SanDiegoComicCon: 18th Time’s the Charm?

Got your badge (if you don’t by now, the overwhelming odds are you can skip this post)? If so, I hope you’ll stop by my the 18th Annual San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza, set for Thursday night, July 9th, in Room 6A of the Convention Center, from 8 to 10:30pm. We even
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Introducing MMA (not what you think)!

I’ve been studying martial arts since 1978, but the reason I only practiced it occasionally is that, like Bruce Lee, it didn’t speak to me until relatively recently. As Lau Kar-leung (Liu Chia-liang) said, “(Bruce) hit to hurt, for the pleasure of the strikes (for more Master Lau on Bruce, see page 92 of my
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Salt Lake Fan Xperiencing!

Okay, this is super simple. If you’re going to be in Salt Lake City, Utah, anytime between January 29th and January 31st, anywhere near the Salt Palace Convention Center (90 South West Temple, 84101) for some reason the organizers of the Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience wanted me there to present two kung fu
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San Diego Comic Con Kung Fu Extravaganza 2014 Playlist!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, and even for those who could, here’s what’s becoming as much a tradition as the Extravaganza itself: my dissection of the show, telling/reminding you what clips I showed, as well as the clips I/you missed! This was a year of firsts, starting with my introduction. In the
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Comiconners, Here Are Your Guest Stars!

Yup, we’re doing it again: for the 17th time in fact. But as always, the San Diego Comic Con needs my Kung Fu Extravaganza blurb for their program book long before we can lock in our special guest stars (because of their busy schedules). So, because the 150,000+ attendees are also all set long before
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Ithacalling Black Dragons!

I had been studying martial arts since 1978 — and was beginning to seriously doubt I’d ever be able to match up what I saw in Liu Chia-liang movies and what I saw in hundreds, if not thousands, of dojos, gyms, and studios throughout the world — when I was lucky enough to be sent
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Return to Scholar’s Garden

Has it been a year already? Have we been wandering around in a dazed maze all that time? In any case, I implored you to attend this event last summer, and, it is so mind-opening, power-acquiring, and health achieving that I’m doing so again. For years it was held at the famed Staten Island Snug
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Calling All Martial Artists…!

…ready to get your minds blown? As some of you may know, I’ve been studying martial arts for more than thirty-five years, but it wasn’t until a dozen years ago that I started to learn what I feel true kung fu is. That began at the 2002 Taiwan Taichi World Championships, where I met the
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Got Another ACE Up My Sleeve…

…my second appearance at the Albuquerque Comic Expo, that is. Not only did they film The Avengers, The Lone Ranger, and Breaking Bad in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but Greg Derrick and his cool crew put on a great annual “popculcon” as well. And, although I haven’t dabbled in comics for a while, I’m lucky they
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Jackie & Me

It’s time I face it. Jackie Chan’s my martial art movie muse. His Drunken Monkey in a Tiger’s Eye (Drunken Master, 1978) was the film that inspired me to write my first martial art movie book (which was published in the early 1980’s). I had already seen Five Fingers of Death and Enter the Dragon,
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