That year, he was formally apprenticed to Liuhebafa masters Yan Guo Xing and Chen Guang Di. He graduated from Baoding Military Academy in 1907 and was dispatched to the Beiyang Army, where he was appointed to staff officer of the first division.
He was the first person to open teachings and spread the style of liuhebafa in public, and was a prominent fighter and instructor who influenced many of the masters of his generation. Wu Yihui was originally from Tieling in northeast China, but later lived in Beijing. He was from a scholarly and official family, and a man of good nature who had strong martial art talents.
He was also well versed in calligraphy and painting, enjoying social life and traveling
In 1896, began private studies in Henan’s Kaifeng. In 1900, began learning Liuhebafa.
The following year, he entered school in Beijing to continue his studies. In 1903, he entered the Beiyang Military School to prepare the first phase.
In 1915, he worked in the division of inventory of government industry in Beijing.
He became a director of administration and taught literature in a middle school in Kai Feng in 1921. In 1932, he became the martial arts instructor at the Shanghai Youth Association teaching Liuhebafa. In 1935, he attended the first martial arts examination.
He was appointed to head of education of the Central Martial Arts Academy by General Zhang Zhi Jiang in 1936, and in the same year attended the second martial arts examination.
The next year, when the Japanese war began, he moved with the Central Martial Arts Academy first to Vietnam’s Burma, later settling in Yunnan"s Kunming. In 1944, he was appointed commissioner of the natural resources committee, as well as the chief of the factory"s military security brigade.
He taught Liuhebafa in Shanghai in 1945. In 1947, he was appointed head of the natural resources committee of the Tianjin Iron and Steel Factory, as well as the machine factory manager.
He also became the chairman of the martial arts assembly.
In 1951, he taught Liuhebafa to the workers" union club of the Shanghai Electricity Company. In 1957, he was appointed by Mayor Chen Yi to the Shanghai Literature and History Institute as the first librarian. Wu Yihui died on March 29, 1958 at his home in Shanghai.