Introduction of Tai Yi You Long Gong

游龙图标“Tai Yi You Long Gong or Tai Yi Swimming Dragon Sect 武当太乙游龙门 is a rare Chinese Martial Arts system passed through generations in Grandmaster Yu Anren’s family. It is a fairly advanced Qigong and Taichi system in the Daoist traditions of self-defense, health maintenance, spiritual cultivation and life preservation. It belongs to the Wudang School. Tai Yi was named after Tai Yi Zhen Ren (a Daoist primordial ancestor) in memory of his godly spirit of punishing evil and promoting good. Tai Yi was also used as a synonym for Tai Ji (Tai Chi) in ancient times. Long or Dragon was used as a symbol for ancient China as well as the emperor and the imperial court. The dragon was considered to be the foremost among animals and had very powerful life force; it could fly in the sky, walk on the earth and swim in the water and thus became a symbol of the indomitable spirit of the Chinese nation. The forms in this system are done continuously and smoothly like clouds floating and water flowing; they look like dragons swimming in the sky. Thus the system was called You Long or Swimming Dragon. Chinese Martial Arts Qigong have two major schools: the external school called the Shao Lin School and the internal school called the Wudang School. Tai Yi You Long Gong belongs to the internal school, thus it is also called Wudang Tai Yi You Long Gong. It has both hand forms and weapon forms as well as Dynamic Qigong and Static Qigong. The Tai Yi You Long Gong System 太乙游龙门 includes Tai Yi Swimming Dragon Quan 太乙游龙拳, Tai Yi Riding the Wind Sword or Swimming Dragon Sword 太乙乘风剑, Tai Yi 72 Closed Hand 太乙七十二闭手, Tai Yi 36 Qin Na 太乙三十六擒拿, Tai Yi Sealing the Mountain Staff 太乙封山棍,  Tai Yi Xing Bu Gong or Swimming Dragon Walking Gong 太乙行步功, Tai Yi Yin Yang Generating Gong 太乙阴阳萌生术 also called Tai Yi Tortoise Breathing Gong 太乙龟息功 etc.”

–by Grandmaster Yu Anren


Traditionally, this style was an imperial privileged practice.  Breaking his family tradition, Grandmaster Yu made it public in the 1980s. Please check out Grandmaster Yu Anren’s official website  in Changsha, China. Since 2009, Grandmaster Yu is actively back to teaching and promoting this family tradition, he has currently released two instructional DVDs in the States and has finished writing his Chinese books on Swimming Dragon Quan, Sword and 72 Closed Hand. Nowdays there are more and more people learning and practicing this esoteric Daoist family Taichi Qigong tradition. Outside China,  Yu’s main disciples are Master Liping Zhu in San Francisco, USA and  Master Li Yongliang in Melbourne, Australia.

  Tai Yi Swimming Dragon System Related Workshops

Great News! Here comes a rare opportunity to study Swimming Dragon Taichi with Grandmaster Yu and Shawn Yu or/and Swimming Dragon Walking Gong with Mrs Yu and Shawn Yu in SF, facilitated and translated by Master Liping Zhu.

Oct 24-30,2018 Taichi Workshops with Grandmaster Yu and family from China (Each workshop is limited to 20 students.)

Workshop One: 7:30am – 8:45am Refinement of Swimming Dragon Quan with Grandmaster Yu and Shawn Yu
Prerequisite:familiarity with Swimming Dragon Quan is recommended
Workshop Two:
8:45am-10am Study Swimming Dragon Walking Gong with Mrs Yu and Shawn Yu
Prerequisite: none. Beginners or advanced students are all welcome!

Location: Outside the Recreation Center of Glen Canyon Park in San Francisco (address: 70 Elk St ), easily accessible through Glen Park Bart Station (7 min walk from Bart Station) or Bus line

Cost: $225 if sign up for a single workshop of Workshop One or Workshop Two; $400 if sign up for both workshops at the same time

Refund Policy and Disclaimer: There is no partial signup. There is no credit or refund if no show. No refund for any cancellation made within a week of the workshop.
If pay with Paypal or your credit card online, please use the drop down menu to choose which single workshop or both workshops you are signing up for. If you are mailing a check, please indicate which workshop(s). Please mail your check to Liping Zhu, 2831 E St, Eureka, CA95501. Please notify us through email if you have sent out a check.

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Paypal Registration Grandmaster Yu Workshops

Weekly Class: Please click Swimming Dragon Weekly Classes and Workshops page for the details.


