MASTER TAT MAU-WONG
Originally from Hong Kong, Master Tat-Mau Wong has been involved in martial arts since 1963. He spent many years under the great instruction of the late GrandMaster Lee Koon Hung. There he assisted Master Lee at his Choy Lay Fut School, as well as teaching both Kung Fu & Judo to hundreds of his own students at a Hong Kong association and at the Hong Kong University. Master Wong was also part of the Hong Kong full- Contact and performance team. The performance team included GrandMaster Lee Koon Hung and Master Shek Kin ('Mr Han' from the Bruce Lee movie Enter the Dragon). Together they traveled to France, Seattle, New York, Boston, and San Francisco, USA, between the years of 1972 and 1982 and wowed the crowds with their unique style & skill. It was as one of Southeast Asia's most formidable full-contact fighters and forms champion that Master Wong was most recognized. However, it wasn'y until after moving to the United States in 1983 and opening up the first Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy in San Francisco that his reputation & influence grew internationally.
Now, after over forty years of martial arts experience & dedication, Master Tat-Mau Wong is world renowned as a leader in Chinese martial arts.
With several Bay Area locations, as well associations in Connecticut, Brazil and Chile, Master Wong's Academies have become a center for thousands of people of all ages to get in shape, learn self-defense, and benefit physically & mentally through the art of Kung Fu. And his Kung Fu Academies have been voted Best of The Bay by 'KPIX' Evening Magazine
His commitment to the health & well being of others has earned Master Wong countless awards, including several 'Certificates of Honor' from the Board of Supervisors, and has led Mayor Willie Brown & the city of San Francisco to officially proclaim November 13th as 'Master Tat-Mau Wong Day'.
Master Wong has graced the covers of many a martial art magazine and he has been ranked by 'Inside Kung Fu' magazine as 'one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th Century, along with the likes of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, & Chuck Norris. Master Wong also holds titles in the 'Black Belt Hall of Fame' as 'Man of The Year', 'Kung Fu Artist of The Year', and 'Instructor of The Year'. And as a local celebrity, Master Wong is widely recognized as the host of TV's late night classic, 'Kung Fu Theater.' And, now adding to his featured television appearances, Master Wong hosted the LIVE television broadcast of the 2004 San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade.
As an event producer, his 'International Chinese Martial Arts Championship' has become the most acclaimed tournament in Kung Fu history, bringing together thousands of competitors and martial arts masters from around the world. And his 'USA Kickboxing Challenge' events have attracted thousands of fans to view the best in 'full-contact' competition.
In recent years, Master Wong produced a multi-media Long Distance Learning program. The program; which consists of broadcast quality videos, text manuals, and audio cassettes, are reaching new students both nationally & internationally. Master Wong was also selected by the Discovery Channel to be featured in a television special titled; 'Kung Fu: The Animal Within'.
In his continuing efforts to develop Chinese martial arts, he is SanShou Chairman for the United States Wushu Kung Fu Federation and Pan American Wushu Federation. He also serves as President of the Pan American Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu Federation. And in August 2008, Master Wong was elected as the USA Team Head Coach for the Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008, held in conjunction with the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing.
Master Wong is also a contributing editor for 'Inside Kung Fu' magazine, with his bi-monthly column 'Traditions'. Most recently, Master Wong has been selected as Senior Coordinator for the Chinese martial arts divisions of Disney's Martial Arts Festival held annually at DisneyWorld®. He has also been authorized to work directly with DisneyLand® Hong Kong for their future Martial Arts Festival.
Just in time to mark the 25th anniversary, the Tat Wong Kung Fu & Kickboxing Academy recently received two most prestigious awards. The first award, with the very creative title of 'Best Place to Polish Your Stunts' is the renown 'Best of the Bay Award' from the San Francisco Bay Guardian Magazine. As described by the Bay Guardian itself, the "Best of The Bay Award" is "Made by the people of the Bay Area for the people of the Bay Area; it's our annual chance to celebrate the people and places that make this city great."
The second award received by the Academy is the '2008 Best of San Francisco Award' for Martial Arts by the U.S. Local Business Association. Their award recognizes outstanding businesses throughout the country for setting a positive image through service to their customers and community.