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Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise - Interview with Author, Master Arthur Rosenfeld

2013-05-15 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 28s

Master Arthur Rosenfeld joins me for a short interview to discuss his new book with a unique perspective on Tai Chi and the myriad of benefits that it offers its practitioners. The book, "Tai Chi - The Perfect Exercise" will be released on June 4, 2013.

For more information visit Master Rosenfeld's website: http://arthurrosenfeld.com/

And preorder his new book now: Tai Chi--The Perfect Exercise: Finding Health, Happiness, Balance, and Strength

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Transformation Through the Martial Arts

2013-03-19 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 57s

An in-depth interview with Kajukenbo and Siddha Yoga practitioner Professor Barbara Bones. Hear how her profound experiences in both the outer and inner arts contributed to transformation for herself and her students.

The video of this interview is available at http://youtu.be/svm4ojxyIPs

Some background on Professor Barbara Bones:
"My training in the martial arts began in 1971 in the art of Tae Kwon Do. I migrated to Kajukenbo (Gaylord Method) in 1972, being drawn to the freedom and creativity of the art. I am now an 8th degree in Kajukenbo. For many years I competed in tournaments and was named one of the top five female competitors by Black Belt magazine in 1975. After 1976, my focus changed to teaching. Along with Sifu Joyce Towne, I started Amazon Kung Fu in Eugene, OR. Many students reached the rank of black belt during those years including Professor Coleen Gragen, Sifu Anne Moon and Chief Instructor Aaron Ibbotson.

My training in Modern Arnis was with Professor Remy Presas. His teaching inspired thousands of practitioners around the world to become greater, to practice with enthusiasm, to move with ease and power.

Through this lineage, three prominent Kajukenbo schools have arisen: Hand to Hand Kajukenbo now led by Chief Instructor Sonya Richardson, Seattle Kajukenbo led by Chief Instructor Melinda Johnson and Seven Star Women's Kung Fu led by Chief Instructor Michelle McVadon. These schools have promoted more than 65 Black Belts and have made significant advances and contributions to the women's martial arts movement, the welfare and wellbeing of their respective communities and the art of Kajukenbo as a whole."

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E36: The Greatest Lessons from 2012 and what 2013 will bring

2013-01-10 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 18s

In this episode I read several of the contributions made to the latest book "The Greatest Lessons from the Martial Arts". To submit your greatest lesson to the second edition of the book, go to: http://www.malineage.com/submit-lesson

Also, the two new members of my family, due in March, are sure to bring about lots of change in my life. So I'm going to play things by ear and not force myself to do things that will be to taxing on my time until we get into the swing of things. That said, I'm not sure when the next episode will be published, but if YOU are interested in hosting this show, or being a guest host for one episode, or a few episodes, please give me a call or shoot me an email and we can talk about it further. 207-370-4298 / info@maLineage.com

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Improve Your School's Enrollment with Mike Dolpies

2012-11-29 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 47s

How is the business side of your dojo doing?

You don't have to answer that..
(Just get Mike's free DVD)

It's a hard industry, don't feel bad. Today I speak with former school owner Mike Dolpies who was able to bring his school out of the red and make over $1,000,000 in sales in just a few years.

Since then he has devised a program to help other school owners succeed in their martial arts business while still having time to enjoy teaching and running their classes. He is the author of 5 books and has also been on Fox Morning News several times to share his success as well as Entrepreneur.com.

Business of Martial Arts??

Let's admit it, most of us prefer teaching classes to running a business. But it's a necessary evil. Thankfully it has become a big enough industry there are people out there with some great strategies and cool tips and tricks.

Mike is offering a FREE DVD to all school owners to help them improve their business systems and their approach to running their martial arts school. I have it and I think it's something you should all have so I am really excited to be able to share it with all of you.

The success of the martial arts industry relies on the success of every small, independent school out there! Get the free DVD for everyone's sake:

http://www.maLineage.com/freeDVD

Enjoy the interview!

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Character Before Karate - An Interview with Kancho Deena Naidu

2012-11-15 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 53s

Kancho Deena Naidu was the sixth graduate from the Japan Karate Do College under Gogen Yamaguchi Sensei. His training was hard and unforgiving but coupled with soft lessons of philosophy. Deena talks about his training with this world famous karate master and how he brought those, very Japanese principles across cultures to South Africa and then to Australia.

