After a good many years passed like this, Master Yang Lu-chan wanted to leave the capital and return to
Huang-ping district. Master Yang Lu-chan had ridden for several days, when the driver noticed that
someone was following the carriage. Feeling this was strange, he mentioned it to Master Yang Lu-chan
who raised the green oil-cloth shade behind the carriage and saw at once that the person following the
carriage was not a stranger, but was Master Wu Chuan Yau. Summoning him to the front of the carriage,
he asked him why he was following and was reluctant to part? Master Wu Chuan Yau spoke up without
any reserve and said that he wanted to return home with Master Yang Lu-chan and continue training with
him. Master Yang Lu-chan disclosed to him that after searching his heart, he clearly saw that he had
taught him as much as he could and had held nothing back. So there was really no need for him to study
further, and nor was there any need for him to remain in the capital and continue studying with Master
Yang Pan-hou. He could even teach others. After saying all this, he continued on his journey. Master Wu
Chuan Yau watched the carriage pass into the distance, and with his heart full of sadness, he returned.
After Master Wu Chuan Yau’s return to the capital, he told Master Yang Pan-hou what Master Yang Lu-
chan had said. Master Yang Pan-hou acknowledged that he could teach disciples, as he had studied the
complete Yang family system of Tai Chi Chuan, both the Big Circles and Small Circles, for ten years and
had advanced to the highest level. Obtaining Master Yang Pan-hou’s permission, Master Wu Chuan Yau
immediately resigned his military position and set about establishing a training hall to teach Tai Chi
He wanted to demonstrate that what he would teach and Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan would differ in the
following respects: First, he would only teach common people in his training hall, not Manchu princes.
Second, his style would not have Big Circle and Small Circle Divisions, but emphasize only Small Circle
Tai Chi Chuan. From this, he created a style which he called Wu Family Tai Chi Chuan.
After he established his training hall and could clearly differentiate himself from Master Yang Pan-hou,
he broke off from the Yang standard. Master Yang Pan-hou continued to teach only Manchu princes and
royal guards and only taught them Big Circle Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. Master Wu Chuan Yau, on the
contrary did not teach Manchu princes and royal guards, but only commoners; and he only taught Small
Circle Wu Family Tai Chi Chuan. Because of this, in a short time, his disciples became more numerous
than those of Master Yang Pan-hou in the royal palace.