Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly (born James Milton Kelly; May 5, 1946 – June 29, 2013) was an American athlete, actor, and martial artist who rose to fame during the Blaxploitation film era of the 1970s. Kelly is perhaps best known for his role as Williams in the 1973 martial arts action film Enter the Dragon. He also had lead roles in 1974’s Black Belt Jones as the title character and Three the Hard Way as Mister Keyes.

Kelly was born in Millersburg, Kentucky.  He began his athletic career at Bourbon County High School in Paris, Kentucky, competing in basketball, football, and track and field. He attended the University of Louisville, where he played football, but left during his freshman year to begin studying Shorin-ryu karate.

Kelly began his martial arts career under the tutelage of Sin Kwan The (Shaolin-Do) in Lexington, Kentucky. He trained in Okinawan karate under the direction of Parker Shelton, Nate Patton, and Gordon Doversola. During the early 1970s, Jim Kelly became one of the most decorated world karate champions in the sport. In 1971, Kelly won four prestigious championships that same year, most notably, the World Middleweight Karate title at the 1971 Long Beach International Karate Championships.

As an actor, Kelly became the first Black martial arts film star. He co-starred alongside Bruce Lee in the blockbuster, Enter the Dragon (1973) in a role originally intended for actor Rockne Tarkington, who unexpectedly dropped out days before shooting in Hong Kong. Producer Fred Weintraub had heard about Kelly’s karate studio in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, went there to see him, and was immediately impressed.

Filmography

Melinda (1972) as Charles Atkins
Enter the Dragon (1973) as Williams
Black Belt Jones (1974) as Black Belt Jones
Three the Hard Way (1974) as Mister Keyes
Golden Needles (1974) as Jeff
Take a Hard Ride (1975) as Kashtok
Hot Potato (1976) as Jones
Black Samurai (1977) as Robert Sand
The Tattoo Connection (a.k.a. E yu tou hei sha xing, Black Belt Jones 2) (1978)[9] as Jones
Death Dimension (1978) as Lt. Detective J. Ash
The Amazing Mr. No Legs (a.k.a. Mr. No Legs) (1979)[10]
One Down, Two To Go (1982) as Chuck
Stranglehold (1994)[11]
Ultimatum (1994)[12] as Executive
Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered and Shafted (2004)[13] as Executive #4
Afro Ninja (2009) as Cleavon Washington

Television

Highway To Heaven (1985/1986) (2 episodes) as Reporter

 

Ref: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Kelly_(martial_artist)

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962) is an American actor, film producer and martial artist. He is best known for his role as the Marvel Comics character Blade in the Blade film trilogy. He formed a production company, Amen-Ra Films, in 1991, and a subsidiary, Black Dot Media, to develop projects for film and television. He has been training in martial arts since the age of 12, earning a 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido

At the age of 23, Snipes was discovered by an agent while performing in a competition. He made his film debut in the 1986 Goldie Hawn vehicle Wildcats. Later that year, he appeared on the TV show Miami Vice as a drug-dealing pimp in the episode “Streetwise” (first aired December 5, 1986). In 1987, he appeared as Michael Jackson’s nemesis in the Martin Scorsese–directed music video “Bad” and the feature film Streets of Gold. That same year, Snipes was also considered for the role of Geordi La Forge in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, but the role eventually went to LeVar Burton.

Snipes’ performance in the music video “Bad” caught the eye of director Spike Lee. Snipes turned down a small role in Lee’s Do the Right Thing for the larger part of Willie Mays Hayes in Major League, beginning a succession of box-office hits for Snipes. Lee would later cast Snipes as the jazz saxophonist Shadow Henderson in Mo’ Better Blues and as the lead in the interracial romance drama Jungle Fever. He then played Thomas Flanagan in King of New York opposite Christopher Walken. He played the drug lord Nino Brown in New Jack City, which was written specifically for him by Barry Michael Cooper. He also played a drug dealer in the 1994 film Sugar Hill.

Snipes has played a number of roles in action films like Passenger 57, Demolition Man (with Sylvester Stallone), Money Train, The Fan, U.S. Marshals and Rising Sun, as well as comedies like White Men Can’t Jump, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar where he played a drag queen. Snipes has appeared in dramas like The Waterdance and Disappearing Acts.

