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   Master Li Wei Ming, The Sixth Direct Grand Master of Wu (Hao) Tai Chi Chuan from Shanghai, Republic of China.


  Wu (Hao) Style Tai Chi Chuan is the rarest of the five major styles. Extremely small foot movements, high and short stance and very precise hand positions. Arms rarely extend fully...
  The Wu or Wu (Hao) style of Tai Chi Chuan of Wu Yu-hsiang (Wu Yuxiang, 1813-1880), is a separate family style from the more popular Wu style of Wu Chien-chan(Wu Jianquan). Wu Yuxiang's style was third among the five Tai Chi Chuan families in seniority and is fifth in terms of popularity.
  Wu Yu-hsiang was a scholar from a wealthy and influential family who became a senior student (along with his two older brothers Wu Cheng-ching(Wu Chengqing) and Wu Ju-ching(Wu Juqing)) of Yang Luchan. There is a body of writing attributed to Wu Yuxiang on the subject of Tai Chi theory, writings that are considered influential by many other schools not directly associated with his style. Wu Yu-hsiang (Wu Yuxiang) also studied for a brief time with a teacher from the Chen family, Chen Ching-ping(Chen Qingping), to whom he was introduced by Yang. His most famous student was his nephew, Li I-y(Li Yiyu, 1832-1892), who also authored several important works on Tai Chi Chuan. Li I-y(Li Yiyu) had a younger brother who was also credited as an author of at least one work on the subject of Tai Chi Chuan, Li Chi-hsan(Li Zhixuan). Li Yiyu taught Hao Wei-chen (Hao Weizhen, 1842-1920), who taught Li Xiangyuan, Li Shengduan, Sun Lutang, his son Hao Yeh-ru (Hao Yueru) and others. Sun Lutang later on created Sun style Tai Chi. Hao Yueru in turn taught his son Hao Shao-ju (Hao Shaoru) Wu Yuxiang's style of training, so that it is now sometimes known as Wu/Hao or just Hao style Tai Chi Chuan. Hao Yueru was teaching in the 1920s, a time when Tai Chi Chuan(tai chi chuan) was experiencing an initial degree of popularity, and he is known for having smoothed out (in the sense of under-emphasising jumps and snap kicks, etc.) and standardized the forms he learned from his father in order to more effectively teach large numbers of beginners. Other famous Tai Chi Chuan (tai chi chuan) teachers, notably Yang Chengfu. Wu Jianquan and Wu Gongyi, made similar modifications to their beginning level forms around the same time.
  Wu Yuxiang's Tai Chi Chuan (tai chi chuan) is a distinctive style with small, subtle movements; highly focused on balance, sensitivity and internal chi development. It is a rare style today, especially compared with the other major styles. While there are direct descendants of Li Yiyu and Li Chi-hsan(Li Zhixuan) still teaching in China, there are no longer Hao family members teaching the style. The last inheritors to learn under Hao Sao Ru currently living are Liu Jishun and Li Wei Ming, who have many students around the globe.

From the Confucious Institues Online Wu (Hao) Style Tai Chi Chuan.

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