In the 1990's, we did a number of films
documenting and preserving the concepts and approaches
we were taking in the martial arts. We felt we
were breaking new ground, doing some unique and special
things, and wanted others to know about them.
Another motivation was keeping our own traditions alive
and viable for those of our students who chose to follow
in our footsteps. Probably equally as important
was that video cameras and blanks tapes had finally
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We shot the footage when
opportunity arose. We’d start working out in the morning
and go till late in the day. There were no plans or
scripts, nothing was rehearsed. That was basically how
we wanted it. What you are seeing is what we were
regularly doing. It’s as if you came upon as we did it.
The point is Gunfu strives to be in the moment, and not
choreographed. We hide nothing. 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 considerable room for
A small number of these videos did make
it into the marketplace. We sold VHS tapes for several
years, then the digital revolution took over and costs
to continue producing outweighed the returns. I’m
told several of these films have become underground
classics.Though only a few were “sold,” bootleg copies
are all over this great land.
Wondering what to with the archived
footage, it just no longer made sense for the original
masters to be deteriorating in storage, while low
quality bootlegs were everywhere.
These uploads represent the re-compiled
and digitized originals.
Real learning comes from sharing. Enjoy
yourself, it’s on the house!
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.