Dr. Chngde Wu
1930 - 2020
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Dr. Chengde Wu
1930-2020
Wu, Dr. Cheng-de, 91, husband, father, doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, martial artist, passed away August 17, 2020, in Houston, Texas. Dr. Wu was born in Shanghai, China. When his childhood illnesses began to worry his parents, they sent their only child to build strength studying Traditional Chinese Martial Arts under China's Grandmaster, Wang Ziping. There, he grew strong, wise, and in love with the Grandmaster's daughter, Madam Wang Jurong. After a courtship of martial arts, competitions, and college, they were married in 1955. Madam Wang won the women's martial arts championship at the Seventh National Competition in 1946. In 1953, she was the National Competition women's gold medalist for barehand and weapons competition. For most of her life, Madam Wang was a professor at the Shanghai University of Sports teaching Wushu and archery. After his medical studies, Dr. Wu was named the director of the Traditional Medicine Department of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He was also the Director of the Trauma and Orthopedics Department for Longhua Hospital in Shanghai. Even with his busy medical career, Dr. Wu continued to find time for coaching and judging regional and national Wushu competitions in China. He continued to coach the Wushu teams of his university and win competitions at the collegiate level in Shanghai. Dr. Wu was a committee member of the Chinese Wushu Association and the Vice-Chairman of the Wushu Research Institute in China. As a physician, Dr. Wu was Vice-Chairman and Director of the Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine Association. He was also a committee member of the Shanghai Rehabilitation Medicine Association and the Shanghai Sports Medicine Association. Together, Dr. Wu and Madam Wang raised their three daughters to be well-educated Chinese martial artists: Helen (Xiaorong) Wu, an instructor of Chinese martial arts at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Grace (Xiaogao) Wu-Monnat, of the Grace Wu Kungfu School in Wichita, Kansas, and Lucy (Xiaoping) Wu of the Houston Taiji Kungfu Health Academy in Houston, Texas. In 1989, Dr. Wu and Madam Wang were invited by Houston martial artist, Master Jeff Bolt, to extend their teaching careers into North America, where they were reunited with their daughters. They continued to teach Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Houston Taiji Kungfu Health Academy in Houston. Dr. Wu continued teaching classes in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi Gong, and treating patients with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to their teaching duties at the Houston Taiji Kungfu Health Academy, both Madam Wang and Dr. Wu offered seminars in Wushu, Taijiquan, Qi Gong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine throughout North America. Dr. Wu diligently served patients in China and North America for over 55 years. Dr. Wu is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Madam Wang Jurong. He is survived by his daughters: Helen Wu (Simon Hu) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Grace Wu-Monnat (Dan Monnat) of Wichita, Kansas, and Lucy Wu of Houston, Texas. The family wishes to thank and commend Dr. Yi Zhou and her nurses for the excellent care and attention given to Dr. Wu and the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with USAWKF 7710 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21234 & KungFuMagazine.com.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2020.
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RIP to Dr. Wu, ... my condolences, blessings and prayers to his daughters & family. A true gentleman, a wonderful teacher, and a great human being!
mark lee pringle
Student
August 21, 2020
Wu Laoshr, I am forever thankful for the time we spent together and for all that you taught me for the last 30+ years. I will miss you and your wisdom. You taught me not only qi gong and wushu, but also patience and how to be a better person and father.
Greg Watson
Student
August 21, 2020
Dr. Wu lived an incredible life and accomplished more than most on his journey.
We would do well to have more of his stature.
Thank you for your service to your fellow man sir. Rest In Peace.
My sympathies to the family for their loss.
T. Middleton
Friend
August 21, 2020
Dr. Wu (Wu Laoshr),

it was an honor and privilege to follow you and Madam Wang as my teachers for over 30 years. Not a day passes that I don't practice and review your advice and teachings. You taught me much more than Qi Gong and Wushu - I learned about how to be patient, a better person, and a better parent. Words cannot describe how much I treasure having had you in my life or how much I will miss you.
Greg Watson
Student
August 21, 2020
You and Madame Wang influenced me in ways no others have. When you learned that I’d walked away from my biological family, you became my family and loved my daughter as you would your own blood.

Thank you for everything you gave. I will be forever grateful.
Cori Ertha-Fukuchi
Student
August 21, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Nelson Kitamura
Student
August 21, 2020
Dr. Wu's depth of knowledge was great, yet as a teacher he had a gentle spirit. As a doctor, his facility was so advanced as to communicate the vast possibilities of a somewhat unfamiliar culture and its traditional medicine. In tandem with Madam Wang, they were a lofty and authoritative presence, while still maintaining a close and loving rapport with their students. I'm grateful to have known him and will cherish his memory for the rest of my life. “He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.”
Seth Davis
Student
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