郝少如先師

Hao Sao ru (1908-1983) His name at birth was Hao Meng Xiu, but he was later also known as Hao Saoru. He lived in the West Street, Roeng Nean County, Kwan Fu City, Herbei Province. His father was Hao Yeu Yu and his grandfather was Hao Oeizheng. Both were famous Taichiquan masters.

Hao Saoru had a big and very strong body. His arm strength was above most people just like his grandfather Hao Oeizheng. As he grew up in a Wu (Hao) style Taichiquan family, he followed his father and grand father practicing Taichiquan since he was very young. Receiving close instruction from his father and grandfather enabled him to understand the practice and the theory of Taichiquan since he was young. He could get to the core principle of Wu (Hao) Taichiquan since he was only 21 years old and became a Teaching Assistant for the Chinese Martial Art Department of Roeng Nean County. In 1932 when he was only 24 years old, he became a full time teacher teaching Wu (Hao) Taichiquan in Jong Young University and to the Supreme Court of Nan Ging City with his father. Later on, with the recommendation of Jang Sue Yi, he went to Shanghai City as his father's representative to teach martial art at Xin Ya Phamaceutical Factory. This was the first time that Wu (Hao) Taichiquan set foot in Shanghai. In 1933, by the recommendation of Wu Zhang Xian, he also taught martial art in Shanghai Secondary School and Yu Jin Der Factory. In 1937, he opened a Wu (Hao) Taichiquan camp in Shanghai. However, due to the political problems in China during the time of revolution, he decided to quit his martial art teaching life and became a regular staff at Xin Ya Pharmaceutical Factory for some years. In 1961, Gu Lin Xin, the Chief of Shanghai Sport Department requested him to teach Wu (Hao) Taichiquan at the Shanghai Sport Complex again. It was there at the Sport Complex that master Li Wei Ming started practicing Wu (Hao) Taichi martial art with Master Hao Saoru.

Master Hao Saoru had utmost skill and vast Taichiquan knowledge, the best kind in both practice and theory. Not only could he explain clearly every single word of Taichi Theory of all three masters, Wang Jeong Yeh, Wu Ye Xiang and Li Ye Yi, but he could also demonstrate the flawless form of Taichiquan as well as explain the principles in depth and in detail correctly and precisely. Therefore, he was acknowledged by all as a very famous, respectable and creditable Wu (Hao) Taichiquan master.

When he performed hand pushing, he could force and control the opponent anyway he wanted without hurting him. A lot of people having witnessed his performance respected him very much. One example of an event was on 5th September, 1964 when he showed the hand pushing in the Shanghai Sport Complex, he used the lift and release techniques called the white goose open wings to lift the rival ( Sun Yong Der) from the front left position up to the sky and turning 180 degree before dropping him to the back right position many meters away from where he stood. This brought great surprise to all audiences in that place. The second example was on 20th December, 1979, when Master Hao Saoru showed another hand pushing skill in the Sport Stadium of Luwan County, Shanghai City by throwing the opponents from left to right and from the right to left, up to the sky and turning him around his position. It was really an astonishing sight for the audience and for that he got a long thunderous applause from them all. In these events, the Master used purely internal force without a bit of resisting external force. He totally focused on internal qi and used qi to unleash power from the inside to control the power of his opponent. Both his hands did not necessarily grasp the opponent because only a touch on the body was enough to make him unable to move. The internal force changes while the outside looks still would also make the opponent feel like falling into a deep abyss, unable to stand firm on his feet. Just when the Master started unleashing his inner force, the opponent would be thrown away irresistibly and uncontrollably before he could know.

Everyone who used to watch his show could feel his great movement and the fullness of the internal force of Master Hao Saoru. Every single external posture was controlled by the internal force. Jing (force) Qi (internal power) and Sen (focus) were combined in every single movement to make it effective. Master Hao Saoru believed that Taichiquan is not only a fighting skill but also a kind of art. When Master Hao walked, stood, sat, and slept, the whole body would be just like when he was doing Taichi, that is, Qi circulates in the same manner all the time and it is just like practicing martial art all the time. If someone fell into Master Hao unguarded, while he was standing, that person would undoubtedly be instantly bounced back automatically.

Master Hao Saoru devoted his whole life to practicing Taichiquan. The Theory of Taichiquan that he wrote, compared with other previous masters, is more extensive and more detailed. It expanded Taichiquan knowledge and made it more complete. In June 1963, the People Sport Publishing of Beijing published one of his book called Wu (Hao) Taichiquan which was recognized the most important book ever developed and published in this style. In this book, Hao Saoru wrote many valuable tricks that were still unknown to most people. It enhanced people to be able to understand Taichiquan better and also rectified many misunderstandings that most people had about Taichiquan. It provided great benefits that could lead to the studying and the development of Taichiquan in the right direction.

Master Hao Saoru died on 5th January, 1983 in Shanghai when he was 75 years old. Before he passed away, he adopted Master Li Wei Ming as his son with a view to accrediting him as the proper descendant of the Wu (Hao) Style Tai Chi. Master Hao Saoru was a committee member of Wushu Association of Shanghai and an advisor of Wushu Association of Hefong City.