70's-80's media played a massive influence on Wai-Po's martial way.
Programmes like 'Kung Fu' starred David Carridine, and as well as
all the 70's new wave of late night Kung Fu films in Soho. Leicester
Square, London was a typical hangout place for the Kung Fu buffs.
era of Kung Fu manic manifested in Wai-Po's greatest appetite to
emulate the portrayals of the silver screen martial art life and
first formal martial art club lesson (1978) was Wado Ryu Karate,
with an instructor called 'Charles' (based in Chiswick, London).
Wai-Po recalled that Charles was a very good instructor and very
attentive. Unfortunately he did not stay there long enough to benefit
the quality instructions.
moved on to a different club training in Northern and Southern Style
Kung Fu (Wu Shu). Training under Master S K Yong, a master from
singapore. Wai-Po respected him and got on very well him.
remembered his first lesson at this Wu Shu club's free sparring
session. As a novice Wai-Po was chased and kicked from one end of
the hall to the other. He incurred massive bruises from the brown
and black belts karatekas who also trained the Wu Shu club.
than giving up, Wai-Po was determined to improve. Hence, two months
went by, Wai-Po was kicking back big time and easily defeated or
matched others who had trained several years.
obsession of Kung Fu took a strong and significant hold especially
when the comparisons favoured well. Wai-Po was training between
5-7 hours a day every day. Regular 2 hours in the morning, cycle
5 miles to school, train during lunchtime, and travel 1-3 hours
to clubs all over London to workout for another 3 hours. This was
sandwiched between school time. An unbelievable task driven purely
by self motivation.