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Kung Fu Tai Chi Summer 2018

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in this issue

3 min
publisher’s corner

“I have very strong theories about magazine publishing. And I think that it is the most personal form of journalism. And I think that a magazine is an old friend.” That quote came from the person who is arguably the most famous American magazine publisher to date, the late Hugh Hefner. Hefner said that in an interview in 2010, when Playboy’s market value was plummeting and he was jockeying for more control of the franchise. In the 70s, Playboy had a circulation of more than 7 million. Now circulation is somewhere over a million. Over the last few years, Playboy has lost $7 million annually. Kung Fu Tai Chi has never had a million readers or made million in profit. Not even close. We’re a niche magazine and survive through the dedicated…

4 min
claw marks

I never understood the sense of urgency to get the children signed up for summer camps until I had kids of my own. I guess it is another stripe on my “adulting” belt! I was reminded of it once more this year when my wife said that it was time to pick out summer camps and start signing the kids up again. There was fear that all the good ones would be full. If we couldn’t get the kids into camp, what would we do with them while we were at work? Who would watch them? I did not want to think about this. It was only March! How does this tie to martial arts? Well, nowadays many martial arts schools offer great summer programs. Perhaps the school that you or…

3 min
web fu

Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong Home Donated to Charity Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong Mansion on Cumberland Road in Kowloon Tong is to be donated to charity as per the wishes of the previous owner’s will. The late billionaire philanthropist Yu Pengian wanted the house to be converted to a Bruce Lee Museum. Lee lived there with his family until his untimely passing in 1973. He dubbed it ‘the Crane’s Nest’. The property was acquired by Yu Panglin in 1974. In 2003, it was used as a ‘love hotel’, rented by the hour for covert trysts. Yu Pengnian unsuccessfully struggled to convert it to a museum for Lee, so he tried to unload the property in 2011. He passed away in 2015, but the donation of the property as specified by his will…

6 min
the 26th annual chinese martial arts tournament at u.c. berkeley

Co-Directors Mason Tong and Henderson Wong dash back and forth across the chaotic floor of U.C. Berkeley’s RSF Fieldhouse, hustling to put out the latest fire, all while struggling to maintain their courteous smiles. It’s another crazy year for Chinese Martial Arts Tournament, or CMAT as locals call it, and the rings are running way behind schedule. “I do have to apologize to people that are here,” says Master Bryant Fong, CMAT Tournament Chairman. “Things didn’t run exactly on time. Well, you know, we graduate students every three years. And so this is a whole new group – all freshmen. So a lot of them are learning to go through the whole process. What do you got to do to set up the tournament? What are you responsible for? And so…

4 min
where there is unity, there is strength

There was an air of skepticism as Master Christophe Clarke launched into his opening speech at the Zhang San Feng Asian Cultural Arts Festival last April. Attendees stood with arms crossed, muttering doubts amongst themselves about whether Clarke had it together or not. It’s not that the mile-high city is particularly rivalrous, no more so than any other martial arts community. Such is the challenge with any cross-school martial assemblage. Martial artists intrinsically love a good fight. Your worst enemy could be your best friend and your best friend your worst enemy. Although Denver is home to many respectable schools, its growing Kung Fu and Tai Chi community is yet uncoordinated. Perhaps it’s the majestic mountains that make the schools there more reclusive – the life of a Taoist hermit…

3 min
grandmaster henry poo yee 1940–2018

It is with great sadness that the Chinese Kung Fu Academy of Southern Praying Mantis Federation family announces Grandmaster Henry “Poo” Yee’s (余冠溥) passing, on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the age of 82. Grandmaster Henry “Poo” Yee was born and raised in the Toisan county region of Guangdong Province, China, later moving to Hong Kong as a young teenager before leaving for the United States. He began his training in 1947 with the southern styles of Hung Tao–Choy Mei (洪頭 - 蔡尾), Bak-Hok (白 鶴), and Bak-Mei (白眉) in China and Hong Kong. Grandmaster Yee first encountered Southern Mantis in 1955 after immigrating to the US to join his family in New York City. He was sixteen when he first met the Great Grandmaster of Jook Lum Gee Tong Long…