Rui Mao Zi He (芮懋资和) has been devoted to wushu practice for over 10 years and has been studying under Master Yuan Xiu Gang since 2007. He is a 16th generation disciple of the Wudang San Feng Lineage of Daoism and one of Master Yuan’s closest disciples – spending most of his years by Master Yuan’s side as his assistant. He is devoted to his personal cultivation of wushu and other Daoist practices, and sharing his knowledge with the rest of the world.
Zi He grew up in America’s Northeast, in the smallest state - Rhode Island. As a youth he had a strong interest Eastern cultures, especially in the discipline and depth of martial traditions. Alongside this existed within him a natural inclination towards the arts and a kinship with the natural world. It was during his early years of high school that he began to also develop a strong interest in Daoist culture after first encountering The Zhuang Zi庄子(a pivotal Daoist text from the Late Warring States period [476-221 BC]).
After reading the Zhuang Zi, Zi He felt a strong yearning to seek out more about Daoism and Daoist practices. He began learning traditional Chinese martial arts in Providence, RI under Master Wu Wen Qing 吴文庆, a Taiwanese Emei and Taiji Master. Training soon became the dominating aspect of his life as he sacrificed more and more of his time to it while also studying Mandarin Chinese. This soon became an undeniable yearning for more which eventually led him to the Wudang Mountains and to his path as a Daoist.
Over Zi He’s many years immersed in cultivation under Master Yuan he garnered a very intimate master-disciple relationship with him. During his time in Wudang, he single-mindedly devoted all of his time and efforts to personal study, cultivation, and training in Wudang Daoist practices, culture, and language. During his years of cultivation he has learned all of the traditional Daoist wushu and cultivation practices of the Wudang San Feng Lineage as well as various other aspects of Daoist culture such as Daoist singing and chanting, scripture, philosophy, holistic lifestyle harmonization, medicine, etc. Alongside the different practices he is proficient in, he is also well versed in the theory of each practice and as a teacher does his best to help students deepen their practice via applied theory.
Zi He was also the captain of the International Traditional Class – a 5 year long traditional training format for international students. Since leaving Wudang in 2014 to begin his years of ‘cloud wandering’ 云游 as an itinerant Daoist teacher, he has built an international following of devoted students.
Combining his years of experience immersed in the Daoist tradition with his international teaching he has been able to gain great insight into teaching. From this he has been able to create a unique variety of evolving pedagogies for teaching students of all walks of life – guiding them to cultivate the inspiration necessary for cultivating their personal goals and paths. He helps students build the internal fire of inspiration within themselves – the inspiration necessary for deepening their practice and greater improving the quality of their lives.
"It is my goal to share these practices with others to the best of my ability in order to treat our very existence as a form of cultivation and practice."