As of December 28, 2005 Wednesday, Grandmaster Wong Jack Man officially retired. He faithfully and diligently taught gung-fu for 45 years. The number of times he missed class can be counted on one hand, and this over a period that spanned decades! He might have missed a class due to the Loma Prieta Earthquake, but other than extraordinary things of this nature, Grandmaster Wong was extremely punctual. He was definitely a person whom his students looked forward to seeing! We will all miss his presence! In the meantime, we send him our best wishes, and hope he enjoys himself.
Current Class Information (Wednesday and Sunday)
In accordance with the wishes of Grandmaster Wong, classes will continue to be held at Fort Mason in Room 260 Building C on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 PM, and Sundays from 10 AM - 12 Noon, beginning in January of 2006. This class will be led by his devoted and long-time student, Rick Wing.
This class is geared for adults and self-motivated students and will be taught in the tradition of Grandmaster Wong Jack Man. We offer instruction in Tai Chi, Hsing-I, and Northern Shaolin, along with various weapon sets and sparring sets.In addition to Rick Wing as the main instructor, there are also other teachers with even more experience and knowledge than Rick! A short description of these fellow instructors, all extremely qualified and knowledgeable, is in order. They are also all long-time students of Grandmaster Wong. Rick Wing is ably assisted by Michelle Dwyer, another professional martial arts instructor in her own right, and she regularly makes Sunday appearances. Her specialty is pushing hands. (Big) Steve Ryan is an accomplished martial artist who has studied with Master Wong for more than 20 years. In addition, Mr. Ryan has a great knowledge of Karate and practical applications. Arthur Chin is also an expert in practical applications, and can show a student a multitude of chinna techniques. Scott Jensen, another lifelong martial arts professional and a serious traditionalist, also regularly assists in the class. Another resource we have is the illustrious Mr. John Sutherland, who also happens to be a high-ranking karate man. As he is a very modest man, let us simply say that his belt is of a very dark color, and of a very high degree. Lastly, because this paragraph cannot go on and on, we must mention William Dere, a long time instructor of Tai Chi Chuan in his own right, and another serious martial arts enthusiast. Hopefully, an interested student will be able to connect with one of these instructors!
The cost is $50 per month, payable at the beginning of each month.
THE FOLLOWING WORDS DESCRIBE GRANDMASTER WONG'S FORMER CLASS:
Grandmaster Wong offered advanced instruction in the arts of Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing-I Chuan, and Northern Shaolin. He taught many well-known martial artists. All of his students have great respect for this true martial arts master, and his skill is legendary. He dedicated his life to the teaching of Chinese martial arts and taught all good-hearted people, regardless of their race, creed, or color.
Many of his students head martial arts schools of their own. These instructors are very talented and knowledgeable in the area of martial arts. They are all very good.
Grandmaster Wong himself taught a great variety of forms which cover a wide spectrum in the Chinese martial arts. Some of these were, Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, the Yang Style Tai Chi Two Man Sparring Set, Pushing Hands, Two Man Tam Tuei, Hsing-I Eagle Bear Sparring Set, various weapons, and much more.
These words described his class in the Fort Mason Center newsletter: "Chinese Martial Arts with Jack Man Wong. Tai Chi and Northern Shaolin for robust health, high spirits, rational thinking and self-defense." (1979-2005)