Ya Dang Li

Ya Dang L.

Riverside, RI

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Ages 7+ and special needs

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Mr Yang Dang was born and raised in New England. As a child he enjoyed play-fighting with his friends and all things martial arts. Although his was raised without any formal training, the yearning within him grew. It wasn’t until later that he began his journey into wushu.
During his time studying Roger Williams University and commuting to school a calling was felt to seek out and find a master in order to balance all of his work and study as well as himself. He first studied Taekwondo under the tutelage of the late Keith Medeiros, a 6th Dan Master. At 20, walking into a quiet gym, it was then that he discovered Wen-Qing Wu and began his first steps into Chinese martial arts through Tai-Chi Chuan (Taijichuan). Eventually all his time was diverted to training under his new master and the teachings of his Grandmaster, Liang Shou-Yu. Studying movements from Taijichuan, Northern Longfist, Emei styles and weapons, he absorbed all that he could. He added Baguahzhang, xingyichuan and nèijiā to his training soon enough. After a few years he was already assisting in classes and began black belt training.
He continued to train with his master to learn how to be a leader as well as instruct others.
After many years, he decided to “come down off the mountain” and follow the Dao’s path for his life. He then began transition towards that of a teacher and master. Dedicated to research of the Emei system and its current lineage holders he took it upon himself to explore, excavate mysteries of the past in order to reestablish ancient relics of kungfu to share with all who would learn from him. His founding of the White Monkey System is a reincarnation of Bai Yuan’s original studies along with White Cloud’s inclusion of Buddhist and Daoist teachings together.
After 17 years of martial experience his goal is to pass along the long secretive traditions to a new generation of students.

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Feb 2018 - Present
Bai Yuan Dao Center for Cultural Heritage

Founded Bai Yuan Dao Center for Cultural Heritage as an outreach to my community to spread awareness and help act as a healing ministry providing services of alternative health practice.

Master Instructor
Jan 2012 - Present
White Monkey Tai-Chi & Qigong

White Monkey Tai-Chi and Qigong is the school which houses the Emei San Feng Bai Yuan Pai system of martial arts and healing. I have been studying these arts for 17 years and now am extending them to other around the world.


Emei Daoism
Feb 2010 - Present
Emei Bai Yun Bai Yuan Dao
IWSD (International Wushu Sanshou Dao) Studies
Mar 2000 - Aug 2010
Way of the Dragon


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Ordination as an Abbot in Bai Yuan Dao
Mar 2017
Emei Bai Yuan Dao

Completed training in Daoism and rituals of Emei Bai Yuan Dao branch of Daoism.

Black Belt, Mastery Internal/External Martial Arts
May 2013
Emei Bai Yuan Pai

White Monkey System Certificate of Mastery in wushu, taijichuan, baguazhang, xingyichuan, and qigong as well as lineage holder of the Emei System founded by Bai Yun in 1225.


To Teach
Mar 1980
The Dao


Taoist Tai Chi Society
Aug 2013

The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America, Inc. was incorporated as a national charitable organization in 1989. The Society was founded to preserve and promote the Taoist tradition of the dual cultivation of body and mind. In keeping with Master Moy’s vision of compassion and service to others, all instructors are nationally accredited volunteers, and most of the administrative work is done by volunteers.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Ya Dang L.

Playful Monkeys


Xuan Wu Complex

Mount Emei

Bai Yuan "White Ape"

Photo by Ya Dang L.

Photo by Ya Dang L.

Photo by Ya Dang L.
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