Friday, December 3, 2010

Ted Wong Jeet Kune Do
It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of Ted Wong, one of Bruce Lee's closest personal friends, his private student, and one of the world's leading exponents and teachers of Jeet Kune Do. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to his wife and family.

Ted Wong is a martial arts practitioner.
Wong's first encounter with Bruce Lee was in 1967, in Los Angeles, California, where Lee was giving a Kung Fu seminar. Wong had no martial arts training, and was interested in western boxing and some martial arts. He was so impressed by Lee, however, that he decided to study at Lee's kwoon, the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute in Los Angeles. Shortly after beginning his studies, Lee accepted Wong as a private student. Wong became Lee's sparring partner and close friend.
Wong was present as Lee developed Jun Fan Gung Fu into Jeet Kune Do. He was also present to see Lee train other martial artists, including Karate Champion Joe Lewis and basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Wong is one of only a few people to receive rank in the art of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee. What is also of note about Wong is that he never learned another martial art besides what Bruce taught him, thus has never taught anything other than what he learned from Bruce. Wong now gives seminars and continues to teach privately. Currently he is teaching Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee Keasler, and long-time martial-arts instructors such as: Mark Stewart, Bob Landers,Rodney Hitchcock, David Gallaher, Richard Torres, Lewis Luk, Teri Tom, Tommy Gong, Bill Mattucci, Mike Rutter,Hiro Watanabe, Yutaka Matsuoka, Tim O'Leary Mike Gittleson, Joaquín Marcelo and Albert Grajales a Hall of Fame instructor. Wong is also a board member of the Bruce Lee Foundation.