In 1997, he won the Best Actor Volpi Cup at the 54th Venice Film Festival for his performance in New Line Cinema’s One Night Stand. In 1998, Snipes had his largest commercial success with Blade, which has grossed over $150 million worldwide. The film turned into a series. He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, SUNY/Purchase. In 2005, Snipes sued New Line Cinema, and David S. Goyer, director of Blade: Trinity, which Snipes also produced. He claimed that the studio did not pay his full salary, that he was intentionally cut out of casting decisions, and that his character’s screen time was reduced in favor of co-stars Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel. The suit was later settled, but no details were released.He has discussed reprising the role of Blade as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was his last theatrical release film until 2009.
Snipes with Ethan Hawke during the 66th Venice International Film Festival.
He later appeared in The Contractor, filmed in Bulgaria and the UK, Gallowwalkers, released in 2012, and Game Of Death. Snipes was originally slated to play one of the four leads in Spike Lee’s 2008 war film Miracle at St. Anna but had to leave the film due to tax problems; his role eventually went to Derek Luke.
Snipes in 2014, at the French premiere of The Expendables 3.
Snipes made a comeback performance in Brooklyn’s Finest as Casanova “Caz” Phillips, a supporting character, it was his first theatrical release film since 2004. He also had to turn down the part of Hale Caesar in The Expendables because he was not allowed to leave the United States without the court’s approval.[8] In 2014, he appeared in the sequel The Expendables 3.

Other ventures

In the late 1990s, Snipes and his brother started a security firm called the Royal Guard of Amen-Ra, dedicated to providing VIPs with bodyguards trained in law enforcement and martial arts. Amen-Ra is also the name of his film company. In 1996, the first film produced by Amen-Ra was A Great And Mighty Walk – Dr. John Henrik Clarke.

In 2000, the business was investigated for alleged ties to the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors. It emerged that Snipes had spotted 200 acres (0.81 km2) of land near their Tama-Re compound in Putnam County, Georgia, intending to buy and use it for his business academy. Both Snipes’ business and the groups used Egyptian motifs as their symbols.[9] Ultimately, Snipes and his brother did not buy the land, instead establishing their company in Florida, Antigua, and Africa.

In 2005, Snipes was in negotiations to fight Fear Factor host Joe Rogan.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Wildcats Trumaine
1987 Critical Condition Ambulance Driver
1987 Streets of Gold Roland Jenkins
1987 Bad Mini Max Short film
1989 Major League “Willie Mays” Hayes
1990 Mo’ Better Blues Shadow Handerson
1990 King of New York Thomas Flanigan
1991 New Jack City Nino Brown Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
1991 Jungle Fever Flipper “Flip” Purify
1992 The Waterdance Raymond Hill
1992 White Men Can’t Jump Sidney “Syd” Deane
1992 Passenger 57 John Cutter
1993 Boiling Point Jimmy Mercer
1993 Rising Sun Lt. Webster “Web” Smith
1993 Demolition Man Simon Phoenix Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
1994 Sugar Hill Roemello Skugs
1994 Drop Zone Pete Nessip
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Noxeema Jackson
1995 Money Train John
1995 Waiting to Exhale James Wheeler Uncredited
1996 The Fan Bobby “Bob” Rayburn
1997 Murder at 1600 Detective Harlan Regis
1997 One Night Stand Maximilian “Max” Carlyle Volpi Cup for Best Actor – Venice Film Festival
1998 Jackie Chan: My Story Himself Documentary
1998 U.S. Marshals Mark J. Sheridan / Mark Warren / Mark Roberts
1998 Blade Eric Brooks / Blade Fight choreographer, producer
1998 Down in the Delta Will Sinclair Executive producer
1998 Masters of the Martial Arts Himself Documentary
1999 Play It to the Bone Ringside Fan #2 Cameo
2000 The Art of War Neil Shaw
2002 Blade II Eric Brooks / Blade Fight choreographer, producer
2002 Liberty Stands Still Joe
2002 ZigZag David “Dave” Fletcher
2002 Undisputed Monroe “Undisputed” Hutchens Producer
2004 Unstoppable Dean Cage
2004 Blade: Trinity Eric Brooks / Blade Producer
Snipes’s last widely released until 2009
2005 7 Seconds Jack Tulliver Direct-to-video
2005 The Marksman Painter Direct-to-video
2005 Chaos Jason York
Scott Curtis
Lorenz Direct-to-video
2006 The Detonator Sonni Griffith Direct-to-video
2006 Hard Luck Lucky Direct-to-video
2007 The Contractor James Jackson Dial Direct-to-video
2008 The Art of War II: Betrayal Neil Shaw Direct-to-video
2009 Brooklyn’s Finest Casanova “Caz” Phillips Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Snipes’s first widely released since 2004
2010 Game of Death Agent Marcus Jones Direct-to-video
2012 Gallowwalkers Aman Direct-to-video
2014 The Expendables 3 Doc
2015 Chi-Raq Cyclops

