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Travis Wong Q&A: from the Sifu's Son to Leading Hollywood Stunt Coordinator

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Travis Wong is a martial artist, tricker, parkour expert and stunt coordinator.  The former co-host of MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge, has been featured in 30+ international ad campaigns, choreographed for artists Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, and Miley Cyrus.

Stunt Coordinating and fight coordinator credits include Back In Action for Netflix starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, "Witchboard," "Minions: The Rise of Gru," "Stumptown," and Marvel's "Legion" on FX just to name a few.

Today Travis is also the co-owner of the world renown Joining All Movement Center - JAM Gym in Van Nuys, CA where the gym welcomes all enthusiasts of the martial arts, tricking and parkour to discover their next level. 

Travis answered some of our burning questions ahead of his interview with our publisher.


Black Belt Magazine: Growing up you had martial arts all around you. Your father (a renowned Sifu), your mom (a champion), and your uncle (the publisher of Inside Kung Fu Magazine), can you share some memories of those early days? 

Travis Wong: As far back as I can remember, I was always at my parents martial arts studio since I was in an infant all the way through adolescence. There are pictures of me walking around in a walker with a bottle in one hand and a staff in the other. The story that my mother always tells, is that when I was three years old we were at Tat Mau Wong’s tournament in San Francisco and I told her I wanted a trophy. She tried to explain to me that those were reserved only competitors, and I told him that I wanted to compete. She spoke with the event organizer about allowing me to enter the seven-year-old division, since there was no younger divisions at the time, and the organizer said they would give me a medal just for being a part. when the division ended, they started walking four of us over to the podium, and my mother thought that they were going to just give me my participation medal, and before they realized what was happening, I was placed on the second place stand and from that moment on I was hooked on competing. My childhood consisted of going to school and coming home to eat and finish homework, so that we could go to the studio for several hours every single day. My weekends consisted of going to competitions locally and around the United States, and I never realized how truly blessed I was to have been born into a martial arts family until later in life.

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What was the emphasis of your training growing up fighting, forms, weapons, demo? 

My parents didn’t have a children’s program at their studio until I was born, and essentially created one out of necessity of me being there. My training consisted of mostly forms and weapons, and as I got older and wanted to compete more I was  focused on training for demonstrations and the competition circuit. Because there were not many other students my age, especially competing, I was one of the  central areas of focus as far as creating forms and drilling them over and over. Whenever my parents friends or teachers would visit I would always be the one to do a live demonstration, and this extended to live events and stage shows as well.

At a very young age you were already very accomplished. But also the first and oldest son of the “sifu” how did that affect your martial arts training? 

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