Find out more about Deena Naidu at his Goshin Digital Dojo:
http://www.goshindigitaldojo.com

Find his books at Santuary 108:
http://www.sanctuary108.com

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How Does Karate Motivate You?? Interview with Karate World Champion Clint Cora

2012-11-02 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 30s

Clint Cora is a karate world champion the author of "The Life Champion in You" among many other books. He talks in this interview about his martial arts background and becoming a world champion competitor. But now he uses martial arts as a teaching tool, not in the dojo, but in corporate keynote speeches about becoming a better person. By applying philosophies from the martial arts you can improve many aspects of your life and increase your comfort zone.

Clint also has a tragic and impactful personal story that he shares on this show and explains how he has overcome this tragedy and now uses this experience to help others overcome difficulties of their own.

Clint's book:

The Life Champion in You

Personal Development Course - The Action Plan Creator

How to Get a Pharmaceutical Sales Job

Potty Train Your Puppy with a Litter Box

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MALP Founder Tim Johnson's Background on Hiyaa Podcast

2012-10-12 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 43s

Here's an interview with a dashing, riveting man by the name of Tim Johnson... Yes the guys over the Hiyaa Martial Arts Podcast had me on their show a couple weeks back and I think you'll appreciate the conversation as it sheds some light on the history of the Lineage Project and where we're going in the future. I also had a chance to share a little bit about my martial arts background as well.

David Jones over at Hiyaa is a great guy and they have a really fun new podcast at: www.hiyaapodcast.com

If you haven't heard it yet, go check it out, I think you'll enjoy it.

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Interview Second Generation Krav Maga Expert Guy Dar from Israel

2012-09-27 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 29s

Guy Dar is a second generation Krav Maga expert under Emi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga. He is also the creator of the Self Defense Krav Maga online training course.

As chief instructor of Full Contact Krav, Guy started his training in Krav Maga in 1980. He was authorized as a Black Belt and a Krav Maga Instructor in 1989. In this interview we talk about the basic concepts of Krav Maga and how it was developed in an area where there has been constant violence and fighting for centuries. The effectiveness of Krav Maga is being realized in the United States and all around the world even more every day.

With all the violence in his area of the world, this art HAS to be efficient and effective and we talk about what makes it such an attractive art to soldiers, women, children and seniors alike.

Mr. Dar was personally trained by Eli Avikzar through the last 15 years of Eli’s life in a special class of Eli’s top instructors. Guy became one of the highest ranked students of the late Master Eli Avikzar. Guy Dar is also a highly regarded Certified Martial Arts & Self Defense coach from the world renown Wingate Institute in 1995. In addition, he is a Senior teacher and Expert of Defensive Arts in Israel (Wingate 2003).

Mr. Dar is one of the select few individuals in Israel who holds a special title from, Mr. Eli Avikzar and the Zinman college of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the Wingate Institute, of "Senior Teacher and Expert in Defensive Arts in Israel".

Learn Krav from Guy

The basic principle of Krav Maga is minimum defense against maximum attack. This principle is embedded in each of the moves. Guy Dar was very excited during this interview for the opportunity to share this information overseas and he has developed a video course for teaching Krav Maga to people outside of Israel. For more information about the course click here. Each video shows a certain defense or attack accompanied by a clear explanation. Then the move is shown in slow motion so that you are able to observe each detail.

In addition to the video course, you can also film yourself practicing the Krav Maga techniques taught in the course and then send the movies to Guy to get feedback so you can correct and improve your moves accordingly!

If you are an instructor and want to add Krav Maga techniques and principles to your school, you can check out the instructor course that Guy talks about in the interview here: http://krav-magainstructorcourse.com

Guy Dar's school website can be found here: http://krav.org.il/en.html

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The Making of the Katana - Interview with Rafael Kosche, Authority on Asian Weaponry

2012-09-13 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 1m 5s

What makes the Katana Blade so incredible?
When and how was the technology developed?
What are the best swords on the market today and how did we uncover the secrets of the Samurai?

Learn about the basic metallurgy of the katana blade and what gives it it's unique and legendary characteristics. Rafael is an expert in Asian weaponry and has helped movie producers choose appropriate swords for films such as Kill Bill and the Last Samurai.

If you're in the Los Angeles area, check out Rafael's seminar on Japanese sword making on September 22 at the Martial Arts History Museum.

