Sensei Quai Wong began his martial arts training while in rural China and continued when he left the mainland for Hong Kong in 1950. His strong ties to Hong Kong later led him to train under Sifu Wong Hon Fan, famous for his Northern Praying Mantis system.
He emigrated to join his adoptive father in Western Canada. His father died soon after he arrived and once again struggled to survive in a new environment. In the mid-1950s, he became a student at the Manitoba Judo Institute and studied under Sensei Tommy Mitani.
After a short visit to Toronto, Sensei Wong left for New York to study photography at the New York Institute of Photography. It was an incredible experience that he reflects upon fondly. Upon his return to Toronto he was introduced to Mas Tsuroka and began training under Sensei Tsuroka in 1959.
In the early 1960s, Sensei’s Quai Wong and Benny Allen opened the Chinatown Dojo on Hagerman St. behind Toronto’s City Hall. The dojo was 5,000 sq. ft.
In 1962 Sensei Wong moved to the east end of Toronto and opened a school at Gerrard and Main. Word spread like wildfire and the dojo was filled to capacity in no time.
In 1964, he was invited by his friend Ed Parker to compete in the Tournament at Long Beach. Bruce Lee, Mike Stone, Tak Kubota and Dan Inosanto were just a few of the many talented martial artists brought together under one roof.
In the mid-1960s, Sensei Wong departed for Japan. There, he visited various dojos from Tokyo to Okinawa, to gain a better understanding of Japanese karate. In Okinawa he was introduced to Shoshin Nagamine, a leading martial arts practitioner on the tiny island. On July 4, 1967 Sensei Nagamine presented Mr.Wong with his teaching certificate and a rank of 4th Dan in Matubayashi Shorin Ryu. Their affiliation would last the remainder of Mr. Nagamine’s life.
For three decades Sensei Wong integrated elements of Kung-Fu and Okinawan karate into a unique system of practical combat. His techniques became instantly recognizable. The fluid circular flow of kung fu combined with the devastating striking of karate produced generations of able and impressive fighters.
His legacy is in the more than 40,000 students both domestically and internationally he has personally instructed in his career as a teacher. Second and third generations of families have trained with him. To these students he is mentor, second father, sensei and friend.