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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Within Our GRASP

It never fails to amaze me who wants me to attend their event. I’m gratified to guest at hundreds of celebrations all over the world, but also somewhat mystified because some of them don’t seem to be a natural fit with my areas of (so-called) expertise. But, like a good vampire, I go where I’m
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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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Martial Arts in Media Spring 2015

Wong Kar-wai, Stephen Chow, and any filmmaker who prizes their creative freedom may never make another film in China, unless they need money or things change. At the moment all Chinese filmmakers (Hong Kong included/especially) have to brave the gauntlet of Governmental review at the start and end of production (at the very least). Even
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Stupid (Great) Ninja….

I hate ninja. They were wretched souls with no place on Earth and none in heaven — self-loathing, tunnel-visioned, spies who were despised by everyone, especially the samurai who created and hired them to exploit a loophole in the humanity-denying bushido code of “honor.” Even worse, all the above was wiped away from international understanding
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Expo 9 … Expo 9 … Expo 9…!

Ah, a little Beatles White Album joke there in the title. But The Beatles are about the only thing that aren’t being spotlighted (spot-lit?) at “Sifu Cliff’s Expo 9 Martial Arts Comic Convention with Zombies” March 27, 28, and 29th in the facility at 1444 Route 73 N. Pennsauken, NJ 08110. It’s got dozens, if
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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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Return of the King (Network)

Once I was king … at Medieval Times, for almost two years. It was great. I loved it. And Mel Brooks was right (in History of the World: Part 1). It’s good to be King. But now I feel like I’m king again, because Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network (which means guess what in Spanish)
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Urban Action Showcasing!

Calling all martial art movie and action film fans! Last year, the Urban Action Showcase — an event celebrating the world’s most exhilarating cinema — was spectacular. This year, on November 8, at the New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas — Sixth Ave, between 53rd and 54th Streets), it promises to be
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Martial Arts in Media Autumn 2014

It is seasons like these that the apocryphal “Chinese” curse “May You Live in Interesting Times” comes to mind (although generally considered a translation from the writings of someone like Lao-Tzu or Confucius, an actual Asian source has never be found … for all we know, it could’ve come from a Charlie Chan or Judge
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