Wong Doc-Fai

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wong.
Wong Doc-Fai
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Doc Fai Wong demonstrates the t'ai chi technique Snake Creeps Down Low
Born 1948 (age 65–66)
Wangshan village, Guangdong province, China
Style Choy Li Fut, T'ai chi ch'uan (Taijiquan)
Website Plum Blossom International Federation

Doc-Fai Wong (黄德輝) is recognized internationally as a master[1] of Choy Li Fut (Chinese: 蔡李佛; pinyin: Cai Li Fo) kung fu and T'ai chi ch'uan (Chinese: 太极拳; pinyin: Taijiquan). He was born in 1948 in the Guangdong (广东) province of China; the Wangshan village of Wushan - Doumen district of Zhuhai City. In April 1960, he immigrated to San Francisco, California with his mother to be reunited with his father. He arrived as a third-generation citizen of the United States of America since both his grandfather and father were already citizens. He sought out his first kung fu teacher - Lau Bun (劉彬), the founder of the first Hung Sing Kwoon of Choy Li Fut in America, after encountering taunting and bullying due to language and ethnic difficulties after his arrival. When Lau Bun died in 1967, he started teaching and opened his first school when he was 19 years old.

In 1976, he continued his Choy Li Fut training under Dr. Hu Yuen Chou (胡雲綽) and Wong Gong (黄江). When Dr. Hu Yuen Chou died in 1997, he continued working with Wong Gong, the current "keeper" of Jiangmen branch of Hung Sing Choy Li Fut, to promote Choy Li Fut world-wide. Wong Doc-Fai also had extensive training in Yang-style Taijiquan (楊氏) (Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan) under the tutelage of Dr. Hu Yuen Chou, who studied under Yang Chengfu (楊澄甫) (1883–1936)[2] - the grandson of Yang Lu-ch'an (楊露禪), the founder of the Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan.[3][4] Wong Doc-Fai is also a disciple and adopted son of Professor Peng-Si Yu (1902–1983) and Min Ou-Yang, both considered to be among China's greatest Qigong (气功)[5] and Yiquan (意拳) teachers. He also has expertise in the practice of Feng Shui (风水).

As of 2009, Wong Doc-Fai has been training in Choy Li Fut Kung Fu for 49 years and teaching martial arts for 40 years. Currently he is considered to be one of the highest ranking Choy Li Fut masters in the world.[6][7]


  • 1948 - Born in Wangshan Village of the Wushan area, Doumen district, Zhuhai City, Guangdong province
  • 1960 - Immigrated to San Francisco, California.
  • 1963 - Began training with Lau Bun who brought Choy Li Fut to the United States and founded the first Hung Sing Kwoon of Choy Li Fut in America.[8]
  • 1967 - Begins teaching students after the death of Lau Bun.
  • 1968 - Opened his first school in San Francisco, California.
  • 1974 to 2003 - Taijiquan instructor at San Francisco City College.
  • 1976 - Became the first official disciple of both Great Grandmasters Hu Yuen Chou and Wong Gong.
  • 1976 to 1997 - Studied in Hong Kong for his senior advanced level martial arts training each year during consecutive summers and winters.
  • 1977 - Became one of the first California state certified acupuncturist and licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine.[9]
  • 1986 - Founded the Plum Blossom International Federation.
  • 1987 - Promoted to grandmaster of his federation for both Choy Li Fut and Taijiquan (T'ai chi)[10] by Hu Yuen Chou before his retirement.
  • 1987 - Promoted to grandmaster status by his teacher Wong Gong.
  • Coach for the United States team competing in the Republic of China International Taijiquan Federation's World Championship Push Hands[11] competition.
    • 1987 - The only U.S. team to win at this tournament, placing second only to Taiwan.
    • 1990 - Team again placed second.
  • 2004 - Head Instructor of the Tai Chi Club of the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center in San Francisco.
  • 2004 - Coach to the largest U.S. team of 40 competing in the First World Traditional Wushu Tournament held in Zhengzhou, China. His team wins totalled 72 medals; 20 gold, 38 silver, 14 bronze. He and his son Jason Wong each won gold and silver medals.
  • 2006 - Accompanied by 50 students, Zhan Jiang City of China, First Traditional Wushu Invitational Competition, the "Hua Jian Garden Cup." His team members took home 63 medals;45 were gold, 12 silver, and 6 bronze. Both he and his son Jason Wong won 2 gold medals each. The competition was held in the Xu Wen County Public Square with over 60,000 observing the competition over two nights.
  • 2006 - In April 2006, Wong Doc-Fai raised the funds for renovating the original residence of Chan Heung (陳享), the founder of Choy Li Fut kung fu in the King Mui Village of China for the Chan family, to set up the house as a museum.
  • 2011 - December 18 launched the "Doc-Fai Wong's Weekly Online Video Magazine"[12] to share his knowledge to those interested in Choy Li Fut.

Plum Blossom International Federation[edit]

In 1986, Wong Doc-Fai established the International Plum Blossom Federation.[13] As of 2012, the federation has over 300 schools in 37 countries world wide, making it one of the largest Chinese martial arts organizations in the world. Federation schools can be found throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Philippines, and Tahiti. Wong Doc-Fai has certified instructors from his students down to the fourth generation teaching in his international federation.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Doctorate degree in Allied Health Sciences
  • 1986 - Selected as one of the top 50 most influential martial arts personalities in the world by Inside Kung Fu magazine[14][15]
  • 1991 - Awarded the Kung Fu Artist of the Year by Black Belt magazine.[16]
  • 2003 - Inducted to the Martial Arts History Museum's Martial Arts Hall of Fame.[17]
  • 2003 - Referred to as a National Treasure in a Special Edition of Inside Kung Fu Magazine.[18]
  • 2005 - Picked as one of the Top 18 Greatest Sifus in America by Inside Kung Fu Magazine.[19]
  • 2007 - Selected as Inside Kung Fu Magazine's 2007 Instructor of the Year.[20]


  • Featured on the covers of Martial Arts magazines over 20 times[21]
  • Written over 200 articles.
    • Bimonthly columnist for Inside Kung Fu Magazine from 1986–1995 and 2000-Ongoing[22]
  • Authored featured articles in the following magazines from 1980 through 2003:[23]
    • Inside Kung Fu Magazine
    • Karate Illustrated magazine
    • Karate Kung Fu Illustrated magazine
    • American Karate magazine
    • Tai Chi magazine
    • Black Belt Magazine
  • Authored several books[24]
    • Choy Li Fut Kung Fu: The Dynamic Fighting Art Descended From the Monks of the Shaolin Temple by Doc Fai Wong and Jane Hallander (1985) - History of Choy Li Fut Kung Fu. Description and examples of basics stance, hand techniques and includes basic training forms sets.
    • Shaolin Five Animals by Doc-Fai Wong (1987) - Historical background of the Shaolin Five Animals and the techniques incorporated within the hand forms.
    • Tai Chi Chuan's Internal Secrets by Doc Fai Wong and Jane Hallander (1991) - An in depth discussion on advanced Tai Chi techniques.
  • Produced 40 instructional videos[25]


  1. ^ http://plumblossom.net/Grandmaster/clf_gm_certificate.html Photo of Certification
  2. ^ Magazine title: A Perspective on the Development of Tai chi chuan – Qi, The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness Vol. 8 No. 3, Publisher: Insight Graphics Publishers, Date: Autumn 1998, ISSN: 1056-4004
  3. ^ Title: Tai Chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmissions, Publisher: Sweet Ch'i Press, 1983, ISBN 978-0-912059-01-3
  4. ^ Title: Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty, Publisher=State University of New York Press, date: 1995, ISBN 978-0-7914-2654-8
  5. ^ Title: The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing, Author: Ken Cohen, Paperback: 448 pages, Publisher: Wellspring/Ballantine; 1 edition (March 9, 1999), Language: English, ISBN 0-345-42109-4, ISBN 978-0-345-42109-8
  6. ^ Title: Martial Arts Biographies: An Annotated Bibliography, Author: Rob Jacob, Paperback: 106 pages, Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 15, 2005), Language: English, ISBN 0-595-34861-0, ISBN 978-0-595-34861-9
  7. ^ Title: Kung-Fu Masters, Author: Jose M. Fraguas, Paperback: 351 pages, Publisher: Empire Books; Revised edition (August 31, 2007), Language: English, ISBN 1-933901-23-3, ISBN 978-1-933901-23-7
  8. ^ http://www.hungsing.com
  9. ^ http://www.plumblossom.net/Acupuncture/acupuncture_license.html Image scan of license.
  10. ^ http://plumblossom.net/Grandmaster/tcc_gm_certificate.html Photo of Certification
  11. ^ Title: The Push Hands Workbook: T'Ai Chi Partner Movements (Tui Shou) For Sport And Personal Development, Author: Nando Raynolds, Paperback: 168 pages, Publisher: CreateSpace (November 20, 2006), Language: English,ISBN 1-4404-2857-3, ISBN 978-1-4404-2857-9
  12. ^ http://www.plumblossom.net/Doc-Fai_Wong's_Weekly_Video/index.html
  13. ^ http://www.plumblossom.net
  14. ^ http://www.usadojo.com/biographies/doc-fai-wong.htm World Premier site for Martial Arts information
  15. ^ http://plumblossom.net/Grandmaster/top50.html Scanned copy of the special Inside Kung Fu issue, April 1988, #K48325
  16. ^ http://www.blackbeltmag.com/archives/719 This link is an archived copy of that issue.
  17. ^ http://www.martialartsmuseum.com/magazine/magazineindex.htm Official site of the Martial Arts History Museum's Hall of Fame. View the inductees list for 2003.
  18. ^ http://plumblossom.net/Articles/Inside_Kung-Fu/March2003/treasure1.html March 2003 Inside Kung Fu Magazine - Special Feature Article
  19. ^ http://www.usadojo.com/biographies/doc-fai-wong.htm World Premier site for Martial Arts information.
  20. ^ http://www.plumblossom.net/InstrYear/2007/InstructorYear.pdf This page shows Inside Kung Magazine's instructor of the year award from 1998 to 2007
  21. ^ http://plumblossom.net/Articles/Inside_Kung-Fu/
  22. ^ http://plumblossom.net/Articles/Inside_Kung-Fu/ The page illustrates a subset of the column from 2000 through the present.
  23. ^ http://plumblossom.net/Articles/Inside_Kung-Fu/ The page lists a subset of the featured articles.
  24. ^ http://catalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&Search_Arg=wong+doc-fai&Search_Code=GKEY%5E*&CNT=100&hist=1&type=quick Library of Congress
  25. ^ http://www.plumblossom.net/Books/videos.html The page lists the various instructional videos produced.