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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.

Code of Conduct

Respect your teacher

Respect should be given to Shifu, instructors, senior and junior students. Bullying or teasing fellow students will not be accepted.

Students shall not ask for new material from Shifu, instructors, or fellow students. Shifu, or one of the instructors, will decide whether or not the student is prepared to learn new material.

Respect your art

Students are expected to show humility and restraint. Showing off in public, using one’s skill to bully others, or other similar acts are strictly not allowed. Martial arts should only be used for self defense, enhance one’s health and personal growth.

Training should be done with the utmost seriousness and discipline. Joking and playing around is not tolerated while training.

Train with a positive attitude. Every student is expected to try their best to absorb and participate during the entire training session. 100% effort is expected of all students.

If a student is not able to follow during training due to illness, he/she can sit out without the permission of the instructor.

Respect your club

Students are expected to arrive to training on time. In the case of being late or being absent, the student must contact either Shifu or fellow students to give notice.

Payments will be made on time. Payment will continue despite the student being absent for a period of time.

If a student wish cancel his/her membership, he/she must give a written letter of resignation to the club administration. After that, payments will stop in accordance to the terms of his/hers contract.

Club Etiquette

Bowing

We bow to show respect to our teachers, to our art and to our club. However, only specific situations require to bow.

When to bow?
When you enter/leave the training hall.
When you finish a form/activity.
When your Master/Shifu enters the room.
There is no need to interrupt our activity, just acknowledge his/her entry as soon as you are done.
Where to bow?
To your Master/Shifu, if present.
Otherwise to a picture of GM Liu, if there is one.
When none of the above, just direct your bow to the wall opposite the training hall's entrance.

Questions

It is rude to ask the instructor (of any rank) uninvited. Some instructors do not mind, as long as you are not disrupting the class. However, you should try to wait until the he/she ask for questions. When the occasion arises, do not by shy nor greedy.

Out for dinner

Our club often invites Masters and Shifus within our linage to give a seminar. On such occasions, it is customary to go out for dinner. A bit of common sense and table manners goes a long way avoiding embarrassments. However, there are some particular details related to the Chinese martial art community that are worth mentioning.

It is the Disciples task to take care of their Master/Shifu. For example, they should ask if he/she want coffee/tea and poor their drink first. It is also their task to take care of his/hers share of the meal’s bill.

Every one on the table should wait for the to Master/Shifu start eating/drinking, but only for the first dish.

Keep in mind

You want that your Master/Shifu to teach you, so make them want to do it.

Do not make excuses:
Train to the best of your abilities. Make some time to train at home.
Trusting your Master/Shifu implies to let go of your ego.
If you already know, there is nothing to learn.
When he/she ask you to do something, make no excuses and try to the best of your abilities. If you fail, try again.
Respect to your Master/Shifu does/should not meant
Fear: Any topic can be addressed, as long as you are respectful.
Blind obedience: Think of what you are taught. Research the movements and applications. Find out what works for you. Share back your discoveries.
Hurting yourself: Health issues might impose real limitations. Make sure your instructors are aware of them, but do not use them to excuse yourself from training hard.
Absolute submission: If you doubt your instructor teachings, or find an irreconcilable difference between what you are taught and what you want to do, our just you think you know better, the door is always open.