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Yu Chenghui
  • Name:    Yu Chenghui
  • Birthday: 1939-08-16
  • Kungfu:  Martial Artist ; Kungfu Star
Yu Chenghui (born 16 August 1939 in Shandong, China), sometimes credited as Yue Sing-wai, is a Chinese martial artist, film and television actor and action director.

Yu started practising martial arts at the age of 11, specialising in the use of the Jian (Chinese sword). He won the championship title at the age of 20 in a Wushu competition held in Qingdao. He joined the Shandong Wushu team later and emerged as champion in the Zuijian ("Drunken Sword") category in another Wushu competition.

Yu injured his leg during a training session once and almost lost the use of his leg due to delayed medical treatment.He left the Wushu team later to recover from his injury and worked in a factory for the next decade or so. During that period of time, Yu spent his free time studying martial arts and interacting with other martial artists to improve his techniques, until he had fully recovered.

For 14 years during the course of his martial arts career, Yu had been working on recreating the Shuang shou jian (double-handed sword) movement, which was believed to be extinct since the Tang Dynasty era. In the wee hours of the morning on 15 September 1975, during a thunderstorm, Yu saw how a praying mantis reacted in response to the heavy downpour and got the ideas for completing the design of the swordplay technique. The Shuang shou jian is now officially recognized as a category in Wushu competitions.

Yu was discovered by film director Chang Hsin-yen of Great Wall Pictures, who cast him as the villain, Wang Renze, in the 1982 martial arts film Shaolin Temple, which starred Jet Li as the protagonist.Following his first successful role in the Chinese cinema, Yu continued to star in other martial arts films such as Kids From Shaolin (1984) and Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986).

In 1993, Yu took on the role of action choreographer for the film Heroes Returning to the East and was awarded the "Star of Martial Arts" kudos by the Chinese Wushu Association in 1998, for his unique achievements in his martial arts presentations on film and television.

In the 2000s, Yu turned his attention to working on Wuxia-themed television drama series. Between 2001 and 2009, Yu worked with producer Zhang Jizhong on a number of projects, especially adaptations of the works of renowned Wuxia writer Louis Cha. In 2008, Yu played the role of Ip Man, the celebrated Wing Chun teacher of Bruce Lee, in The Legend of Bruce Lee.

Yu stated in a 2005 newspaper interview that he never shaved his trademark beard, even at the request of movie producers, because he wanted to portray Zhou Tong, a famous Song Dynasty martial artist and military tutor, in a future film.He went on to say "He is an outstandingly able person from the northern and southern Song Dynasties and many Water Margin heroes are his disciples. This person is very important in the martial arts and many people want to portray him in films."
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1. What benefits do you want from martial arts?

a. I want self-defense and discipline
b. I would like to improve my health and body
c. Everything. Defense, discipline and fitness

2. Where is your body's powerhouse?

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b. My legs are the strongest part of my body
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d. Nowhere, I prefer to use weapons or skill

3. How would you defend yourself from an attack?

a. Striking my opponent down with all my might.
b. Blocking or controlling an opponent's strike
c. Somewhere in between.

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