Trailblazing Dragon returns to where it all began

Grand Master Ron Van Clief returns to the New York area this week for a series of film screenings, book signings, self-defense seminars – and memories. Memories that come not only from more than 40 years of training in the martial arts. Those memories also come from his years as a Brooklyn teen invading Chinatown
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Chuck Norris talks about his friendship with Bruce Lee

During an interview with Michael Eisner on CNBC back in 2009, Chuck Norris talks with Eisner about his friendship with the legendary master Bruce Lee. Norris talked about their training in Los Angeles before went back to Hong Kong, who would win in a fight, and more. The entire interview ran on April 6th, 2009.
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Check out this episode of Bruce Lee Lives: The Master

I was talking to my friend King Uprock, who I interviewed for Blvd. Warriors, and he turned me on to the show Bruce Lee Lives, which is currently running on Fuel TV. It looks interesting, but may be a bit too similar to How Bruce Lee Changed the World. However any show featuring Bruce Lee
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Cung Le’s Dragon Eyes to preview during UFC 139 this weekend

UFC 139 this Saturday, November 19th, will mark the UFC debut of Cung Le, the accomplished and undefeated kickboxer, who will be fighting in his own hometown of San Jose, California. Le is a Sanshou expert who is considered a top-level mixed martial artist. Just before Cung Le goes into battle against Wanderlei Silva, Spike
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Rare footage of martial artist Jim Kelly in tournament action

I found this rare footage of Jim Kelly in point or semi-contact action from his tournament days. Although best known from his performance as Williams in the 1973 Bruce Lee martial arts epic Enter the Dragon, Grandmaster Jim Kelly was a serious martial artist, beginning his training in Shorin-ryu karate. Additionally, he trained in Okinawa-te
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Muhammad Ali’s martial arts training

I found these photos of the legendary Muhammad Ali on the website of Tae Kwon Do Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, the world-renowned 10th Degree Tae Kwon Do Black Belt. Rhee is known as the Father of American Tae Kwon Do. Few people know that Muhammad Ali studied martial arts, and even fewer know that he
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Green Hornet’s 45th TV anniversary

My good friend and Blvd. Warriors interviewee Hector Martinez reminded me that yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the first airing of the original Green Hornet TV series, which starred legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee and Van Williams. George W. Trendle created The Green Hornet television series, which premiered on U.S. television on
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Random photo of Steve James

I snapped this photo while eating at a pizza parlor on Hollywood Blvd. in L.A. with my cousin Jerry. It’s a publicity photo from the 1986 movie Avenging Force, with Steve James and Michael Dudikoff. One of the guys behind the counter confirmed the signature is indeed Steve’s. He also mentioned that Steve was a
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Billy Chong

Billy Chong, whose real name is Willy Dhozen (Willy Dozan), was born February 10, 1957 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. His 1981 film Kung Fu Executioner (also known as Shou zhi ao chu, Black Jim Conquers All, and Black Jim va tout casser), co-starring Carl Scott, took place on the mean streets of 1930s Shanghai,
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Oso Tayari Casel

Oso Tayari Casel is the founder and director of the Tayari Casel Martial Arts Academy, an institution that researches, demonstrates and spreads the contribution that Africa and China have given to the international martial arts community, while simultaneously furthering the appreciation of contemporary and traditional African and Chinese culture. His studies include cultural and humanitarian
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Grand Master Ron Van Clief

Grand Master Ron Van Clief has trained and taught Martial Arts well over 40 years. He has appeared internationally on television and radio demonstrating his art, as well as at many colleges and universities lecturing and presenting the Ron Van Clief 101 curriculum. He holds a black belt or the equivalent in Karate, Ju-Jitsu, Aiki-Jitsu,
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