“Mai Gei Wong” - Wong Wu Fong (1929 - 1998)
Wong Wu Fong, later known for his fighting ability would be called “Mai Gei Wong” (“rice machine Wong”). He was intersted in martial arts, since his childhood, and was experienced in many differnat styles as well as physical strength and conditioning methods. He was known to have trained “Nothern Shaolin”, “Tai Chi Chuan”, “Bot Gwa”, “Xing Yi”, “Tai Hoi”, “Mok Ga”, western boxing, wrestling and weight-lifting.
Wong Wu Fong, had a chance encounter with the Wing Chun Kuen Master Wong Jing. Wong Wu Challenged Wong Jing to a friendly contest, and was soundly controled and knocked down several times by Wong Jing as well as left unharmed. Being impressed with Wong Jings skill, he becasme his student. After several years of hard practice old Wong Jing advised Wong Wu to train with another of Yuen Kay Shan´s pupils - Master Sum Num, to have develop a wider view on Wing Chun, from a differant direction. He also later spent some timewith senior student of Sum Num, named Pan Chao Sifu.
From his experiances with Sum Num and Pan Chao came some of his “San Sik” and other techniques, which Master Wong Wu Fong included to his own style and expresion of the Wing Chun Kuen system he called “Mai Gei Wong Wing Chun”.
In the 1960´s and 1970´s, was when the “Mai Gei Wong” Wing Chun lineage grew the strongest school of this style in the surrounding cities of Foshan and Guangzhou. Wong Wu Fong was a very admired master of fighting and very respected in the local martial arts community. There are incredible stories about his fighting abilities, speed and power, many times authenticated, from up to now living eye-wintesses.
After Wong Wu retired he forbid the use of the name “Mai Gei Wong”, so his style isn´t known except in China. Greatmaster Wong Wu Fong died in the year 1998. At his funeral were over 300 mourning guests, mainly pupils and Masters of many kung fu styles, who were his friends. He is survived by his son and inheritor Wong Nim Yi.
- Ivan Rzounek