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History of Wei Tuo Qi Gong

Wei Tuo Qi Gong originated at the Southern Shaolin Temple on Jiu Lian Mountain in the southern province of Fu Jian during the 17th Century. The full name is “Nan Shaolin Wei Tuo Chan Jin Gang Hu Fa Men” or "Southern Shaolin Chan (Zen) Diamond Protecting [Buddhist] Law School". Master Tong Jui is said to have started Wei Tuo Qi Gong in the later part of the Ming Dynasty.

When the Qing Dynasty began in the late 17th Century, many Han Chinese were rebellious. The Han Chinese wanted to be ruled by Han Chinese, not by foreigners. The Qing were Manchurians.

Master Tong Jue was a leader of a small rebel force in southern China. Because the monks Shaolin temple were hiding rebels and were rebels themselves, the Qing ordered the burning of the Southern Shaolin Temple in Fu Jian Province. Therefore, the fourth heir of Wei Tuo Qi Gong, Master Fang Si Yu and his students moved to Lu Fu Mountain in the northern part of Guandong Province. From then the tradition was past down from master to master in secrecy. Wei Tuo Qi Gong was a secret form known only to a few until the 10th Heir of the Lineage, Grandmaster Si Tu taught it publicly.  Master Jonathan Snowiss is now continuing  the teachings at the Wei Tuo Academy.