The Wushu Boy

This is a nick that was given to me from a very sweet guy. He was part of my life and at that time, it was a dearest thing to call me...

I have been practicing the Art of Wu Family Fist (Wu Jia Quan Shu) for 25 years now, it has been a family style only passed down father to son. To my generation, I was to continue to provide my sons the knowledge of such art. Check out Johnny Wu's video clips, click here!

On November 1996, my dad came for a small visit and we discussed the issue of promoting the family system. He agreed, and so, now I ran a school and have about 15 students. The school is called Cleveland Chinese Martial Arts Association, located at 2227 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. Again, if wasn't because of a person's constant support and being in my back about opening the school, I wouldn't have done it. Thank you Aaron.

There are a total of five instructors teaching at this location: Instructor T'shaka Brown, of the Shaolin Style, he has been practicing for over 25 years with several world renown masters; Master Wei-Yue Hu, a great Chinese Internal Martial Artist, over 40 years experience and his students have won many local and national awards. Master Buddy Wu, excellent Wing Chung instructor in the area, an actor himself from Hong Kong; Dr. Guang Liang, great teacher of the Dragon Style Wushu School, a recently became popular aggressive Southern system in the USA; and myself, the Wu Family style.

In 1993, I started to promote Chinese culture and martial arts through a local monthly publication called Han Wei, a bilingual (Chinese & English) magazine for the Ohioans. The purpose was to bridge the gaps between Eastern and Western culture and have a better communication and understanding of both world. After 6 months of hard work and writing along with my business partner John, we have pulled our resources thin and we've decided to shut the operation down. :(

Although we stopped printing, I continued publishing a small newsletter, Han Wei Wushu! Newsletter, with the help of several martial artists: Ted Knecht, Nick Gracenin, Jose Johnson, Guang Lian, Wei-Yue Hu, Buddy Wu, Salvatore Canzonieri, John Ervin, and many others, this small publication became the voice of the Chinese Martial Artists in the world, published from 4 pages at first to the current 8 pages, it was distributed via Internet to over 300,000 readers (email, online services, newsgroups, mailing lists, etc), and to over 500 hard copies was mailed every month to martial art schools.

Thus of our continuing effort in promoting the culture, we created our own Website - Han Wei Wushu! Newsletter was the FIRST martial art newsletter ever being in circulation through the Internet as ASCII file!

The growth of this small newsletter prompted Han Wei and myself to receive the reconnection from National and International renown martial artists, their wiliness to help us grow and their constant support led us to were we are now... My involvement in traveling throughout the USA to different national tournaments has given me a chance to meet these great masters and grandmasters, through them, I truly learned to appreciate my opportunity to interact with these great people: Grandmaster Huang Chien-liang, Grandmaster Wai Hong, Grandmaster Cai Hong-Xiang, Late-Grandmaster Fu Zhong-wen, Grandmaster He Wei-Qi, Grandmaster Wang Ju-rong, Dr. Wu Zheng-de, and many others.

From 1994 to 1995, I've organized several activities, including Li Wah Restaurant Chinese New Years Celebration (yearly event), Cleveland State University's International Student Day event, Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland, John Carroll University and many local organizations, and have worked in conjunction with Master Nick Gracenin (one of the great teachers I admire his skill and dedication, and his students always win awards from Regional to National and even International events!) of Sharon, PA, and many regional events. On a national scale I attended several great martial art events such as the US Kuoshu Championship held every year in July, organized by Grandmaster Huang Chien-Liang, one of the most distinctive and honored martial artist in the world. During this time, I have also prepared 3 martial arts demonstrations, each lasted for 2 hours on several places in Cleveland, the overwhelmed responses from spectators and all prompted me to start thinking of a National scale event.

On September 16, 1995, I organized the 1995 Han Wei National Martial Arts Championship, a tournament open to all styles, all schools, all systems, marketing within our neighbor states and expanding through California. We invited over 5000 schools to participate! Many international masters and grandmasters participated, although the outcome was not what we've expected, this was the breaking point of my organizational skill.

Soon after, I've received many calls and was asked to participated in many other events, including being inducted to the United Kung Fu Federation of North America, and within a few months, I was the Regional Director for the Great Lakes and the USA Promoter for this organization.

The Cleveland Chinese Martial Arts Association was officially established in 1995 right after the tournament, it was one of my dream, to have my own martial art center where many instructors can teach and promote their arts. At this place, we have Master Buddy Wu, Instructor T'shaka Brown, Master Wei-Yue Hu, Dr. Guang Liang and myself. If it wasn't because of the encouragement I kept receiving in 1995 from a very dear friend, I wouldn't have thought possible to have it opened.

In 1996, we organized the 1996 Han Wei National Martial Arts Championship, this was the biggest event ever held in the Great Lakes Region, people around the USA and Canada all came for the event, we even have masters flew all the way from Australia to participate! More than 2,000 people attended and it received many great support and comments afterward.

2 years of organizing the tournaments have worn me out, I needed a break so in 1997, we only did several small events, On September 27, 1997, we performed for the Diversity Gala at John Carroll University, we will have our school performing for 30 mins starting at 2pm including the Lion Dance. At that same day, the Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Cleveland hosted the Chinese Moon Festival Celebration at Hunan Gourmet located at 3614 Euclid Avenue. I was the Master of Ceremony and I've recruited a few of my friends to help out (James Schneider, Eric Vaeseen, Eddie Frye, and David Bohm), we had a great comedian by George Lieu and probably the youngest Comedian in Cleveland David Valent performed. As well as Future of Magic, Eric Brouman and a few good martial arts and Lion Dance performances. It was wonderful, me and David took turned DJing and till now, we still receive many applauds and comments that it was a great success (btw, it was the MOST unconventional event we ever coordinated for the OCAGC's Moon Festival Celebration in Cleveland for the past 20 years). On October 31, to November 2nd, 1997, I performed for the A Weekend with the Stars organized by The Martial Arts Gallery of Fame at Beachwood's Holiday Inn. Many movie starts including Eric Lee, Cynthia Rothrock will be there... *joy*. On December 1997, I organized and hosted, at Lakeside Holiday Inn, we celebrated the OCAGA Christmas Gala, magic show, raffle tickets and dance. David Bohm and I both DJed (David has been DJing at the Grid - a club in downtown - every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm while I am learning to do VJing at the Grid as well). We were great, and after that event, we were asked to do different DJing but it was enough for us in 1997 ;)

1998 has become a very busy year for me, tournaments to attend, places to go, demonstrations to be planned, and all...Recently I got officially inducted into the International Karate & Kickboxing Hall of Fame, I will be presented a plaque at the 1998 Han Wei National Martial Arts Championship (which I'm organizing it for the last time) it will be held at Cleveland State University's Woodling Gym on October 3rd, 1998!

Well, this is how I got involved in the martial arts community here in Cleveland.

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