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The martial reputation of the Wu Family was not created randomly. It is a result of the constant practice in the forms and pushing Hands, in the consistent application of the principles of movement and the comprehensive practice of the fighting applications that spring from the Forms. The techniques of the Forms are complemented and unified by the movements and the footwork of the Pushing Hands, the weapon forms and the Chi Kung. Thus, fighting applications are effective and practical and not merely a useless copy of the Forms. All the techniques include the 8 Levels of Power Production and the 4 Methods of Fighting Applications, as well as the Techniques for Power Emission (Fa Jing). They thus have a special technical aspect that makes them distinctive from the other styles of martial arts. Fighting applications include all the techniques, the deep knowledge and the quality of Tai Chi Chuan.

The final step of the training is free sparring (with proper gear and within the school). In free sparring are allowed all blows (with all parts of the body, not just with the hands and the legs), joint-locks, throws, submissions etc. However, the opponents maintain the basic principles of Tai Chi Chuan. 

The basic Fighting Applications of Wu Tai Chi Chuan that spring from the Traditional Form (each application comprises many elements) are the following:

  • Beginning of Tai Chi Chuan
  • Wave Hands Like a Cloud
  • Wild Horse Separate Mane
  • Single Whip
  • Playing Guitar
  • Slap Face with Palm
  • Brush Knee, Push
  • High Pat on Horse
  • Play Arms Like a Fan
  • Strike Fist to Back
  • Grasp Bird's Tail
  • Push Forward
  • Single Lotus Kick
  • Raise Hands
  • Repulse Monkey
  • White Crane Spreads Wings
  • Punch Down
  • Step Forward and Push
  • Fist Under Elbow
  • Slant Flying
  • Separate feet
  • Carry Tiger to the Mountain
  • Cross Hands
  • Double Lotus Kick
  • Bend Bow Shoot Tiger
  • Needle at Sea Bottom
  • Kick with Heel
  • Separate Hands
  • Raise Foot
  • Lean Back and Kick
  • Hit Opponent's Ear with Fist
  • Step Back and Hit the Tiger
  • Ride the Tiger
  • Fair Lady Works at Shuttle
  • Snake Creeps Down
  • Golden Cock on one Leg
  • Seven Stars
  • Conclusion of Tai Chi Chuan