Thank you Master Ron Bradburn for sharing this very special piece of memorabilia!

On May 19, 2011 by Master Bill
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This is the brochere that Jimmy Woo used circa 1963. Jimmy had 8 association schools at this time. Frank Woolsey’s school was one of them. His school was located in the Wyman Center near the corner of Woodruff and Firestone Boulevard in the city of Downey.

When I was a senior in high school I got a job at Wyman’s liquor store which was located right next to Frank Woolsey’s kung fu school. On my breaks, I would often go next door and watch the guys work out. Frank taught only the old or hard hitting punching style of kung fu san soo with Jimmy’s full approval as did the other 7 schools.These lessons included the Ah-soo, Fut-ga, some combat toy-li-ho and the Numpi lessons. It would be several more years until the choy-li-ho-fut lessons would be introduced to the general public.

At age 17, I couldn’t believe the punching power these guys had. Needless to say I was very impressed. After graduation, I went on to college and then got drafted into the army. It would be several more years before I actually signed up with Frank Woolsey for my formal training. My good friend Ron Bradburn was already at Frank’s with a yellow belt so I joined him there immediately. By this time Frank had moved his school a few miles away and was now located on Downey Avenue.

For all of those who doubt Franks auththenticity and the lessons he taught, please take a look at the brochere. The photos clearly show who has been around the longest and what Jimmy and his associates were teaching at that time. If you are not in the photo then you have not been around the longest. The thing is, no one really cares who has been around the longest. No one is the absolute expert on kung fu san soo. No one! Don’t let anyone tell you they are.

Great masters don’t need to brag about themselves. I never once heard Jimmy say that he was the best there was. He would say his art was the best but he never claimed that he was the best. He would always say he would do his best in a fight. Thats all. For those of us that knew Jimmy, he would never let you call him Lo Sifu, or grandmaster or any other formal name. He would say, “you call me Jimmy.” I loved that about him. He never put himself above his students.


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