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Great Grandmaster Liu Yun-Qiao

Great Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao

Founder of Wu-Tan and master of styles such as Bajiquan, Piguazhang and Baguazhang.
Grandmaster Kurt Wong

Grandmaster Kurt Wong

Our instructor's shifu teaches traditional guoshu in the city of Anchorage, Alaska.
Sifu Paolo Castaneda

Shifu Paolo Castaneda

Wu-Tan's proud tradition was brought to Oslo by Shifu Paolo Castaneda, head instructor at Oslo Wu-Tan.

Li Kun Shan

Picture of Li Kun-Shan

1894 - 1976
Styles: Meihua Tanglangquan, Qixing Tanglangquan.

Born in 1894 (other sources say he was born in 1895) in Lai Yang county (Shan Dong Province). He studied Mei Hua Tanglang at the Jiang Hua Long wu guan in the Laiyang area (Chang Shan Praying Mantis boxing school) and became the most famous among all the disciples of that school. At this school Jiang Hua Long was the person who was actually teaching, not any of his kung-fu brothers. However, Li Kun-Shan also studied with his kung-fu uncle and Song Zi-De.

Eight of the most famous disciples of Jiang Hua Long / Song Zi De are known as the Ba Da Di Zi (Eight Great Disciples), being all of them: Wang Yu-Shan, Li Kun-Shan, Cui Shou-Shan, Jiang Huan-Ting, Zhao Shi-Ting, Jiu Zhu-Yuan, Zang Yun-Sheng and Jiang-Yu Long.

In 1933 Li Kun-Shan won the first place in the kung fu national weapons competition (spear) and 3rd in long fist at the competition held in Nanking (his kung fu brother Wang Yu-Shan was the one that won the first place in fist competition). Nanking was China's capital city at that time and it was a real fighting national level competition. This spear form that made Li Kun-Shan famous was from his family style, not from Mei Hua Tanglangquan.

Li Kun-Shan toghether with Wang Yu-Shan, and Cui Shou-Shan, became famous in Shandong and they were known as the "3 Mountains of Lai Yang" county (Lai Yang San Shan). The last Chinese ideograms representing the three masters' names were "Shan", meaning "mountain" in Chinese. Laiyang County in Shandong Province is where many famous Tanglangquan practitioners were from.

Li Kun-Shan moved to Taiwan after the Communist Revolution. After moving to Taiwan he lived in Chi Lung city (about two or three hours from Taipei). In Taiwan Li Kun-Shan taught a nimbler mantis technique with sudden changes of position, combining some Long Fist elements to praying mantis boxing.

Li Kun-Shan learnt what we would call now Mei Hua Tanglang (Plum Blossom Praying Mantis) but he never used the term "Plum Plower" to name his style, and as the stuff he was teaching was similar to what was known as Seven Stars Praying Mantis (forms, theory, etc.) a lot of people in Taiwan taught he was teaching the Qi Xing Tanglangquan. The mistake spread out in Taiwan and is still common nowadays. Therefore, when a master from Taiwan says he teaches Qi Xing Tanglang he will be probably talking about the Li Kun-Shan's teachings. However, the name Mei Hua Tanglangquan was kept by Li Kun-Shan's descendants in his home town in Laiyang and also some of his students in Taiwan (Li Deng Wu, Li Hong jie, etc).

His tang lang quan training kept Li Kun-Shan in very good shape and int the 60's (being 65 years old) he still kicked 200 kilos bags.

According to his Meihua Tanglangquan manuscript, Li Kun-Shan taught only 5 sections of the Zai Yao routine. While in Taiwan, he also taught to his disciples Mei Hua Tanglang, Ti Kung Chuen (style in the floor) and all kind of weapons.

Some sources say that Li Kun-Shan died in 1980, but he actually passed away in 1976.