Courses & Workshops

The Tao Heritage Series provides full training in Taoist arts. The program will feature philosophy, foundational movements, qigong, standing meditation, sitting meditation, and the internal martial arts of Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, and Taijiquan. 

Spring and autumn courses will be held live in Santa Cruz, California. Summer and winter courses will be held online via Zoom. The live courses will not only introduce new material but will include optional review sessions so that everyone can progress in these vital arts.

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2024 Courses

Natural Forms

Summer Zoom Course
June 23–August 25, 2024
Philosophy, Qigong, Luohan Animal Forms, Chen Taiji Silk-Reeling, Five Animals of Hua Tuo

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Silken Power, 2024

Autumn Course in Santa Cruz
September 6, 7, 8
Philosophy, Chen Style Taijiquan 18, Pushing Hands 

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Review sessions. September 6, 2024: 

  1. Eight Pieces of Brocade, Muscle Change Classic, Five Animals of Hua Tuo
  2. Taiji 24 and 48
  3. Xingyiquan

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About Deng Ming-Dao

Deng Ming-Dao began his formal studies in Taoism, Chinese martial arts, and qigong in 1975. He has studied the longest with his Taoist teacher, Master Kwan Saihung, 關世鴻, and with Zhang Hongmei, 張宏梅. He has also trained with T. R. Chung, 鍾自若, Hoover Louie, 雷振何, Zhong Xuechao, 鍾學超, and Zeng Xiangpo, 曾祥柏, in addition to seminars with other teachers. Learning yoga and philosophy came through Master Kwan and the late Babaji Hari Das, and the practices of Padmasambhava and Dzogchen were learned in the lineage of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. While he has practiced a range of Chinese martial art styles with many weapons, his primary focus has been Xingyiquan, Bagauazhang, and Taijiquan.

Testimonials From People Who Have Taken The Workshops

I learned much from this series and I so appreciate the excellent level of presentation.  I appreciate the careful planning and progressive development of the materials, the handouts and the themes for each class.  I had a basic level of skill in the Chen style, but your workshop has taken my understanding and practice of this art significantly deeper.  The singles, the drills and qigong practices that tied it all together were so helpful, the dantian circling practices in particular.  Your teaching and explaining of the variations in movements and why was enlightening. 
I appreciate your kind, patient and detailed style of teaching.  I had a productive and very enjoyable time in this workshop. I learned a great deal and now have much material to practice.
—Tammy B.

In my past, I was a fighter. Unfortunately, I’ve become disabled. Movements—especially standing—are painful and difficult. As a result, I thought I’d never be able to participate in martial arts and the like ever again. So it is with joy and appreciation that I can say Ming-Dao changed that for me. His classes follow a comfortable pace. They are filled with insight, explanation, and wisdom. And most surprising for me—he took the time and effort to address people’s limitations and include variations that allow someone like me to participate and gain from the experience. I cannot recommend Ming-Dao’s teaching enough. And, I encourage everyone to give it a try. You will gain greatly—whoever you are and whatever your situation!
—Zack I.

Each of the five courses that I have taken from you has been excellent. I have learned a great deal, not only about the theoretical and spiritual foundations of each art, but the martial aspects as well. The coursework is holistic and addresses the entirety of the person. I am very much looking forward to any new course offerings, and I am absolutely thrilled that I have had the opportunity to take courses with you.
—Lisa P.

I find out your series are truly helpful for me to improve my daily practice on qigong and taijiquan.  Since taking the series, I f felt growing steadily  by connecting to body mind spirit as a whole. I appreciate very much your teaching and guidance through the series.  On the other hand I enjoyed so much reading your handout as well, which I usually do not get from other class or workshop that I participated. Both of your series I enrolled were organized very well  as well as informative or knowledgeable or inspiring. 
—Julie S.

Ming-Dao is a well-rounded and diligent teacher who is committed to breaking complex movement systems into digestible parts that are approachable for any level. He will definitely inspire and motivate you to create, expand and stick to a daily practice”
—Keith H.

You will hear a well-informed scholar, highly trained teacher, and excellent physical application perspectives and wisdom.  You will hear a world class philosopher speak from deeply studied scholarship.  The sessions will be very open and productive additions for your practice.
—Matthew F.

Deng Ming-Dao teaches with kindness, compassion, and an eye for guiding the students in his classes to understanding that which he is bringing forth to teach. Through supplementary notes, class recordings, and ample time for Q and A… he provides the student with everything they need to learn. The student only needs to bring the desire to do so. Like any discipline needs to practice .. but in these classes everything is provided to make that at home practice possible.
—Nikki S.

A thoroughly comprehensive series taught in a calm, competent, and easy-to-follow manner. Deng Ming-Dao is attuned to his students and gracefully structures each session in a way that makes learning accessible, enjoyable, and deeply meaningful. Each class builds upon the last, and the video tutorials are so helpful in supporting individual practice and refinement between the sessions. I am grateful for the opportunity of this learning; thank you.
— Amy

Series 1 with Deng Ming-Dao is a rare opportunity: my relationship to martial arts has transformed and I continue to learn and grow in my practice each day. There were pieces missing before–not just skills, but my own sense of the value and love I could have for taiji and qigong. I am a better student, a healthier person, and my appreciation for these forms continues to expand. Thank you, Ming-Dao. 

