The Wu family style (Chinese: åå or åæ; pinyin: wújiā or wúshì) t'ai chi ch'uan (Taijiquan) of Wu Quanyou and Wu Chien-ch'uan (Wu Jianquan) is the second most popular form of t'ai chi ch'uan in the world today, after the Yang style, and fourth in terms of family seniority. This style is different from the Wu style of t'ai chi ch'uan (ææ) founded by Wu Yu-hsiang. While the names are distinct in pronunciation (Chinese: ææ; pinyin: wǔshì) and the Chinese characters used to write them are different, they are often romanized the same way.
Short introduction in Wu Tai Chi Chuan
- German home of Wu Style (website in German)
- The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan by Freya and Martin Boedicker (english)
Wu Tai Chi is one of the five family-styles of Tai Chi Chuan. It was founded by Master Wu Jianquan (1870-1942), who was taught martial-arts by his father Wu Quanyou, a student of Yan Luchan, from the time he was young.
After long years of practicing and teaching, Master Wu revised and enriched the art of Tai Chi Chuan handed down from his family. Since this time the Wu Tai Chi has held it's forms such as the slow form, fast form, sabre form, spear and sword form and extensive set of pushhands.
Wu Yinghua (1907-1996), the daughter of Wu Jianquan, and her husband Ma Yueliang (1901-1998) dedicated their lives to the development and popularization of Wu Tai Chi. In 1986 they sent their son Ma Jiangbao to Europe to teach Wu Tai Chi. Since then he has attracted a large following of students and now Wu Tai Chi is practiced in many European countries, South Africa and Japan.
The Forum for Traditional Wu Tai Chi Chuan is run by Freya and Martin Bödicker for their teachers and their students to follow the tradition of Ma Jiangbao.
WU (HAO) Style
The Wu or Wu (Hao)-style (Chinese: ææ or æ/éæ; pinyin: Wǔshì or wǔ/hǎoshì) of t'ai chi ch'uan of Wu Yuxiang (1813–1880), is a separate family style from the more popular Wu-style (åæ) of Wu Chien-ch'üan. Wu Yuxiang's style was third among the five t'ai chi ch'uan families in seniority and is fifth in terms of popularity.
Sun StyleThe Sun style (åæ) t'ai chi ch'uan is well known for its smooth, flowing movements which omit the more physically vigorous crouching, leaping and fa jin of some other styles. Its gentle postures and high stances make it very suitable for martial arts therapy.