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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 Su Wen

Picture of Li Su-Wen

1864 - 1934
Styles: Bajiquan, Piguazhang.

Perhaps the most famous and feared master of Bajiquan and Piquazhang in the 20th century was Li Su-Wen of Zhang Sha village, Cang county. Li Su-Wen was taught bajiquan by Jin Dai Sheng of Meng village and piquazhang from Huan Si Hai of Luo Tong Village. Li was a feared fighter and never saw defeat. It was said that Li Su-Wen never knew the fealing of a second punch, since the first punch would kill his opponent. Li had developed such a high level of skill there was no need for him to issue a second strike.

There is a story about Li Su-Wen and a six harmony master who was angered by Li's remark about his style. Li had stated that this master used too many flowery movements and was useless in combat. Angered by Li's statement, the master issued a challenge to fight Li. Li allowed for the master to strike first, but Li had beat him to the strike with a collapsing palm strike to the head, killing the master. Li never saw defeat and accepted all challenges; he would continue this practice into his old age.

Aside from his skills in bajiquan and piquazhang, Li was a renowned spearman. He trained and taught the liu he da qiang (Six Harmony Lance). The lance, which was 14 feet long, was his weapon of choice in combat. Li was given the nickname "God of Spear" for his spear fighting prowess. Unfortunately, Li had many jealous enemies and was later killed by poison.

There were many accomplished martial artists who sought out Li's instructions. Among Li Su-Wen's students, there are three who taught bajiquan to the bodyguards of China's most influential leaders. The first was Huo Dian Ge (1186-1942), who was Emperor Pu Yi's bodyguard. Huo also taught bajiquan to the emperor himself along with his personal guards. The second was Li Chen Wu, who taught the secret police of Mao Ze Dong. The final and last closed-door disciple of Li Su-Wen was Liu Yun-Qiao (1909-1992). Liu Yun-Qiao was responsible for instructing the presidential guards of Chang Kai Shek.