Find more information on Rafael Kosche and his weapons at: http://www.valleymartialarts.com/

Rafael has also been on the History Channel discussing the history and legends of the katana, you can see a short clip below:

And if you're looking to find the best blade made today, don't look for "Hanzo" steel from Kill Bill, you'll want to check out Paul Chen's "Hanwei" swords made from traditional materials in the traditional way: Golden Oriole Katana as referenced in the interview.

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Interview with Paul Wilson of Karate Cafe, Part 2

2012-08-09 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 54s

The second part of my interview with the esteemed Sensei Paul Wilson of Karate Cafe. This time Paul talks about what has changed since he has been teaching and training. Elements of Judo, Jujitsu and Mixed Martial Arts have begun to be incorporated into Karate schools, however he stresses the importance of focusing on "depth" of training as opposed to "width". What's the difference between an MMA school and a diverse traditional school? Is there a saturation point for MMA? What has been added to the curriculum of Shorinji Ryu?

Also, Paul offers two great tips that you can incorporate to help you improve your daily training.

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Episode 28 - Interview with Paul Wilson of Karate Cafe on Shorin Ryu - Part 1

2012-07-08 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 32s

Co-host and producer of another Karate podcast "Karate Cafe" comes to visit us at the Martial Arts Lineage Podcast. He talks about the influences of traditional Okinawan Karate and the different permutations of Shorin Ryu which has lot of Chinese influence as compared to other Karate styles. The word "Shorin" is the Japanese translation of the Chinese "Shaolin". He shares his thoughts on the way things might have been taught in ancient times and how that differs from or is similar to today's methods.

Check out more about Paul Wilson at KarateCafe.com where him and his co-host have regular discussions about everything related to karate and life.

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E27 - Wuxia and Other News

2012-05-23 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 22s

It's official! My wife and I have sold our house and we're moving to the great state of Maine. It's been crazy trying to keep up with all my projects and pack up the whole house, but it's all coming together and we're both very excited for the move.

In this episode I talk about Wuxia or an old form of Chinese literature based on fantastical (or historically accurate, you decide) tales of martial artists or other heroic figures. These stories exemplify the ideal qualities for what we think of as a humble, honorable and righteous warrior.

If you like these podcasts, please don't forget to leave feedback on iTunes, it feels great to hear from all you guys and gals out there. I'm making lots of dangerous friends these days! I like to know I'm not making dangerous enemies!

Stay tuned for the next episode with Sensei Paul Wilson of the Karate Cafe Podcast! I think you're really going to enjoy it.

Have a great day!

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E26 - Interview with Sifu Shi Yan Ming, Warrior Monk and Abbot of the USA Shaolin Temple

2012-04-22 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 33s

"From the time you wake up till the time you sleep, sharpen your blade."
A great interview with Sifu Shi Yan Ming, 34th generation Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk and founder of the USA Shaolin Temple in New York. The temple is designed to be a working replica of the original Shaolin Temple and will house disciples of kung fu as well as orphan children in need of guidance.

Sifu Shi Yan Ming has been featured on the History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC, TLC, even MTV and many others, and is known the world over for his efforts to keep Shaolin Kung Fu alive and well in the modern world.

Find out more about Sifu and the USA Shaolin Temple project at:
http://www.usashaolintemple.org/shiyanming/

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E25 - SGM George Pesare speaks about Professor Nick Cerio's Lineage

2012-03-28 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 24s

A quick interview with Senior Grandmaster George Pesare to clear up some concerns he felt after listening to a recent episode of this show.

I'll be working with SGM Pesare to release the second edition of his documentary DVD "Early Kempo in New England" which documents Nick Cerio training as a white belt under SGM Pesare at his kempo school in Rhode Island.

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Episode 24 - AJ Perry on Marketing your Martial Arts School

2012-03-17 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 31s

AJ Perry from Australia speaks of training with Jeff Speakman and his experience with Dan Inosanto. He's got some great techniques for improving your school's marketing especially for bringing on new kids to your school and methods to keep them entertained.
We talk about his new books "Martial Games for Kids" and his other free product the "Games Day Blueprint". This is a downloadable PDF that will give you absolutetly EVERYTHING you need to help you set up a "Games Day" at your school that is specifically tailored to bringing in new business and strengthening the existing student base. AJ has left NOTHING out of this PDF and wants to share it with you to help improve your school.
I think it's great that the development of martial arts and new strategies can be shared so easily with other instructors and school owners all over the world these days.


Download the Martial Arts Games Day Blueprint directly for FREE. This is a must have! Thanks AJ!

