J.K. Wong Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy
Welcome to J.K. Wong Kungfu Tai Chi. The Academy is the headquarters of U.S.A. Chin Woo Federation was originally established by GrandMaster Jimmy Wong in 1978 in Houston, Texas.
In 1983, Sifu Jimmy Wong moved to Dallas where the school now resides. Disciplines include Northern Shaolin Kungfu, Tai Chi Chuan, Modern Wushu, Acupuncture, Herbology, Qigong, Meditation, Lion Dance, & Dragon Dance.
Our values embrace the principles and beliefs of the founder of Chin Woo, Grandmaster Hou Yuan Jia, who, during the early 1900s rebuilt China’s physical, mental, and spiritual strength through martial arts. In our present Academy, we believe in a culture and lifestyle absent of drugs and gangs. We encourage the best efforts from our students to excel in education and martial arts.
J.K. Wong Kungfu Tai Chi is located in North Richardson at Plano Rd and Campbell Rd. (map) in the Spring Creek Business Center.
Group classes consist of Northern Shaolin Kungfu and Wu (Hao)Tai Chi. Special instruction and workshops are offered for Wushu, Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, and other major styles of Tai Chi and Water Boxing (Liu He Ba Fa) (www.liuhebafausa.com).
Chin Woo Athletic Association
Chin Woo is an international martial arts organization founded in Shanghai, China, on July 7, 1910. Chin Woo was founded as the Chin Woo Athletic Association (simplified Chinese: 精武体育会; traditional Chinese: 精武體育會; pinyin: Jīngwǔ Tǐyùhuì) in Shanghai, China in the early 20th century.
Many sources, claim that Chin Woo was founded by the martial artist Huo Yuanjia, who died not long after its establishment. Chin Woo was actually founded by a committee of persons, including members of the Tongmenghui, such as Chen Qimei, Nong Zhu, and Chen Tiesheng. Due to Huo’s popularity and recent death, the committee had decided that he should be the “face” of Chin Woo, resulting in his strong association with it.
After Chin Woo was founded, a number of prominent martial artists in China at that time were invited to teach there. They include: Chen Zizheng (陳子正), Eagle Claw master; Luo Guangyu (羅光玉), Seven Star Praying Mantis master; Geng Jishan (耿繼善), Xingyi master; Wu Jianquan, founder of Wu-style taijiquan, ; and Zhao Lianhe (趙連和), a master of the Northern Shaolin , became Chief Instructor after Huo Yuanjia’s death.
As one of the first public martial arts institutes in China, Chin Woo was intended to create a structured environment for teaching and learning martial arts as opposed to the secretive training that had been common in the past. The founders of Chin Woo felt that the association would keep alive traditions that secrecy and social change would otherwise doom.
The basic curriculum drew from several styles of martial arts, giving practitioners a well-rounded martial background in addition to whatever they wished to specialise in. Chin Woo inspired the ecumenism seen in the Chinese martial arts community during the Republican era, giving rise to such efforts as the National Martial Arts Institutes.
Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Republic of China, attended the third annual event held by Chin Woo in 1915, giving a speech of encouragement to the attendees. When Sun Yat-sen attended again at the 10th annual event in 1920, he also wrote for a special Chin Woo newsletter and made a plaque with the engraving “martial spirit”.
Chin Woo was closed by the People’s Republic of China government in 1966 and was allowed to reopen after the Cultural Revolution.
Chin Woo currently has at least 59 branches based in 22 or more countries worldwide, where it is usually known as an “athletic association” or “federation”.
J.K. Wong Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy is the headquarters of U.S. A. Chin Woo Federation.