Wai Po Tang is the founder and international chief instructor
of the Martial Art Institute; and has been teaching Wing Chun since
1982. He founded his own organisation 'Martial
Art Institute' (MAI) in 1986, and continually to research and
develop the MAI system. He was awarded the highest traditional Kung
Fu honour 'The Wing Chun Descendant' by Foshan Grandmaster Yui Kil
PO Tang is a listed domain expert for a research agency (DERA) of
the British Ministry of Defence since 2000; also a full member of
the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) since
2001; and a recognised sports coach UK member of the National Coaching
Foundation; and also an accredited 'Grandmaster' of Wing Chun Kung
Fu - awarded by the United Kingdom governing bodies the British
National Association of Martial Arts and Combat Sports Worldwide;
and China's Great Grandmaster Yui Kil Foshan Wing Chun Heritage.
is a multi talented martial artist - applying his knowledge and
skills across many different industries. Lately, he was selected
to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety
Performance 2001; starred in BBC TV Series 'Masters of Combat'.
Off-stage, Master Wai Po Tang dedicates a lot of time teaching head
instructors of other clubs as well as teaching local classes to
the public. He produced, written, starred and directed two broadcast
quality martial art instructional videofilm, 'Inspired by Wing Chun'
in 1994, and 'Kung Fu Fighting in 1998. In addition, Master Tang
have contributed articles to many martial arts magazines, and appeared
in many news and television documentary programmes.
PO Tang's Martial Art Background:
Mei Kung Fu (1972); Wu shu, Wado Ryu Karate (1979); Traditional
Wing Chun (1980 - 1985); Contemporary M.A.I. Wing Chun (1985 - present);
Thai Boxing (1988); Contemporary M.A.I. Wing Chun & Foshan Wing
Chun (1988 - present).
Tang's Combat Experience:
past years - present Lots of unquantify threatening street
confrontations derived mostly from racial attacks or robberies
or mindless troublemakers. He has fought against 1 to 1, and as
much as upto 1 against gangs of 15-20 assailants on 3 occasions.
Only approximately 10-20% of the total confrontations were resolved
in administering physical force against assailants, the rest was
verbally negotiated. Majority of situations were unarmed but he
encountered some armed situations (once against machete, three times
against long bladed knife and two handgun situations, and some short
sticks or other blunted instruments). Master Tang strongly emphasised
that all the violent engagements were solely self defence. All the
mentioned problems were contained (except one time, he was stabbed
in the back area, despite this the problem, the matter was resolved
- 1985 Engaged in many all-out no-holds barred martial
art matches in car parks, streets or gyms (foolishly defending the
honour of one of his former instructor's reputation). All fights
were won brutally. Master Wai PO Tang emphasised regret to these
incidents because it crossed the ethical boundaries of self-defence.
Tour of Far East. Master Tang fought in Thailand, represented
one of Thailand's top ten Thai boxing camp (Luprapra). Won his professional
fight knocking out the opponent in the 2nd round. Subsequently,
Master Tang travelled to Hong Kong and China whereby he cross-hands
with a total of 12 opponents in Hong Kong and China. He won all
12 matches with T.K.O.s consecutively in a period of one month.
BSc (hons) degree in The Science of Sport & Exercise.
Specialised in Biomechanics and Sport Psychology (Motor-Control
He was offered funding for a MPhil/PhD research degree from
an agency of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Po Tang have written and directed two broadcast quality instructional
by Wing Chun' and 'Kung
articles to martial arts magazines since 1984 to present time. Writes
regular articles for the martial art institute web site.