The History of Wong’s Ji Do Kwan
Begins With Its Founder...
Sensei Gary Wong

Sensei Gary Wong began his martial arts training at the age of three, studying Chinese Boxing with his first mentor, his grandfather. Over the years he studied many martial arts including: Judo, Small Circle Jujitsu, Japanese Karate, Ji Do Kwan -Tae Kwon Do, Kajukenbo and Doce Pares (stick fighting).
Over the years he studied many martial arts including: Judo, Small Circle Ju Jit Su, Japanese Karate, Ji Do Kwan -Tae Kwon Do, Kajukenbo and Doce Pares (stick fighting).

Sensei Wong has been training in martial arts for over 45 years now and has been actively teaching for over 35 years.  To his credit he has added the following credentials.
  • 6th Dan Black Belt in Ji Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do
  • 5th Dan Black Belt - International Tae Kwon Do Federation
  • 3rd Dan Black Belt - Korean Tae Kwon Do Association
  • 3rd Dan Black Belt - World Tae Kwon Do Federation
  • 5th Dan Black Belt - Cacoy Doce Pares
  • US Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame 2001
  • Certified Master Instructor World Ji Do Kwan Federation
Sensei Wong would not be where he is now without giving lifetime credit and acknowledgement to these amazing martial art instructors for their influence in the martial arts and their willingness to share their knowledge: 
  • Professor Wally Jay - Judo and Small Circle Jujitsu
  • Sensei Macario Delacruz - Ji Do Kwan/Tae Kwon Do
  • Master Anthony Chan - Wu Shu Weaponry and Praying Mantis
  • Master George Chung - Southern Broadsword and Kobuto, the art of Okinawan weaponry
  • Supreme Grand Master Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete - Cacoy Doce Pares

In 1984, Sensei Wong’s teacher retired and he was guided to train with other competent martial artists studying concepts of various marital arts like Karate, Kajukenbo and Eskrima. He continued his training, while in college, where he studied Tai Chi and the history of  martial arts.

In 1993, Sensei Wong graduated from Life Chiropractic College West and became a licensed doctor of chiropractic. He used this combined background of martial arts and professional training to develop a process of accelerated learning through state-of-the-art instruction. His unique training methodology helps reduce the chance of joint related injuries incurred from improper teaching and training of individuals.  He began teaching his new modern training methods but soon realized that it would be difficult in a commercialized setting of todays martial art schools.

In 1999, Sensei Wong became disenchanted with the commercial aspect of martial arts and decided it was time to break away from commercialized martial art schools and continue his development of his training methods.  He spent the next few years teaching a small handful of students who were more interested in learning and less interested in accumulating belts.  During this time he further developed his own program incorporating concepts of multiple martial arts into a well rounded and strong system. 

In 2001, he took the plunge and opened Wong’s Ji Do Kwan and embarked in a direction that suited his belief in teaching martial arts as a way of life and not just a physical sport or activity. He believed that a person would reach the goal of Black Belt when they were ready and there were no time constraints.  In 2001, he was recognized for all of his efforts and was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

In 2013, Sensei Wong was presented his 6th Dan Black Belt in Ji Do Kwan.  

In 2014, Sensei Wong traveled to Cebu, Philippines to continue his training in Eskrima/Eskrido and was presented a 5th Class Black Belt from Supreme Grand Master Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete of Cacoy Doce Pares.

Sensei Wong continues with his studies in various other martial arts styles such as Doce Pares, Wing Chun and Iron Palm when time permits.
He continues to develop, combine and improve techniques both old and new and hopes that you will embark on this journey with him.

The Meaning Behind The School Emblem 

The School Emblem that is worn on  the left breast of your Gi (uniform) has a special meaning.
The name “Wong’s Ji Do Kwan” refers to Sensei or Life Teacher and “Ji Do Kwan” meaning “way of knowledge”. 
The red circles represent everything whole, as in the body, earth and the universe. The characters inside the red circles have several meanings. The first of the top characters represents my surname “Wong” and the other is “king”. The character below that means “heart”. Together, these characters may be interpreted as “The king of your own heart or controller of your life destiny”.
The red, white and blue colors signify that you are receiving your training here in the United States.
The large black background represents emptiness or lack of knowledge.

Whereas, moving to the center is the smaller white background that represents how purity, clarity and focused one becomes through training. In totality it represents the ability to clear the mind and focus on whatever the needs of the moment are.
The triangle is an equilateral triangle representing the balance of the mind, body, and spirit in equal proportion. These are the goals of anyone that trains in martial arts.
The use of the color gold in the writing of “Mind, Body and Spirit” represents the attainment of enlightenment when you reach this balance.
The use of the green leaves represents the continued growth, learning, and the evolution of the self. It is also symbolic of the teachings of the School never dying but always flourishing and changing.
When you wear this emblem, wear it with pride and that it will empower you to attain everything that this emblem represents.

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