Welcome to the exciting world of the Wu Tan International Chinese Martial Arts' Association, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. Over the decades, numerous world-renowned masters have developed their martial arts skills within the doors of Wu Tan, and now influence traditional Chinese martial arts worldwide. The words Wu Tan have several different meanings, but the simplest would be Wu [war] and Tan [altar].

The major force behind the organization was Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao (1908-1992), who was famous throughout China for his Baji, Bagua, Piqua, Praying Mantis and Taiji techniques. After leaving Mainland China in 1949 and relocating to Taiwan, he organized the Wu Tan Martial Arts Development Center for the purpose of promoting, researching, cataloging and developing all authentic Chinese martial arts. As Grandmaster Liu used to say, "The Chinese martial arts are all different, but they are all sons of the same mother." He and his students also established training programs for Taiwan's colleges and universities. Annual summer and winter intensive training camps in Pu-Li (central Taiwan), the Dah-Hsien Temple in Kuan-Tze-Ling (southern Taiwan) and in the Jeau-Ban Mountain scenic area (northern Taiwan) were very popular.

All instructors were encouraged to carry on the teachings of the ancient ways while learning not to ignore new training concepts or information. Many age-old books and other rare material were collected and documented for future generations' use.

In June 1971, Grandmaster Liu founded the Wu Tan Martial Arts Magazine, which focused on promoting all styles of the Chinese martial arts and introduced many of the masters of that time. Some of the articles included those by Chang Tung Shan ("Shuai Chiao"), Hung I Shang ("Hsing I") and Wei Hsiao Tang ("Eight-Step Mantis"). Unfortunately, the magazine went out of production in 1973 and existing copies have become rare collector's items.

In 1982, Grandmaster Liu made his first visit to the U.S. and Canada to visit his disciples and their overseas students. In 1983, he visited the branches in Japan. When Grandmaster Liu passed away in 1992, he and his disciples had already taught more than 30,000 students and introduced Kung Fu programs into over 20 Taiwanese colleges and universities. Since then, Wu Tan has become Taiwan's single largest martial arts school and now has branches in Canada, Venezuela, the U.S., Europe, and Japan.