Check out his Martial Games for Kids website to watch a quick video to learn more about the Games Day Blueprint.

Check out AJ Perry's book, now on Amazon:

Win a FREE copy of his new book through the special contest he set up just for MALineage listeners! The contest closes on Monday, April 9th!

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Episode 23 - Interview with Diana Lee Inosanto, 'The Sensei' and God-daughter of Bruce Lee

2012-03-06 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 41s

In this interview Diana Lee Inosanto discusses her childhood and what it was like growing up with the infamous Dan Inosanto as a father and Bruce Lee as her God-father. We also talk about her film "The Sensei
" which she wrote, directed and co-starred in - an amazing movie that reflects how beneficial the martial arts can be for developing young people.

We also talk about the impact that media has played in the expansion of martial arts in recent history.

Finally Diana Lee Inosanto and I talk about her role in the upcoming documentary on Bruce Lee called I am Bruce Lee. Check it out on Spike TV premiering March 7th!

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E22 - Interview with Shihan John James

2012-01-15 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 44s

Shihan John James is currently the vice president of the Kempo Lo Kahi association of America. But in past years has had the opportunity to call himself a student and disciple of the revered Professor Nick Cerio, who was the founder of Nick Cerios Kempo and also helped to popularize kempo karate in New England. Prior to Professor Cerio’s passing in 1998 Sensee James was appointed to the executive board of Nick Cerios Kempo. He’s contributed to the martial arts lineage project and helped me to understand some of the intricacies of Professor Cerio’s lineage and is going to share with us some interesting discoveries he’s made in the history of Kempo during fact-finding missions in Las Vegas.

In this episode he tells us about what it was like training with the revered Professor Cerio - a legendary name in Kempo Karate in America who passed away at a young age, but not before contributing great developments to the style of kempo karate. Shihan James talks about some of the technicalities of Nick Cerios lineage and some exaggerations that may have been made and how that kind of thing can affect the discipline.

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E21 - Reflections on 2011, Goals for 2012 and Happy Holidays!

2011-12-29 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 31s

It's time to reflect on 2011 and look forward to accomplishing new things in 2012. It's been a huge year for maLineage.com as it was officially launched in April. I can't express my appreciation enough to everyone involved. Thank you for all your contributions and I'm looking forward to another year of learning and growing with you. In this episode I explain how I hope this podcast will affect the world of martial arts and contribute to modern day development.

Just a reminder that you only have a couple days left to get the grand opening pricing for a martial arts lineage website for your school. You can LOCK IN at the subscription price of only $10.50/mo! After the turn of the new year the discounted rate will be discontinued. Please visit http://www.maLineage.com/welcome for more information and to watch a short video explaining the benefits of becoming part of the database.

We have a great lineup of interviews for early 2012:
Diana Lee Inosanto
Sensei John James
Sensei Paul Wilson (from www.KarateCafe.com)

Get your questions in for these interviews NOW! Call in to 207-370-4298 and record your message to be aired on the show. Or you can email your questions to info@maLineage.com.

The Martial Arts Lineage Podcast will be changing its name in early 2012, to the Tao of Martial Arts podcast. The Tao can literally be translated as a "Path" (or lineage) but also has many more profound meanings that I can't begin to explain, but I give it a shot in this show ;)

Thank you again for all your support in 2011! Let's make 2012 a great year, and I've got some great new surprises for you that I will be unveiling this year.

Have a safe and happy new year!

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E20 - Interview with Master Arthur Rosenfeld - Part 2

2011-12-05 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 37s

The second half of the interview with the wonderfully insightful and brilliant Master Arthur Rosenfeld. He talks about the "hunger" for something more profound in life that leads us toward philosophies and traditions like those of Tai Chi. We also talk about a little bit of the science of Tai Chi and how it has developed in modern times.

Look up Arthur Rosenfeld by checking out his lineage page.

Learn more about him at his website: http://www.ArthurRosenfeld.com

Take a look at Arthur's Tai Chi programs:

Arthur's Books:

Take a look at Arthur's videos on YouTube.

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19 - Interview with Master Arthur Rosenfeld - An authority on Eastern thinking for a Western World

2011-11-28 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 34s

Master Arthur Rosenfeld is a contributor to national magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Parade has been seen on Fox News and other networks, and heard on numerous national radio programs. He also has a show featuring the benefits of Tai Chi on National PBS.

