Black Belt’s Screen Shots Columist and Contributing Editor
Martial Artist and Wordsmith Patrick
with wushu movie star Jet Li
"I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead."
- Samuel Goldwyn
People have paid for Patrick Vuong’s storytelling skills
since he was an 18-year-old film critic
writing for a weekly newspaper. The wordsmith
is now an optioned screenwriter, magazine
journalist and 10-year martial arts veteran based in Southern California.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Vuong studied English and
film at the University of Alberta while reviewing movies for Vue
Weekly, a local newspaper. Meanwhile, he earned his black belt in
kenpo karate from Master Margitte Hilbig of the World Martial Arts
Studio, after three and a half years of training.
Later, Vuong transferred to and graduated from California State
University, Fullerton. He also joined the CSUF Kung Fu Club, where
he continues to learn hung gar and choy li fut. Meanwhile, Vuong
became a newspaper journalist and a contributing editor at Black
Belt magazine. Today, he writes Black Belt’s monthly entertainment
column, Screen Shots, and has interviewed celebrities like Jet Li,
Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg. Vuong also coauthored Master Hilbig’s
memoir, Walking a Tiger’s Path: The Story of Canada’s
First Female Karate Black Belt.
In addition, Vuong has formally studied Northern Shaolin Chuan
Fa and Tai Chi Chuan, and had informal training in aikido, jeet
kune do, jujitsu, kali, pencak silat and wing chun.
Outside the dojo and newsroom, Vuong has directed and choreographed
a half-dozen fight scenes for public performances and martial arts
tournaments. He’s combined those skills with his literary
talents and love of movies to write, direct and choreograph a short
comedic kung fu film called Wasted Movement, which is currently
For more information, email him at email@example.com.