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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.

Zhang Xian Wu

Styles: Bajiquan, Piguazhang, Taijiquan.

Zhang Xian-Wu is a somewhat controversial figure in China's history. This famous warlord was responsible for the death of many Japanese and corrupt Chinese officials. Because of his relationship with Chang Kai Shek, he is not considered to be a hero in communist mainland China.

Zhang was an early student of Li Su-Wen and was trained in bajiquan and piquazhang. Along with the styles taught by Li, Zhang was an expert in the old Yang family taijiquan and kun wu sword. During the 1930's, when Liu Yun-Qiao and Li Su-Wen travelled throughout Shandong, Zhang was responsible for Liu Yun-Qiao's introduction to many famous masters in Shandong. Among these teachers were Gong Bao-Tien and Ding Zi-Cheng. Zhang himself also taught Liu Yun-Qiao Yang style Taijiquan and ku wu jian. He also greatly influenced Liu Yun-Qiao to become versed in the Taijiquan Classics to help round out his Bajiquan.

Although Zhang is most famously known as a warlord, he did pass on his martial arts to a few select people. Again, since his status in China is considered to be somewhat controversial, only a few teachers currently propogates his system in Mainland China.