Rick Wong's Chinese Martial Arts Center

Rick Wong's Chinese Martial Arts Center

5.0 (5)
31 years in business

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As a licensed physical therapist, I am able to deal with all kinds of students from top tier athlete to recreational skill practitioner. They are trained for health, self defense, and competition, or whatever aspect they most desire.  All our students are able to work to their optimal potential. 

Most enjoyable aspect of teaching Chinese martial arts is seeing progression. The skills taught are time tested,yet stiil tailored for individual needs. 

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Melrose, MA 02176
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5 Reviews


  • Robin Krolikowski

    I'm excited to be writing about my experiences at Rick Wong's Chinese Martial Arts Center. Classes focus on personal improvement in a welcoming and supportive environment. In my adult class, there is a wide range of ages, fitness, experience, and abilities. Students have included extremely fit people in their 20s up to and including elderly or impaired people in their 80s. Rick's strong understanding of the body encourages good practice and minimizes the chance of injury. As a large-ish middle-aged woman, I find the content of classes are challenging but definitely achievable. Rick creates an environment that fosters learning, is non-competitive and non-toxic. Other students are encouraging and supportive. Rick is a kind and patient teacher who works well with students of all levels. More experienced students will recognize and appreciate Rick's depth of knowledge, while beginners can rest assured that they will be welcomed and treated respectfully. Whether you're a complete novice who is curious about Tai Chi or an experienced practitioner, Rick has a lot to offer.

  • Carole Cooke

    I was curious about tai chi, but wasn’t even sure what it was. I had heard that it was good for flexibility, balance, strength and relaxation. With more than a little nervousness and self-consciousness, I attended one of Rick Wong’s beginner classes. I was immediately welcomed into the group. After some stretching and warming up, Rick had us begin with very simple movements that he both demonstrated and explained. Every week we built on what we had practiced, and within a few months, we had learned a complete form. In addition to being a martial arts master, Rick is a practicing physical therapist who understands how the body moves. Not only is Rick a very knowledgeable teacher, he is very patient and kind. He never puts anyone on the spot, and he provides a lot of helpful information, including very useful explanations of the martial arts origins of various movements. Rick has many long-time students whose loyalty is a testament to his teaching ability, friendly demeanor and good humor. I highly recommend Rick Wong’s tai chi classes!

  • Nancy Parsons

    I have been one of Rick Wong’s fortunate students for more than twenty years. And my longevity qualifies me to say that I have always been assured of receiving valuable instruction and insight in his classes. Rick manages to deliver fresh information and new corrections that improve the performance of students at all levels—those long-experienced students as well as the most basic beginners. I am in awe of his enduring patience with both. Rick understands that individuals learn differently, so his teaching includes visual, auditory, and kinetic instruction. He stresses applications, and in order to give his students the most complete understanding possible, he demonstrates and explains what each move is meant to accomplish. He is ever mindful that tai chi is a serious martial art, not some graceful little dance. Even so, when Rick Wong performs tai chi—as other professional martial artists frequently call upon him to do—his performance inspires, and for a moment at least, the person watching can believe that somehow, someday that level of achievement is possible.

  • Alan Yeo

    Sifu Rick is an excellent teacher and world class knowledgable chinese martial artist. He has given me an exposure to all aspects of chinese martial arts, from forms, sparring, drills, applications, training methods, partner and solo exercises, enough to satisfy anyone's curiosity into martial arts. On top of that, he promotes a well balanced, fun, friendly, engaging environment but well defined by nothing shorter than hard work.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Typical practice for new Tai Chi or Kung Fu students is emphasis on correct posture, alignment, and flexibility.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Experience includes physical therapy degree with 30 years of clinical experience as well as practicing, teaching, performing, and competing Chinese martial arts 30 years.