Rosenfeld's wisdom is hard-won. He began his training in the 1980s and has a strong reputation in the industry and an august martial lineage. A Yale graduate, he combines the scientific background and communication skills gained through post-graduate studies at Cornell and the University of California with real-world savvy gleaned from creative, high-level corporate positions.

In this two-part interview I speak with Master Rosenfeld about the history of Chen style Tai Chi Chuan which comes from Chen Village in China. All other styles of Tai Chi are said to trace their lineage back to this village. We talk about the early development of Tai Chi and how weapons have been incorporated since the very beginning in ways that I had never imagined.

For more information visit: http://www.ArthurRosenfeld.com

Trace Master Arthur Rosenfeld's martial arts lineage: http://www.malineage.com/martial-artists/Arthur-Rosenfeld

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E18 - Sihk Soldier-Saints of Gatka, Indian Military Martial Arts

2011-11-13 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 10s

A different type of podcast today. I'm opening up the phone lines here at the Lineage Project for you to call in and leave a message for the podcast. Leave your questions, comments, wisdom or other information. If you have knowledge you would like to share on the show, please call in and share what you know with the rest of the community. Phone calls will be recorded and you may get played on the show! Martial Arts Lineage Podcast Hotline: 207-370-4298 This week's short episode, I introduce the northern Indian style of Gatka. A spiritual style that includes, music, dance, sword fighting and more! Do you know anything about Gatka? If you've trained this style, I'd love to have you call in to discuss it! …

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Episode 17 - David Cvet of Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts

2011-11-06 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 37s

The discovery of an ancient Italian manuscript led David Cvet to explore medieval combat systems and eventually found the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts in Toronto Canada.

Learn about the history of martial arts in Europe and about the similarities between fighting styles across Europe and around the world. Learn about the different weapons used and the methods of teaching and training at this unique academy in Toronto.

Find out more about David Cvet's work on the development of the academy at: www.aemma.org

Here is a little glimpse of the academy:

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Episide 16 - Lessons Learned and a new way to show your Support!!

2011-10-06 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 14s

Join me for a real quick episode this time to give me a chance to summarize a couple of the lessons we've had the opportunity to learn with the Martial Arts Lineage Podcast.
Also, it's time to take care of a little bit of housekeeping. To keep the Lineage Project running smooth, there are lots of computer programs running behind the scenes and they need to be supported by people like you! Check out the new "Kickstarter Campaign" which offers rewards to anyone who decides to donate to the project!

It's a great way to get involved and show your support of the Lineage Project. Here are a list of the rewards we're offering for your support.

Pledge $5 or more
A big "Kung Fu Thank Yu!" on our facebook page with a link to your website.

Pledge $10 or more
I'll build your "Lineage Page" FOR YOU at www.maLineage.com. Send me the names of your martial arts instructors and their instructors. You'll soon be connected with other martial artists from around the world who share your lineage. You can login and share movies, quotes, timelines and stories of your own martial arts journey and discuss how your lineage has affected your training and your life. Also include photos, birthdates and who learned from who. You'll also get an official THANK YOU on our Facebook page.

Pledge $20 or more
Hand painted 8 x 10" scroll reading "Kung Fu" in Chinese characters, painted on authentic rice paper by Tim, the creator of the Martial Arts Lineage Project. You'll even have it by Christmas, so you can get two and give one away! ;)

Pledge $40 or more
One year of directory listing for the Martial Arts school of your choice at www.maLineage.com. Your listing will include: Elegant, Eye-Catching Directory Design, Priority Placement, Styles You Teach, Founder of your School, Logo, Contact Info & Website Address.

Pledge $100 or more
One year's subscription for a "Lineage Website" for the Martial Arts school of your choice. Interactive School Lineage Page, Philosophy/About Page, Class Schedule Page, School Photos Page, School Videos Page, Banner "Welcome" Image, Social Exposure, Stylish page layout, School Motto, Logo, Website, Contact Info, Syndicate your Blog Feed. Get publicity in a growing community of serious martial artists.

Pledge $150 or more
Beautiful, custom designed poster (24 x 32in) with your complete Martial Arts lineage. With photos of your grandmasters, quotes, dates, styles or anything else you'd like me to include.

Pledge $200 or more
ALL OF THE ABOVE!

Thanks again for all your help and support. Please remember to leave your feedback at iTunes and stay tuned for another great interview with a martial arts master coming soon!

