Tony Anthony, bestselling author of the book ‘Taming the Tiger’ and three-times Kung Fu World Champion will tell the fascinating story of his life in the Main Hall at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown on Monday evening, March 5.
When Tony was a child of just four his father became ill and he was sent to live with his maternal grandparents in China. His grandfather, a Shaolin monk and Grand Master in the ancient martial art of Kung Fu schooled him in its ways and disciplines.
This education was harsh and often times brutal and Tony’s training was intense in the extreme. He studied the movements of birds and animals and spent many hours in the forest practicing this classical and oldest Shaolin Kung Fu exercise. Tony’s dedication to martial arts and his many hours of training resulted in him becoming a highly disciplined, truly enlightened disciple and an unbeatable combat warrior. He competed in tournaments, often behind closed doors, and held the title of World Champion three times.
His book, ‘Taming the Tiger, has sold over 1.5million copies worldwide is translated into 30 different languages. It tells the story of Tony’s upbringing and also his subsequent move into the profession of bodyguard to the rich and powerful, his downward spiral into the world of crime, and ultimately, his incarceration in the infamous Nicosia Central Prison in Cyprus.
It was while he was in prison that Tony was visited and befriended by Ulsterman Michael Wright, a missionary from Carrickfergus, who had read about his dramatic capture in the newspapers and sought to meet him. As a result of this friendship Tony’s life underwent a dramatic change and he turned from being an unpredictable and violent man to someone who now travels extensively, speaking in packed auditoriums, prisons and schools and relating his story in a down to earth manner about how his life has been transformed.
Tony will be speaking at the Jordanstown campus at 8pm on Monday. Admission is free.