The History of Blue Dragon Qigong
Blue Dragon Qigong is an authentic family qigong passed down from father to son through fourteen generations.
Professor Li Bing Yuan (Dr. John B.Y. Lee) was born in 1906 in a suburb of Beijing. His family lineage goes back in a Taoist scholar tradition. It was part of their heritage on the fortieth birthday to receive their inheritance. Professor Lee inherited the training of a Doctor of Oriental Medicine as well as the family import export business.
Fluent in English, Professor Lee has two sons. He managed to get one out of the country and into the U.S. before Chairman Mao took control in 1949. His other son became a member of the communist party and put on propaganda plays for the workers.
Neither son was interested in the family qigong. After the communists took control, his lands were seized and Professor Li was put to work in the fields for ten years before his Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture talents were discovered. He worked his way up to head of the acupuncture department at one of the hospitals. During the Cultural Revolution he was imprisoned for seven years in a cell that was only five feet high. The only thing that kept him alive was his family Qigong, which he practiced 12 hours a day. Finally he was released and he made his way out of China and entered the U.S. His son was an officer in the U.S. Army and lived in Virginia. Dr. Lee opened an acupuncture clinic in Washington D.C. and chartered a school to teach the cultural heritage of China. The first name of the school was Ju-Shu-Lin Council of Taoist Scholars.
He located some old friends in New York’s Chinatown, and commuted back and forth teaching his family qigong, acupuncture and Tui-Na (Chinese medical massage and manipulation). The name of the school was changed to the Peking Institute for Longevity & Rejuvenation. Of all Master Lee’s students only one were given permission to transmit his family’s lineage Qigong. To distinguish the family Qigong, the symbol of the dragon was chosen because it represented immortality. Master Lee explained the color black refers to the essence of kidneys (ancestral energy) so the black dragon was chosen, but black can be depressing to some, so he decidedly portrayed a Blue Dragon.
Your humble servant, George Love, was given the name Zhen Wu by Master Lee.
This name was chosen lightly. For the symbol of the Dark Lord (Zhen Wu) is the Tortoise who serves the Black Water Dragon. In Neolithic prehistory the tortoise – also known as the Dark warrior- and snake together are the symbols or totems of a powerful shaman who fights evil against the demons of the Invisible World. This shaman, among some tribes was called the “black shaman.” This shaman would be a great warrior, menacing and powerful, In Daoist Shamanic prehistory very ancient drawings of a black snake and tortoise together symbolize Zhen Wu. From the Shang Dynasty onward, the flag bearing this symbol was part of the king’s color guard.
In relatively modern Chinese prehistory (c. 1200 BC) Zhen Wu (the Dark Lord) has become the human figure of a warrior with wild, unruly black hair, dressed in the primitive clothing of the tribal peoples of Neolithic times. He is powerful and strong deity capable of powerful punishments and redemptive deliverance. He is frequently depicted as the black tortoise who rules over the direction North in Chinese cosmology .