Dan Inosanto and what looks like Cass Magda demonstrating aspects of Kali, including single stick, stick and dagger, sibat (staff) and knife.
A documentary on the art of Wing Chun, a sacred Chinese martial art and the ground roots of Bruce Lee’s success. This documentary follows William Cheung, decedent and one of the first students of Ip Man and close trainer and friend of Bruce Lee. The relationship between a father and son and the passing on of a Legacy so great that it will change the art of Wing Chun forever. Should the Legacy prevail or shall it collapse? Created by Alexander Innes.
This video is a comparison by Burton “Lucky Dog” Richardson of Zulu stickfighting and Filipino Kali stickfighting, and includes sparring footage of both methods. Burton visited Zulu villages in South Africa on four separate occasions, beginning in 1994, and he has learned a great deal of functional fighting techniques and principles from them. One move in particular is examined. This tactic is used often by the Zulus, and Burton includes the misdirection in his Battlefield Kali program. When watching, please notice how often the Zulus laugh during sparring- especially after hitting Burton! Most of their sparring is done in a very good-natured way, and serves as a great lesson for all of those who want to develop a high level of fighting skill. Have fun sparring often!
A big thanks to all my Zulu friends! They are always very kind to me.
Burton discusses the tactics he experienced in Africa
An early Savate Kickboxing seminar held for Cambridge University students, featuring Professor Salem Assli. The seminar took place in Parkside Gymnasium and was hosted by the Senior Coaches for Cambridge University Kickboxing Society at that time, Ollie Batts and Dr Julie Gabriel, from Cambridge Academy of Martial Arts.
Highlights from Assli’s Panther Videos
Larry Hartsell came into Bruce Lee’s school as a man with a black belt in Judo and over 10 years of experience in grappling as well as a strong foundation in the striking arts that began in 1961 with his training in Kenpo Karate under Ed Parker. Shortly after receiving his black belt rank from Ed Parker, he spent time in the Army including combat in Vietnam, where he served with military police.
Larry Hartsell, already an accomplished Judo man, enjoyed sparring with soldiers from the elite South Korean ROK division stationed nearby. Upon his return to this country he enrolled in SiGung Bruce Lee’s Chinatown school in Los Angeles. It was at this school that he began his thirty plus years of training under Guro Dan Inosanto. Larry Hartsell’s training under Bruce Lee continued with Private instruction at Bruce Lee’s home in Bel Air, California.
It is well known to the students of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do that Bruce Lee broke combat down into the four ranges of Kicking, Boxing, Trapping and Grappling. The serious students of Jeet Kune Do are also aware that the development of the grappling range techniques in this system were assigned to Larry Hartsell. At the time of Bruce Lee’s untimely death there were only 33 formal techniques in the grappling range. As the final and closest range there was much research to do in this range and Larry Hartsell continued his research into this area with various discrete techniques that now form the core of Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling.
Larry Hartsell’s skill in hand-to-hand combat, his weapons training and his development of techniques in the grappling range led to a wide and varied range of professional experiences. With his training under Bruce Lee, his degree in criminology, his ten years of law enforcement experience, and his training under Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell has been in wide demand as a professional bodyguard for celebrities like Mr. T of the A-Team fame, and as a trainer for both the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to this he taught classes at his own schools as well as at the Inosanto Academy, and offered self defense and combat courses for the elite Navy Seals and police officers through various colleges and agencies.
Larry Hartsell authored several books on the subject of Jeet Kune Do Grappling. “Entering to Trapping To Grappling and takedowns, Counters, and Reversals.” In addition he nine internationally distributed videotapes on the grappling arts. These books, videos and his skill in the grappling arts have resulted in Larry Hartsell being listed in the “Who’s Who in Martial Arts” and cover shots with numerous feature articles in Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, Martial Arts Training, Inside Karate, Australasian Fighting Arts, and many others.
