Bill Cartmell, Instructor
Phone: (480) 518-3055
Wu Style Tai Chi
Wu Style – Grandmaster Eddie Wu Kwong Yu
Master Eddie Wu began training with his father and grandfather at the age of six. In 1967, he traveled to Scotland to
obtain his Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Britain’s Air University. After graduation, he worked as a licensed aircraft
engineer and as the Deputy Chief Engineer for Heli Orient Ltd.
In 1976, he took over the teaching and administration of the Toronto academy, which was founded the previous year
by his uncle, the late Master Wu Tai Chi.
In 1995, Master Eddie Wu, his aunt (Master Wu Yan Hsia) and his uncle (Master Wu Tai Sin) founded the International
Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation.
Members of the federation came from around the world to take part in the first convention, which was held at the
Toronto Convention Center that same year.
In 2001, Master Eddie Wu was appointed to take over the administration of the Wu Family. Master Eddie Wu regularly
travels to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Europe, as well as many parts of the United States and Canada to
conduct workshops and seminars. Master Wu also collaborates with medical, business and sporting professionals to bring
the benefits of Wu Style Tai Chi Chun to other fields.
In 2005 he was officially inaugurated as the head of the Wu family of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan. Master Eddie Wu
currently fulfills the following roles within the martial arts community:
• Chairman of the International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation
• Chairman of the Hong Kong Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy Headquarters
• Chairman of Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Canada
• Chairman of the United Wushu Federation of Canada
• Chairman of the Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations
• Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee
History: by Master Eddie Wu (Wu Kwong Yu)
My great great grandfather Master Wu Chuan Yau (1834-1902) was the founder of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan. He was a
Manchurian member of the Imperial Guard in Beijing. He learned Tai Chi Chuan from the founder of Yang Style, Master
Yang Lu-Chan. His area of specialization was neutralization. His eldest son, Master Wu Chien Chuan (1870-1942) was
the second master of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan. His influence on the development of the Wu Style was very significant.
Master Wu Chien Chuan modified the forms taught to him by his father. He utilized a narrower circle and created many
new ways to apply the form in a practical manner.
In 1924, Master Wu Chien Chuan, along with colleagues, Xi-Yiu Seng, Yang Shoa Hoa (Yang Shou Hou) and Yang
Cheng Fu founded a famous martial arts school. This had an important effect in the practice of Tai Chi Chuan as it
became available to the general public for the first time.
Master Wu Chien Chuan moved south to Shanghai in 1928. There he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the
Shanghai Martial Arts Association. Subsequently, he became the supervisor of the Tai Chi Chuan section of the famous
Ching Wu Sports Association. In 1935, my great grandfather established the first Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy in
Master Wu Kung Yi was the eldest son of the third generation. He was instrumental in establishing Wu Style Tai Chi
Chuan throughout the Orient. In 1954, Master Wu Kung Yi responded to the controversy started by the newspaper in
Hong Kong regarding the validity of Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art by agreeing to accept a challenge to fight another
style of martial art. He put only one restriction on the match - that the proceeds of it be donated to charity. The contest of
the two different styles of martial arts intrigued thousands who came to view it. Wu Kung Yi was fifty-three at that time,
twenty years older than his opponent. It soon became apparent to the committee overseeing the fight that the opponents
were not mismatched and that the contest was a serious one indeed. At the completion of the second round, they ended
the fight by voting it to be a draw. Master Wu Kung Yi had clearly demonstrated Wu's Tai Chi Chuan as a formidable style
of martial art.
My father, Master Wu Tai Kwei was the eldest son of the fourth generation. He was a highly respected martial artist
who continued the work of Master Wu Kung Yi in establishing Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan throughout the Orient. There were
academies in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Macau, the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia. The Japanese invited him in the
nineteen fifties to introduce the style into Japan. He also brought Tai Chi Chuan to the mass media by often appearing on
television in Hong Kong and Singapore. One of my father's aspirations was to expand Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan into North
America. However, he did not live to see that become a reality.