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“Robert Smith”

Oct
6
2019

The Eye of Robert Smith

Here is a short and direct excerpt from one of the forefathers of western martial arts writings. Robert Smith was as much a story-teller as he was a reporter, bringing forth tales from the fringes of some styles, along with the hidden clashes between the masters of others.   “Simply observing the art without participating […]

Sep
20
2012

Bagua Zhang on the Inside: Tom Bisio’s Newest Book

Not that many years ago, there were hardly more than a couple of books in english on Bagua Zhang: texts by Robert Smith, Lee Ying Arn, maybe one or two others. 40 or more years later, the list is still relatively short, but a few names start to emerge as important and original contributors (as […]

Jul
4
2011

The Passing of Robert Smith

July 1st, Robert Smith passed away. Someone in the martial arts field once called him “the Grand-daddy of us all.”

Mar
1
2011

A New Book on Zheng Manqing

For those interested in at least one version—and a widely accepted one—of Zheng’s achievements, this will be a thorough and interesting read…

Dec
28
2009

… One Arm

Zhengmanqing once famously told his students “last night I dreamt I had no arms” and this marked the beginning of an interesting training method within the lineage