Wu Dao (Cristian Lopez)
Cristian is an experienced teacher with a unique understanding of the Chinese internal health and martial arts. In 2000, he founded the first Wudang martial arts school in the UK, “Wudang Principles UK”, and has hosted events taught by world renowned martial arts masters. In 2017, this same school continues under its new name of the Five Elements Academy.
Cristian lopez (Daoist name “Wu Dao”) has over thirty years of experience in the internal martial and healing arts, including Taiji, Tui Na (Chinese massage), meditation, and other Chinese internal health arts.
He has enjoyed a varied career working as an actor in the circus and theatre, as a drama therapist, teacher, and instructor. Throughout his extensive career in theatre anthropology, physical theatre and dance, he never ceased his lifelong fascination with the martial and internal health arts and the benefit they could offer society.
Cristian has devoted his life to helping others less fortunate. For most of his life he has worked with refugee children, through drama therapy and Chinese internal health arts. Cristian has also worked with vulnerable adults, health industries, the NHS, Schools, colleges, university sports centres, and cultural centres around the UK and abroad.
Nowadays, Cristian works alongside schools, the NHS, Councils, and volunteers at a recovery centre for drug and alcohol abuse. He is devoted completely to helping others from vulnerable groups and the community as a whole, both to alleviate immediate suffering and in pursuit of a better, happier world.
Captivated at the young age of 12 by a martial arts sticker album he discovered, left behind by a previous occupant in his new home he knew his destiny was written for him. Since then he has trained continuously for over thirty years in a variety of martial arts under instructors such as Enrique Quiroz (Karate, Gojo Ryu and Kenpo), Yang Hong (Original Family Yang Style Taiji), Chen Lei (Chen style Taiji), Ismet Himmet, Master Tan Li Long, Master Shi Fei, John Barbery, Norman Torok, Jacob Isaksson, as well as Peter Jones, Earl Montague and Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang (Chen Style).
Cristian’s martial expertise is informed by his extensive studies Theatre Anthropology including studying Peking Opera and other arts that formed some of the original underpinnings of the Chinese martial arts, as well as his former work as a Circus Clown and Actor. Now with more than thirty years experience, Cristian is an experienced teacher with a unique understanding of the Chinese internal health and martial arts. In 2000, he founded the first Wudang martial arts school in the UK, “Wudang Principles UK”, and has hosted events taught by world renowned martial arts masters. In 2015, this same school continues under its new name of Five Elements Academy