Originally named Yu Tiantang, the former national "Praying Mantis Boxing" champion had also been the team captain and coach of the Shandong Sports Academy's martial arts team. Yu's dexterity was later discovered by director Zhang Xinyan of Great Wall Pictures, who cast him in the sensational The Shaolin Temple.
Yu was next seen in films such as Kids From Shaolin, Martial Arts Of Shaolin and Yellow River Fighter. However, his failing health has minimized his screen appearance significantly.
-Celestial Pictures' biography from Martial Arts of Shaolin