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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 Long Fist

Changquan (Long Fist) is said to be the original Kung Fu system dating back to the Tai Zhu, the emperor of Sung Dynasty at 960 A.D. Changquan has many long movements with stances, which are extremely balanced and strong. Changquan has high kicks, jumping kicks and low stances as well but during combat most of the kicks are low and below the waist. The high kicks in the forms are generally used for stretching. There are also many weapons forms in Changquan which are also long and circular movements like the hand sets.

Long Fist

Changquan is characterized by wide open sweeping arm and fist movements, low stances and high kicks. The high kicks are actually for practice not for fighting.

Changquan is an excellent exercise to promote good health. The system encourages strong stances, straight backs and relaxed supple waists and shoulders. Its practitioners derive much of their strength from their courage. It provides the strongest foundation for learning weapons. One important feature of Changquan that others have adopted, is its honesty and spirit. The attitude that the bravest and boldest will win, always inspires confidence in the martial artist.

In Oslo Wu-Tan, Changquan is taught as a minor style to help introduce basic kung fu principles to those who are new to Chinese martial arts. New students start to learn the Tan Tui form and can later move on to Praying Mantis or Taijiquan.

Tan Tui

There is a famous saying in China, "Nanjing dao Beijing tantui chuzhai jiaomenzhong" ("From Nanjing to Beijing, tantui is known throughout religious circles"). Tan tui is one of the most widely practiced sets in guoshu circles. It is most common to the long fist system. Many styles of long fist have adapted this set as an introductory level form. The set originally came from jiao men changquan, or Islamic Sect Long Fist. It is usually taught in 10 or 12 lines or roads, depending on what lineage it is from. Each line are a mixture of various strikes and postures that are done on both left and right sides.

Tan Tui

Pao Quan

After learning Tan Tui students can start on the Pao Quan form. Pao Quan is long, challenging, and eats up space. It often changes directions and covers lots of ground; the movements themselves are also more complicated and somehow larger, occupying more of the air around our bodies. Where tan tui moves in lines, pao quan movements are more squarish.