1. Swimming Dragon Taichi Instructional Workshops 
2. Swimming Dragon Sword Workshops  

3. Swimming Dragon Walking Qigong Workshops

4. Annual Tassajara Swimming Dragon Taichi Retreat 
(42 CEUs available for L.Ac. and RN)
5. Annual Tassajara Swimming Dragon Walking Qigong Retreat (18 CEUs available for L.Ac. and RN)
5. Swimming Dragon Taichi Full Form Enhancement Workshops 
6. One-day Swimming Dragon/Qin Quan Taichi workshops 
7. Private Swimming Dragon Taichi Classes (based on availability, please contact

 If you are interested in sponsoring and inviting Liping to teach a swimming dragon workshop in your area, please contact

  Introduction of Grandmaster Yu Anren 

 History and Background

The Book “Who’s who in Chinese Martial Arts” published the following information on Taiyi Swimming Dragon Sect Grandmaster Yu Anren

Master Yu Profile“Yu Anren (1939- ), heir of the Wudang Taiyi Swimming Dragon Chuan, is from Guilin, located in the Guangxi province. His family originated from the Pingjiang county, in the Hunan province.
Yu learned the Taiyi Swimming Dragon Chuan techniques and principals from his grandfather Yu Shao. By tradition, those were only passed from family members to other family members. Yu Anren broke the family’s rule when he compiled and donated to the state the Taiyi Swimming Dragon Chuan, Taiyi Riding the Wind Sword and the other conventions of boxing and weaponry from the Taiyi Men family. When Yu Anren took part in the Changsha Regional Martial Arts Competition in 1984, he performed the Swimming Dragon Chuan for the first time and won first place for internal style martial art. Since then, his form has spread quickly and the number of followers has reached several thousands. Read more about Grandmaster Yu here.

Watch Grandmaster Yu demontrating Swimming Dragon Quan in Changsha, China

  Swimming Dragon Forms @ Qi Dragon

Click to read detailed descriptions of the following forms from the Tai Yi Swimming Dragon Sect:
Swimming Dragon Taichi or Tai Yi You Long Quan
Swimming Dragon Walking Qigong or Tai Yi Xing Bu Gong 
Swimming Dragon Sword or Tai Yi Cheng Feng Jian (Riding the Wind Sword)
Tai Yi 72 Closed Hand (72 Bi Shou)

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  Online Taichi DVD Store

To purchase the DVDs for the Swimming Dragon serie forms or other Taichi, please visit our Online DVD Store page.



  Master Liping Zhu 

Dr. Liping Zhu, DAOM, L.Ac., a disciple of Grandmaster Yu Anren, is one of  Yu’s first two main representatives of the style outside China. She started studying the Swimming Dragon Quan in 1992. She has won gold medals for both the Tai Yi Swimming Dragon Quan and the Tai Yi Riding the Wind Sword in 1996, 1997 International Martiail Arts Tournament in the US. Ms.Zhu has been actively practicing and teaching this family tradition for more than 20 years to people of all ages.

Watch Liping demonstrating Swimming Dragon Quan Form I in 1997 in San Francisco.

Watch Liping demonstrating Swimming Dragon Walking Gong in 2015


I met Liping when she had just arrived from China. It was one morning in Golden Gate Park. Crossing the street into the park, I saw a young woman doing a martial art form that combined so very beautifully strength and elegance. It was one of those rare moments in life when time seems to stop. Maybe it was the gentle flow of the swimming dragon form, so gentle, almost a whisper in the wind. Certainly it had to do with Liping’s natural grace. Whatever it was, I yearned to know the swimming dragon form and Liping was kind enough to teach it to me. She was such a good teacher, patient, caring and yet making sure that I would progress as much as I could, according to my abilities. I no longer live in San Francisco, but I carry the swimming dragon with me wherever I go. It has made a big difference in my life. I thank Liping for this gift she has and shares with such warmth.

–David Berger

I practiced Tai Yi Swimming Dragon Quan with Liping for about a year. As a Zen Buddhist practitioner I was eager to bring movement into my rather sedentary daily meditation practice. I originally intended for Tai Yi to be a supplement to my sitting practice, bringing movement back into my life. To an extent it was just this, but what startled me was the profound mindfulness and meditative quality that permeates the practice of Tai Yi. It became clear to me as I continued practicing with Liping that Tai Yi is itself a meditation practice and as I began to loosen my grip on the duality of movement and stillness my understanding of not only my Tai Yi practice, but also my sitting practice expanded. I found myself on day four of a sesshin, sitting in an upright posture and noticing my complete solid mountain stillness begin to flow. My ideas of who I am, how I hold myself, and how I impact others, have all been affected by my time with Liping. She is an authentic, dedicated teacher and will meet you where you are and stay with you as you grow. If you haven’t met this woman, you need to!

–Will Fuller

 Here is a slideshow by San Francisco Zen Center on Liping’s Taichi for Health workshop: