Wu Style Tai Chi

There are two Wu styles (often referred to as Wu and Wuu/Hao). They are quite different but, due to the ambiguity of the English language on tones and such points, we group them together for easy reference - we hope. Here are two styles often prized for their practicality, medical benefits, ease of performance and generally high degree of concentration and control.

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Wu style Tai Chi with Wang Pei ShengKW046 Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan: Ancient Way to Health
121 pages, clear photos, $16.95 Plum Price $13.95

Dr. Wen Zee served as visiting science professor, University of Arizona. Andrew Weil wrote “presents a wealth of detail about the health benefits of Tai Chi.

Sometimes when I read that this or that style is “good for health” I feel like the advantage to so-called-health enhancement recorded is simply a paucity of information. This book is an example of a deeper and wider view, rather than the spa approach of very basic movements. For instance, the longer set of 67 postures and the 13 Tai Chi key actions are both represented in sections so you have, in essence, a small and a large Wu style form, with the qualities of the style explained in detail as health regimens.

On Push Hands: "The intensity of the impulse is equal to the product of the acting force and acting time.  In addition there are the thirteen Basic Movements. With Peng force you can feel the strength and intentions of your opponent, while your own strength and intentions are kept hidden…”

And lest we forget, doctor Wen Zee’s teacher was Ma Yueh Liang, widely acknowledged as one of the top Push Hands practitioners in the world. There is a huge emphasis in this book on Zhong Ding, which could be considered as not just vertical but verticality—the correction toward the vertical—not just standing up. Certain arts, such as Tai Chi and Bagua place a lot of emphasis on this posture, so people can learn the difference here, where verticality is self-correcting.


Wu style Tai Chi with Wang Pei ShengKH020 Hao Style Tai Ji Quan Developed by Master Liu Jishun
Chinese and English, 104 pages, clear photos, $32.95

Let me just say it: Hao style Tai Ji is not the easiest martial name to locate. This may be partially due to the fact that it is often referred to as Hao/Wu, Wuu, Wu, or some further blending. For whatever reason, it is under-represented in the literature of Tai Ji Quan, so this particular book is a welcome addition to the library.

Like other branches, this Tai Ji style is associated with the “flying push,” a technique often displaying that magnificent moment when both of the helper’s feet leave the ground, blurring the photo with speed-lines from the fa-jin action.

Within the membership, Teacher Liu JiShun has a solid reputation. Liu Sifu studied for years under Hao Shaoru. For teachers and students he has developed Push Hands training, as well as a version of his teacher Hao Wei Zhen’s method of “projecting” an opponent. From certain angles this style resembles the better knownWu style with its distinct upright posture and conservative body frame.


Wu style Tai Chi with Wang Pei ShengKS062 Secret Contents of Hao Weizhen Yi Qi Tai Ji Quan-Fundamental Skills
Chinese and English, 130 pages, clear photographs

“All Tai Chi is one.” This old saying gives us an insight into a unique blending of research, practice and plain old detective work.

Tai Chi Chuan teachers often freely interact, mixing styles like other families inter-marry. Over the years, Tai Chi has become a huge umbrella, allowing for an unusual communication between styles. At this wedding, you might encounter highly regarded teachers such as Li Yi Lu, who taught Hao Wei Zhen, who taught Sun Lu Tang. And you can’t help notice that the top five Tai Chi styles bear family monikers: Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu/Hao, and Sun—each a recognized master work. 

This book, containing both, individual and partner training shows some of the mixture that is now Hao/Wu Tai Ji. The text displays physical exercises and encourages a constant refining of Yi (intent) and Qi (energy). Leading the Qi with Yi is a hallmark technique of the Hao system, just as the ancient philosophy encouraged.


Wu style Tai Chi with Wang Pei ShengKW036 Wu Style TaiChiChuan
Forms, Concepts and Application of the Original Style
by Wu Ying-Hua and Ma Yueh-Liang

A major book for anyone studying Taiji or even just Chinese Martial Arts. This is the husband wife team who excelled for decades in the art of Wu style Taijiquan. Here are some of the major promoters of the style for the twentieth century. This book covers a wide variety of topics including history, stances, the solo form, push hands etc. Direct descendents familially and technically of Grandmaster Wu Chian Chuan (1870 to 1942) these teachers taught for many decades. They include discussions on internal practice, give notes on the meaning and history of the names of the moves. Besides attractive illustrations the book shows a photographic section with move demonstrated by Wu Chian Chuan himself and then the forms shown by Wu Ying Hua. Some of the Tai Chi classics are reprised and breakdown on the types of Push Hands is shown. An important book.

