Bill Cartmell, Instructor
Phone: (480) 518-3055
Wu - Hao Style Tai Chi
Wu (Hao Style) – Grandmaster Wu Wenhan
Wu Wenhan (b. 1928) retired in Beijing and spent a tremendous amount of time researching Wu (Hao) Tai Chi theory
and application. He has made great accomplishments in the research of the history and theory of Tai Chi. He has
published many Tai Chi articles and he is one of the top taijiquan theorists in China today. He is also an expert in Yinfu
Baquazhang, and Xin-I-quan.
From the Xian Feng emperor of Qing Dynasty to modern times, Wu (Hao) Tai Chi has been developing for about 140
years. Because there are not many practitioners of this style of Tai Chi and since most of them are scholars strongly
influenced by their ancestors and customs, they are reluctant to teach students. Therefore, the development of Wu (Hao)
Tai Chi to some degree is hindered. However, all teachers and students conform to the Tai Chi classical theory created
by Mr. Wu Yu-Xiang and Mr. Li Yi-Yu.
Today, Wu (Hao) taijiquan is prominent in Xintai, Handan, and Yongnian of Hebei Province, in Shanxi Province,
Beijing, Tianjing, Shanghai, Shenyang, and Guangzhou. In America, Wu (Hao) Tai Chi is most widely spread in Texas,
Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Maryland, and New Jersey. Wu (Hao) may also be found within
Europe in Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, Peru, and some South American countries.
It was created by Wu Yuxiang (1812-1880) and passed to Hao Weizheng (1849-1920) who had a significant
contribution in its creation.
Hao is not a well-known style. Its creators studied both the Yang and Chen Style, is characterized by slow and loosen
movements which are close-knit. Great emphasis is placed on the internal force or internal power and correct positioning.
The external movements and the transference of substantial and insubstantial are completely controlled by internal power.
As it has much fullness of substance. When looking at a high level practitioner performing it, it appears larger and
more rounded as though it's inner power has extended further than the outward physical shape.
Hao Style has very stringent requirements it is usually harder to learn and progress in this style. The advantages are
that it is challenging, deep, powerful and effective in martial arts.