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Miami Vice Silk Episode: “Streetwise”
1987 Vietnam War Story Young Soldier Episode: “An Old Ghost Walks the Earth”
1989 A Man Called Hawk Nicholas Murdock Episode: “Choice of Chance”
1989 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Hood Episode: “Here’s Why You Should Always Make Your Bed in the Morning”
1990 H.E.L.P. Lou Barton
1996 America’s Dream George Du Vail
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child The Pied Piper Episode: “The Pied Piper”
1998 Futuresport Obike Fixx Television film
2000 Disappearing Acts Franklin Swift Producer
2003 The Bernie Mac Show Duke Episode: “Rope-a-Dope”
2015 The Player Mr. Johnson Main role

 

Ref: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Snipes

Bolo Yeung

Bolo Yeung

Bolo Yeung, born 3 July 1946 in Guangzhou, is a former competitive bodybuilder and a martial arts film actor. Primarily cast as the villain in the movies in which he stars, he is best known for his performances as Bolo in Enter the Dragon, as Chong Li in Bloodsport, and for his numerous appearances and long-spanning career in the martial arts filmography for Hong Kong’s motion picture industry.

Biography

Bolo began his martial arts training at the age of 10 in Guangzhou, where he studied under several kung fu masters. Growing up, he took an interest in bodybuilding, and later became Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion. He held the title for ten years. Because of his impressively muscular physique, he was chosen for several bad guy roles in films produced by Shaw Brothers Studios, such as The Heroic Ones, The Deadly Duo, Angry Guest and others. He left Shaw Brothers in 1971.

Bolo met Bruce Lee while the two were filming a Winston cigarettes commercial. A friendship emerged and Bruce invited him to star in Enter the Dragon, where he became known as “Bolo”, the name of the character he portrayed. The two became close friends during the filming of Enter the Dragon, where Bruce and Bolo worked very closely on technique training. Bolo once stated in an interview, many years after Lee’s death, “There will never be another Bruce Lee; and I am privileged to have had the honor of calling him friend.”

During the 1970s and ’80s, Bolo starred in numerous kung fu films, but his breakout film was Bloodsport, based on the allegedly true story of Frank Dux. Shot on a $US 1.5 million budget, it became a US box-office hit in the spring of 1988. Jean-Claude Van Damme had the leading role as Frank Dux, while Bolo Yeung played the role of Chong Li. A strong friendship formed between the two actors on the set of Bloodsport; and Van Damme wanted no one but Bolo to play opposite him in his film (Double Impact) set in the Orient.

Canadian action film actor, director and producer Jalal Merhi met Bolo in Hong Kong while shooting his first film Fearless Tiger, then again on the set of Double Impact. Jalal was impressed with his personality and ability, and decided to create a part specifically for Bolo. Later Merhi worked with Yeung on more films such as Tiger Claws, TC 2000 and Tiger Claws 2.

In 2007, Bolo made a rare appearance as a protagonist in Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter. Jalal Merhi directed the first 60 minutes of the film that was shot in Toronto, but due to other commitments could not complete the remaining part of the film in Russia. Producer Erken Ialgashev directed the remainder of the film. Due to legal issues, the film remains unreleased.

