In martial arts world, few forms are as mysterious and spellbinding as the drunken style. Its vast assortment of quick twists and turns, unpredictable falls and flips, have inspired the admiration and awe of audiences everywhere. Although the moves often appear harmless, they can be deadly against even the most skilled opponents. In the hands of experts, the drunken style is more than just an overpowering form: it is elegance and grace in motion.
Master Phillip Wong is one such expert. He has nearly 20 years of martial arts experience and still maintains a deep interest in all styles. In addition to wushu, he has also practiced traditional Northern and Southern styles, Shaolin kung-fu, and kajukempo with Master Jeff Wong in the United States. Incredibly, he has further elevated his level of expertise by training with the elite Beijing Wushu team, China's premier group of martial artists.
His extensive training and knowledge explains his impressive record in tournament competition. Wong counts among his various accomplishments grand championships at the Long Beach International Grand Championship (three times), the Battle of Atlanta, the U.S. Open, and many others as well. He was national champion several times and the all-around silver medalist at the International Wushu Championship in 1986.
He has also been featured in movies and television specials throughout Asia and recently, performed the action sequences for several video games, most notably Tekken 2 (fans know him better as Lei Wulong). Amazingly, he still finds time in his demanding schedule to teach and perform. "Whether I was performing or competing, my number one motivation has been the true love I have for the martial arts," says Wong.
Invariably, Phillip Wong is called upon to perform the drunken style, his favorite form and the style for which he is best known. He credits the 1980 U.S. tour of the Beijing Wushu team with stirring his initial fascination. "Before their exhibition, most demonstrations were not up to par in terms of skill level," he notes. Explaining the growth of his own interest in the form, Wong adds, "I saw one of the members perform the drunken style and was captivated. Not until I saw that did I realize the potential behind the style." Soon after, Phillip Wong began captivating audiences with his performances of the drunken fist.