Buck Sam Kong
earliest training in Hong Kong came from his mother, who practiced
the Eagle Claw style of Kung Fu. When he was 6, she placed him
in a school that taught the Tam Tuei system.
Two years later,
Kong met Lam Cho, one of Hong Kong’s leading instructors
in Hung Gar (Tiger-Crane) Kung Fu. Lam Cho becomes his
primary instructor. When he was 12, Kong also started training
in the Choy Li Fut system.
In 1956, Kong
moved to Hawaii with his parents. He completed high school, became
a naturalized citizen and served in the U.S. Army. From 1961 to
1963, he was a hand to hand combat instructor for his division
to civilian life and at the urging of his friends, which included
several local Karate and Aikido instructors, began to teach Kung
Fu openly. In those days, Kung Fu was only taught to those of Chinese
ancestry. In October 1963, Sifu Kong and his friends opened our
first training hall near Kam IV Road and Rose Street in Kalihi.
In 1974, Buck Sam Kong was inducted into Black Belt Magazine’s
Hall Of Fame as Kung Fu Instructor Of The Year.
Kong taught in
Hawaii until 1976, when he decided to expand his school. In December,
Sifu Kong, his wife Nancy and their 3 children moved to Los Angeles.
He has lived and taught there for the past 30 years. Now 69 and
a grandparent, he has several branches across the mainland, Mexico