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Episode 15 - Interview with Taoist Wudang Instructor Michael A. Vollero

2011-09-06 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 34s

Instructor Michael A. Vollero, is a 26th generation Longmen Pai (Dragon Gate Sect) disciple, 16th generation Sanfeng Pai instructor, and student of Zhengyi Daoism. He makes yearly pilgrimages to the Wudang mountains of China to study Kung Fu with the Taoist monks and participate in the ceremonies and rituals at the Purple Heaven Palace.

In this interview with discuss his training regimen and what lead him down his path in Wudang Kung Fu. Discover the differences between kung fu lineage and Taoist lineage and how these disciplines are intertwined. Michael speaks of the principles of Taoist kung fu training and how they have changed or been preserved through the cultural revolution in China. He also describes the Wudang training facility and where its influences have come from over the years and the concept of "Cloud Walking".

You can find out more about Michael's instructor's school of Wudang Kung Fu in Boston at: http://www.daoistgate.com

And check out Michael's own kung fu class website: http://www.springandautumn.com

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Episode 14 - Interview with MMA fighter, correographer, stunt man Guru Ron Balicki

2011-08-16 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 53s

"What's better; a Porsche or a tank?" is a question Sifu/Guru Ron Balicki poses on the differences and methods of adaptation between styles of martial arts. And he reminds us that Bruce Lee encouraged practitioners to "be more important than the style".

In this interview we discuss some of the experiences and lessons that Sifu Ron learned from his instructor, the infamous Guru Dan Inosanto. As well as his training in Thai Boxing, Shooto and others and his work in preserving the science of martial arts through the Martial Arts Research Systems. Ron has had over 35 years of combat and ring fighting experience and also works as a fight choreographer and stunt man.

http://www.ronbalicki.com/

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Episode 13 - Interview with Senior Grandmaster George Pesare

2011-08-03 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 23s

I'm personally a 5th generation successor of Senior Grandmaster George Pesare which makes this a very exciting interview for me. He is the man responsible for bringing Kempo Karate to New England and spreading it to the masses. His teachings have reached thousands of martial artists on the east coast and he continues his involvement in the arts at his Rhode Island school and at the Kempo Council of Grandmasters and the Kaito Gakko.

As 10th degree black belt under Victor "Sonny" Gascon, SGM Pesare is at the professor level in Kempo Karate.

In this episode we discuss the changes that have been made to Kempo Karate over the course of the past 50 years and it's evolution from Kajukenbo and Karazempo Go Shinjutsu. Get the unique insights of SGM George Pesare and hear about his motivation for creating 5, 6 and 7 kata and why he added those forms to the Kempo Curriculum.

You can learn more about Senior Grandmaster George Pesare at his website: http://www.georgepesare.com/

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Episode 12 - Interview with Alex Haddox of the Practical Defense Podcast

2011-07-23 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 44s

In this episode I speak with Alex Haddox, host of the Practical Defense Podcast. He has trained many styles of martial arts and specializes is giving practical defense tips for everyday habits that can help protect you and your loved ones from a the myriad of immediate threats that lurk in our society.

Alex and has been working with Grandmaster Mohamad Tabatabai to develop a new style of martial arts which is a "synergy" of American Kempo and Jujitsu. We discuss some of the intricacies of what it takes to develop a new style of martial arts and his experiences and motivation for doing it. I also learn how these two styles of martial arts compliment each other so much any why this new blend makes so much practical sense.

Keep an eye out for Alex's book that we discuss in this episode which he hopes to begin publishing in a few months.

For more information on Alex Haddox, his seminars, podcast, book and experience, visit his website: http://www.AlexHaddox.com

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Episode 11 - Interview with Dr. John Donohue, Author and Anthropologist

2011-07-05 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 23s

Dr John Donohue, Ph.D. has been working as a martial arts anthropologist and wrote his dissertation on the cultural and philosophical elements of Japanese martial arts. Today, we speak about his work as a writer and how he is working to uphold the traditions of martial arts through fiction novels.
He has also compiled a book of philosophies and stories from the development of various styles of martial arts over the ages.
Learn about the philosophical lessons of Kendo and how martial arts can help you in other disciplines and drastically change your life.

