Summer of 2001 was a real pleasant moment - a call out of blue from
the BBC asking Master Wai-Po Tang to enter for an audition.
audition was for a new television programme called 'Masters of Combat'
- a six episode series. It is a martial game show whereby contestants
compete to win the 'Sword of Enlightenment'. Masters of Combat was
commissioned by the BBC, and Metorn, a reputable documentary and
games show programme maker masterminded the new series.
of Combat has a central theme of the mystical ancient martial art
masters demonstrating the epitome of martial skills. The demonstration
occurs at the beginning of each game. There are 8 games per episode.
were real-life masters of combat from all different styles entered
for the auditions. The BBC were interested to select six main masters
with outstanding qualities to star in this new ground-breaking martial
art games show.
a series of auditions, Master Tang was chosen to play a starring
role as one of the 6 main masters.
Wai-Po thought he did not get the part, as he had the flu and was
suffering from chest infection, and thought he had performed badly.
The programmer of Masters of Combat called a week later and asked
Wai Po to attend the final audition at Tottenham Court Road, London.
time Wai Po Tang was ready and fit to perform at the finals, hence
immediately the next day, Wai Po had a call to confirm a starring
role as a main master 'SAT-SAU' (deadly hand) in the new TV series
Masters of Combat. more
on masters of combat
Wai-Po Tang with TV presenter Gail Porter, and
artists Chloe Bruce and Jamie Cho