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Chin Woo in America

Mr. Jimmy Wong began his martial arts training at the Selangor Chin Woo Association (Malaysia) under Mr. Ye Shu Sheng. In 1977, Mr Wong came to the United States to pursue his university education at the University of Houston. Mr Wong taught Chin Woo Shaolin Kungfu to adults at the University.

In 1981, he graduated with a B.Sc. in computer science and took a position with Texas Instruments. In 1983, he moved to Dallas and continued his MBA at the University of Texas at Dallas. In Dallas, he soon became acquainted with the 6th generation Yang style Tai Chi master Mr. Tu ChungKing and studied under his tutelage.

Mr Wong subsequently travelled to Malaysia and Singapore Chin Woo schools for several years to consult with school officials and to extend his expertise in martial arts as well as in lion dance. The Chin Woo authorities were favorably impressed with Mr. Wong’s dedication, hard work, and extensive knowledge of kungfu and provided enthusiastic support and encouragement to Mr. Wong’s efforts to spread Chin Woo in America. These efforts culminated in the establishment of the first officially sanctioned Chin Woo school of kungfu in the United States on July 25, 1987. In 1989, he visited Shanghai Chin Woo for the 1st International Chin Woo gathering. In 1990, he gave up his engineering career to pursue his traditional Chinese medicine studies in China. In China Mr. Wong met with 5th generation Wu(Hao) taiji Master Mr. Wu Wen Han and Mr. Chen Gu An and studied from them. In 1994, the World Chin Woo Federation was formed in Shanghai, China where Mr. Wong was the USA representative.

During his stay in the U.S., Mr.Wong has trained a number of Grand Champions nationally and internationally. One of his top shaolin students, Ms. Patty Sun, is the 1992, 1994, & 1997 Female Grand Champion in Traditional Forms in the USA National Chinese Chinese Martial Arts Championship. She was also named the 1997 Traditional Athlete of the Year by the USAWKF Hall of Fame. His Tai Chi student, Ms. Kathryn Wong, won the Wu(Hao) Tai Chi Form/Weapons champion at the 5th International China Yongnian Taijiquan Championship. In 1991 and 1995, Mr. Wong was the coach and team leader for the USA Chin Woo Lion Dance Team in the International Lion Dance Championship in Malaysia and Hong Kong. In 1996, he hosted the Malaysian World Lion King Champions, Kun Seng Keng, in their US tour. This boosted the Lion Dance culture in the Southwest. He is the USA representative for the International Lion & Dragon Dance Federation (Beijing, China). He plans to host the 2001 World Lion Dance Championship in the USA.

In 1997, Mr. Wong received the USAWKF Hall of Fame Outstanding Contribution Award. In 1998, his envision to promote the traditional Chinese Martial Arts, led to the promotion of the 1998 Taiji Legacy & Kungfu Championship. His promotion led to a huge success of nearly 400 competitors. The United States of America Wushu Kungfu Federation (USAWKF) awarded him the 1998 USAWKF Hall of Fame Outstanding Tournament Promoter Award. In October 1998, the China International Yongnian Traditional Taijiquan Association granted Mr. Wong the Gradmaster title of the Wu(Hao) style, the only person outside of China to receive this title. His teacher, Mr. Wu Wen Han, was granted the Great Grandmaster title. On April 10, 1999 he established the North America Wu(Hao) Taijiquan Federation which is based in Dallas, Texas, with the strong belief in preserving the tradtion of taiji and in bringing this great style from Yongnian, China to the rest of the world.

Currently, Mr. Wong is a TX licensed acupuncturist, practicing traditional oriental medicine and the director of the J.K. Wong Kungfu Tai Chi Academy, emphasizing on Shaolin Kungfu, Taijiquan, and Lion Dance. He aspires that one day the Chin Woo spirit will be spread to every state in America. This year marks the 16th year anniversary of the USA Chin Woo Federation.


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