Check out some of John Donohue's books:

Fiction series:

Sensei Deshi: A Martial Arts Thriller Tengu the Mountain Goblin: A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller Kage: The Shadow A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller

Non-fiction books:

Complete Kendo (Complete Martial Arts) Herding the Ox The Overlook Martial Arts Reader, Vol. 2 Warrior Dreams: The Martial Arts and the American Imagination …

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Episode 10 - A Poem by Dan Inosanto and News and Updates from MALineage.com

2011-06-20 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 21s

This is just a quick episode where I get to do some housekeeping and check in with the audience.

Be sure to check out the new updates on the site, as well as weigh in on your suggestions for the interviews. I'd love to hear questions you have, and I'd also love your feedback on show length, quality, topics, etc. The project is mine, but the product is yours!

And keep your eye out for more updates in the very near future!

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Episode 9 - Interview with Dr Yang, Jwing-Ming of YMAA

2011-06-06 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 58s

Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming works with a select few disciples of Chinese kung fu at his retreat center in the mountains of northern California where the culture and traditions of the ancient Chinese arts are preserved through an intensive 10-year training curriculum.

I speak with Dr Yang about his influences and his beloved masters in China with whom he grew up learning kung fu. We talk about the differences between training in old China and training in other parts of the world. Dr Yang tells of how he reluctantly took up Tai Chi Chuan at the young age of 16 to thwart illness brought on by hunger and malnourishment as he was raised as one of a family of 9 children, often eating only one meal a day. He has since moved to the U.S. to get his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and opened Yang's Martial Arts Association in Humboldt County, California.

Find out more about Dr Yang at his lineage page:
http://www.maLineage.com/martial-artists/Yang-Jwing-Ming

Or at his website: www.YMAA.com

Dr. Yang is currently accepting applicants for his next round of disciples and can be contacted through the website above.

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Episode 8 - Interview with Sifu Stephen Murphy of Mystics Athletic School

2011-05-25 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 44s

In this interview I get the chance to ask my own Kung Fu instructor, Sifu Stephen Murphy about his 27 years of teaching traditional Chinese Kung Fu. He tells of his struggle with cancer, onset at the age of 23, and his introduction into the world of Chinese healing and internal arts or "the art of good health".

Sifu Steve talks about the mixture of martial arts styles taught at Mystics Athletic School, his introduction to the martial arts and experience training with Donnie Yen's mother, Bow Sim Mark. He also talks about the abundance of knowledge there is to be had in the world and how that helps us to always remain a beginner.

Learn more about Sifu Stephen Murphy at his lineage page or at Mystics Athletic School

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Episode 7 - The Greatness of Kung Fu - An interview with Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

2011-05-15 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 1m 5s

Grandmaster Wong is a 4th generation successor of the renowned Southern Shaolin monastery in Putian, China. Living in Malaysia, he travels the world spreading the "greatness of kung fu" throughout the world through the Shaolin Wahnam institute. Learn about the masters Sifu Wong studied under and hear stories of how he trained and how he has been working to improve Kung Fu teaching methods to share his art with the world.

We talk about how Chi Kung can help to heal today's modern society and how "good health is natural", as well as how Kung Fu training has evolved in recent times.

Grandmaster Wong has authored several internationally renowned books on Tai Chi, Shaolin Kung Fu and Chi Kung:

The Art of Chi Kung Chi Kung for Health and Vitality The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan The Complete Book of Zen Introduction to Shaolin Kungfu Master Answers Series — The Shaolin Arts Sukhavati — Going to Heaven as Taught by the Buddha The Complete Book of Chinese Medicine The Complete Book of Shaolin

Find more information about Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit at these websites:

Shaolin Wahnam Institute Good Health Home Page Shaolin Kungfu Chi-Kung and Zen Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) Home Page …

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Episode 6 - Interview with Antonio Graceffo, Martial Arts Author and Adventurer

2011-05-08 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 37s

Antonio Graceffo is a true martial arts anthropologist and adventurer. Learning obscure styles of martial arts all over southeast Asia, Antonio shares his experiences of studying at the Shaolin Temple, a Muay Thai Temple in Thailand and studying with other locally known masters of styles such as Kuntaw, Bokator and variations of Muay Thai.

He’s the host of the "Martial Arts Odyssey" author of “The Monk from Brooklyn”, and the “Warrior Odyssey”, among several others. Discover what life is like for a a man who has dedicated his entire life to preserving the legacy of the martial arts. Antonio Graceffo is truly inspiring to anyone interested martial arts history.

Learn more about Antonio at his website: SpeakingAdventure.com/

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Episode 5 - Interview with Sword Master Shihan Dana Abbott - Part 2

2011-04-30 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 36s

Start with Part 1 of this interview here.

