Grandmaster Feeman Ong started the Kwan Ying Do system in Northeastern Ohio in the early 1960's. The term 'Kwan Ying Do' translates into English as the 'Way of the Honorable Masters.' This system was founded by Master Ong to pass on the 'Way of the Honorable Masters' that he had learned in China from the masters who taught him. Eventually several schools were opened in the Kwan Ying Do system once his top students were ready to teach. Listen to Master Ong's response to a student's question at a monthly meeting in February of 1976. The question was asked about what the goals are of the art (as taught in the schools of the Kwan Ying Do system).
If your browser doesn't support the audio player or if you had trouble understanding, here's what he said: "The aim of the schools, naturally we want to train all of our students to improve physically and mentally, so how they could be a better person for themselves, for their family, for the community, and for their country."
Listening to Master Ong's response makes it clear that although the Kwan Ying Do system teaches martial arts, the training isn't limited to just learning how to fight. The highest martial arts masters in China were typically known not only for their fighting prowess, but also for their pursuit of self-improvement and their high moral standards. Often they were skilled practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and had an understanding of a variety of other disciplines unique to China at that time. His exposure to that culture surrounding so many 'Honorable Masters' profoundly influenced Master Ong and he was able to impart some of what he learned from that culture to the members of the Kwan Ying Do system here in America.
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Material from the Kwan Ying Do system began to be publicly taught by Master Ong in the early 1960's. Many of his students from the 60's progressed to become teachers who eventually were appointed directors of schools in the system.
In the mid 70's to the early 80's there were several schools under Master Ong's direction run by his top students. During this time he held a weekly class to continue the training of his main instructors who headed his schools. He also held Kwan Ying Do monthly meetings that were attended by the directors of schools in the system and also many of their students. In addition, from time to time he personally taught classes in meditation, land reading (feng shui), face reading, acupressure, massage, and martial arts tokens (forms) to selected members of the schools and their instructors.
In the early 80's Master Ong started another class in which he taught two students from each school in the system. These students were picked with the idea they could eventually be directors of their own schools in the Kwan Ying Do system.
Over the years Master Ong organized demonstrations to help promote the art taught in the Kwan Ying Do system. Many of these performances were captured on film. Under Master Ong's direction, annual Kwan Ying Do Chinese New Year celebrations were also held. These helped to promote camaraderie among the members of the different schools in the system.
Before his untimely death in 1983 he named Mr. Alex Wasil, a third degree black belt and the director of the Wing Sing school, as his jon moon, or lineage holder chosen to lead the system of Kwan Ying Do in his absence. In the confusion after Master Ong's death eventually only two schools remained in the system, Wing Sing, Master Wasil's school, and Yee Sing, which was run by Bob Kreuger, another one of Master Ong's top students.
From the mid eighties to the late nineties Mr. Krueger brought several different Tai Chi forms into the system. These included T'ai Chi straight sword and broadsword, T'ai Chi Fan, Sun Style T'ai Chi and Chen Style T'ai Chi. He also brought in Swimming Dragon and Buddha Palm qigong forms. In the nineties Master Wasil brought Soaring Crane Qigong and Essence Qigong into the system.
In 1998 Mr. Krueger and Mr. Wasil travelled to Taiwan to train personally with Master Ko (Gao). From this training they added even more material to the Kwan Ying Do system that Master Ong had created.
In 1997 Master Wasil appointed George Gajdos, one of Mr. Krueger's top students, director of Yuen Sing school. In 2008 he appointed Gene Hummel, and Mike Barker directors of Ho Sing school. Mr. Hummel and Mr. Barker were two of Master Wasil's top students.
In 2021 Gene Hummel passed away leaving Mike Barker the director of Ho Sing School. A few months later Master Wasil passed away and Wing Sing School was closed. Mr. George Gajdos, the only living student to earn the rank of second degree black belt through Master Wasil, has accepted the role of being the head of the Kwan Ying Do system. In 2022, Mr. Gajdos appointed Bill VandenBoom as co-director of Ho Sing school after consulting with Mr. Barker. As of 2022, Mr. Gajdos' school, Yuen Sing, and Ho Sing, the school run by Mr. Barker and Mr. VandenBoom, are the two remaining schools in the Kwan Ying Do system.