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  1. Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (AAFF)

    If anyone is going to the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (AAFF) please check out our film Dragonmasters: A Cultural Odyssey.
    Its playing on Friday, November 15, at 6:00 pm at the Asian...
  2. Award of Recognition at the Accolades

    Grandmasters of Mayhem, wins an Award of Recognition at the Accolades.
    http://accoladecompetition.org/past-winners/award-of-recognition-august-2016/
  3. Screen Shots from Grandmasters of Mayhem - Johnny Claws of Death

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  4. Is there a trailer? r.

    Is there a trailer?
    r.
  5. Grandmasters of Mayhem - a trailer for a short film.

    Here is a couple of trailers for a short film I'm working on.
    r.
    Grandmasters of Mayhem
    A documentary filmmaker goes on a mission to dig up dirt on American kungfu. It’s the last thing he ever...
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    Happy Year of the Monkey!

    Wishing all of you health and happiness in the Year of Monkey!


    https://vimeo.com/154645394
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    You are right, even the title, 'Shifu' is a...

    You are right, even the title, 'Shifu' is a relational term and used in context of a 'teacher/student/ relationship (師徒 shi tu). Sometimes non-practitioners will address a martial arts teacher as...
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    Agreed. I'm not advocating that physical training...

    Agreed. I'm not advocating that physical training is not important or needed, it is. However, mental practice also has powerful potential in developing skills, what stories do is emotionally connect...
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    I would agree that an expert would be much more...

    I would agree that an expert would be much more capable, but what we are taking about, at least that's what I am talking about, is ‘getting there’ and developing skills and the role of ‘story’ in...
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    I would agree that actual "practicing doing that...

    I would agree that actual "practicing doing that something" is very important and that mental simulation is not as good as actually doing something, but it is the next best thing, and very useful in...
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    Here is a story you might enjoy...

    Here is a story you might enjoy.

    r.
    www.shaolinwushu.com
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    Well said. r.

    Well said.
    r.
  13. Not a quick read.

    Just got it. As you say, "a lot of hidden history . . . .connects the dots between various styles and . . . thought provoking".

    Not a quick read.

    r.
    www.shaolinwushu.com
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    Importance of story/myth/history/legend

    Are stories important to training sports/competition martial arts? I would say no, although IMO discounting ‘lineage stories’ diminishes even 'sport martial arts' greatly. Are ‘lineage stories/myths’...
  15. Congrats Sal! r. www.shaolinwushu.com

    Congrats Sal!
    r.
    www.shaolinwushu.com
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    Typical of the sets we practice. r.

    Typical of the sets we practice.

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    Apparently there is a traditional Shaolin martial...

    Apparently there is a traditional Shaolin martial art being practiced at the Northern Shaolin Monastery near Pan Shan 盤山. I have not seen any videos of their sets, but they use a crossed yin 印 seal...
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    "Or think of it like a private boarding school,...

    "Or think of it like a private boarding school, students have their own 'house' with its own sleeping and dining facilities, but go over to the main 'school' every day for their lessons. The houses...
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    The character 'yuan' 院 could refer to 'school' or...

    The character 'yuan' 院 could refer to 'school' or 'public institution' but 北宗 could more likely be used to refer to Chan sects, North (Buddhism); Taoist sects, North (Taoism) 佛教禪宗派別 北宗 (佛教) 道教派別,北宗...
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    The pinyin for characters you supplied would be....

    The pinyin for characters you supplied would be. Shaolin Si Bei Yuan
    少林寺 refers to Shaolin Temple (Shaolin Si); 北院 northern school (most likely refers to northern school of Chan but could be...
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    Research

    You might find, The Northern School and the Formation of Early Ch’an Buddhism, by the Buddhist scholar, McRae helpful. McRae was also the author of: Seeing through Zen: Encounter, Transformation,...
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    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Years. We Just finished our first Dragon Dance. Check out more pics here.

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    www.shaolinwushu.com
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    The origins of Tan Tui

    Check out this thread:
    http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50169-is-Tan-Tui-a-northern-shaolin-art
    Here is something you might consider:...
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    The trailer.

    Great story is character driven. This trailer tells me these people do not know what story telling is about. If that is not the case, fix the trailer people.
    r.
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    $haolin

    I have to chuckle in re-reading this post which I wrote 8 years ago. I had the 'cultural thing' way out of proportion, this thing never was about culture it was, and is about money.
    r.
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