Karate Encyclopedia Going Great Guns!
Got a new martial arts book out.
it was available in Evolution of an Art,
but I couldn’t get it on Kindle,
and I finally managed to get a real, live paperback version!
click on the side bar cover image on the Monster, or just go to
a few words about what Kwon Bup is.
When I went to the Kang Duk Won
it was pretty unique.
had walked on on tournaments,
caused a ruckus that did,
everybody wanted to push the tournament,
a lot of community spirit,
and Bob just stood up and walked out,
and all his students followed him.
Because it was bogus.
Decisions made by favoritism,
decisions made by people
who wouldn’t know a real technique if they saw it.
because of this and other things,
such as the fact that Bob taught outlaw bikers,
gave him a ‘bad’ rep.
And outlaw school.
a rogue school.
Only bad people go there.
on any good day,
you would see people from other martial arts schools
come down to see the class.
I was shocked,
when Ralphie Vallederez (sp, sorry)
the guy who had won the California Karate Tournament one year,
and who happened to be the big gun at my Kenpo school,
showed up to watch a class.
for those who think we were crazies,
unwashed and disrespectful,
Bob studied with Don Buck,
who happened to be Mas Oyama’s favorite American student.
And when you walked into the dojo,
you were polite,
and you never lost your temper,
It was quite the sight,
to see all these Hell’s Angeles,
standing so polite,
talking to Bob.
Not because he was a brutal a-hole who would knock the crap out of you.
But because when he started getting more polite,
you perked up,
something was wrong.
When Bob was upset
he would speak softer and softer,
could’t hear him,
but you suddenly felt like your bowels were going to loose.
I remember one time
I was on the left side of Bob
during a class,
and Mud Car was ont he right.
Mud Car was our resident crazy.
He was just loopy,
I’ll tell you about what a wacko he was some time,
during that class,
Bob really into it,
and every feeling the push,
getting the pure art
worked into their bones,
really in heaven,
and suddenly Mud Car says,
I have a pain right here,
on my shin.
Doesn’t hurt a lot,
but it comes and goes,
Do you know what I can do about that?”
The magic evaporated,
The plug was pulled and the intensity disappeared.
this really was a spiritual moment crushed.
And Bob turns to me and snarls,
“You could hit it with a lead pipe!”
He didn’t say it to Mud Car,
because it would have been wasted,
and maybe because Mud Car deserved to be knocked down,
and Bob wasn’t that kind of guy.
feeling the rage of that moment,
was absolutely frozen.
just so stunned I was incapable.
and I managed to somehow move,
not even knowing what I was doing,
just copying somebody,
stunned and brain dead.
I never wanted to see him mad,
that was the only time I ever saw the tip of that iceberg.
I saw him talk soft,
and that wasn’t so bad.
One time I used poor control,
after class he came up and spoke softly to me,
“Your control wasn’t good.”
I turned into a blithering idiot,
I could feel the weight of the world on me.
I got excited, I–”
He stopped me with,
“Don’t worry. Just watch yourself.”
I have watched myself for forty years because of that whisper.
I could go on and on,
really golden times,
After I left the Kang Duk Won
I started a project
of recording the art.
after teaching for a while,
and realizing certain things,
and coming across variations of the Kang Duk Won,
I realized that I had been learning two arts.
One was the Kang Duk Won.
The other I called Kwon Bup.
It was the art practiced by Bob,
developed by Bob,
and put into the Kang Duk Won.
it is said that only a person with several decades experience
can hope to make an art.
that person has to be of rare quality.
Bingo and bingo.
Aside from a politeness
that made gentlemen out of Hell’s Angels,
Bob had the most immaculate technique I have ever seen
and I have seen a lot in nearly fifty years of studying
every martial art I could.
So I wrote the Kwon Bup book.
It is the forms and techniques
of the best martial artist I have ever seen.
This is a guy who could thrust his finger through a board,
and not break it,
but leave a hole.
Very few people have ever done that,
and I don’t know of any in America.
now you know what I am pushing,
a very rarified realm of Martial Arts.
I’ve got a few more books coming out
in the next couple of months.
The ones I’m working on right now,
are in the vein of evolution of an art.
Pan Gai Noon for the china to Okinawan connection
Kang Duk Won for the pure Karate pre-Funakoshi
Kwon Bup for the American translation
Outlaw Karate for work I did on synthesizing KDW and KB,
and Buddha Crane for the Matrixing breakthrough.
A complete history,
not in talk,
but in technique.
An encyclopedia for the faithful.
there you go,
hope you like it…
while you’re looking at that,
I’m getting back to work.
Have a great work out!