Wu Ch'uan-yu started studying Tai Chi Ch'uan in his capacity as an officer cadet of the Palace Battalion of the Ch'ing (Qing) dynasty's Imperial Guards under Yang Lu-ch'an (1799-1872) in 1850. He became a disciple of Yang's son, Yang Pan-hou (1837-1890) and was known as a specialist in the "soft" neutralisation of incoming attacks. He was given permission by the Yangs to teach his own students in 1870. An important T'ai Chi school founded by disciples of Wu Ch'uan-yu that teaches the Northern Wu style has also become popular and is well-respected internationally. Wu Ch'uan-yu's son, Wu Chien-ch'uan, and his.....
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