Reflecting on Charles Russo’s Striking Distance

Russo, Charles. Striking Distance: Bruce Lee and the Dawn of Martial Arts in America. London: University of Nebraska Press, 2016.   This is not your typical Bruce Lee biography. It does not address his child acting career nor does it discuss his time in Hollywood and Hong Kong as a film star. It does, however, … Continue reading Reflecting on Charles Russo’s Striking Distance

Reflecting on Irvin Gill’s Key Principles and Rules of American Kenpo Karate

Gill, Irvin B. American Kenpo Karate: The Key Principles and Rules of American Kenpo Karate. Spring House, PA: Tambuli Media, 2019.   Irvin Gill was on a journey. In discussions with various Kenpo masters, founders and high-ranking practitioners in Filipino-based martial arts, and an aikido fifth dan, he found the blueprints to his answers. The … Continue reading Reflecting on Irvin Gill’s Key Principles and Rules of American Kenpo Karate

Reflecting on John Donohue’s Warrior Dreams

Donohue, John J. Warrior Dreams: The Martial Arts and the American Imagination. Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1994.   One would think that a scholarly/academic monograph on the martial arts would be somewhat of a labor to read let alone understand the points the author attempts to make. This is the exact opposite when reading John Donohue’s … Continue reading Reflecting on John Donohue’s Warrior Dreams