The Wu-Tang Center of Philadelphia
Welcome! The Ba'z Tai Chi and Kung Fu studio was started by Sifu John C. J. Chen in 1996 in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. It is now located on the second floor of 5235-43 Ridge Avenue (intersection of Ridge and Manayunk Avenues) in Roxborough. The school is a branch of the New York Wu-Tang Kung Fu Institute.
Sifu John Chen offers classes specializing in the Wu-Tang system of martial arts, as described in the section below. Each class starts with a Qigong exercise set, a stretching and warm-up set, then proceeds to various form, training, and conditioning practices. Beginners tend to start with Yang-style Tai Chi or Long Fist/Tan Tui before moving on to other major forms. With this foundation, students learn a range of body movements and styles that develop coordination and self awareness. Weapons training is gradually introduced only after a firm foundation in footing, turning, and weight-shifting is established.
At the Wu-Tang center of Philadelphia, it is our belief that we have every right to protect ourselves. Training in this regard can only make us stronger, safer, and more intelligent in life's unpredictable, high pressure, real-life situations. Our studio extends an invitation to all people who wish to join us on this journey of self-improvement through martial arts.