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    Vince Black passed on

    I am sorry to say that Vince Black passed on in Feb of this year. I just saw the announcement on the Plum Publications Facebook page. Vince was a well known martial artist and traditional Chinese...
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    That is a very good find! I knew of the film but...

    That is a very good find! I knew of the film but had never seen it.
    Thanks much,
    Brian
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    It is interesting to see that she is carrying on her family's martial arts. It is interesting too to see how the Cultural Revolution impacted her family and their lineage of Northern Shaolin....
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    The issue of what Chinese martial arts were like...

    The issue of what Chinese martial arts were like before the Jingwu is a very interesting one and one that have I long pondered both as a historian and as a Chinese martial arts practitioner. I have...
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    kung fu baseball bats

    Looks like the kung fu weapon of choice back in the Motherland of Kung Fu is----baseball bats. They are popular in Taiwan too.
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    The history of modern Wushu is interesting and...

    The history of modern Wushu is interesting and more complex than the simple idea "The commies took the fighting out". The modern Wushu program was an extenstion of both the Jingwu program and the...
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    Jimbo, Which martial arts store did you work...

    Jimbo,
    Which martial arts store did you work at? The two I used to buy at most frequently were Bokaido and another one over by the Botantical Garden (I have spaced out on the second one's name, it...
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    One thing that I would add is that the Japanese...

    One thing that I would add is that the Japanese influence is often overlooked when Taiwanese martial arts are discussed. The 50 year Japanese period had a major impact on the course of Taiwanese...
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    My wife and I's book, Chinese Martial Arts...

    My wife and I's book, Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey, has an entire chapter on the history of Taiwanese martial arts. It covers the situation in Taiwan starting with the...
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    It is interesting to me that people have an...

    It is interesting to me that people have an abiding interest in “Tongs” and Chinese martial arts; there is a fascination about it that far exceeds any reality to it. As a prosecutor and public...
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    I first bought Asian Fighting Arts back in the...

    I first bought Asian Fighting Arts back in the days of the "Kung Fu Craze" of the mid 1970s. When I was a junior in high school (1975) I got permission from my history teacher to do a special...
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    The opening post in this thread said in passing;...

    The opening post in this thread said in passing; "yet practicing forms has been established and continued for thousands of years even still to this day". That actually raises an interesting...
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    Financial support for Tiger Claw

    First, I would like to thank Gene for the full page acknowledgment in the February issue of the donation my company, Verotek Systems, made to the Tiger Claw Foundation. It is great to see and it is...
  14. Hi Gene, Well, maybe you, me and Elizabeth can...

    Hi Gene,
    Well, maybe you, me and Elizabeth can share the Nobel Prize for Martial Arts Literature this year. But remember they only give us 10 minutes for the acceptance speech and we gotta split...
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    Hi Gene, That is true, thanks much. take...

    Hi Gene,
    That is true, thanks much.

    take care,
    Brian
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    I am sorry, I may not have made myself very clear...

    I am sorry, I may not have made myself very clear what I am asking. I am asking for contemporaneous historical documents discussing the history of wing chun. By "contemporaneous historical...
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    I wanted to say "thanks" to folks who helped me...

    I wanted to say "thanks" to folks who helped me out on this thread. Looks like the oldest Wing Chun historical materials only date from about the 1950s or so. That kind of matches up with the idea...
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    Dear ROC, It is interesting you mention this. ...

    Dear ROC,
    It is interesting you mention this. It has not been my experience in Taiwan that leading martial arts teachers have any great interest or skill in calligraphy. (Before anyone cites Ching...
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    San Diego (La Mesa) karate teacher arrest

    This was in the San Diego news last Friday:
    http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/3968

    take care,
    Brian
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    Thanks much for the various leads and insights. ...

    Thanks much for the various leads and insights. I appreciate people taking the time to respond. And if anyone runs across anything please let me know.

    take care,
    Brian
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    Los Angeles with all its ethnic diversity is a...

    Los Angeles with all its ethnic diversity is a good example of how "exposure" to people of other races can end racial tensions and fighting. Hawaii is another good example of that.........and I of...
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    "Racial awareness" and "racial preferences" (or...

    "Racial awareness" and "racial preferences" (or put more crudely "racism") are very deeply rooted in the human mind. There has been quite a bit of serious research in this area over the past 20 years...
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    Good Morning Lone Tiger, Thanks much for the...

    Good Morning Lone Tiger,
    Thanks much for the link to that thread. I appreciate that and I took a scan through it this morning.....but alas....there is not one mention of any historical document...
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    On a related note, in Taiwan there is a segment...

    On a related note, in Taiwan there is a segment of the Taiwanese population who feels that Nazism was right about a number of things. And this segment respects what they see as some core "qualities"...
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    No fooling---but we historians go where angels...

    No fooling---but we historians go where angels fear to tread. Anyway it could not be any worse than the abuse Stan Henning got from the "hard core tai chi-ers" when he came out and said historians...
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