of Knowledge and Friendship
Jay (Left), Cynthia Rothrock, Wai-Po Tang, Eric Lee (right)
at the Banquet of the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Ohio.
of my (Wai-Po Tang) favourite martial art activities is meeting
with other martial artists or artists whom have worked very hard
in their chosen discipline (and does not trip over their inflated
have had the pleasure to meet some very special people whom are
open minded, and down to earth but also excellent martial artists.
I learned that travelling to different countries has enriched
my knowledge of martial practice.
of us really have all the answers or most of the answers to combat.
That is why when meeting people whom specialise in a particular
area of combat becomes fascinating. I have been humbled by some
highly reputable Masters when I attended the 'USA Martial Arts
Hall of Fame' in Ohio.
Wally Jay (Left) and Wai-Po Tang
names such as Professor Wally Jay and Eric Lee was very warm and
friendly during my stay in America. I remember their great performance
at the Hall of Fame, and their combat training philosophies. Several
years later, I still have personal correspondences with Professor
Jay. Eric came to London a couple of years ago to visit me. To
this day, I hold them in high regard. Also, I had the pleasure
of meeting Retired Captain of US Marines John Denora - plenty
of fighting spirit.
Wai-Po Tang (left), Eric Lee (centre), John
Wally Jay was demonstrating 'Small Circle JuJitsu' finger joint
manipulation,- it was amazing to see such subtle intrinsic movements
in the form of realistic application. Eric demonstrated the aesthetic
performance of screen fighting, and his movie showreel was a real
across talented martial artists were no different to meeting other
artists of other industry such as music or photography. Another
great moment was when I was asked to do a martial art pose for
'Vogue Hommes International'. Here I was working with a very famous
photographer 'Jurgen Teller' - he was having a great time doing
martial arts in between the shoot. I just can't believe how many
rolls of film he used just for one photo.
Jurgen Teller and Wai-Po Tang
guess the analogy would be the martial artist repeating a million
times on a punch to produce that 'one punch knock out'.
brings to an end of another masters column, it is well worth remembering
that treading the path of others can open paths of discovery.