Profile of Carter Wong

Name: Carter Wong (Born as Chia–Ta Huang)
Date of Birth: 22 March 1947
Height: 5’ 7” (171 cm)
Weight: N/A
Birth sign: Aries

This is Carter Wong circa 1985 in Atlantic City

Here’s a trailer for Born Invincible, starring Carter Wong


  • Started learning, traditional Chinese Kung Fu at 8 years old, taught by the principal Shaolin Monk at the time, and the Grand Master of Wudang Chi-Kung.
  • Went to Japan to train in Karate, Thailand to train in Muay Thai, and Korea to train in Hapkido and Taekwondo.
  • Founded the Chung Hop Kuen Federation in 1980. It is a composite style based on Shaolin Kung Fu, Wu-Dang Chi-Kung (internal breathing) and the essence of Karate, Muay-Thai, Taekwondo and Hapkido.
  • Carter Wong’s International Chung Hop Kuen Federation is represented in 36 countries and is still increasing. This association has produced many European and world champions in Muay-Thai, Kung Fu, Kickboxing. Even lots of different police departments are learning his Chung Hop Kuen style.



  • 1968-1986 36 Muay-Thai fights with a record of 30 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses
  • 1979 Chief Instructor for the Royal Hong Kong Police Force (Karate)
  • 1984 Master Instructor for the New York State Police Force Of the US (Muay-Thai)
  • 1986 World Muay-Thai Championship champion
  • 1989 World Cup International Martial Arts Open Championship champion
  • 1990 Master Instructor for the Marine Corps of California US (Muay-Thai)
  • 1996 Chief Consultant of Galaxy and Chuwaitana Muay-Thai Camp (Thailand)
  • 1997 Professional member & representative for the World Kickboxing Association (WKA)
  • 1998 International Wudang Mountain Style Chi-Kung Association Vice Chairman
  • 1998 Grand Master of Hungary Police Force (Karate)
  • 2002 International Muay-Thai Federation (Committee)
  • World Muay-Thai Championship Council
  • VIP Security Services Academy in Cambodia (Principal)
  • Hungary Police (CTU Combat Technic)
  • Saint-Paul Brazil Police Military Academy (Kung Fu Master)
  • World Mixed Martial Arts Federation (MMA)
  • International Wu-Dang Chi-Kung Association (Principal)
  • International Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seitokukai (7th Dan Black Belt)
  • International Martial-Arts Federation (8th Dan Black Belt)
  • Hong Kong Southern & Northern Martial Art Association (Honorary President)


  • Carter was the first person to teach Karate in Macau, back in 1968.
  • Carter worked with Golden Harvest, the prodigious film production company that had helped produce Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon”.
  • World Muay Thai Champion of 1986.
  • 7th Dan black belt Go-Ju-Ryu Karate-Do Seitokukai.
  • 8th Dan International Martial Arts Federation, Kung-Fu Master.
  • Starred in over 100 films.
  • Has given fight choreography lessons to Matt Damon and William Shatner.


“I’d like to start with about 5-6 students first to garner interest and then start to open up,” he says. He points out that the idea of exercise for most only seems to cater to the external, but ignores what’s happening inside. “There will be eight lessons, of two hours each, in order to teach the whole thing,” Carter explains, adding “then I’ll create a video so they can take it home to help them remember.”

There would not be more than 12 people in a class as he “really wants [his] students to learn and know the postures.”

Carter stresses that Chi-Kung is for everybody, saying that “some people think it’s boring as they want to fight,” but adds “it will teach you how to use your mind and protect yourself.” In his opinion, there are many “sifus” (teachers), but Carter says, “they don’t know how to teach. They may be a good fighter but not a good instructor, or can teach well but not fight well.” He gives the example of breathing, something we are born with the ability to do. “When you’re moving slow, your breathing should be slow and vice versa. “You see people in gardens doing [tai chi] movements, but they don’t know the meaning.”

Yet his classes are only one reason Carter is looking to return to this side of the world, suggesting that he is also considering creating a company in Shenzhen “to train bodyguards within the next 2-3 months,” says Carter, adding that these would mostly tend to be army recruits from the big camps in Canton, which he intends to train up and send them to work in private companies. “Security is about defence not offence. So I’ll teach them techniques where even one small bit can help them with their job,” he says. He points out that Macau has so many casinos and many security guards but no real way of training them. “You don’t need a security guard to fight people, just to watch over you and to protect when necessary,” says Carter.

He explains that even an instrument such as an umbrella or jacket sleeve, can be used by an individual to defend themselves. “You don’t always need to have a weapon,” he adds. Asked why he decided to return to Macau, Carter simply responds that “I was born here. I lived in the US for over 20 years. Now I’m seeing so many new things in Macau. I need to spend some time here to get to know people again and they, me,” he says.

He laughingly explains that those who know him in Macau, namely his previous students, are now well over 45 with his visits back here usually ending up as an opportunity to recollect and bring back fond memories.

Asked what impressed him the most about the changes in Macau, Carter admits it’s the expansion of the SAR’s buildings. “It feels a little strange. There should still be places for parks and trees,” he says, but adds that he believes the government has “done a great job since the handover. “It’s a nicer place for people to live in. It’s much smaller, so it’s easier for people to get together,” he says smilingly.

Taken from the interview with Master Wong by Kimberly Johans for the Macau Daily Times, October 8th 2008.


1972HapkidoKao Chang
1973Dragon Tamers
1973When Taekwondo Strikes
1974The Skyhawk Leo
1976The 18 BronzemenBrother Wan (as Carter Hwang)
1977Shaolin Kung Fu Mystagogue
1978Born Invincible
1978Filthy Guy
1979The Fatal Flying Guillotines
1986Big Trouble in Little ChinaThunder


Video taken at Carter Wong’s Yan Jay Pai Academy, part 1

Part 2


Andy Abrahim

Andy has had a keen interest in martial arts from youth after seeing the legendary Bruce Lee in action. His other influences include: Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Steven Seagal and Chow Yun Fat. Andy has trained in boxing, karate, and Wing Chun and is keen to learn Chen Style Tai Chi. Andy is currently a freelance personal trainer, nutritionist, and self-defence instructor in Essex, UK.

1 Comment
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    vincent depaul staley June 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    were is grandmaster carter wong here in the us

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