Ng Family Style Kung Fu

John Winglock Ng

Dr. Winglock Ng was born in 1950 in Fukien China. At that time it was the beginning of the cultural revolution, marking the beginning of the "10 Dark Years" of Chinese history. Life was difficult, his mother and father fled from the mainland and left him to be raised by his grandparents or all that they owned would be confiscated by the government. His grandfather was a common man, a broom maker who studied "The 6 Harmony Monkey Style" from his father before him. As was taught to him, he decided to share his family style with his grandson. Dr. Ng was taught in secret for a few years, martial arts were outlawed by the Chinese government until 1958. In 1972 Dr. Ng along with 26 other young men crafted a raft made out of basketballs, their plans were to escape Communist China and make their way down water currents into Hong Kong. After 2 days floating through currents he was found by a Hong Kong fishing boat, unfortunately only 5 other people survived with him. His mother was living in Hong Kong at the time and had to pay a large fee before the fishermen would inform his family where he was. His mother was so happy to see him after so long, she sent him to school where he graduated from Hong Kong University with a BA of Science. His mother wanted only the best for her son and sent him to the United States in 1977 where he attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Ky. In 1980 He and his new wife moved to Lexington, Kentucky where he attended The University of Kentucky and earned a PHD in Pharmacy.

While going to school full time for his MBA, teaching at Eastern Kentucky University, and working at a Chinese Restaurant, he managed to open the Four Seasons Kung Fu Academy in 1981 in Richmond, Kentucky. This is where I met him. At the time I had already studied martial arts for 15 years and had never seen anything like him in my life. When he moved it was like watching a world wind of physical motion. He never ceased to amaze me in all he said and did. He would answer my questions with even more question, certainly it was different from what I was used to in the past.

I remember one day when I asked him what he thought of Americans. He simply said "John, I don't know what to think of someone who boils his tea to make it hot, puts ice in it to make it cold, puts sugar in it to make it sweet and puts lemon in it to make it bitter"? This is a good example of his philosophy that stuck with me forever. There are no Martial Art systems more intriguing than those emanating from China. It was within that vast nation many years ago that the foundation of all Martial Arts was developed. Fundamental principles of understanding that utilize The Tao or "The Way" and implementation of those philosophical concepts was and is currently evolving within the very fiber of Chinese Wu-Shu (Martial Arts). If we, as martial artists want to achieve Kung-Fu (a higher level of ability that transcends physical movement) we must first accept, and strive to better understand the ancient principals of The Tao.

Written by John J. Dufresne