Filmography

2015 The Whole World at Our Feet
2007 Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter Erik’s Trainer
1997 Tiger Claws II Chong
1996 Fists of Legends 2 Iron Bodyguards Mongolian fighter
1995 Shootfighter 2 Shingo
1994 Fearless Tiger Master on mountain
1993 TC 2000 Master Sumai
1992 The Magnificent Duo Bolo
1992 Tiger Claws Chong
1992 Ironheart Ice
1992 Shootfighter: Fight to the Death Shingo
1992 Mega Force from Highland The Wu Tang Swordsman
1991 Double Impact Moon
1991 Breathing Fire (as Bolo Young) Thunder
1989 Bloodfight Chang Lee – The Vietnamese Cobra
1988 Bloodsport Chong Li
1988 One Husband Too Many Dung Ken – Muscleman
1987 Killer’s Nocturne (No-Evening Day) ???
1987 To Err is Humane (aka To Err is Human) ???
1987 Shanghai Express (aka Millionaire’s Express, Wealthy Train, Nobles’ Express)(cameo)
1986 Legacy of Rage Thug
1986 Lucky Stars Go Places (aka Luckiest Stars) Movie patron
1994 Seven Angels Bar customer in green shirt
1985 Bruce Lee’s Dragons Fight Back ???
1985 My Lucky Stars (aka Lucky Stars Superior Shine or Winners and Sinners 2) Millionaire Chan
1985 Working Class (aka Hit Work Emperor) Giant kickboxer
1985 Lucky Diamond (aka Wish You Good Luck) ???
1985 Way of the Dragon 2 (as Sze Yang) ???
1984 Silent Romance ???
1983 Just for Fun ???
1983 The Boxers Omen (aka Mo) Mr Bu Bo – The Thai Boxer
1982 The Supergang Big King
1982 The Ninja Strikes Back (aka Bruce Le Fights/Strikes Back or Eye of the Dragon) ???
1981 All the Wrong Clues (for the Right Solution) ???
1980 Enter the Game of Death (aka The King of Kung Fu) ???
1980 The 36 Deadly Styles Cheungs Brother
1980 (Bruce) the King of Kung Fu (aka Revenge of the Dragon/s) ???
1980 Fearless Hyena 3 (as Yang Tze) (aka Fearless Master) ???
1980 Challenge of the Tiger (as Yang Sze) (aka Dragon Bruce Le or Gymkata Killer) ???
1980 Invincible (aka Fighting Dragon) ???
1980 Treasure of Bruce Lee (aka King Boxer 2) ???
1979 Bruce the Superhero (as Yang Sze) Peter Sze The Bullkiller
1979 Ruthless Revenge (aka Invincible Kung Fu or The Two Tricky Kids) ???
1979 (The) Dragon, the Hero (aka Dragon on Fire) ???
1979 Enter Three Dragons (aka Three Avengers) Bolo
1979 The Fists, the Kicks, and the Evil Master Lung
1979 Snake Deadly Act The Giant
1979 Writing Kung Fu (as Sze Yang) Ah Yen
1978 Bruce (Li/Lee) in New Guinea (aka Last Fist of Fury) ???
1978 Amsterdam Connection (as Yang Sze) Big Louie
1978 Drunken Master The Gorilla
1978 Black Belt Jones 2 (aka Tattoo Connection) –
1977 10 Magnificent Killers (as Yang Szu) Ling Chu
1977 Bolo the Brute (aka Bolo) Bolo
1977 The Clones of Bruce Lee Martial arts trainer
1977 Bruce and Shaolin Kung Fu (aka Bruce vs Black Dragon) Lam Chi Chu
1977 Soul of Chiba (as Yang Sze) Nepal
1976 A Queen’s Ransom (aka International Assassin(s)) Ram
1975 Hong Kong Superman (aka Bruce: Hong Kong Master) ???
1975 Seven Blows of the Dragon 2 (aka 108 Heroes, 7 Soldiers of Kung Fu, All Men are Brothers 2, 7 Kung Fu Assassins, Turbulent Invade Record) ???
1975 Kung Fu Massacre (as Yang Sze) ???
1975 G-Men ’75 (TV series) ???
1975 He Loved Once Too Many (as Bolo Yeung Tze) ???
1975 The Fighting Dragon (TV series) (aka The Fighting Dragon) Red Tiger
1974 Super Kung Fu Kid (as Sze Yang) Tiger
1973 Chinese Hercules Chinese Hercules
1973 Thunderkick ???
1973 Kung Fu’s Hero (as Sze Yang) ???
1973 Enter the Dragon Bolo
1973 Freedom Strikes A Blow (as Yang Sze) Chiang Tai
1973 Greatest Thai Boxing ???
1973 Tiger ???
1973 Ninja Killer (as Yang Sze) Mr Yang
1972 Man of Iron (aka Iron Man or Warrior of Steel) Jin Xi Fu
1972 Trilogy of Swordsmanship ???
1972 Young People ???
1972 King Boxer (aka 5 Fingers of Death, Invincible Boxer, Iron Palm, Hand of Death) Pa Tu Er, Mongolian fighter
1972 The 14 Amazons Western Xia wrestler
1972 Angry Guest (aka Kung Fu Killers) Sze Yang
1971 The Rescue Chief Cha Te
1971 The Lady Professional Bald Killer
1971 The Oath of Death Officer Shi
1971 The Deadly Duo The River Dragon of Jin
1970 The Heroic Ones (aka Shaolin Masters, 13 Fighters, 13 Warlords) General Meng Juehai
1970 The Wandering Swordsman Unicorn Du Kuo Lung

