Master Lee;s Sword (Part 1)

The story of James Tille (Now Dr. James Tille (PhD)) is singularly unique among American serviceman who studied overseas.  In the 1970's, Tille had opportunity to serve three tours of duty in Korea.  Already an experienced martial artist, Tille used the opportunity to take his studies to the highest level.  On his first tour, he immersed in Kuk Sool Won Hap Ki Do, returning Stateside where he was authorized to teach and promote.  During subsequent tours, he immersed in Sung Moo Kwan, and Moo Sool Kwan, ultimately achieving Black Belt or higher rank in each of the systems.  In effect, he attempted on each return to locate his teacher, only to find the master had moved on, whereupon he petitioned to participate with another school.  He learned that though there exists a common thread amongst all practitioners of Hap Ki Do, there are also very considerable distinctions between schools and what is taught.  At the completion of his final tour, Tille returned to share all he had learned, to whoever was interested.  He was a treasure trove to those who had opportunity to work with him.  That was before the art of Hap Ki Do took full root in the States.  Tille's personal students though few in number, are recognized for their extraordinary breath of technique, and precision of execution. Dr. Tille has graciously provided these video clips of Master Lee (his first Hap Ki Do instructor), performing sword forms.  These were filmed in 1976, on 8mm film, and were performed by Master Lee for Tille to ensure the body of knowledge would be preserved. These forms flourish today, within the White Lotus Sword System.


White Lotus #1


White Lotus #1 (slow motion)


White Lotus #2


White Lotus #2 (slow motion)


White Lotus #3


White Lotus #3 (slow motion)


White Lotus #4


White Lotus #4 (slow motion)


For your enjoyment, we also provide the raw video (in two parts), as digitally re-mastered from the original film.



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