William Wai-Yin Kwok
A US President’s Council Award winner, a Harvard grad, and a well known new-generation Wing Chun master, Master William Kwok was raised in Hong Kong and began martial arts training since 7 years old. He is Practical Wing Chun Kung Fu founder Grandmaster WAN Kam Leung’s first Closed Door Disciple that has both completed the martial art system and taught professionally outside of Hong Kong. He is also the first Regional Director and official instructor of Wan Kam Leung Practical Wing Chun Kung Fu in America.
Master Kwok established his martial arts school, Gotham Martial Arts in 2007. His goal is to develop better individuals to serve the New York community and provide precise and attainable instruction where more people would benefit from the mind and body integration for which martial arts training is well-respected. Master Kwok’s contributions to Wing Chun Kung Fu and the traditional martial arts culture have been well recognized and respected. Master Kwok has also been profiled in numerous newspapers, periodicals and television networks such as Wing Chun Illustrated, Wing Chun Origins, New York Daily News, Sing Tao Daily, World Journal, Next Magazine, Sinovision, China Central Television, American Heroes Channel and etc. He has also served as a guest speaker on martial arts topics at prestigious universities such as Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
In September 2014, Master Kwok was honored by the Martial Arts History Museum in Los Angeles as a recipient of the Museum Honor Award for his excellence in the martial arts and his contributions to the local community. In December 2014, he was honored martial arts title “Grand Master in Wing Chun” and rank “7th Dan Menkyo/ Grand Master in Martial Arts” by World Personal Martial Arts Federation, a volunteer organization. In January 2015, Master Kwok received the Silver Lifetime Contribution Award at Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors in Atlantic City. In May 2015, he was honored Community Leadership Award by US President Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. ”
Outside of the Wing Chun Kung Fu world, Master Kwok’s experience was quite varied. He is a direct student of traditional Taekwon-Do Grandmaster KIM Suk Jun and has achieved the rank of Master Instructor. Master Kwok has also earned Post Graduate Degrees from Harvard University and St. John’s University. Prior to teaching martial arts professionally, he was an adjunct professor of Managerial Studies at The City University of New York and was a member of The Asian American/Research Institute. He also served as Market Manager for a major telecom provider. Master Kwok is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Physical Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. His goal is to become a more well-rounded teacher and develop a more comprehensive martial arts education curriculum based on a combination of science and traditional martial arts.
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