Meet Our Team of Qualified Instructors
All our teachers have gone through extensive training directly under the guidance of our chief instructor, David Wei. Each teachers’ rank is determined by the duration and quality of their training and is affirmed by the positive influence and measurable impact they impart on their communities. Each of these instructors has taken on classical discipleship and has committed to stewarding this ancestral tradition forward.
Dao Yin, Range of Motion
Jahan’s love for movement and medicine was instilled early from his parents. As an adult, a crisis inspired him to enroll in Bauman College of Holistic Health & Culinary Arts, where he became a Natural Chef. Along his search of alternative arts for recovery he also found Qi Gong, Chi Nei Tsang and Meditation as a vital piece of the puzzle. In time, his journey of cultivation led him to Wudang West.
In addition to his passion for movement and health he has been a dedicated youth educator and community arts organizer in the Bay Area since 2006. As a Teaching Artist & Director of Programs and Events at a local youth creative writing and publishing center he curates transformative arts programs for middle and high school students in Oakland, California.
Eileen Housteau – Instructor
Yang Sheng, Tu Gu Na Xin, Standing Meditation
One of Eileen’s first encounters with internal martial arts was taking a community college tai chi class and learning to move so slowly that it almost appears you are standing still. The non-competitive slow fluid pace and internal stillness was such a welcome yet startling contrast to her job and other life activities.
Later in 2017, Eileen happened upon a Daoyin class offered by David Wei at a local SF gym. What started by chance soon became a daily sunrise qigong practice, which Eileen credits to Shifu David’s practical teaching style, his sense of humor and caring presence. Years of chronic stress and hand numbness started to disappear. The simple daily practices helped slowly calm her nervous system and ultimately helped her move through painful transitions in her life. The effects have been profound not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
Nico Ghanbarzadeh – Instructor
Chinese Medicine – Tui Na
In 2016, Nico studied Tai Ji & TCM Philosophy under David Wei at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, later joining Wudang West for morning qigong practice to learn movement and daily cultivation as a higher form of classical Chinese Medicine.
In 2019, Nico completed David’s Tui Na Massage program at the Academy, and in 2021, became a licensed acupuncturist. Striving to identify what is already working in a patient’s life, Nico nourishes the healthy parts, to strengthen one’s natural capacity to overcome disharmony. As Wudang West demonstrates this approach as sustainable and effective, Nico sees how people can improve not only their well being, but also change their lifestyle and rhythms on their healing journey.
James Damiani – Instructor
View Training – Stillness – Mobility
James has spent the last decade embodying a vast array of movement arts. In his formative years James was subjected to a great deal of hardship and trauma that deeply impacted him. After being exposed to somatic healing practices in 2005 he began to search for new approaches to health and well-being. At this time he set out on his path with the intention of finding a way to be in “right relationship” with his past.
Eventually his path led him to Wudang West where he deepened his passion for QiGong and life style training. As time passed James developed a keen skill for teaching and holding space for students to develop practices that support them in living a more embodied life. James approaches each of his classes as a new opportunity to learn and grow with, and alongside, his students. In his work James emphasizes the embodiment of personal acceptance, core stability, and the celebration of life.
Dan Gill – Instructor
Qigong – Tui Na – Acupressure
Dan was diagnosed with severe COPD after a 4-week hospital admission from pneumonia. Upon his recovery, Dan received a grim prognosis for the outlook on his life. Not to be discouraged, Dan leaned into the healing arts and found his calling in bodywork and therapeutic massage. He chose to pursue Tui Na acupressure to learn how to remove blockages in the meridians and promote healthy circulation. He initially sought training at Wudang West to improve his bodywork but found many more tools to fortify his health and wellbeing.
Through cultivating classical Daoist arts, Dan discovered the power of perspective, giving him the capacity to shape his lived experience by examining his inner view. In time, Dan grew to be an instructor at Wudang West. Having found healing himself, Dan is inspired to share and encourage others along their own path.
Shannon Tetteh – Instructor
Chinese Medicine – Tui Na – Dragon Claw
Shannon achieved his Board Certification in Manual Therapy at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago in 2010. He later earned specialization certificates in 2011 in Tui Na, Myofascial Release and joint mobility. While in the program, he was also trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Thai, Trigger Point, Reflexology and Cranial Sacral.
In 2012, Shannon transferred to the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Science in Oakland to study acupuncture. There he met David Wei and trained concurrently at Wudang West while in TCM school. Shannon quickly grew to become a coach and taught at various fitness gyms and retirement centers. He became a disciple in 2015 before moving back to Chicago to pursue his doctorate in Chinese Medicine at PCOM. Shannon now resides in South Chicago where he is building a community of his own under the brand Golden Palm and Needle.
David Wei – Chief Instructor
Yang Sheng – Dao Yin – Tu Na – Wudang Daoism
Born of a single, immigrant Chinese mother in the heart of Richmond, CA, David was no stranger to the threat of violence. As such, he studied martial arts as a youth for self defense with other kids. Later as an adult, his practice of martial arts evolved from a play of passion to a pursuit of purpose. For David, kung fu was less about self defense and more about self discovery.
David’s kung fu journey spanned the entire world, most notably to Wudang, China. In 2006, David became a disciple of his Shifu, Daoist Master Yuan Xiu Gang, and committed the next five years of study under his direct guidance and instruction. While training as a martial artist, David became an accomplished healer as well. He has since taught Daoist Medicine at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland.
In 2012, he created Wudang West as a non profit service platform to better share his skills with the world. Currently, David enjoys his days as a full-time teacher, healer, husband, and father.