I know how the birds fly, how the fish swim, how animals run. But there is the Dragon. I cannot tell how it mounts on the winds through the clouds and flies through heaven. Today I have seen the Dragon.~ Confucius

Welcome to Swimming Dragon School of Chinese Healing and Martial Arts

Located in Saint Augustine, Florida, under the direction of Fernando Bernall, DOM, the Swimming Dragon School of Kung Fu is a venue through which the internal Chinese martial arts can be presented in manner congruent to the principles through which these systems evolved.

Currently Xiingyiquan and Taijiquan are the two main Chinese martial arts taught at the school with a substantial amount of emphasis placed on partner work, push-hands and meditation.  The school’s curriculum is geared toward young and older adults. As a non-commercial school, our focus is on self-defense, integrated fitness, and self-cultivation.

About the Practitioner/Instructor

Swimming Dragon School of Kung Fu is under the guidance of Shirfu Fernando Bernall, DOM, who has been studying martial arts for over thirty years and practicing Chinese Medicine since 1988. His studies include Korean Hap-Ki-Do, Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Qi Gong.He has also been exposed to Indonesian arts such as Kun Tao Silat through Willem deThouars, Tae Kwon Do and Kosho Ryu Kempo. During the last 20 years he has focused his attention on the Chinese martial arts with particular emphasis on Taijiquan and Xingyiquan.

Fernando is the creator of Heqiquan™, a step by step protocol for teaching and learning empty hand combat based on his studies of martial arts and combat oriented calisthenics. He has also developed, from his studies in martial arts, anatomy and fitness, a joint mobility method he calls “The SpiralFlow Method of Joint Mobility” and can be found at his site at:SpiralFlow.com.

He has won a number of tournaments including the prestigious events by the International Kung Fu Tournament held in Baltimore, MD in 1999 where he won the National and International Tai Chi Push-Hands (Tui-Shao) competitions. In May 25, 2008, in the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship held in Orlando, Florida, he took the Gold medal in the men’s heavyweight Restricted-step push hands division.

As student and practitioner of Chinese Medicine, Fernando is licensed to practice acupuncture in the states of Rhode Island, Florida and Illinois and holds national board certification by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).  Along with acupuncture, he practices Shiatsu, TuiNa and Chinese herbal medicine and is awaiting licensure to practice acupuncture in Rhode Island, FL. He has completed postgraduate training on Acupuncture for the treatment of drug addiction at Lincoln Medical Center in the South Bronx, New York.

Fernando lives in St.Augustine, FL with his wife and two children and is available for workshops in Qi Gong, self-defense and Tai Chi’s push handd. He can be reached at: 904-806-7123