Wutan New Forest
The Home of Martial Arts In The New Forest
Welcome to Wutan New Forest
Wutan New Forest is the New Forest branch of a Chinese martial arts school established in 1966 by Grand Master Liu Yun Qiao. Classes have been running in the New Forest area since 1989.
There are activities for all ages and abilities, from our Junior martial arts classes aimed at 8-16 year olds, to Tai Chi classes for those who prefer more relaxed exercise.
For the more competitive student we have a Chinese Kickboxing class, a great workout with conditioning and combat techniques.
We have a strong pedigree of authentic and traditional Kung Fu styles from Wing Chun (the martial art style made popular by Bruce Lee) to the “Bodyguard Style” (Ba Ji Quan) a powerful style used by China’s bodyguards who protected the Last Emporer Pu Yi, Chairman Mao and the Premier of Taiwan, Chiang Kai Shek.
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For the mind, body and soul
All courses start with a FREE demonstration and taster, followed by a ten-week beginners course. Please visit our Course Dates page for details of the next free taster sessions and course date.
See how Tai Chi can improve the quality of your everyday life. We also teach Baguazhang and Xingyiquan, the other two incredibly powerful "internal" arts.
We are one of the very few UK schools able to teach all five traditional styles of Tai Chi. Click to read about the incredible Lineage of Wutan Tai Chi
Chinese Martial Arts Club since 1996
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We have a small, friendly and helpful class where the senior students and instructors have a wealth of experience.
We teach Wing Chun as our primary subject, but students can soon progress to other styles such as Seven-Star Praying Mantis or even Bajiquan, and a wide variety of traditional weapon techniques.
Competitive Chinese Kickboxing Club
San-Da (also called San-Shou) is the full-contact Kickboxing style developed by the Chinese military. Competitions take place on a platform with no ropes where points are scored with powerful punches, kicks, sweeps, throws and takedowns.
Martial Arts for ages 7-12yrs
Dragons Junior Martial Art Club aims to give the student valuable "learning skills that will last a lifetime". The classes are carefully designed to keep young Dragons excited and motivated, and parents satisfied that their children are getting value-for-money tuition from experienced Instructors.
There is a carefully planned syllabus that gives children new and exiting topics at each level. For example, by the time children become a Blue Dragon (signified by their Blue Sash) they will have learned not only basic punching and kicking skills but a variety of takedown techniques. Depending on their age they will have learnt simple self-defence methods using locking and throwing techniques, along with stick and sword work all in a completely safe and risk-free atmosphere.
The History of Wutan
An international school with a local branch
Grand Master Liu Yun Qiao founded Wutan in 1966 after he retired as Chairman of the Civil Defence Force and Chief Instructor to the Taiwanese Presidential Palace bodyguards. His aim was to preserve and promote traditional Chinese martial arts, not just by teaching the five styles he had mastered himself, but to embrace and give new life to other martial arts. He took twelve Disciples who were already accomplished martial artists in their own right as apprentices to his styles of martial art, while improving their existing knowledge.
His primary style was Bajiquan (Eight Ultimate Fist) which he had learned as a young man from Great Grand Master Li Shu Wen. The style involves devastating and deadly strikes, and was taught to the bodyguards of China’s three main powers. The style’s maxim is “one strike - one kill ” which means it is meant to be efficient! Li Shu Wen once mentioned that he didn’t know how powerful his second punch was. Grand Master Liu followed Li Shu Wen for ten years and was made to train for hours every day. When he was taken to meet other martial artists and challenge them, the other masters could recognise his skill and begged Li Shu Wen to allow them to teach him their own styles. In this way he learned from the very best masters in China.
In 1932 a Japanse Kenjitsu sword master challenged any willing Chinese martial artists to a duel in Tianjin Park. Grand Master Liu Yun Qiao became an overnight sensation when he accepted the challenge, not just by defeating the sword master, but also managing to escape the Japanese soldiers who were there to capture him should he be successful.
During the Second World War he volunteered to be in the first parachute regiment and was dropped into enemy territory armed with only a sword. He was captured once and put into a prisoner of war camp. He managed to escape, freeing all of the other prisoners, by beating down the enclosure with his forearms. After the war he worked in the secret service taking missions to capture or kill traitors, and became the Premier of Taiwan’s bodyguard.
His seventh Indoor Student Master Wu Song Fa had already received a high level of martial art proficiency in the Jing Wu Association in Malaysia before meeting Grand Master Liu when he went to attend Taiwan University. After six years Master Wu was accredited with being a Master of Wutan’s arts and was instructed to return to Malaysia to teach.
Master Wu’s first Indoor Student (Disciple) was Mr They Soon Tuan who moved to the UK in 1977 to study business. When he saw how Chinese martial arts had been misrepresented in this country, he asked permission to teach. In March 1981 Wutan UK was formed.
Great Grand Master
Li Shu Wen
Liu Yun Qiao
Wu Song Fa
Laurence Chapman started his martial art training in 1994 at the Wutan UK headquarters in Southampton. Soon after, he moved to Lymington’s Wutan Kung Fu class and began training with a well-known local teacher Sean Gibbins. He started learning Tai Chi in 1995 and was soon attending three classes a week.
In February 1996 Laurence started the Brockenhurst Wutan Kung Fu club while still continuing his own learning. In September 1996 Laurence took over Sean’s New Milton class and finally received permission to teach Tai Chi in the New Forest area.
In April 1997 Laurence left his job to live and study full-time at the Wutan UK headquarters under the guidance of Wutan UK Founder They Soon Tuan, and was to stay for five years. During this time he was required to train for several hours a day, and continue his classes which now occupied every evening.
Laurence also studied under the guidance of Professor Bai Li Juan, (China’s elite team coach), and Professor Li De Yin (retired Head of Physical Education, Beijing University). In 1998 he won a National silver medal in Southern Broadsword sequence, and then turned his attention to judging. In the 2000 European competition in Rotterdam Laurence passed the European Judge’s examination, being the only candidate to have scored 100%. Since then Laurence has been a National Head Judge and judged at National and European level.
In 2000 Laurence was accepted as an Indoor Student of Master Wu Song Fa of Wutan Malaysia. This is a lifetime commitment and means Laurence has direct lineage in Bajiquan, Baguazhang,Chen Style and other systems.
In 2016 Laurence was given the honour of having his name engraved on Grand Master Liu Yun Qiao's memorial, and was invited for the unveiling ceremony in Cangzhou, China. Whilst there he was instructed to perform Bajiquan at a martial arts festival organised by the Wu Zhong Bajiquan Research Association.
Picture: Laurence performing Bajiquan at Wu Zhong Bajiquan Research Association festival in Cangzhou, the birthplace of Bajiquan style Chinese martial art.
Timetable and fees:
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We teach classes at
Brockenhurst Village Hall, SO42 7RY St Mark's Hall, Highcliffe, BH23 5AA