Bill Bentley began his martial arts training at the age of ten in a Shaolin-based family style of kung fu. Since then, he has studied Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do concepts (including Filipino martial arts), and the Japanese arts of Kendo and Aikido. While earning his black belt in Aikido, Bill was presented with a special commendation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Prisons for demonstrating Aikido control concepts to corrections officers at the 2004 Federal Medical Center Women’s Staff Retreat. 

While recuperating from a serious injury, Bill searched for ways to strengthen his health. During this time, he extensively practiced the qigong forms of Wuxing (Five Elements), Eight Section Brocade, and 18 Hands of Luohan. During this time, he also began to develop an interest in the Wudang arts. After meeting and briefly training with one of Master Zhou Xuan Yun’s students, Bill sought out Master Zhou himself, training with him in the arts of Xingyi Quan and Taiyi Xuan Men Jian sword practice, as well as Taiji Quan and Bagua Zhang. Bill was fortunate to find teachers among his fellow Daoist Gate family members, studying Wudang Taiji Quan 108 with Rosie Segil and Qigong with Anita Eredics. 

In addition to his involvement with Daoist Gate, Bill is also involved with DAOI (Daoist Arts Organization International), an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization that promotes and preserves Daoist arts. One of Bill’s duties is to host DAOI’s podcast, interviewing martial arts teachers in various traditions worldwide.