History of Shaolin One-Finger Qigong

Shaolin Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan Qi Gong(Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong) is a Qi Gong originating from Buddhism. It arrive from India from Dharma, a buddhist monk travelling to China to spread Buddhism around 420 D.C. to 589 D.C., and then became the founder of China's Zen Buddhism. This is why there is not movement in the Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong. It is based on being Zen or present in the moment. No use of the mind or the body but simply to relax and feel.

Qi Gong was only passed on as an oral tradition and only a few monks were chosen by the Chief Monk of the Monastery to train in Qi Gong. They were not even allow to pass their information to their fellow monks.

Great Great Grand Master Ah Shui (1918-1982), teacher of Great Grand Master Cai Qiu Bai, retained the oral tradition of Qi Gong and in the early 1960s he shared his information to a hand full of students in Shanghai, China. Que Ah Shui was born in Suzhon Weitang to a very poor family. He became a monk when he was 8 years old as two monks took an interest in his abilities. At that time, there were two Shaolin Monasteries; one located in Song Shan in Northern China and the other one in Fujian Putian in Southern China. Ah Shui was the Chief Monk at the Southern Shaolin Monastery where he mastered Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong.

In traditional Chinese culture, it is pivotal to have offspring and pass on one's family name. Qui Ah Shui was the only son in the family and was asked by his parents to give up celibacy as a monk in order to continue the family name. For this reason, Que Ah Shui had the opportunity to introduce and teach Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong in Shanghai, and spread it all over China in the 1960S. The spreading of Shaolin Chan Gong must be credited to Master Ah Shui.


Que Ah Shui taught Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong verbally and individually. He did not allow his students to take note as he was forbidden to do the same from his masters. As a result, no one knows whether he had taught everyone the same thing or whether he had taught each of his disciple/learner differently. In fact, there were proof later indicated what a disciple/learner learned is very much difference from that of other disciples/learners. He did recognize Cai Qiu Bai as his Chief successor based on his abilities as a student.

Great Grand Master Cai started training with Master Ah Shui at 6 years of age. His mother befriended Ah Shui as she needed his assistance in healing a painful elbow. Master Ah Shui was looking for a young person to start training at a young age, and he found Cai to be very good at the basic techniques of Qi Gong. Cai trained with Master Ah Shui most of his life. Master Cai came to the United States in 1989 on a visiting Visa. He was here during the Tainanmen student uprising and was granted Amnesty by the United States to stay and become a US citizen. He was told by Ah Shui that he was to teach Qi Gong to as many people as he could and to teach in the United States. Master Cai current resides in the Bay Area and continues to teach all over the world.

Angela Lee is one of his senior Qi Gong students. Angela is ranked by the China Shaolin Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan Association Instructor III. She has a background in Martial Arts starting from Tai Chi Chuan at 10 years old. She studied many hard Martial Arts styles through the years such as Shaolin Northern Praying Mantis, Sil Lum White Lotus, and Choy Lei Fut. She found she a better healer than a warrior, and she started Qi Gong with Master Cai in 1991. During the first 3 months of practice she did not feel much of anything, but in a burst of Qi she accellerated one night in her practice, and Master Cai saw the change and he got excited and told her through she has a lot of potential to be a master. She decided to learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and received her Master of Oriental Medicine in 1997. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist and started a practice in San Francisco. She felt it was time to teach Qi Gong to her friends, and she became the first Qi Gong Instructor at UC San Francisco in 1998. In 1999 She opened the first Qi Gong class at UC Berkeley, and in 2000 She started teaching the first Qi Gong class offered at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco.

Presently there are over half a million people around the world practicing Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong.

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