The Legacy of our Founders
Our 36th Generation: Rebuilding the Legacy
Yo San Ni
Yo San Ni was born in China in 1879. For generations his family passed down the spiritual and medical knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Taoist tradition. When Yo San Ni was seven, his father died in a roadside accident while away from home treating children with smallpox. At sixteen, Yo San began rebuilding his family’s healing wisdom by seeking out relatives, friends, and patients of his father. He spent many years with spiritual leaders and TCM masters who had fled political oppression and lived as hermits in the countryside and mountains. In his thirties, Yo San began his own medical practice and opened a TCM school in the village of Wen Zhoul. He died at the age of ninety, having fulfilled his seemingly impossible aspirations of preserving his family legacy.
Yo San Ni’s son, Hua-Ching Ni, was born in China in the early 1900s. Brilliant and energetic as a child, Hua-Ching longed to pursue a more fulfilling education than modern schooling offered at the time. Recognizing his son’s frustration and potential, Yo San opened The College of Tao and Chinese Healing. It was here that Yo San transmitted the Ni family legacy to his son and other students. In 1949, Yo San advised his son to leave their small town in a rapidly changing, war-torn country and to seek a better life outside China. For twenty-seven years Hua-Ching lived in Taiwan and taught TCM. He eventually moved with his wife and two sons to the United States. In 1989, along with his sons, Daoshing and Mao Shing, Hua-Ching founded Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has since returned to China and still resides there as an active member of his community.
Our 38th Generation: Establishing the Legacy in the U.S.
Dr. Daoshing Ni and Dr. Mao Shing Ni
Drs. Dao and Mao are internationally-known and respected TCM practitioners. Their private practice, the Tao of Wellness based in Santa Monica, CA, is one of the largest practices in the country. They established Yo San University as a pledge to pass on the teachings of their father, grandfather and ancient teachers of Chinese medicine to future generations—to provide students with a place of learning based on the guiding principles of Taoism, where each may explore his or her own spiritual growth as an integral part of learning the healing arts.