji forms, but with less groups of movements and easier to learn. It is recommended to learn this first if you have no previous taiji or martial arts background. Historically, the Wudang monks were required to practice these five forms daily to improve health and wellness. This practice is comprised of five major forms; Tortoise, Crane, Snake, Tiger, and Dragon. Each form relating to each of the five elements in Chinese medicine, the Seasons and specific organs. This grouping of forms is derived from some of the most powerful and treasured creatures in traditional Chinese culture.
Wudang TaiJi 28 form includes 28 groups of movements. This form is based on the Wudang San Feng TaIJi 108 form. We learn to use softness to overcome hardness, stillness in motion. These forms are taught for improving overall wellness; physical, mental and spiritual balance. Taiji, originally a martial art for fighting, is used by millions around the world for it's health benefits. This class is focused on the meditative health aspects within Taiji. With that, the form has punches, kicks, blocks, movements in multiple directions and generally takes longer to learn than the 5 Animal Qigong forms.
Calendar of Events
Eureka Springs, AR Classes:
Eureka Springs Community Center
44 Kingshighway, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Intro to Qigong & Tai Chi
Tuesdays 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$12 per Class/ $10 for Members
(Contact the Community Center at (479) 239-0029)
Rogers, AR Classes:
Lake Atalanta Park
(Please contact before attending)
8 Pieces of Brocade & 5 Animal Qigong Set
Thursdays 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
$10 per class / $8 for Veterans
Rogers Adult Wellness Center
8 Pieces of Brocade, Tai Chi 28 form & 5 Animal Qigong Set
Tuesdays & Thursdays
5 Animal Qigong - 10 AM-11 AM
Tai Chi 28 - 11 AM -12 PM
Intro to Qigong & Tai Chi- 12 PM -1 PM
AWC Members Only- CLICK HERE FOR INFO
Private Lessons for Individuals,
Small Group, Corporate Events &
Corporate Wellness Programs
Available by Appointment
Text (714) 423-0534