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 become affordable.
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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 improvement.
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.
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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.