WONG KEI YING was born in Sai Chiu village in the county of Naam hoi in Guangdung Province, at the beginning of the 19th century. As a young boy he earned a living as a street performer. One day he was noticed by Southern Siu lam kung fu master Luk Ah Choi, and became his disciple.
However, another story tells that Wong Kei Ying learned from his father Wong Taai, who was a student of Luk Ah Choi. Later, Wong Kei Ying was sent to Luk Ah Choi to continue his study under Luk Ah Choi's guidance. Wong Kei Ying later became the martial arts instructor of the general of Guangdong's infantry regiment.
Wong Kei Ying was one of Southern China's famous "Ten Tigers of Guangdung" (Guangdung Sup Fu). Wong Kei Ying also exchanged a lot of knowledge with other kung fu masters, such as Wong Yan Lum, a "Lion's Roar" kung fu master and also a member of the Ten Tigers of Guangdung.
Wong Kei Ying died in 1886.