The groundbreaking and backbreaking Men of the Dragon

I was speaking to my friend Aaron Kai on the phone yesterday, and he reminded me about a little-known but groundbreaking 1974 television movie called Men of the Dragon. The film was shot in Hong Kong as a modern-day kung fu drama. The leading characters are three crimefighting martial arts experts. Americans Jan Kimbro (Jared
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The great photo I didn’t take

I’m currently sorting through my still photos from Grandmaster Ronald Duncan’s 21st Cross-Training Seminar, which took place a few weeks ago. During the seminar, we also took more than 3 hours of video. But this photo of O’Sensei Felix Vazquez stood out to me. Why? First, because I thought it was a nice portrait. But
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#SDCC San Diego Comic-Con knows kung fu?

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about an article by the Wall Street Journal that discussed the current Hollywood interest in the martial arts genre. The WSJ article, titled Hollywood’s New Kick, talked about how martial arts films are going mainstream (and not just by integrating kung fu into Western story lines),
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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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Pioneering African American actress Judy Pace and Kung Fu

I was doing some research last week on actress Judy Pace, whom I’d read had broken Hollywood color lines by becoming the first black villainess on television with her role as Vickie Fletcher on the TV show Peyton Place in 1968. Pace was a trailblazing actress, securing roles in groundbreaking films, such as 1970’s Cotton
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