The transcript below is from the video “How the son of Bolo Yen wanted to surpass his father (David Yen)” by Nostalgia TV.
Hi friends. Bolo Yeung was born in China. He began his martial arts training at the age of 10. Growing up he took an interest in bodybuilding. Later he became know as Chinese Hercules after becoming Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion. He held the title for ten years.
Because of his impressively muscular physique he was chosen for several bad guy movie roles, with which his first big break came alongside the legendary Bruce Lee in the 1973 movie Enter the Dragon, where he played the role of ‘Bolo’. They were really close friends.
Since then Bolo Yeung has appeared in countless martial arts movies, to date, also working on two movies with “The Muscles from Brussels”-Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport and Double Impact.
Now Bolo still looks great and still regularly trains at his local gym. Martial Arts and Bodybuilding is an integral part of his life and career.
Bolo has two sons, Danny & David Yeung, and a daughter Debbra.
David is son of the legendary Bolo Yeung (Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport).A former bodybuilding champion, David is now a strength trainer for MMA athletes. When he was a boy, he appeared in Alex Law’s “Painted Faces”, the story of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and their fellow Chinese Opera students but now David has a great potential to become a new action star.
David Yen was born in 1974 in Hong Kong. At the age of 4, he began to study martial arts. Bolo Ian wanted him to follow in his footsteps and become a great athlete. At the age of 7, David is enrolled in several martial arts schools at once. At the age of 13, bodybuilding is added to fights. Everything is like Bolo Ian’s in his youth, only much earlier, which means more effective. David did not have good strength endurance. A couple of times I was injured on sparring. Therefore, it was decided to strengthen the body with strength training with iron. The guy is very interested in bodybuilding. For the first time in the competition, he performed at the age of 14.
His father just took him with him to the competition and he decided to go on stage. It was originally planned to make a form like Bruce Leah or like Sylvester Stallone. But the guy grew by leaps and bounds. At 23, with an average height, he weighed 90 kilograms. The security forces were also in place. David squatted 184 kg and could squeeze a platform weighing 544 kg with his feet. Once, on a dare, he performed a leg press with a weight of 362 kg for 90 repetitions. David competed in various competitions until the age of 28. He became very close friends with professional bodybuilder Flex Wheeler. They trained together, talked a lot and prepared for the competition. But in 2003, David had to end his bodybuilding career due to low back and knee injuries. Despite many victories in various tournaments, he never became a professional.
After completing his bodybuilding career, David Yen lost 30 kg of weight. This is a great psychological trauma for an athlete who has been swinging for 15 years. But thanks to the support of friends, he coped. Now David weighs 72 kg and works as a coach. Trains both beginners and professionals. Works with professional fighters and American footballers. The workouts are strong in nature, increasing their functionality and explosive strength. David runs 2 times a day and trains with iron. Although training is of a strength nature, the weights are not large. More preference goes to the development of strength endurance. David’s diet is unremarkable, except for the abundance of carbohydrates just before the workout. Perhaps this is due to the rapid metabolism. David Yen has always wanted to be famous like his father. Unfortunately, the sports career was not long and there were only one-time roles in the cinema. But David adapted to modern realities and became a good coach in demand. We are sure that the father is proud of him. We wish him success and new achievements. We like and subscribe to the channel so as not to miss the next video.
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