The son of a US marine, Grandmaster Woo was born in Guangzhou, China, and spent his formative years there. He took great interest in martial arts at a young age, and it wasn’t long before hard training with renowned masters earned him a reputation as a highly skilled fighter. In 1960, Grandmaster Woo moved to Boston, Massachusetts. In 1967, he received is Grandmaster certification and opened the Bamboo Hut Club, the first authentic kung fu school in Greater Boston. His legendary lion dance and demonstration team gave unforgettable performances for traditional Asian festivals, community gatherings, and other various functions. In the 1970s, he became one of the founders of the New England Kung Fu Federation, and hosted the first Beijing Wushu team in New England. Again, in 1992, he hosted the Shaolin monks in Boston during their world tour.
Having practiced martial arts for over 70 years, Grandmaster Woo exemplifies that a true master never stops learning and improving. He constantly seeks to make changes and incorporate the essence from other styles to enrich his Hung Gar teachings. By introducing physics and philosophy into his lessons and encouraging independent thinking from his students, he has developed a unique teaching style that attracts kung fu learners from all over the globe. He is dedicated to teaching authentic Chinese martial arts out of passion, mastering the Taoist breathing technique and the Hung Gar bridge hands to create his own five elements Tai Chi style. Regardless of previous training, this approach will help all students improve their health, as well as develop and cultivate a high level of chi. Students seeking deeper theory of self defense techniques will be guided to explore the complex applications that are hidden within every movement.
Grandmaster Winchell Woo has received many awards and certificates from organizations including:
WOMA (World Organization of Martial Arts)
World Self-Defense Federation
The Dragon Combat Kungfu Society
World Soke Head Council of Japan
United States Martial Arts Association
United States Ju-Jitsu Federation
American Taiho Jitsu Association
Tang's Kung Fu Federation Chinese Siu Lam Kung Fu Association Greece
North American Grandmasters Council
Headmasters & Founders Assembly of Sokeships
Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers & Legends Hall of Fame
Korean Yudo & Hapkido Association