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Several years ago I attended a workshop run by Grand Master Eddie Wu Kwong Yu in Sydney Australia. I flew up from Melbourne and over two afternoons during a weekend joined a small group to learn some basics in Wu Style Tai Chi. A style that I practice.
As you will see in this clip, Eddie was friendly, direct and had a no nonsense approach to Tai Chi. Something I really appreciated at the time.
One of his demo’s was very powerful. He stood with his back against a wall, made a slight move and the wall vibrated.
In this presentation (held at Tai Chi Club in Los Angeles – 2006) I particularly like his explanation and demonstration of using single whip in a self defence way.
I hope you find this clip helpful.
The Fifth Generation: Grand Master Eddie Wu Kwong Yu (1946- ). Eldest Son of Master Wu Tai Kwei, Head of the Wu Family and Gate Keeper of the Wu Style since May 2005.
A while ago I decided to learn this Wu style Tai Chi short form from a book by Wang Peisheng and Zeng Weiqi.
The detailed instructions in the book made it easy to learn and I enjoyed practicising this form.
It closely resembled the Wu style form I practice (Master Wu Chian Chuan). After a while I found that both my style of Wu and Wang Peisheng’s form started to merge and I decided to stop practicing his form before I had a hybrid of both forms.
However, If you are looking for a short form to practice I thoroughly recommend his book ‘Wu Style Taijiquan’ published in 1988 by Hai Feng Publishing Co., and Xhaohua Publishing House.
Now I’m not getting a commission recommending this book but the depth of detail in his book which includes the short form (37 postures) applications, depth of feeling, push hands, and an article by Master Wu Tunan makes this book worthwhile having in your Tai Chi library.
Besides my own Wu Style short form book 🙂 this is one of my favourite Tai Chi books which I have read many times to get a deeper understanding of Wu Style Tai Chi.
Why not have a go?
Footnote: Wang Peisheng (1919-2004)
Focus on continous improvement; not comparisons
Forms: Practice (visualise) your form in your mind while sitting – ideal for long journeys