 

Ref: Widipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolo_Yeung

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris

Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist, and has since founded his own school, Chun Kuk Do.

Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the Dragon, in which he starred alongside Bruce Lee, and was The Cannon Group’s leading star in the 1980s. He played the starring role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 until 2001.

Martial arts career

Norris was defeated in his first two tournaments, dropping decisions to Joe Lewis and Allen Steen and three matches at the International Karate Championships to Tony Tulleners. By 1967 Norris had improved enough that he scored victories over the likes of Lewis, Skipper Mullins, Arnold Urquidez, Victor Moore, Ron Marchini, and Steve Sanders. Norris would be a two time winner at S. Henry Cho’s All American Championship.[15] In early 1968, Norris suffered the tenth and last loss of his career, losing an upset decision to Louis Delgado. On November 24, 1968, he avenged his defeat to Delgado and by doing so won the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title, which he held for six consecutive years.[10] In 1969, he won Karate’s triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, and the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt magazine.

Norris made history in 1990 when he was the first Westerner in the documented history of Tae Kwon Do to be given the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt Grand Master. In 1999, Norris was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum’s Hall of Fame. On July 1, 2000, Norris was presented the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.

In 1969, Norris made his acting debut in the Dean Martin film The Wrecking Crew. In June 1970, his younger brother Wieland, a private in the 101st Airborne Division, was killed in Vietnam while on patrol in the defense of Firebase Ripcord. Norris later dedicated his Missing in Action films to his brother’s memory.

At a martial arts demonstration in Long Beach, Norris met the martial artist Bruce Lee. In 1972, he acted as Lee’s nemesis in the movie Way of the Dragon (titled Return of the Dragon in its U.S. distribution), which is widely credited with launching him toward stardom. In Asia, Norris is still known primarily for this role. In 1974, McQueen encouraged him to begin acting classes at MGM.

Norris’ first starring role was 1977’s Breaker! Breaker!, and subsequent films such as Good Guys Wear Black (1978), The Octagon (1980), An Eye for an Eye (1981), and Lone Wolf McQuade proved his increasing box office bankability. In 1984, Norris starred in Missing in Action, the first of a series of Rambo-inspired POW rescue fantasies themed around the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue that were produced by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus and released under their Cannon Films banner. The film, however, was criticized heavily as being a preemptive cash-in on the Rambo film series.

Over the next four years, Norris became Cannon’s most prominent star, appearing in eight films, including Code of Silence, The Delta Force, and Firewalker, in which he co-starred with Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr.. Many of the aforementioned films were produced by Norris’ brother Aaron Norris, as were several episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. In 1986, he was involved in the production of the Ruby-Spears cartoon Karate Kommandos.

In October 2014 he revealed that he would be shooting a new film, The Finisher, in March 2015.

