Master Johnny Kwong Ming Lee, or Lee Kwong Ming, was born in Shanghai, China. In 1958 his family moved to Hong Kong, where at the age of 12, he began studying Northern Shaolin My Jhong Law Horn under the late Grand Master Yip Yu-Ting. Master Yip was a respected and recognized member of the Four Supreme Excellent Masters from Hopei, China. He took Lee as his last personal student. In 1965, Lee was lucky enough to find and also become the personal student of the late General Sun Paul Kung. General Sun was a disciple of Grand Master Fu Chen Sung, one of the original “Five Tigers” from northern China. He taught Lee the internal styles Pa Kua Chang and Tai Chi.
In 1974, Master Lee was invited to Shreveport, Louisiana, where he became one of the first Chinese Masters to introduce traditional Chinese Martial Arts into mainstream America. Since then, he has demonstrated his Kung-Fu in numerous national and international Kung-Fu and Karate tournaments and exhibitions.
Master Lee has also been featured in many national Martial Arts Magazines through personal interviews as well as professional articles about traditional Kung-Fu. He was recognized by Internal Arts magazine as “…one of the most knowledgeable Masters of Pa Kua Chang in this country”; and by inside Kung-Fu magazine as “…a nationally respected instructor of Chinese Martial Arts”; and also by the Pa Kua Journal as “…one of the two best known Fu Style Pa Kua Masters in the United States.” He has also been named Instructor of the Year and inducted into the Louisiana Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Master Lee is a member of the advisory board of the U.S. Chinese Martial Arts Council as well as the U.S. Wu Shu Federation. In 1991 he was elected National Chairperson of Chinese Martial Arts, Traditional Northern Shaolin of the AAU. He has also received 10th Degree Grandmaster recognition and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Organization of Wu Shu and Kung Fu Masters. The high degree of proficiency of Master Lee’s teaching skills, application of technique, and theoretical insight into Chinese martial arts, both internal and external, are best demonstrated though his students. They excel in national and world championship titles in forms and sparring.