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WATCH: 'Know your enemy' says Ipswich Youtube sensation Master Wong

PUBLISHED: 18:59 30 August 2019 | UPDATED: 20:15 30 August 2019

Youtube sensation and martial arts expert Master Wong gives reporter Sophie Barnett a lesson.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Youtube sensation and martial arts expert Master Wong gives reporter Sophie Barnett a lesson. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Ipswich Youtube star Master Wong has been demonstrating how to protect yourself without the need to carry a blade - and it all starts with the mind.

You tube sensation and martial arts expert Master Wong  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNYou tube sensation and martial arts expert Master Wong Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Having been bullied as a child, the Vietnamese native turned to self defence in an attempt to boost his confidence and has now forged a career as a Youtuber - teaching others how to protect themselves.

As he introduced the basics of self defence, the renowned martial arts expert said: "Know yourself, know your enemy, know your ability and always know your surroundings."

The 50-year-old star, who has a following of more than 2.4 million subscribers, teaches a combination of self defence, martial arts and tai chi, while also acting as a motivational life coach and travelling around the globe to share his knowledge.

But it's not been an easy ride for the Youtube star. The early bullying resulted in him quitting school at an early age.

Master Wong teaching Sophie Barnett some self defence techniques    Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMaster Wong teaching Sophie Barnett some self defence techniques Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

He then came to England as a refugee at the age of 11. His family set up home in Felixstowe, later moving to Ipswich.

In 2006 he launched his Youtube channel - which has now become the best home learning channel for martial arts.

When asked the secret to his online success, Master Wong replied: "Just by being normal and being me.

"What I teach are serious and informative lessons but I always do it with a bit of fun and make it light hearted."

You tube sensation and martial arts expert Master Wong  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNYou tube sensation and martial arts expert Master Wong Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Master Wong says that he enjoys helping people around the world because self defence is a vital skill.

He said: "People need to be aware of the people they meet both on and offline and need to know how to defend themselves.

"It's all about the mind first, and then the physical side follows after."

He believes that self defence is all about the preparation - identifying the people around you, keeping your personal space at all times, and ensuring your stance is balanced.

You tube sensation and martial arts expert Master Wong  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNYou tube sensation and martial arts expert Master Wong Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

He continued: "You should always let people know where you are going, especially late at night. Be aware of who is around you and don't trust people too much."

He also advised never to punch someone if you are being attacked, as often you will break your hand and may be unable to use a mobile to get help.

"Always use your palm, elbows or knees to defend yourself."

You can watch Master Wong's self defence and martial arts videos and learn more of his important tips by visiting his channel here.

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