Walker, Texas Ranger

By the end of the 1980s, Cannon Films had faded from prominence, and Norris’ star appeal seemed to go with it. He reprised his Delta Force role for MGM, which had acquired the Cannon library after the latter’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Norris went on to make several more films before making a transition to television. In 1993, he began shooting the series Walker, Texas Ranger, which lasted eight years on CBS and continued in heavy syndication on other channels, notably the Hallmark Channel.
Norris receiving the Veteran of the Year award by the U.S. Air Force in 2001
On October 17, 2005, CBS premiered the Sunday Night Movie of the Week, Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire. The production was a continuation of the series, and not scripted to be a reunion movie. Norris reprised his role as Cordell Walker for the movie. He has stated that future Walker, Texas Ranger Movie of the Week projects are expected; however, this was severely impaired by CBS’s 2006–2007 season decision to no longer regularly schedule Movies of the Week on Sunday night.

 

Ref: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Norris

American Kenpo Karate by Mohamad Tabatabai

American Kenpo Karate by Mohamad Tabatabai
Product Description

American Kenpo Karate Video Series, a 40 volume original VHS video series by Panther Productions starring GM Mohamad Tabatabai.

 

Volume 1 Fundamentals l: Stances and Punching.
Volume 2 Fundamentals ll: Blocks and Foot Maneuvers.
Volume 3 Fundamentals lll: Hand Strikes and Kicks.
Volume 4 Yellow Belt Self-Defense.
Volume 5 Yellow Belt Short Form 1 and Star Block Set.
Volume 6 Orange Belt Self-Defense l.
Volume 7 Orange Belt Self-Defense ll.
Volume 8 Orange Belt Long Form 1 and Kicking Set.
Volume 9 Purple Belt Self-Defense l.
Volume 10 Purple Belt Self-Defense ll.
Volume 11 Purple Belt Short Form 2, Stance Set 1, and Coordination Set 1.
Volume 12 Blue Belt Self-Defense l.
Volume 13 Blue Belt Self-Defense ll.
Volume 14 Blue Belt Long Form 2, Striking Set, and Finger Set.
Volume 15 Green Belt Self-Defense l.
Volume 16 Green Belt Self-Defense ll.
Volume 17 Green Belt Short Form 3 and Coordination Set 2.
Volume 18 3rd Degree Brown Belt Self-Defense l.
Volume 19 3rd Degree Brown Belt Self-Defense ll.
Volume 20 3rd Degree Brown Belt Long Form 3 and Stance Set 2.
Volume 21 2nd Degree Brown Belt Self-Defense l.
Volume 22 2nd Degree Brown Belt Self-Defense ll.
Volume 23 2nd Degree Brown Belt Staff Set 1.
Volume 24 Finger Set 2 and Interview with Master Tabatabai.
Volume 25 1st Degree Brown Belt Self-Defense l.
Volume 26 1st Degree Brown Belt Self-Defense ll.
Volume 27 1st Degree Brown Belt Long Form 4.
Volume 28 1st Degree Black Belt Defense l.
Volume 29 1st Degree Black Belt Defense ll.
Volume 30 1st Degree Black Belt Staff 2.
Volume 31 1st Degree Black Belt 2 Man.
Volume 32 2nd Degree Black Belt Defense l.
Volume 33 2nd Degree Black Belt Defense ll.
Volume 34 2nd Degree Black Belt Long Form 6.
Volume 35 3rd Degree Black Belt Defense l.
Volume 36 3rd Degree Black Belt Defense ll.
Volume 37 3rd Degree Black Belt Long Form 6.
Volume 38 4th Degree Black Belt Long Form 7.
Volume 39 5th Degree Black Belt Long Form 8.
Volume 40 Self-Defense Against Mass Attacks.

 

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KENPO Mohamad Tabatabai

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Product Details

Format: NTSC
Studio: Panther Productions
Run Time: 38-60 minutes

When Kenpo Strikes by GM Larry Tatum

When Kenpo Strikes Video Series
Product Description

When Kenpo Strikes Video Series, a 23 volume original VHS video series by Panther Productions starring GM Larry Tatum, The volume shown above is the Self-Defense Concepts Volume 1.

Volume 1 – Stances and Foot Work – Approx. 43 min.

Volume 2 – Foot Maneuvers – Approx. 38 min.

Volume 3 Dynamic Blocking. Approx. 44 min.

Volume 4 Dynamic Hand Strikes. Approx. 60 min.

Volume 5 Dynamic Kicking. Approx. 60 min.

Volume 6 Self Defense Theory and Concepts I. Approx. 50 min.

Volume 7 Self Defense Theory and Concepts ll. Approx. 44 min.

Volume 8 Advanced Self Defense l. Approx. 44 min.

Volume 9 Advanced Self Defense ll. Approx. 60 min.

Volume 10 Self Defense Against Mass Attacks. Approx. 38 min.

Volume 11 Street Sparring. Approx. 45 min.

Volume 12 Tournament Sparring. Approx. 47 min.

Volume 13 History and Traditions. Approx. 45 min.

Volume 14 Kenpo Insights. Approx. 46 min.

Volume 15 Short Form 1 Yellow and Orange Belt. Approx. 44 min.

Volume 16 Long Form 1 Blue Belt. Approx. 45 min.

Volume 17 Short Form 2 Purple Belt. Approx. 44 min.

Volume 18 Long Form 2 Green Belt. Approx. 40 min.

Volume 19 Short Form 3 Green Belt. Approx. 38 min.

Volume 20 Long Form 3 Brown Belt. Approx. 50 min.

Volume 21 Form 4 Brown Belt. Approx. 50 min.

Volume 22 Form 5 Brown Belt. Approx. 55 min.

Volume 23 Form 6 Black Belt. Approx. 55 min.

Product Details

Format: NTSC
Studio: Panther Productions
Run Time: 38-60 minutes

Sammo Hung

Sammo Hung

Sammo Hung (born 7 January 1952), also known as Hung Kam-bo, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film producer and director, known for his work in many martial arts films and Hong Kong action cinema. He has been a fight choreographer for, amongst others, Jackie Chan, King Hu, and John Woo.
Hung is one of the pivotal figures who spearheaded the Hong Kong New Wave movement of the 1980s, helped reinvent the martial arts genre and started the vampire-like jiangshi genre. He is widely credited with assisting many of his compatriots, giving them their starts in the Hong Kong film industry, by casting them in the films he produced, or giving them roles in the production crew.

 

Reference: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammo_Hung

Jet Li

Jet Li

Li Lianjie, born 26 April 1963), better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing.
After three years of intensive training with Wu Bin, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After retiring from Wushu at age 19, he went on to win great acclaim in China as an actor making his debut with the film Shaolin Temple (1982). He went on to star in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films, most notably as the lead in director Zhang Yimou’s 2002 Hero and the Once Upon A Time in China series, in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei-hung.
Li’s first role in a Hollywood film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), and his first leading role in a Hollywood film was as Han Sing in Romeo Must Die (2000). He has gone on to star in many Hollywood action films, including Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed. He co-starred in The One (2001), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) with Jackie Chan, all three of The Expendables films with Sylvester Stallone, and as the title character villain in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) opposite Brendan Fraser.

Reference: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_Li

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee; born Lee Jun-fan, Chinese, November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century.

Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on November 27, 1940 to parents from Hong Kong and was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens. He was introduced to the film industry by his father and appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee moved to the United States at the age of 18 to receive his higher education, at the University of Washington, at Seattle and it was during this time that he began teaching martial arts. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in the United States, Hong Kong and the rest of the world.

He is noted for his roles in five feature-length films: Lo Wei’s The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972); Golden Harvest’s Way of the Dragon (1972), directed and written by Lee; Golden Harvest and Warner Brothers’ Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978), both directed by Robert Clouse. Lee became an iconic figure known throughout the world. He trained in the art of Wing Chun and later combined his other influences from various sources, in the spirit of his personal martial arts philosophy, which he dubbed Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist). He died in Kowloon Tong on July 20, 1973 at the age of 32.

