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 1908 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.
He 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 Shi Lin Council of Retired 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 three were given permission to teach his family’s Qigong. To distinguish the family Qigong, the symbol of the dragon was chosen to represent 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 sometimes portrayed a Blue Dragon. Red is the color of the heart, but red can be too stimulating for some so he sometimes chose a Purple Dragon. Your humble servant, teaches Blue Dragon Qigong. He was given the name Zhen Wu Qi.