Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan

Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan is a popular and unique type of this ancient chinese martial art that has stayed true to its original form and teachings.

Wu Tai Chi is a set of therapeutic exercise, an effective martial art and a way to self-awareness and meditation. The Wu style Tai Chi long form is suitable for people of all ages and body types.

Wu Quan Yu (1834-1902), originally named Quan Yu, was a Manchurian and a member of the Imperial guard in the Chinese Court. He was one of Yang Lu Chan’s (Yang Tai Chi Founder) best students and was said to have gained his master’s level of Tai Chi skills.

Wu Jian Quan

His Son Wu Jian Quan (1870-1942) also developed excellent Tai Chi skills and he did the most to make the style popular. Due to Wu Jian Quan efforts and skill many people learnt his style of Tai Chi and his form soon became the standard. It is because of this the Wu style is named after him.

In 1926 he moved from Beijing to Shanghai where he later formed the Wu Jian Quan Tai Chi Association. He developed the Wu Style, modifying the forms taught to him by his father. He eliminated some of the repetitions of movement, as well as the stamping and jumping movements. This made the forms more structured and smooth. Through this, Wu Jian Yu’s Tai Chi was refined. At the Advanced level of study the Wu Style Tai Chi Fast Form retains the original stamping, attacking and jumping movements.

Founding Master Wu Jian Quan

  Benefits of Tai Chi
  •Stretch & tone muscles & tendons.
  •Reduce tension & improve circulation
  •Increase strength & flexibility
  •Improve Concerntration & balance
  •Open & soften the body
  •Build internal energy & quiet the mind
  •Relieve Stress.

  1. Founding Master Wu Tai Chi
  2. Founding Master Wu Jian Quan Tai Chi
  3. Founding Master Wu Jian Quan Tai Chi

Wu Ying Hua, the daughter of Wu Jian Quan and her Husband Ma Yue Liang continued the Wu Style Tai Chi Association in Shanghai. They assisted Wu Jian Quan teaching Tai Chi at the association. They continued teaching there as heads of the Shanghai Association after Wu Jian Quan’s passing in 1942.

It was under the direction of Grand Masters Wu Ying Hua and Ma Yue Liang the the Wu Jian Quan Association re-opened again in 1980 after the Cultural Revolution had ended. Due to their dedication to their art and their great Tai Chi skill, Grand Master Wu and Grand Master Ma were both declared ‘National living treasures of China’. Grand Master Ma was especially famed for his pushing hands technique. 

Wu Jian Quan Association, Shi Mei Lin