Wudang Bing, Zhong XueChao
I studied with Master Bing in the Summer of 2014 for 8 days, learning Wudang Tai Chi 13. I previously also studied at a larger school in Wudangshan but found this to be a much better experience.He is a great teacher in that:1. He has a great grasp of teaching motion mechanics. He first teaches the overall frame of the motion, such as how the hands are suppose to move and how the legs are suppose to turn. Then he layers in the more complex details such as the synchronization, timing, and angle of the motion.2. He is a responsive teacher. Too many teachers just demonstrate the move, and expect the student to get it. He watches the way you perform the motion and make corrections for you. This back and forth makes sure that you don’t get things too wrong.Overall I thought he is a great teacher and am glad to absorb some of his knowledge on Wudang Kung Fu.
Master Bing is one of the very best teachers I have ever trained with. He has a unique ability to read each student and push all of them to be their best. I trained with Master Bing for 3 months in the summer of 2014 and I would not have traded this experience for any other. He sculpts his martial arts and sight seeing curriculums to fit each student’s goals and interests and this is a wonderful attribute for a martial arts teacher as well as a trip organizer for a tour of a foreign country; Master Bing is always willing to give you as much information as you are ready and willing to handle and he is always observing your progress and is genuinely interested in the students learning and development. Master Bing has a very deep understanding of his art and is more than capable of transferring this information directly to his students in either english or chinese. His smaller, more personal teaching style keeps his students from being lost in the crowd and ensures any and all the information given to students is being taught directly from a Master of the Art. Overall, I would suggest anyone interested in studying in the WuDang Mountains in China visit and train with Master Bing.
In my thirty seven plus years as a martial arts practitioner and instructor, and having met, studied, and worked with many excellent martial artists, Master Bing stands alone in the depth of his Tai Chi/Qigong/Internal Kung Fu skill and ability to teach these arts. As there is no true central association/organization/union/governing board in the Chinese martial arts community, the level of expertise for the thousands of instructors world wide varies widely, and finding a true and complete master of their style is difficult. Especially for instructors like myself seeking master level training. Master Bing is truly a complete master of the Wudang San Feng Pai style, and his teaching ability is of the highest caliber. He is, in fact, one of the world’s most accomplished Wudang martial arts monks. Talents like his are rare, and having been given the opportunity to learn from him and to work with him as one of his authorized instructors has been an exceptional experience. His English is surprisingly good, and he is often able to comprehend subtleties in language and idiom that usually escape non-native speakers. His knowledge about Wudang Mountain (birthplace of Tai Chi, and one of the major historical centers of Taoism in China) and it’s Taoist philosophy provides the cultural context that greatly enhances one’s physical practice. In fact, the superior quality of his instruction and the unmatched (in my opinion) depth and beauty of Wudang Tai Chi/Qigong led me to discontinue the many years of study and teaching of my previous Tai Chi style and devote myself to the study and teaching of Wudang style Tai Chi/Qigong.
Master Bing returned to Sebastopol to teach the Wudang Taiyi Fu Chen (Horsetail Whisk). One of the symbols of a high Taoist, the whisk is a special weapon. Master Bing quoted a saying that can be paraphrased as: “Only an extraordinary person holds a fu chen.”Traditionally, the whisk was used to sweep away insects lest they be accidentally killed. It was also a symbol of sweeping away delusion. Fu chen literally means “to brush away dust.”The whisk is classified as a soft weapon and its techniques include wrapping, pulling, snapping, poking, sweeping, and so on. As a Wudang weapon, it understandably has movements similar to the straight sword, but it also has movements reminiscent of the broadsword, mace, and whip.If you have the chance to study with Master Bing in your area, be sure to take advantage of the many Wudang practices he teaches.
I was very fortunate to be introduced to Zhong Xue Chao after his wonderful performance of tai chi quan at a banquet dinner for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day during his visit to the United States in 2008. Since then, I have been learning some of the unique and traditional Chinese arts (which were only made known to the West in recent years) from this skillful Wudang master. Officially, Master Zhong was the first one sent to the United States by the chief of Wudang Zhang San Feng lineage to share Wudang arts. As one of his students in the United States, I have the opportunity to accompany him as his personal assistant in attending a number of his performances, lectures, and culture events at venues such as performing art centers, museums, libraries, schools, studios, and martial art tournaments. Over time, I came to know his peaceful nature and good character. Moreover, I learned about Wudang culture and philosophy in additional to tai chi, qigong, and kungfu (traditional Chinese martial art.) Like others. I reaped both the physical and mental benefits from practicing these health preservation arts. Elite masters from Wudang Mountain are scarce; without a doubt, Zhong Xue Chao is the authentic and authorized source of these arts. I am grateful to have Zhong Xue Chao as my coach in Wudang kungfu. Under his guidance and instruction, I competed in international martial art tournaments held in California where I won gold medals in multiple events from 2010 to 2013. Consistently, he encourages his students to participate in local events and the World Traditional Wushu Championships in China.
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