Jan 19, 2013

The Way of the Warrior: Kung Fu

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This next episode of Way of the Warrior is on the topic of Kung Fu. Specifically, it covers Hung Gar with additional segments on Wing Chun and its derivative, Jeet Kune Do.

The Hung Gar segment features Sifu Chan Hon Chung (1909-1991), a 2nd generation disciple of Wong Fei Hung. For his contribution to Chinese Martial Arts, Sifu Chan was awarded a medal by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973.

[Viewer's Note: Don't get turned away by the movie cuts at the start, the episode starts in earnest from 2:08.]

Photo: Hung Gar Czechoslovakia

Jan 11, 2013

The Way of the Warrior: Kalari

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Next in this special series from BBC's excellent Way of the Warrior martial arts documentary from 1983 is the rare Indian martial art of Kalaripayattu. Centered in the Indian state of Kerala, Kalari is divided into three broad categories:

Northern Kalari places more emphasis on weapons than on empty hands, the use of full-body oil massage closely associated with Ayurveda

Southern Kalari emphasises empty-hand techniques, medical treatment is identified with Siddha, the traditional Dravidian system of medicine distinct from north Indian Ayurveda.

Central Kalari is practiced makes use of many steps practiced on floor paths known as kalam, and its techniques emphasize lower body strength and speed.

Jan 3, 2013

The Way of the Warrior: Shorinji Kempo

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We're back in 2013 with a new site layout and a kickass documentary series! In our opinion, the best martial arts documentary in English, The Way of The Warrior was produced by the BBC in the 1980's. This series is unsurpassed in its depth, sensitivity and breath as compared to 'Reality TV' or 'Celebrity Host' type of martial arts documentaries which are commonplace now.

The first of an eight part series presents Shorinji Kempo. Literally meaning "Shaolin Temple Fist Method", Shorinji Kempo, is a branch of Japanese martial art founded by Doshin Sho in the years following World War II.

Viewer's Guide: This episode and the series as a whole start slow and pick up speed from there.