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    Relatives of teachers tend to get more publicity then their other students. But this wasn't so in the 80's when Wang Pei Sheng was chosen to do the representative book on Wu instead of Ma.

    Northern Wu is not as exposed in the west as the southern wu is. Actually alot of the early Wu in the states comes from the HK style of Wu Kong Yi and not his father.

    Question: Do you know what Wang Mao Zhai's previous training was before studying with Quan You?

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    Quick update...

    I started training at the Wu school tonight, and its awesome - I'm so pumped (and sore as hell) and eager to learn the whole 108 Wu form.

    Side note: Admitedly, I suck at history, but it was announced tonight in my class that Master Eddie Wu (our Sifu - see link below) is now the leader of the Wu system, as well as the acting leader of the Wu federation. He's in China(?) now for the funeral of his elder in the art (passed away over the weekend I believe), leaving him on top. They announced a few modifications to the training that will begin to be implemented immediately. The modifications, as I understood them, are actually a return to a more traditional way of practicing Wu. Mainly rounding the corners of the "square form" and increasing the intensity of the training.

    Pardon my half-baked facts (I don't mean to sound disrespectful to the Wu family and disciples), but I literally JUST started in the Wu school. Names, dates and such I can't articulate, but thats the basic story.

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    Congrats on finally starting. Hope your training is fruitful.

    on the side note I think the actual fact is that Sifu Eddie Wu is now the head of the Wu Jia Tai Ji Quan (wu family tai chi).

    Probably since all the senior family members are now deceased or no longer teach.

    There is no "1" person who is the "grandmaster/head" of Wu Style of Tai Chi. Its been in the main stream too long and the lineages are so divergent.

    Even the method in which Tai Chi was done in the Wu Family was different. HK vs mainland, etc.

    anyhow not a big thing. Sifu Eddie Wu is very knowledgable individual so you will be learning alot by being in his school.

    happy training.

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    Sigung Wu Ta-hsin

    Sifu Eddie Wu's uncle, the one who recently passed, was Wu Ta-hsin (Wu Daxin Ǵ, 1933-2005). He was the son of Wu Kung-tsao (Wu Kung Cho or Wu Gongzao ǹ, 1903-1983), who was the 2nd son of Wu Chien-ch'uan (Wu Jianquan, aȪ, 1870-1942). Wu Ta-hsin was an expert martial artist, known as a specialist in weapons training as well as barehand technique. As the oldest living family member actually named Wu (), he was considered the highest ranking instructor of the Wu family system. That position has now been handed on to Sifu Eddie Wu. The other family branches not directly taught by Sifu Eddie Wu (Shanghai, Singapore, Malaysia) show respect to that position.

    The Wu family T'ai Chi schools are no nonsense martial art academies and have been since Wu Ch'uan-yu (Wu Quanyou, ȫ, 1834-1902) was given permission to teach his own disciples (some of those disciples are where the "Northern Wu" lineage comes from) by the Yang family in 1870. The family has worked closely over the years since then with both the Yang family and Sun family teachers to teach and maintain the standards of traditional T'ai Chi in China and now around the world. The passing of Wu Ta-hsin is a great loss, he was a living link to a previous generation that trained and taught T'ai Chi Ch'uan 24/7.

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    Thanks for completing the story, "Scholar". I made a complete mess of it.

    Interesting side note: a forum I used to post on (about Temple Kung Fu, and all the contraversy related) had a few discussion threads during which Tai Chi was discussed as a style. It amazes me still, to this day, that some martial artsists (term loosely applied) actually consider Tai Chi "sissy Kung Fu", or some form of geriatriic recreation with no martial value. I can barely keep a straight face any more when someone says that.
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    You didn't make a mess of it. Since I'm not Chinese, it took me 20 years of research into T'ai Chi (and being yelled at by Sifu Eddie when I'd get it wrong) to learn all the formalities associated with the ranking system, and I'm still not 100% I've got it right.

    To be fair, most T'ai Chi taught today is garbage, unfortunately, compared to what was being taught even 50 years ago. We are both lucky to have stumbled into one of the best regarded schools in the world.

    Cheers.

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    Hello,


    I'm not sure if he is teaching but I know a person in Toronto who trained with Li Ding sifu in Wu Taiji and also Koo Lo village WCK. He is mainly a Wu practitioner tho!

    His Sifu (Li Ding) trained with Wu Kung Jo and Wu Ying Wah. The son and daughter of Wu Jian Kuan.

    If anyone is interested please e-mail me and I will ask him if he is teaching!


    Regards,
    Jim

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    Is there someplace where good video of the 37 move short form can be bought(or just downloaded?). Also, is the competition form(45 movement?) supposed to be based on Northern or Southern Wu?

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    Also, the dude in the Macau fight(1950s?), how did he fit into the Wu lineage?

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