Grand Opening Ceremony, WuDang West Cultual Heritage Center | Oakland, CA | May 17, 2015
Photo By Alonzo Young
Everyone has taken their seats for the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences new acupuncture student orientation 2014 in Oakland, Ca. A tall 6′ 4″ man stoically walks into the room with long black hair neatly pulled back accompanied by a woman with a massive mane of dark brown curls reaching past her hips. He takes a seat with the administration in front of us, their perspective students, and she sits silently off to the side. The program begins and each administrator stood and presented their information about the school in turn and the tall man sitting in the middle of the presenters stood, introduced himself as David Wei and presented the “Ba Gua” or “The Eight Directions” of basic movement to represent how Qi Gong is beneficial for long-term wellness. It was very impressive, I only knew of ‘Ba Gua’ to be a martial arts style from China, I didn’t realize it was also cardinal spinal directions — forward, backward, bend left, bend right, compress, expand, twist left, twist right. Little did I know that this day marked the beginning of a beautiful relationship with David Wei, Najia Kaddoura, and the Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center.
David was my Tai Chi instructor for the following trimester (acupuncture school holds classes three times a year rather than quarterly or by semester). Being a student of any one of his many classes gives free enterance to any of his other offered classes until the enrolled class ends. I joined his 7:30am morning Qigong gathering that happens six days a week which I still regularly attend. Because I practice Qigong daily, I have found my bodywork practice has flourished. I focus on the use of Tui-Na Chinese Medical Massage integration with Eastern and Western bodywork styles from the National Holistic Institute 900-hour Core curriculum. David has greatly related what I call “Master-Key Movement” Qigong that comes from the mountains of Wudang in China to the 5,000 year old style of massage, Tui-Na, which he has shared with us as a community via a four section workshop recenty held February 2016.
Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center is not a place for learning Chinse fighting techniques, it is a place to find a wellness community that believes the Chinese way of health integration into personal lifestyle is successfully capable of combating many of the annoying illnesses that occur more often in the American lifestyle or culture we are custom too with appropriate movement and nutrition. Orcanit borrows many of the principles found in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Wudang West philosophy to create Tui-Na protocols that have shown significant results with paraformis-syndrome, tennis elbow, tendinitis, and frozen shoulder along side many other conditions alongside specific recommended Qigong movements for clients.
I encourage anyone seeking a rewarding personal practice to checkout Wudang West: Mornings, 7:30am, at 2121 Harrison St. Oakland Ca, 94612 EXCEPT Sunday. Look for the group of people standing in a circle and feel free to join in!!