According to the accounts of a former policeman, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) security forces created a so-called “Tough Qigong Squad,” whose members were trained differently. They were forced to endure torture and all kinds of ruthless practices with the aim of forming “strong men” who would be in charge of performing special tasks and replicating in their victims the humiliations they suffered in the flesh.

Shao Changyong, a former member of the Chinese regime’s security forces, is now in exile outside China and revealed during an interview what he experienced during his career as a member of the regime’s military.

In 1991 Shao entered the military academy and was later admitted to the Armed Police Command School in Xi’an. 

This police unit has a terrible reputation both inside and outside China, given that it is the unit frequently used to suppress so-called “riots” in areas such as Xinjiang and Tibet. It was also revealed that the Armed Police infiltrated the Hong Kong police force during the “anti-extradition” campaign of 2019 when the controversial National Security Law was implemented.

According to various sources, the Armed Police have been involved in major internal CCP disputes, even going so far as to attempt to impose a coup in 2012, which was prevented by the Army commanded by President Hu Jintao. 

The Armed Police has historically been identified as the guardian of the CCP and as a violent tool for the maintenance of internal stability and the suppression of dissidents. 

Changyong, who went on to command a police squadron, describes the Chinese military as a system tainted by corruption that starts at the top and ends at the grassroots. 

What is Qigong? and what is Hard Qigong?

The original Qigong is a practice of generating energy through gentle movements and meditation, seeking to unify mind and body under the precept that cultivating both leads to a significant and holistic improvement of the person’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Qigong is normally associated with traditional Chinese culture, which has more than five thousand years of history. However, from its beginnings, primitive qigong forms were developed, perfected, and became more complex as time passed.

The first documents attesting to Qigong as a series of synchronized and standardized movements with a healing or wellness purpose for the body date back to the 10th century BC.

Around 1122 BC, The Book of Changes (I Ching) first recorded the concept of qi, or vital energy, to establish certain connections between the divine, the earthly, and man. Later it also merged with Buddhist teachings, Taoism, and meditation, deepening the relationship between the religious and spiritual.

Over time different types of Qigong emerged, among them “hard Qigong.” It became known as a skill initially used to train the body to resist heavy blows, attacks, and extreme conditions, in the days when there were no firearms but only the traditional weapons of spears, staffs, broad swords, and knives. 

Nowadays, you can see various monks lying with their arms outstretched on the tip of a spinning spear or lying on a bed of steel spikes or smashing spears against their throats. While this all seems quite amazing, it is just training the body through traditional Chinese skill that uses special breathing techniques and movements to strengthen both the internal and external body.

In its original form, Qigong was intended to train the body and mind to endure extreme suffering, which allowed it to facilitate spiritual development to elevate morally and meet the requirements of “heaven.”

The CCP, however, seems to be trying to use the obvious benefits of Qigong to go against the “requirements of heaven” since, as is well known, communism promotes atheism and persecutes righteous religions and beliefs.

Hard Qigong in the Chinese regime’s security forces

As described by Shao Changyong, soldiers belonging to the “Hard Qigong Squad” undergo extremely tough training, beating trees every day to harden their hands and training with the use of unconventional weapons.

As a result, after this special training, the squad members’ strength and endurance increase significantly, and they develop abilities that ordinary people do not possess, Shao says. 

These skills are then used to suppress their opponents, often persecuted religious and political dissidents, who suffer from the powerful and accurate blows and the coldness of these CCP forces as torturers. 

According to Shao’s statements, the “Hard Qigong Squad,” also known as the “Sixth Squad,” undoubtedly existed until 2015, when he escaped from China. Still, he has lost contact with his former comrades, and as they operate underground, he is not sure they are still operating. 

During the interview, Shao described some examples of the terrible training the squad members had to endure. For instance, they were forced to do hundreds of push-ups with their naked torso over thumbtacks arranged with the tips pointing upwards, and those who ran out of strength would fall on these tips causing severe pain and wounds to their bodies.

He also described how recruits were beaten hard and often by veteran soldiers, who used perverse techniques and tools to frighten them and make them suffer with various torture mechanisms.

It is likely that these mechanisms generate strong and prepared people to fulfill the macabre objectives of the CCP. However, they have some similarities with hard Qigong, especially the issue of learning to endure physical suffering. However, it has nothing to do with the underlying objectives of traditional Qigong, which, while “refining” the body, also seeks to “cultivate” the spirit through detachment from material things and the constant effort to be a better person.

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