Mr. Conway Wong
4th Degree Black Belt, Shuri-Ryu Karate-Do
2nd Degree Black Belt, Tenshin Aikido
Conway Wong is the head instructor of Shuri-Ryu Karate of St. Louis. He has studied the martial arts since 1987. Mr. Wong began studying Shuri-Ryu Karate-Do in Phoenix, Arizona under the martial arts pioneer Grandmaster Robert A. Trias at the Trias International Institute of Karate and Judo. Sadly, Trias International was closed after Grandmaster Trias passed away in 1989. Mr. Wong then became a student of Master Milt Calander in 1991 training with him privately and then at his All-American Martial Arts Academy in Mesa, Arizona. Mr. Wong continues this relationship with Master Calander to the present day. In addition to studying Karate, Mr. Wong has trained with Master Tony Bisanz, also of Mesa, Arizona, in Okinawan weaponry (kobudo) at his school Kondo No Sho Ryu.
After moving to St. Louis, Mr. Wong became a student of Aikido in 2004 and began studying under Master Elliot Freeman at Three Rivers Aikido. Mr. Wong taught Aikido for Master Freeman as well as defensive tactics and violent behavior management for Defensive Tactics Technologies until 2013.
Wishing to expand his knowledge in non-Okinawan and non-Japanese martial arts, Mr. Wong occasionally studies with Mr. Ken O'Neill's Integrated Martial Arts (IMA) since 2011. IMA is Mr. O'Neill's personal integration of a variety of martial arts including Filipino Martial Arts, Jun Fan Gung Fu/JKD, Japanese Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Karate, Aikido, Tai Chi, and Russian Systema.
Mr. Wong also continues to research new methods and tactics through his attendance of martial art seminars regionally and throughout the country.
Mr. Wong has placed numerous times in fighting, forms, and weapons competitions and has been rated on the state, regional, and national levels. Mr. Wong holds memberships with the United States Karate Alliance (USKA), the International Shuri-Ryu Association (ISA), and the Gospel Martial Arts Union (GMAU).
Mr. Wong is a Christian, married, and father of two children. Outside of teaching martial arts, he works as a software engineer, holds undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering (Arizona State University) and philosophy (University of Missouri St. Louis) with some graduate coursework in philosophy, and is active in his church.