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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.

About Wu-Tan

Liu Yun-Qiao, the founder.

Oslo Wu-Tan Guoshu Klubb is associated with the Wu-Tan Chinese Martial Arts Association. Wu-tan was founded by the late Grandmaster Liu Yun-Qiao in the 1970s to help promote Chinese Guoshu to the general public. The phrase Wu-Tan can be broken into two parts, Wu meaning martial arts and Tan meaning alter. Combined, the term refers to a place of martial arts. The goal of Wu-Tan is to research, preserve, promote, and document Chinese martial arts.

GM Liu attracted many students who wanted to further their study of Chinese guoshu. Many of these students were masters in their own right and was encourage by Liu to teach their systems at Wu-Tan. Styles such as praying mantis boxing, Chen taijiquan, long fist, and xingyiquan were offered at Wu-Tan. But the three major styles that would only be taught to those who were of upright moral character were GM Liu's styles of bajiquan, piquazhang, and baguazhang. Today, Wu-Tan has grown to be the largest guoshu organization in Taiwan boasting thousands of students. Wu-tan has also grown outside of Taiwan to the US, South America, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Europe.

There are various guoshu styles that are taught under the Wu-Tan umbrella. Because of GM Liu’s desire to preserve the old martial arts of China, he encouraged many of his students to teach their respective styles at Wu-Tan. So various Wu-Tan schools curriculum may slightly differ depending on whom they studied from initially. Though this may be the case, Wu-Tan is united under GM Liu’s three core styles:

Usually, baji, pigua, and bagua are not taught publicly and reserved only for closed-door students. But we hold weekend workshops and courses for Yin style Baguazhang outside regular class.