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Gogen Yamaguchi “The Cat” by Jim Down

Gogen Yamaguchi, Goju Ryu karate master

Japanese Goju Ryu karate master who studied under Miyagi Chojun. He was the head of the Japanese Goju Ryu System until his death in 1989. Yamaguchi devised modern day free-style sparring in 1936. He also was principally responsible for the founding of the All Japan Karate-do Federation, which has succeeded in the unification of some Japanese karate schools.

Gogen Yamaguchi recognized the link between ancient Yoga and karate. This connection between the ancient Indian art of Yoga and karate-do is discussed in detail in his book "Goju Ryu, Karate by The Cat." Prior to his death, he…

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Gordon Liu Chia Hui by Jim Down

Gordon Liu

Gordon Liu, is the adopted brother of the Shaw Brothers director Liu Chia-liang. His name, in Cantonese, is Lau Kar Fai. In Mandarin, is Liu-Chia Hui. His chosen English name is Gordon Liu. To many, he is one of the most unusual looking actors in the genre, but he only became a star because Liu-chia Liang's mother thought he was cute and took him in as her godson.

He is almost always playing a bald-headed monk of some sort. His martial arts ability is spectacular, and he's just a generally likable guy. Gordon Liu has the…

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Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai by Spiros Papavasiliou

Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai

The foundations of the Zhan Zhuang system as we know it today have been laid by Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai. In China, he is known as one of the most famous martial artists of this century, celebrated for his unmatched mastery of fighting skills.

In addition to his prowess in martial arts, culminating in his development of Da Cheng Chuan, Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai has also been key in starting up the first Chi Kung hospitals in China.

The following words of Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai became well-known and honored by students…

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Hagakure by Jim Down


Although it stands to reason that a samurai should be mindful of the Way of the Samurai, it would seem that we are all negligent. Consequently, if someone were to ask, "What is the true meaning of the Way of the Samurai?" the person who would be able to answer promptly is rare. This is because it has not been established in one's mind beforehand. From this, one's unmindfulness of the Way can be known. Negligence is an extreme thing.
Excerpt from the 1st Chapter of Hagakure

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