Master Feng began his martial arts training at age 7 in China. At age eight, his father placed him under the tutelage of a private Gong Fu instructor, Master Wong Jian An. At age twelve, he entered the Academy of Judo in Tainan, Taiwan. Shi Fu Feng received a black belt in Judo and Jujitsu at age nineteen and now holds a second-degree black belt in Jujitsu and a fourth-degree in Judo. In 1967, he was the AJJF national heavyweight champion in Judo. Shi Fu Feng started teaching internal and external systems of Gong Fu, Kodokan Judo and Kodenkan Jujitsu in 1966. He founded his school of martial arts,
Wu Tao Kuan, in 1973 in Berkeley, CA. He added the internal martial arts training in tai ji and qi gong in 1990.
His numerous teachers include Master Kuo Lien Ying (Qi Gong, Tai Ji Quan), Professor Ray Law (Jujitsu, Judo) who was taught by Sensei Henry Okazaki, Wakabayashi Sensei (Judo), Professor Wang Pei Kun(Tai Ji Quan, Ba Gua), Keiko Fukuda Sensei (highest ranking woman Judoka), Wally Jay (Jujitsu Master), and Gurumayi (Siddha Yoga). Hundreds of students have been taught by Master Feng – in gong fu, point sparring, tai ji, qi gong, and judo/jujitsu. Wu Chien Pai is the system Dr. Feng created to encompass his methods of teaching the martial arts – both internal and external styles.
Shi Fu Feng’s students compete nationally and internationally. His gong fu students were California state champions three consecutive years in point sparring. He has produced one National Junior Judo Champion. Several of Shi Fu Feng’s current Tai Ji students are repeat medalists at national and international level Tai Ji Quan competitions, in Yang and Chen style forms, push hands, and Yang sword play forms. Shi Fu Feng has a unique ability to synthesize his knowledge of the various arts into new forms and applications that he transmits to his students.
Respect and Safety
In Wu Tao Kuan the martial arts are used as a path for personal growth. Our practice emphasizes awareness in stillness and in movement in order to connect us to the divine within ourselves and others. The study of martial arts develops our awareness of ourselves and others, and increases our physical well-being and martial abilities. Our GrandMaster, Dr. Wei Ren Feng, stated our philosophy this way: “It is about being and becoming.”
The fundamental rules of our practice together are to show respect and to practice safety. In our study, we work together to learn a sense of inner and outer balance. We transmit the knowledge and wisdom of our lineage through personal teaching.
Philosophy of Wu Chien Pai
Wu Chien Pai, meaning “spaceless style,” is a system which promotes an awareness that there is no separateness. The Wu Chien Pai martial arts develop a sense of harmony with nature and the self. The guiding principle of our system is Qi Dao, the Ultimate Way. Qi Dao is built on six principles: peace, love, freedom, happiness, health, and progress. These principles, when present in one’s inner state, will be manifested externally. Wu Chien Pai principles are used in all the forms taught by Dr. Feng.