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$23.95  Softbound, 216 pages, illustrated and photographs

Wu style Tai Chi with Wang Pei ShengKW026 Wu Style T'ai Chi Chuan
by Wang Pei Sheng & Zeng Wei Qi

To our mind this is one of the best T'ai Chi books in any language - plain and simple. Wang brought a tremendous teaching ability and insight together to produce what should be a template for martial writing. Not only does he explain the movements of his 37 Wu Style form (one of the best abstractions in Tai Chi) but he shows the usage of the moves and discusses such things as which acupuncture points should be stimulated and even what the feeling of each move should be (ache here, twist there). Other sections are translations of his teacher Yang Yun Ting's note and an interview with Wu Tu Nan, the longest playing Tai Chi student in the world.

See Wang's Biography. Also some VCDs by Wang himself. See a Chinese Language version of this book.


$14.95, Softbound, 230+ pages, illustrated and photographs

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KC061 Classical Wu StyleTai Ji Quan   
The Fighting Art of the Manchurian Palace Guard
by Tina Chunna Zhang and Frank Allen
203 pages, Softbound, photographs
Regularly $21.95  PLUM Price $17.95

From the jacket: "While other well-known tai ji styles branched off into sports, health, and meditation, Wu Quan You's disciples have preserved the traditional practice methods and forms. In this book, Tina Chunna Zhang and Frank Allen explain the principles, characteristics, and essentials of the Wu method, detailing the direction, intent, breathing, and internal principles of all 324 segments of the 83 postures. Step-by-sep photographs and instruction in forms practice, fighting applications, push hands, and weapons skills illustrate the entire classical form."

In addition: The classical Wu style sword form with breakdown.


Wu style Tai Chi with Leung Shum

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KW022 Wu Style T'ai Chi Chuan
by Wu Leung Shum

Noted to many people, especially in the New York area, as a leading proponent of the Eagle Claw, Leung Shum is also a dedicated Tai Chi practitioner. His specialty is Wu Style slow form which he demonstrates fully in this text.

$12.00 , Softbound, 130 pages,

Wu style Tai Chi SecretsKT008 Tai Chi Secrets of the WU Style
translated by Yang Jwing-Ming (mostly of Wu Gong Zao)

Dr. Yang JwingMing adds to our knowledge by translating many of the documents of T'ai Chi particularly in this text regarding the Wu style. This Wu Style was Yang BanHou's famous student Wu QuanYou (1834-1902) and passed on to his grandson Wu Gong Zao, author of the text. Yang here also adds commentary to help the scholar of Tai Chi better understand these significant documents. An appendix adds writing by Xiang KaiRan.

$16.95, 95 pages,


Wu style Tai Chi with Leung ShumKW027 Wu style T'ai Chi Chuan PUSH HANDS
Theory and Principles
by Ma Yueh Liang and Wen Zee
Shanghai Book Company

This is a work books on the Push Hands of the Wu style. What can we say? There are so many stories of Master Ma throwing people this way and that it appears he was the possessor of superlative skills. Wu style had always had the reputation of being strong in this area and here is a breakdown of the patterns and variations inherent in the practice. This book is not always easy to get. The explanations are pretty complete but, as any text might, it suffers from the difficulty of trying to convey this complex subject matter through the written word. Nonetheless, this borders on being a collector's item recording the moves and patterns of a man famous for his Push Hands skill.

$16.95 each, 86 pages, Softbound, oversized, photographs,


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KW023 The Wu style of T'ai Chi Chuan
by Tinn Chan Lee

The author started his Tai Chi training in 1933. After initial study he began training directly under Wu Chien Chuan, son of the Wu founder: Wu Chuan You. Mr. Lee himself if quite accurate and a bit dapper (with bow tie). The photography is rough but manageable. This was one of Unique's first books on Tai Chi and, at the time, it was rare to find anything in English on the subject of Wu style. A good reference with history (using Cantonese name equivalents), basic principles, the form and other information. Originally published in 1982.

$9.95, 123 pages, Softbound, photographs

Wu style Tai Chi with Wang Pei Sheng