site features the Wu style of Tai Chi as taught and practiced by Master
Stephen Yan of Wellington New Zealand. The site also features other
arts taught by Stephen that both increase health and provide the skills
needed for effective self defense.
learned Wu Chian Chuan Tai Chi Chuan directly under Grand Master Ma
Yueh Liang and Grand Master Wu Ying Hua and in fact is one of only 3
students, including Ma Jiang Bao and Shi Mei Lin, who learnt the
The Wu system of Tai Chi Chuan includes empty-handed forms, Tui
Shou (Push Hands), weaponry, Tai Chi Nei Kung, etc. He was also
fortunate enough to be taught Er Shr Si Taiji Yin Yang Nei Kung (Taiji
12 segment Yin methods and 12 Yang methods, internal exercises) by
Master Cheng Ting Hung, this Nei Kung had somehow been lost in mainland
China and has now been preserved by Stephen.
Grand Master Ma Yueh Liang’s brother in law, Yu Shen also a
disciple of Wu Chian Chuan (the founder of Wu Tai Chi )still remembered
Er Shr Si Taiji and was asked by Grand Master Wu Ying Hua if he could
teach it to her son, Ma Jiang Bao. Unfortunately Yu Shen passed away
before he was able to pass this knowledge down to Ma Jiang Bao.
Stephen specializes in all aspects of Wu Tai Chi Chuan. Stephen
teaches accurate empty-handed forms with applications, weaponry with
applications, Tui Shou (Push Hands) and Lan Cai Hua (Tai Chi Free
Sparring), theory, history and philosophy. Stephen concentrates his Wu
Tai Chi instruction on practical application as he believes the well
known health benefits are a natural consequence of proper use and
practice of Wu Tai Chi.
Master Ma was, until his recent death, one of the greatest recognised
practicioners of Wu style Tai Chi in Mainland China and the World. His
ultimate skill defeated all challengers from around the world and he
accepted challenges well into his 90's. His reputation and skill in
this regard is unsurpassed.
Master Ma 's excellence ranged from accuracy of the forms, to
theory and applications in free sparring, and push hands. He remained
A brief note from Stephen.
"Thank you for visiting. It is difficult to find accurate tuition of
the Wu style form in the world today. I have created this website to
offer a resource for those seeking a true method of tuition as I
believe my form is extremely authentic and accurate to the original Wu
I hope that Tai chi will give you the health, mental stability and
balance that I have gained from this practice over the period of my
25 years of study. Tai Chi is also the ultimate martial art in self
defence.Of course, there are different levels at which one can
experience benefits but discipline and relaxation gained from doing the
form can come very rapidly with diligent daily practice."
'Good luck with your study."
The Wu style Long Form
The Wu style Long Form is one of the forms taught in Wu Tai Chi. The
form contains 108 movements/postures, and takes about 30-45 minutes to
complete. This is the form taught in Stephen's classes.
is also a disciple of Grand Master Cheng Tin-Hung who is the founder of
the Hong Kong Tai Chi Association. Grand Master Cheng Tin-Hung
participated in the 1957 Taiwan Martial Arts Tournament and became the
middle weight champion using Tai Chi to defeat practitioners of many
other styles of martial arts.
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Phone: Stephen Yan on (04) 471 1818
E-mail: NZ WU TAO
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