<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Well I don’t know who you knew but it wasn’t anyone from Yip’s school I wouldn’t think. As I said, Wong Sheung Leung, Bruce et al including my late Sifu as well as most of the other students of Yip Man were all very unapologetic about telling it the way they saw it. Most of them fought in the streets, including, WSL, Bruce, and others and they very much believed in what they said. I have found this cocky attitude in some other Kung-Fu families too although my experience is mainly with Wing Chun. There is, again, in my experience a sharp contrast between the attitudes I have found in Japanese schools I have attended and the Chinese schools I have attended. Those people I know that have trained in both also have seen this.
Jim, this is the guy I know and hung out with:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>PROFILE:
Si-Fu DANA WONG
Resident Instructor, Melbourne Headquarters
Si-fu Dana Wong was born in America, growing up in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1950's. Being slight of build and of Asian descent, he was an easy mark for the school bullies. At an early age, he learned of racial prejudice and small-minded people.
After growing up with constant taunts, threats and schoolyard scuffles, he saw the late Bruce Lee on television in "The Green Hornet". Like so many who were influenced by Lee, Wong made his way to a karate school to begin training, dreaming someday of being a confident and self-assured martial artist.
Finding karate not to his liking, Wong drifted around in the martial arts, dabbling in various kung fu styles. They suited him better than karate did, but something still seemed to be missing.
So it was that Wong jumped at the chance to learn Wing Chun when a high school classmate offered to get him into the class. This was during the late 1960's and kung fu was still a bit secret, even to some Chinese. This Wing Chun class was thus, with only a handful of students, and any prospective newcomers had to be accepted by the rest of the classmates.
Having been accepted after 10 months of waiting, Wong found Wing Chun Kung Fu to be superior to the other arts he'd learned earlier. Its effectiveness was tested in the training sessions, and on the streets.
Time passed, and Wong put martial arts aside as he attended Boston University. Studies in advertising and public relations replaced Wing Chun and martial arts. Upon graduation, Wong began a successful career in graphic design. After years in the graphics field, he longed to complete his martial arts training and wanted to resume his childhood dreams of being a martial artist.
It was then that he read a magazine article on Grandmaster William Cheung. After reading the article, he wrote the Grandmaster a letter, describing his earlier training in Wing Chun, and asked if there was a student or friend of his in America under whom Wong could train. Fate stepped in when the Grandmaster wrote back to say he would come to America to teach him personally. That was 1982.
For the next five years, the Grandmaster did just that, coming to America to teach Wong while he was travelling on his world tours. Finally, in 1988, Wong came to Australia seeking his Instructor's level, hoping to return to America and open his own Wing Chun school.
But he liked Australia, and the Grandmaster offered to teach him further, and so Wong stayed. One year ran into another, and for the last 10 years, Si-fu Dana Wong has himself taught thousands of Australians, and others, the art of Traditional Wing Chun as the Chief Instructor at World Headquarters in Melbourne.
His desire to teach others, and to spread the art of Traditional Wing Chun, has led him to produce his own instructors. His childhood dream of someday becoming a martial arts influence himself was realised in 1997, when Blitz Magazine named him their Hall of Fame Kung Fu Instructor of the Year.
The link to his profile can be found here: http://www.cheungswingchun.com/WWCKFAindex.html
Really doesn't matter, as he wasn't studying under William Cheung then. And, as you said, the fights you're referring to is "old news" of "back in the days..." I thought you're referring to present day in your previous post. The (Chinese) tough guys who would have fought in the streets in the "old days" don't even train anymore. Training is predominantly on the streets and bare hands are at the bottom of the force continuum. Just the other day, I was talking to cop who arrested 8 young Chinese teens for fighting. Everyone was packing a pipe and/or knife. Kung fu schools around here are now mostly populated by "qwai lo's." Can't say I like the evolution but it is what it is.
PS. Dana "found" wing chun. His brother studied praying mantis and now tai chi. Some others did/do bak mei. I and some of my friends found Uechi. And some others, boxing. I thought we all did okay out there then. It wasn't about "style." It was about the times and having the "balls" to do what we felt had to. None of us would go around trying prove it now out there.
[This message has been edited by david (edited February 15, 2002).]