Wu-Zen Taichi

Tai-chi

Tai-chi an eminent art was originated from China. This art were followed only by particular dynasties and the Tai-chi was the gist of Taoist. In olden days, peoples of such dynasties used Taoist to lead a long, healthier and sweet full Sexual life and protect Taoist with much secret. Afterwards the western chinese people mingles and learn this Tai-chi with their traditional Chinese Martial arts. In tai-chi “Tai” stands for ‘two ‘and “chi” stands for ‘energy’.


Wu-Zen - Taichi

  

The Wu family style is the second most popular form of t'ai chi ch'uan in the world today, after the Yang style & fourth in terms of family seniority. This style is different from the Wu Style of Tai chi chuan founded by Wu Yu-hisang


History


Wu Quanyou was a military officer cadet of Manchu ancestry in the Yellow Banner camp (see Qing Dynasty Military) in the Forbidden City, Beijing and also a hereditary officer of the Imperial Guards Brigade. At that time, Yang Luchan was the martial arts instructor in the Imperial Guards, teaching t'ai chi ch'uan, and in 1850 Wu Ch'uan-yu became one of his students. 


In 1870, Wu Ch'uan-yu was asked to become the senior disciple of Yang Pan-hou, Yang Luchan's oldest adult son, and an instructor as well to the Manchu military. Wu Ch'uan-yu had three primary disciples: his son Wu Chien-ch'uan, Wang Mao Zhai and Guo Fen. 


Wu Ch'uan-yu's son, Wu Chien-ch'uan, and grandchildren: grandsons Wu Kung-i and Wu Kung-tsao as well as granddaughter Wu Ying-hua were well known teachers. 

Wu Chien-ch'uan became the most widely known teacher in his family, and is therefore considered the co-founder of the Wu style by his family and their students. He taught large numbers of people and his refinements to the art more clearly distinguish Wu style from Yang style training. 


Wu Chien-ch'uan moved his family south from Beijing (where an important school founded by other students of his father is headquartered, popularly known as the Northern Wu style) to Shanghai in 1928, where he founded the Chien-ch'uan T'ai Chi Ch'uan Association in 1935. 


Wu Kung-i then moved the family headquarters to Hong Kong in 1948.
His younger sister Wu Ying-hua and her husband, Ma Yueh-liang (Ma Yueliang,1901-1999), stayed behind to manage the original Shanghai school.
Between 1983 and her death in 1996 Wu Ying-hua was the highest-ranked instructor in the Wu family system. Her descendants continue teaching and today manage the Shanghai school as well as schools in Europe:


· Ma Hai Long is the current head of the Shanghai Jianquan Taijiquan Association.

· Ma Jiang Bao lives in the Netherlands and teaches traditional taijiquan throughout Europe.

· Her granddaughter Dr Jin Ye lives and teaches in England.

· Her adopted daughter Shi Mei Lin now lives and teaches Wu-style taijiquan in New Zealand, with students also in  France and in United States.


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