In the 1990's, we did a number of films documenting and preserving the concepts and approaches we were taking in the martial arts. Perhaps this
was motivated a bit by vanity ... we felt we were doing some unique and special things, and wanted others to know about it. Another motivation
was keeping our own tradition alive and viable for those of our students who chose to follow in our footsteps. Probably the most important factor
was that video cameras and blanks tapes had finally become affordable.
"Sticks, Tricks and Useful Bits" was our intent to compile all of the
"nifty" things in one place. Every once in a while, someone will do something that is different, unique, and potentially effective. You only see
it once ... and after you see it it's gone. I was fortunate in my travels that others, including some Masters, were generious enough to share a number
of such concepts and techniques with me. "Sticks, Tricks and Useful Bits" represents our conceptual filing cabinet ... where a collection of these are preserved for future viewing and research by others.
All of the raw footage was filmed when the opportunity arose, planning was impossible. There were no scripts, nothing was rehearsed. That was
basically how we wanted it ... what you are seeing is what we were regularly doing. The point is Gunfu strives to be in the moment, and not
choreographed ... you can see where we excelled, and where we could do better. Back then, we all worked very hard to advance our skills, while accepting there was still room for improvement.
As was the case with our other videos, a small number did make it to the marketplace ... we sold them for several
years, then the digital revolution took over and costs to continue producing outweighed the returns. In a way, this tape has become an underground classic, with bootleg copies all over the countryside.
The clips you are seeing are digitized extracts from the original video.
This final view represents the re-compiled digital video "Sticks, Tricks and Useful Bits" in its entirety.
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These clips are for entertainment and general informational purposes only. We are not instructing
you, or encouraging you to do or to believe anything, except to view, enjoy, and think. Never forget that martial arts, like any contact sport, presents the risk of injury, sometimes serious, disabling, or
even fatal. Actual techniques should only be practiced in a controlled environment emphasizing safety, under the direct supervision of a Black Belt instructor (in whom you have trust and
confidence), and only after you have been cleared by your personal physician.