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Kung Fu Tai Chi March - April 2017

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in this issue

3 min
publisher’s corner

Right after the U.S. Presidential election, I left the country. I went on assignment to Dublin, Ireland, for a set visit for AMC’s Into the Badlands. It was a work trip, not out of protest, although I confess that after such a rancorous election I was hoping for a little break. But it wasn’t to be. In the Irish pubs over pints of Guinness, I found myself engaged by locals wanting to discuss the surprising results in context of their own situation with Brexit. The world is changing and we simply cannot afford to look away. The stakes are too high. As a general rule, Kung Fu Tai Chi strives to be politically neutral. That’s not out of a lack of opinion by any means. It’s just that we are a…

3 min
claw marks

Tiger Claw is preparing for great things in 2017. New products, equipment, and events are all on the horizon. I already know our biggest event next year will be the Tiger Claw Elite Championships, held May 19–21, 2017, in San Jose, California. Every year we work to add stuff and make it better than the year before so that people will leave talking about how great the event is and want to come back. This year additions will be easy, but at the same time, a lot of hard work will be required to pull it all off successfully. Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine turns twenty-five next year. Let that sink in for a moment. Twenty-five years of great Chinese martial arts coverage. It has been no easy task to keep…

3 min
web fu

Associate Publisher Gene Ching speaks on KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasney On December 14, 2016, Kung Fu Tai Chi’s Associate Publisher Gene Ching was on KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasney. The program was Bruce Lee and San Francisco’s Pioneering Martial Arts Scene and centered around Charles Russo’s book Striking Distance: Bruce Lee and the Dawn of Martial Arts in America. Also joining the program was Jeet Kune Do instructor Gary Cagaanan, who trained directly under Bruce Lee’s disciple, James Lee. http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?69941-Gene-Ching-on-KQED-s-Forum-with-Michael-Krasney Shaolin Soccer is For Real Ever since Stephen Chow’s irreverent film Shaolin Soccer (2001), every time a real soccer player fouls another with a high illegal kick, Shaolin Soccer is evoked by the media. But more intriguingly, recurrent news stories cover real soccer training at the world’s largest martial arts school, Tagou Martial…

3 min
report on the 6th new england international wushu championships

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Master Malee and Malee’s School of Tai Chi & Kung Fu played host to competitors from New England and all over the U.S. at the 6th New England International Wushu Championships, U.S. Traditional Wushu Team Trials, and 3rd USA Tai Chi Cup in Connecticut. The event took place at Nomad’s Adventure Quest in South Windsor. With close to three hundred competitors in attendance from twenty-six schools, it was one of the best attended Chinese martial arts tournaments on the east coast this year. Many special guests were in attendance, including Grandmaster Bai Wenxiang, (cover master November+December 2010) former head coach of the Shaanxi Wushu team, and Master Zhao Changjun (cover master November+December 2006), one of the top Wushu athletes of all time, movie star, principal rival…

5 min
oakland 1964

Last November, the San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture hosted the 2nd “World of Bruce Lee” Exhibition, organized by the acclaimed Bruce Lee fan and collector Randy Wong. The exhibit celebrated the 76th birthday of martial arts legend Bruce Lee and the 50-year milestone of Lee’s groundbreaking role in The Green Hornet TV show. In addition, the lineup also included a special tribute section to the highly regarded Master Wong Jack Man, who was one of the first masters to openly start offering Chinese martial arts lessons in the US in the ‘60s (first in San Francisco’s Chinatown and for several decades later in the same Fort Mason Center’s building where this exhibition was held), and who famously battled Bruce Lee in a no-holds-barred match in 1964,…

8 min
uncle’ allen joe remembers bruce lee

Grandmaster Allen Joe is the last surviving member of the Four Musketeers. That’s what they called themselves, Allen and his three best friends: James Yimm Lee, George Lee, and Bruce Lee. Allen Joe was there with Bruce from the beginning. He gave Bruce his first weight set and was instrumental in bringing him to Oakland, California. He was one of Lee’s closest confidants. But their fateful meeting over a half century ago almost didn’t happen. Who knows what would have become of the Little Dragon had he not relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, which was a hotbed for martial arts back in the day and remains so now. Today, Allen remains a respected fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area martial arts community. He eschews formal titles; most know…