VINCENT LYN INTERVIEW — BRUCE LEE COLLECTION
By Vincent Lyn with Charles Damiano
Vincent Lyn started studying martial arts at age 8. He learned Tai Chi from his uncle and later mastered his family style Ling Gar Kung Fu (or Lyn). Kung Fu looks pretty and is often thought of as a martial art that is performed for its artistry. Vincent has excelled in not just the art of Kung Fu but in its application as well. He is a 10th degree Black Sash Grandmaster who has been invited to teach martial art workshops around the world. In 2016, he taught 700 people Tai Chi and Ling Gar Kung Fu in a soccer stadium in Portugal. Jackie Chan has said that Vincent was one of the best fighters he had ever worked with. In 2007 Vincent was invited as a special guest to the first Martial Arts Olympics East-West Open in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the opening ceremony, he demonstrated his superb martial art skills in front of 20,000 spectators and also performed a piano solo, which surprised and dazzled the audience. He has been inducted into many Martial Arts Hall of Fame including an award for Grandmaster of the Year from the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame. In 2019 Vincent received a Legend Award for Who’s Who in the Martial Arts — a high level accomplishment in the Martial Arts world.
He landed his first movie role in Tiger Cage 特警屠龍 made by internationally acclaimed film director Yuen Woo Ping 袁和平. Yuen has been involved in such movies as The Matrix, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill. This movie was a big hit in the Asian market; Vincent was in high demand which fortunately led to him playing roles in more than 25 movies, including such hit films as “Blonde Fury 师姐大晒” with Cynthia Rothrock 羅芙洛, Live Hard 鐵膽雄風 with Simon Yam 任達華, Outlaw Brothers 最佳賊拍檔 directed by Frankie Chan 陳勳奇 starring Yukari Oshima 大島ゆかり, In the Line of Duty V Middle Man 皇家師姐 with Cynthia Khan 楊麗菁, Robotrix 女机械人 starring Amy Yip 葉子楣, Miracles Canton God Father 奇蹟 starring Jackie Chan, Undeclared War 聖戰風雲 directed by Ringo Lam 林岭东, Manhattan Midnight directed by Alfred Cheung 張堅庭 starring Maggie Q 李美琪 and playing the lead villain fighting superstar Jackie Chan in Operation Condor 飛鷹計劃. The climatic wind tunnel fight scene between Vincent and Jackie was recorded as one of the Top Ten Best Fight Scenes of all time in his autobiography “I am Jackie Chan” by Jeff Yang. Lyn has been awarded the Fists of Legends “Hong Kong Legends Cinema Award” at the Urban Action Showcase Expo in New York sponsored by HBO/Cinemax. He was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the Best Martial Arts Actor of the Year.
Charles Damiano Digital creator, Bruce Lee Fan, Collector and Fitness Expert got a chance to sit down with Vincent and interview him for his YouTube Channel Bruce Lee Collection. For any fan of Hong Kong action cinema this is a must see. It’s no holds barred, a chock full of action and gets to the heart of the Golden Age of Hong Kong Cinema. Vincent’s experiences working with Yuen Woo Ping 袁和平, Corey Yuen 殷元奎, Jackie Chan 房仕龍, Donnie Yen 甄子丹, and so many other Hong Kong stars. His meeting with Raymond Chow 鄒文懷, Jimmy Wang Yu 王正權, the Bruce Lee family, Linda Lee Caldwell, Shannon Lee 李香凝 and how a change of fate could’ve seen Vincent working with Brandon Lee 李國豪 his final film “The Crow.”
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