The opportunity to learn from a master and actually see the flow of energy in the forms was amazing. Working with Ming-Dao in this way combined several forces together as we learned deeply about the practices he showed us. We worked on the physical level; learning how each movement strengthened and brought energy to different parts of our body. We worked at the spiritual level, understanding the Tao principles and how the cycles of nature applied to the cycles of life, and, in turn, how this applied to the Tai Chi forms as we were made aware of the circular nature of the movements. We worked on our understanding of the longevity of life and how the chi is all around us and that we can access this at any time. Ming-Dao has the ability to challenge the mind as well as our hearts. In the last session, we practiced every movement and he continued to remind us that we are all well, we are all progressing, we are all a part of the continuous flow of energy and life. I don’t think there are words to express the grace and insight provided by Ming-Dao. I am grateful that he is called to teach in this way.
—Claudia B.

Thank you for an amazing series. I love that you shared the insight and understanding into each movement. I can feel the difference in my body after each time I go through a section. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge so freely.

— Elsa D.

It was wonderful to feel your grace and acceptance for individual abilities. 
— Ginger

The class gave me a new understanding and appreciation for the practice and benefits. The series and your teachings were wonderful.
— Linda

Series One gave me the tools to have a personal practice of Qigong and Taiji. Deng Ming-Dao taught in a way that emphasized the purpose of each move, often bringing in the martial application, historical background, and life metaphors. I enjoyed and looked forward to every class.
— Lynn

It was an honor to participate in this class with Ming-Dao. He was brilliant in providing a teaching to everyone, regardless of their experience or physical abilities and demonstrated skill and sensitivity to those differences. Although my goal was to learn the taiji forms, a lifetime endeavor, the benefit of having the additional teachings of qigong, breathing, and the muscle classic is immediate. These can be incorporated into my life immediately. I appreciated his related teachings of the purpose and benefits of these forms.
— Jane

Deng Ming-Dao showed tremendous empathy and care with his new Taiji Series 1 students; it was just what I needed! What an exciting and informative experience that any one, at any level would benefit from. 
— Marlene

I appreciate the amount of heart and thought Ming-Dao brought to his teachings. Also, the opportunity for students to gain understanding of the reasons behind each move and the benefits as well to our whole being. Thank you!
— Michele

Deng Ming-Dao provides an excellent and comprehensive teaching in Qigong and the Taiji form, along with insight into the history and purpose of the movements. His teaching style is slow enough for most beginner students to follow, but still specific enough for advanced students to gain more detail. I look forward to future classes!
— Theresa

I’m not sure I even have the words to express. As long as I continue with the practice regularly I feel a calmness in my being, my body, that I have never experienced before. I am so grateful to learn from a true master. I see the subtle differences from our prior teachers to Ming-Dao’s teaching. A subtle difference of true art. A true professional in every way shape and form. I am deeply inspired to be my best self, to feel nature, and to notice the world around me in a circular motion.
— Yolanda

It was delightful and inspiring to be able to learn from a master. Deng Ming-Dao’s ways of teaching are clear, calming, and graceful. This session opened my eyes to an unknown world and lit a fire in me. It taught me a number of Qigong exercises and practices and the 24-Form of Taiji including the philosophy behind them – all of which I will be able to carry into my daily life.

The clarity of the teaching was outstanding. Deng Ming-Dao’s teaching style made the material accessible in a way that is an excellent foundation for continued learning and practice. His ability to encourage students to start where they are, and to provide practical advice on how to approach any perceived limitations, was a gift.
— Polly

Thank you for teaching with clarity, simplicity, and kindness. It makes achieving the Taijiquan 24 Directions a possibility for people like me who can be a little intimidated at trying to learn something so beautiful and at first mysterious. Thank you for opening the door, I feel this is only the beginning of learning about a whole different world of awareness.

Thank you for your wonderful clear teachings of your series one workshop. I love the pace at which you moved through your teachings, it made these moves accessible for me. This practice, your teachings are something I will carry with me the rest of my life. I already feel the great benefit in my mind and my body. Thank You Ming-Dao.
— Jeanne R

This series has been both enlightening and immensely informative. Your ability to link the movement with the teachings is the powerful connection that has been missing for me. I am truly thankful and grateful for your teaching and I know this will be a part of my life always. Thank You!
— Nancy L.

I am honored to have the opportunity to be taught by a legitimate martial arts master. I learned not only the forms, but the purpose and meaning behind the forms. Coupled with the philosophy of the Tao, we are learning a whole system that integrates body, heart, mind, and spirit. So grateful for the opportunity! I’m using the practice and it is changing my body, mind, and being. Thank you Ming-Dao. 
— Joanne

Deng Ming-Dao is a true master and a great teacher. He teaches the form, explains the body connections, and gives the gift of a daily practice that creates true benefit. 
— Jeanne G

Thank you so much for this course. I have practiced Taiji for about 15 years. This course really refreshed and reinvigorated my practice during a time of severe stress in my life. I believe in the Way and that my Taiji/ meditation practice helps me live my life going on/with the way vs. going against the stream. 
—Carol S.

One of the benefits from doing the warm-ups each day is that a nagging hip pain that I’ve dealt with for a year has disappeared!
—Joan T.

I practice a version of the Yang style short form. The Tai Chi 10 gives me a whole new perspective on my practice.
—John L.

The Longevity Qigong is the big prize for me. I love it. It’s so simple and straightforward, and so complex. And really unlike any other qigong I have learned. It’s like I have won the trifecta. Thank you so much.
—Sabrina S.

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