Born in Hong Kong, Henry Cheng began his studies in 1968 with Master Pak Yu Kong. In 1982, he received from Master Kong the title of Wu Style Tai Chi Fifth Generation Master–an honor that can only be granted by a Master.

In accepting that honor, Master Cheng committed his life to teaching Tai Chi to improve people’s health and well being.

Since 1980 Master Cheng has lived in San Diego, California, taught numerous classes, and conducted seminars and workshops for the following organizations:

  • San Diego County Parks & Recreation Department
  • YMCA of San Diego County
  • The Arthritis Foundation
  • Parkinson’s Disease Association of San Diego
  • Marriott Hotels
  • Sidney Kimmel Cancer Research Center
  • Center for Health & Wellbeing
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Nokia
  • Intuit
  • Girl Scouts – San Diego-Imperial Council
  • Sea World San Diego
  • San Diego Zoo
  • SK Sanctuary
  • White Sands La Jolla
  • Chinese Historical Museum
  • Senior Olympics
  • Whole Foods
  • Numerous universities, colleges, hospitals, and clinics

Tai Chi Master Henry Cheng

Master Cheng is a member of the IDEA Health & Fitness Association. He has developed a special curriculum, Tai Chi for Arthritis, in collaboration with the YMCA of San Diego County and the National Arthritis Foundation. He also worked with the Parkinson’s Disease Association of San Diego and developed Tai Chi for Parkinson’s Disease, and worked with SDSU on a research project to determine how Tai Chi affects bone density.

Master Cheng was recently written about in San Diego Voyager Magazine’s Most inspiring stories: 

Meet Master Cheng of the Tai Chi Wellness Center and Art Gallery

Tai Chi Chuan Lineage, Wu Style


This is a chart of Master Cheng’s direct lineage. It only shows Master Cheng’s relationship with the masters of previous generations. It starts with Wu Chuen Yau who learned the Yang style from a Yang master and passed it on to his son Wu Chian Chuen. They refined it and created the Wu style. Now the Fifth Generation Master of this lineage is Henry Cheng.

“This is not a complete chart, and I sincerely apologize for not being able to obtain names of all masters and their descendents. Please, forgive my lack of information.” – Master Henry Cheng

Master Wu Chuen Yau

Master Cheng Wing Kwong

Master Wong Tak Ying

Master Kong Pak Yu
(Yeung Woo)

Master Henry Cheng