Certified instructors
Bruce Lee personally certified only three instructors: Taky Kimura, James Yimm Lee, and Dan Inosanto. Inosanto holds the 3rd rank (Instructor) directly from Bruce Lee in Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Bruce Lee’s Tao of Chinese Gung Fu. Taky Kimura holds a 5th rank in Jun Fan Gung Fu. James Yimm Lee held a 3rd rank in Jun Fan Gung Fu. Ted Wong holds 2nd rank in Jeet Kune Do certified directly by Bruce Lee and was later promoted to Instructor under Dan Inosanto, who felt that Bruce would have wanted to promote him. Other Jeet Kune Do instructors since Lee’s death have been certified directly by Dan Inosanto, some with remaining Bruce Lee signed certificates.
James Yimm Lee, a close friend of Lee, certified a few students including Gary Dill who studied Jeet Kune Do under James and received permission via a personal letter from him in 1972 to pass on his learning of Jun Fan Gung Fu to others. Taky Kimura, to date, has certified only one person in Jun Fan Gung Fu: his son Andy Kimura. Dan Inosanto continued to teach and certify select students in Jeet Kune Do for over 30 years, making it possible for thousands of martial arts practitioners to trace their training lineage back to Bruce Lee. Prior to his death, Lee told his then only two living instructors Kimura and Inosanto (James Yimm Lee had died in 1972) to dismantle his schools.
Both Taky Kimura and Dan Inosanto were allowed to teach small classes thereafter, under the guideline “keep the numbers low, but the quality high”. Bruce also instructed several World Karate Champions including Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, and Mike Stone. Between the three of them, during their training with Bruce, they won every karate championship in the United States.  In Japan, Junichi Okada is a certified Japanese instructor in Jeet Kune Do.

Reference: Widipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Lee

Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, and currently stars as the character on the TBS/OWN comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. White also portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television movie Tyson.

Filmography

As actor
Film

The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Tyson (1995) (TV)
Ballistic (1995)
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996) (TV)
Spawn (1997)
Ringmaster (1998)
Mutiny (1999)
City of Industry (1998)
Thick as Thieves (1998)
Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
Freedom Song (2000) (TV)
Exit Wounds (2001)
Trois 2: Pandora’s Box (2002)
Silver Hawk (2004) (International Martial Arts Film)
Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004 – Deleted Scene that can be seen in the Special Features)
Getting Played (2005)
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)
Why Did I Get Married (2007)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Black Dynamite (2009)
Blood and Bone (2009)
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010)[13]
Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011)
Tactical Force (2011)
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)
The Philly Kid (2012)
We the Party (2012)
Somebody’s Child (2012)
Android Cop (2014)
Falcon Rising (2014)
Skin Trade (2014)

Music videos
Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey featuring The Flipmode Squad – “I Know What You Want” (2003)
Nicki Minaj – “Your Love” (2010)
Toni Braxton – “Hands Tied” (2010)
Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo – “Let’s Go” (2012)

Television
Saved by the Bell (TV Series) (1992) 1 Episode
Martin: “Arms Are for Huggin'” (1994) – extra
JAG (TV series) (1995) – (Navy Petty Officer Peter Quinn) – (Season 1, Episode 8) – (Brig Break)
Soul Food (TV series) (2001) 1 episode
CSI: Miami (TV series) (2003) – (Officer Roy Bailey) – (Season 2, Episode 3) – (Hard Time)
Justice League (voice:Doomsday) (Cartoon Series) (2003) – season 2
Justice League Unlimited (voice: Doomsday) (Cartoon Series) (2006) – season 2
Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (TV series) (2008) 3 episodes
Spawn: The Animation (voice: Barabbas) (2009)
The Legend of Bruce Lee (2008) (TV series)
The Boondocks (TV series) (2010) – season 3, episode 5 – Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2011) – Tattooed Man
Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse (2011–present) – Marcus Williams
Black Dynamite (2012) – Black Dynamite
Aqua Something You Know Whatever (2012) – Zucotti Manicotti (uncredited)
Arrow (2013) – Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger

Web series
Mortal Kombat: Legacy, episodes 1 and 2 (2011)
Métal Hurlant Chronicles (2012)

As director
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)

As writer
Black Dynamite (2009)
Three Bullets (2009)
As producer[edit]
PVC-1 (2007)
Blood and Bone (2009)
Three Bullets (2009)

Stunts
Prototype (1992)
On Deadly Ground (1994)
Three Bullets (2009) as fight choreography

For further reading Ref: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jai_White

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