Larry Hartsell is the man Dan Inosanto described as “One of the premier Jeet Kune Do fighters of our time.” Larry Hartsell focused his efforts on the development of the Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association. With the tremendous rise in the popularity of the grappling arts it became paramount to Hartsell to demonstrate to martial artists the fact that Jeet Kune Do has had a strong emphasis on the grappling range for thirty years and that these thirty years have produced an extensive development of the grappling arts. The Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association has representatives worldwide.
Larry Hartsell Seminar at the Inosanto Academy
Sifu Larry Hartsell summer camp in Lake Thoe in 1995
Sifu Larry Hartsell in 1993
Further rare footage of the late great Larry Hartsell, teaching a JKD Entering to Trapping & Grappling seminar, with Pete Hetrick at Cambridge Academy of Martial Arts (UK), in the early 90’s.
Another Seminar on JKD Grappling
One of the last interviews by the Late Larry Hartsell. He was one of the premier fighters under Bruce Lee and in the Grappling portion of JKD a Legend in his own right.
Bert Poe grew up on the Comanche Indian Reservation the son of a Comanche woman and white father who left when Bert was still a baby. Bert was raised by his mother and uncles, who gave him his first martial arts training with weapons.
As a so called “half breed” Bert encountered much ill will from fellow tribal members which prompted him to join the marines at the young age of fifteen. Bert became one of the elite Marine Raiders and saw combat action in the pacific theater, Korea, and special operations around the world. He had to leave the Marines after being wounded in action during the Korean war.
Bert also was a bodyguard for Eleanor Roosevelt, a champion marine boxer, and undefeated professional boxer. After the military Bert worked as a Texas Ranger, Sheriff, and security expert. Bert’s influence on the Wednesday night group was immense. His very no nonsense martial arts, teaching style, and combat attitude greatly compliment JKD.
Unfortunately in 1993 he succumbed to bone cancer as a result of shrapnel remaining in his spine from some long ago battle.
If you saw Bruce Lee’s final film, The Game Of Death, you may remember Dan Inosanto from the infamous nunchaku duel. A Filipino-American martial arts master and member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame, Mr. Inosanto has graced the big screen as well as the cover of countless martial-arts magazines.
In Part 2 of our discussion with Guro Dan Inosanto, the master schools us in a bit of Filipino martial art history, walks us through some basics, and explains why an eye gouge can be the best way to end a confrontation.
From Rick Young’s Private Martial Art Collection this superb video shows a rare insight to one of Dan Inosanto Seminars in Edinburgh organized by Sifu Rick in 1990.
This book by Joe Hyams was absolutely instrumental in my early education as a Martial Artist, and my development as a teacher of the Martial Arts. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve returned to this book over the years. I still teach many of the lessons contained within, and always recommend this to my committed students. In addition to his perspective on training, and zen, Hyams also offers some very rare vignettes of what it was like to train directly under Bruce Lee.
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Perfect for serious students of Jeet Kune Do, this book is one of the many classics of Martial Arts. Although not a story or typical work of non-fiction, this text offers insight into the mind of the founder of Jeet Kune Do. This is also an interesting snapshot into the nature of Martial Arts training at the time that this was originally published.
“Wing Chun” – a documentary sponsored by Shui On Land. The film shows how we can use Wing Chun and its philosophy to improve our daily life, as well as investigating its claims to be scientifically based.
Made in Hong Kong, China and Macau by an international production team, the documentary was directed by Seamus Walsh and produced by Bill Yip.
“Very rare cut from documentary “Way of the Warrior – Kung Fu, the Hard Way”-Bruce Lee by Dan Inosanto, from early eighties. Guro Dan talk about wing chun influence on Master Bruce Lee,s Jeet Kune Do and he explains energy and trapping. Guro Dan said that JKD is 50% wing chun and other 50% other styles.”
A rare black & white television interview with Bruce Lee on the Pierre Burton Show, from 1971.