by Richard S. Bustillo
Ted Wong then told me about a fight that he had had in Chinatown. His story began with him having dinner at the Golden Eagle Restaurant where we normally had lunch with Bruce Lee, Dan Inosanto and the students after our Saturday morning class. Ted was having dinner with Bill Cheung and two journalists, a photographer, Doug Churchill, and a writer, Mike Lee. They were collaborating on a new book that they wanted to publish. After dinner they said their goodbyes and went their separate ways. As Ted was walking to his car, he heard his name being called. He turned and saw Doug and Mike in a fight a block away with a gang of boys. Ted said he ran back to help his journalist friends. He was now in the middle of the fight alongside Doug, and Mike was nowhere in sight. Ted knocked one down and continued the fight against the others, but then tripped over the person he knocked down. While on the ground, he got kicks to the head and body. Ted said that he was getting dizzy from being kicked and he knew that if he didn"t get up, then he would be in big trouble. Ted did get up and continued to fight on instincts. The gang left running.
Sadly, because of Mike"s dialyses treatment, he could hardly defend himself. He was found unconscious between two parked cars. Mike was transported by ambulance to the USC County Hospital. Ted went to the hospital and stayed with Mike Lee waiting for an available room, but it wasn"t until the next early morning until Mike was admitted. Unfortunately, Mike had waited too long for his care and he died in the hospital. Ted was heart-broken when he got home.
Id asked Ted what we could learn from this unfortunate experience, what would he have done differently in the fight. He said, "We practice too much safety. I should have kicked to break the knee, (biu gee) finger jabbed at the eyes, and kick at the groin area. I told Ted that he should be proud: "you survived a gang fight and helped a friend." Most times in a full-blown fight when the adrenal glands are pumping, one is punching and kicking instinctively to stop the aggressor from hitting you.
This was the book: