Martial Arts Health Dance Society of Greater Washington (大華府養生武舞學社, MAHD) was established on May 5, 2019. The date of May 5 (the fifth day of the fifth month) is particularly significant and memorable because phonetically, in Chinese, it is the same as martial arts dance (武舞).
Martial arts health dance combines Tai-Chi, martial arts, and dance to form elegant movements. It is based on the principles of Chinese medicine, which promotes qi (氣), a vital energy, to flow through meridians. The accompanying ethnic music is especially calming and conducive to mindful meditation. Its inspiring lyrics further cultivate peace, tranquility, and compassion in the human mind. Martial arts health dance therefore seamlessly combines physical therapy, dance, and martial arts into a unique dance form that appeals to people of all ages. Regular and persistent practice is expected to increase body strength, flexibility, endurance, as well as build character.
The Ancient Moon School-Wuwu Health Preservation Series/ Kuyue School Wuwu Health Preservation Movement (古月派養生武舞系列運動) was founded by Masters Hu Gaiyan (胡改雁) and Wu Tao (武濤) both of whom come from families with generations of martial arts masters. They are themselves learned scholars and accomplished teachers committed to bring health, happiness, harmony to the mass through their extensive teaching engagements nationally and internationally.
MAHD founder Josephine Tao/王碧芬 (affectionately addressed as Wang Laoshi) began studying yuan-ji dance (元極舞) and martial arts health dance in 1999. In 2011, her teacher and mentor Li Shun Zhao (李順招) introduced her to Masters Hu Gaiyan and Wu Tao. In 2018, Wang Laoshi, after multiple trips to China to study under these two masters, earned a martial arts health dance teacher certificate, becoming the only person in the Greater Washington credited with such a distinction. Wang Laoshi is passionate about martial arts health dance, welcoming to her students, and extremely generous in sharing her time and talents. Her selflessness and dedication to excellence serve as models to all her students. Under her leadership and tutelage, MAHD aims to promote martial arts health dance (養生武舞) to enhance practitioners’ quality of life, improve health status, build character, and, through group exercise, establish a community of love, care, and friendship. Thus the mantra: 練舞即練心；練拳如做人 (Dance to cultivate the mind; exercise to build character).
(文: 李麗麗 編輯: 白淑華 English Translator: Heidi Hsia)