Tony Jaa visits the USA Shaolin Temple
On tour for the US Premiere of the film Ong Bak, Tony Jaa recently visited and befriended Shifu Shi Yan Ming and USA Shaolin Temple. The Ong Bak premiere in New York, sponsored by Sahamongkol Films International and hosted by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, was very well-received event featuring a live performance by Tony Jaa himself and his action team and the USA Shaolin Temple demo team. Besides being a brilliant and authentic martial artist, he is a kind, respectful, loyal, person possessing an open mind and heart.
To celebrate Ong Bak's remarkable success, Tony Jaa, Shifu Shi Yan Ming, and members of the Wu-Tang Clan spent the evening together at an after-party dedicated to Jaa. It was later that week that Tony Jaa took time out of his forbidding schedule to return to the USA Shaolin Temple and spend a day with Shifu and students. The Temple's demo team welcomed Tony Jaa and his long-time training partners of action-stunt men by giving a private demonstration at the Temple. Jaa and his team spent the remainder of the evening training with Shifu Shi Yan Ming in Shaolin martial arts or Chan philosophy. It was a remarkable beginning to a beautiful friendship!