Don “The Dragon” Wilson
Don “the Dragon” Wilson’s humble beginnings started in Cocoa Beach, Florida, where he was born and raised in the shadow of Cape Canaveral, where his father worked as an engineer for NASA. Don was an honors student at high school, and his quest was to follow in his father’s footsteps. He attended the Coast Guard Academy, where he studied engineering, and wanted to become a military officer, but a lesson from his older brother, Jim, who had already been studying kung-fu changed his life forever.
Don had also been a great athlete in high school, captaining both the football team and the basketball team, where he was the team mvp in both sports. Therefore he couldn’t understand why at a solid 205 lbs., he could not outfight his smaller 155 lb. brother. Don was soon competing in competitions, and point fighting.
Don was studying the dragon style (pai lum) of kung-fu, however he did not feel fulfilled with this style and wanted to prove that kung-fu practitioners could really fight. He discovered the world of kickboxing, where he became a student of the game, and started his professional kickboxing career in 1974, training and fighting out of his brother Jim’s dojo. By 1978 his ring performances had attracted sponsorship from an investment group, and by 1979 he was the PKA U.S. middleweight champion.
At that point, Don had been working on his techniques with PKA world champion, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace. This was the genesis of Don’s legendary kicking skills. he was able to use every kind of kick invented, including the jumping and spinning variety, and could deliver double and triple kicks from each leg. Read more…