About Sally Chang
Evergreen Taiji Academy Philosophy
Evergreen Taiji Academy is a community of students dedicated to the study and practice of Taiji and Qigong within the Daoist (Taoist) tradition. We guide students through a multi-dimensional, moving meditation practice to generate structural and energetic integrity. Evergreen’s whole health approach combines martial arts, classical Chinese medicine, and ancient Daoist internal cultivation arts. The practice harmonizes body, mind and spirit, allowing energy to regenerate and flow unimpeded. Taiji and Qigong require focus, dedication and heart. Our practice is a way of living that nurtures authenticity, integrity and freedom to return to one’s true nature.
Sally Chang, Founder and Chief Instructor
Sally Chang brings over 20 years of martial arts experience to the Academy and is dedicated to the practice of internal cultivation from a Daoist perspective. She integrates principles from Classical Chinese Medicine and is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist practicing in San Anselmo, CA. Her training includes Northern Shaolin Gongfu, Bagua Zhang, Qigong, and Taiji Quan. Her principal teachers are Shifu Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen), 25th generation Wu Dang Longmen Daoist Priest and 14th generation Zhang Sanfeng lineage holder and Shifu Ted Mancuso of the Academy of Martial Arts in Santa Cruz, CA, her root Shifu. Sally studies Daoism and Classical Chinese Medicine with Daoist priest, scholar and acupuncturist, Dr. Jeffery Yuen, 88th generation disciple of Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai. Sally Chang is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She has over 15 years of experience and her clinic is located in San Anselmo, CA. Visit SallyChang.com for more information about our Acupuncture and Wellness Clinic located in the heart of Marin County in San Anselmo, California.
Sally’s love of martial arts and classical Chinese medicine are interwoven and have been a constant guide and a way of life. She recognizes that returning to simplicity and living in modern civilization is a paradox. Gratefully, life has a way of showing humor and lightness even through challenging times. Practice guides us through all manner of seasons, revealing freedom within form.
I have been incredibly fortunate to be guided by great masters who embody and share multi-generational wisdom with great compassion and humanity. In my Taiwanese family lineage, my great-great grandfather, Chang Tsuan Bao and his son Huai were both traditional herbalists. Huai was also a martial artist. My grandfather and uncles who followed were doctors in modern western medicine. I was born fifth generation in this line, and have a deep dedication to serving the community and promoting well-being through medicine and internal cultivation.
My understanding of the human experience has been greatly influenced by training in martial arts since I was a youth. Taiji and Neigong (internal cultivation) practice are essential to my life and shape my world-view, as these arts reveal our innate healing potential.
I believe the “art” aspect is in the observation, study and expression of our actions and reactions when confronted with difficult issues. In life we all confront challenges that may be internally or externally generated, large or small in scale. The science and art of classical Chinese medicine and internal cultivation practice develop our ability to respond and adapt to life’s challenges with agility, skill and integrity, and return home to our natural place in the Dao.
Our Founder’s Teachers
Shifu Tseng Yun Xiang, known by his Daoist name “Wudang Chen,” comes from a seven hundred year old unbroken lineage of Wu Dang teachers. Wu Dang Mountain is the birthplace of the internal martial arts in China. He is a 14th generation Zhang Sanfeng lineage holder and a 25th generation Longmen Daoist Priest. At a young age he was chosen to train on Wu Dang Mountain by Master Li Cheng Yu, she was a beloved 24th generation Longmen Daoist priest who specialized in Nei Gong (internal alchemy), qi healing, acupressure and herbs. After many years of intensive study with Master Li, he was sent to the US to share this ancient wisdom and healing art.
He is currently established at Estes Park, CO where he is actively realizing his mandate from Master Li, to build Wu Dang temple and healing arts center in the West, so the treasures of his lineage lives on with authenticity. Wudang Chen has taught thousands of students internationally and is known for his profound knowledge of the Wu Dang Long Men tradition and his ability to engage students with depth and humor.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen is an 88th generation disciple of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity Yellow Emperor Lao Zi School) and trained under his adopted grandfather, Daoist Master Yu Wen (1872-1981) of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai, a sect from the Shang Qing tradition of Daoism. Master Yu Wen trained on Hua Shan (Mount Hua) and learned all the facets of Daoism, including the classics; rites and liturgies; healing arts; and divination. He served as the lineage holder of Wu Xing Quan (Five Element Fist) – an internal and monastic martial arts style of Hua Shan. Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen studied extensively under Master Yu Wen and was allowed to openly practice and serve the community when he was 16 years old. He also studied Chinese herbal medicine with Master Gong Song-Liu, a eunuch for the last two emperors of the Qing Dynasty who apprenticed with the imperial medical physicians.
In the martial arts arena, Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen trained under many eminent masters. Among these masters are Leung Shum (Northern Eagle Claw), Lo Ching-Sum (Vietnamese Jing Wu Association), Chan Hai-Fu (White Crane’s Needle-In-Cotton), Chan Tai Shan (Tibetan Lama Style), Yao Mei-Hua (Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan), Wang Qing Shan (Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan), and Cui Yan (Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan).
Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen teaches extensively on Classical Chinese Medicine in the United States and internationally.
Shifu Ted Mancuso, has been consistently instrumental in promoting Chinese Martial Arts through writing numerous articles and actively teaching for over 30 years. He began his martial training in 1966 and by 1969 was the Head Instructor for Tracy’s Karate, then the largest chain of schools in the US. He has studied with a number of well known instructors. Two primary influences come from Kwong Wing Lam of the Northern Shaolin system, and Adam Hsu in several styles including Bagua Zhang and Baji Quan.
Ted Mancuso is also the director of Plum Publications, a martial arts publishing company that is a great resource for students everywhere. He was the co-editor of the first significant study of Chinese Martial history by the esteemed, Professor Kang Ge Wu. He has also edited and published “Lone Sword Against the Cold Cold Sky” featuring the essays of Adam Hsu. He has published several books and instructional videos including “Blossoms in the Spring: a Perfect Method of Qigong” and “Learning Bagua Zhang, the Martial Art of Change.”
Shifu Ted Mancuso has a loyal base of students who continually return for his incisive teachings, traditional approach, and warm heart.