Grand Master Raymond K. Wong was born in Canton, China and moved to Hong Kong when he was three years old. From childhood, he expressed interest in the martial arts. As such, Grand Master Wong began his training in the My Jong Law Horn style of Kung Fu when he was eight years old under the tutelage of Great Grandmaster Yip Yu Ting, at the South China Athletic Association. His intelligence and devoted training were not unnoticed by Great Grandmaster Yip who promoted Grand Master Wong to the position of assistant instructor at the age of fifteen.

Grand Master Wong continued his My Jong Law Horn training until Great Grand Master Yip passed away in December of 1962. At that point, Grand Master Wong reflected on one of his master’s teachings:"The study of martial arts resembles a boat traveling upstream. If you don't work hard, you'll be carried downstream by the current." Grand Master Wong continued practicing the My Jong Law Horn style of Kung Fu but in addition, also decided on exploring other martial arts systems. Subsequently, he studied a few years of Hung Gar Kuen style under Great Grandmaster Lam Jo, a short period of Yau Kung Moon under Great Grandmaster Har Kwok Chen, three years of Do Gar under Great Grandmaster Chan Chim, and obtained a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Judo.


In 1968, he met Chiu Chuk Kai who was the Grandmaster of the Tai Chi Praying Mantis style. Great Grandmaster Chiu was already 68 years old at the time, but was healthy and active. He had just returned to Hong Kong after spending over twenty years in Vietnam. Grand Master Wong became a disciple of Great Grandmaster Chiu and began training in the Tai Chi Praying Mantis system. In September of 1969, Grand Master Wong immigrated to the United States. In January of 1970, Grand Master Wong returned to Hong Kong in order to further his studies with Great Grandmaster Chiu Chuk Kai. He would spend his days at the the Great Grand Master's studio learning and assisting with patients in acupuncture, bone setting, and Chinese herbal medicine, while during the evenings he would train in the Tai Chi Praying Mantis system.


In 1972, Grand Master Wong returned to the United States and cofounded the Tai Chi Praying Mantis Kung Fu Association in the San Francisco area along with two fellow Kung Fu practitioners and friends: Master Paul Eng and Master Kam Yuen. A year later, Grand Master Wong and Master Yuen moved down to the Los Angeles area to continue teaching and promoting Chinese Traditional martial arts. Subsequently they established a number of studios throughout Southern California.


In the early part of the 1980's, Grand Master Wong also created the My Jong Law Horn Kung Fu Association to continue promoting the art of Great Grandmaster Yip Yu Ting. Over the years, he has performed numerous demonstrations and has also been featured in many martial arts magazines including Black Belt, Karate, and Inside Kung Fu. Grand Master Wong has been training, teaching, and promoting the traditional art of Chinese Kung Fu for over fifty years and is a walking encyclopedia of Chinese Martial Arts. Those who have witnessed his performances have been awed by his graceful and agile movements and transfixed on his ability to combine power, speed, agility, along with the true spirit of Martial Arts.


Grand Master Raymond K. Wong's journey into the world of martial arts has been filled with dedication, persistence, focus, and tradition. His students and grand students are spread across the United States and continue to pass on the arts handed down to them by their Master.

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