In part two Shihan Dana Abbott talks about the "Spirit of the Samurai". What is it, and how has it shaped Japan over the years? How does this weapon, the sword represent an entire philosophy?
Learn why Japan is such a strong country, both culturally and on an individual level. How does the "American Spirit" relate to the spirit of the samurai? Learn about the strengths that will carry Japan through its recent tsunami disaster and where those moral traditions originate and how they are passed on from generation to generation.

Be sure to check out Dana Abbott online at:
SamuraiSports.com
and
LearnTheSword.com

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Episode 4 - Interview with Sword Master Shihan Dana Abbott - Part 1

2011-04-30 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 43s

Inducted into the black belt hall of fame in 2004 as weapons instructor of the year, Shihan Dana Abbott is the director of the International Sports Chanbara Association, which represents more than 160,000 members in 30 countries around the globe. He is also the founder of Samurai Sports Incorporated, a sword training company.
He speaks, in part one of this interview, about the history and development of the samurai over the millennia. Learn about government run fitness academies in Japan and how martial arts training is so fundamentally so much different than it is in the U.S. Learn about all the different types of sword arts and when and why they are practiced. Shihan Abbott also offers insight into how the traditions of Japanese sword play help benefit the health of a culture and the health of an individual.

Be sure to check out Dana Abbott online at:
SamuraiSports.com
and
LearnTheSword.com

Listen to Part 2 here.

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Episode 3 - Interview with Weapons Master and Pankration Master Spencer Gee

2011-04-25 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 43s

Master Spencer Gee has had extensive training in several martial arts styles from Tai Chi to Filipino weapons arts. In this interview we talk about his experience in Pankration, the original MMA, or the "Martial Art of All Powers" which dates back to ancient Greece in the 6th century B.C. As a very scientific and calculated style of fighting, Master Gee speaks of how he uses these teaching principles to teach many different arts including T'ai Chi.
He also talks about how other disciplines like tennis and ballroom dancing have contributed to his martial arts training and teaching methods. Hear about how the creativity encouraged by these other disciplines contributes to the artistic and expressive side of the martial arts.

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Episode 2 - Interview with Sensei Peter Freedman, Grandmaster of the Boston Arnis Club

2011-04-19 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 57s

In this episode, I speak with Peter Freedman Sensei, Grandmaster of the Boston Arnis Club and trainer to sky marshalls, special forces and CIA, to name a few. Primarily teaching the style of Ketsugo Ju-jutsu, Sensei Freedman has developed his own method of teaching called “Freedman’s Method of Ketsugo Ju-jutsu” based on very scientific principles of mechanics. We discuss this method and talk about his experiences growing up and developing his martial art on the streets of Boston. Sensei Freedman has been teaching martial arts to troubled youths help turn their lives around from a life of drugs and crime into something far more profound. He has been featured in Black Belt Magazine several times and is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contributions to the city of Boston. As the Guro director and lineage holder of the Boston Arnis Club, he is responsible for passing on the tradition of Arnis that was entrusted to him from Guro Grande George Brewster. Learn what it means to be a martial arts “lineage holder”, learn the difference between a “living martial art” and a “dead martial art” and learn how new methods and creativity are still affecting how people train and expand their knowledge today. This was a fun discussion with one of the great modern day masters and I think you'll enjoy it! To learn more about Peter Freedman Sensei, check out his page on the Martial Arts Lineage Project (top right) or visit his website: www.freedmansmethod.com or: www.themartialartscoach.com…

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Episode 1 - An Introduction to the Martial Arts Lineage Podcast with Tim Johnson

2011-04-19 :: Martial Arts Lineage Podcast
Length: 8s

According to legend one of the most revered styles of martial arts was invented by a Shaolin Nun named Ng Mui. She was one of five survivors of a battle with the Chin Empire who had outlawed the practice of Kung Fu and attacked the Fu Shan Shaolin temple where Ng Mui lived.

After her travels through China she ran into a young woman who was being forced into marriage to an officer of the Chin army. She didn't want to marry this tyrant but the officer said if she did not marry him, he would kill her father and wed her anyway. The Shaolin Nun Ng Mui took the girl up to the nearest temple and taught her a totally different type of martial art one that was meant for a young girl her size, a smarter way of fighting with short fast movements using the snake and the crane as inspiration.

In 9 months the girl was ready. The Shaolin Nun Ng Mui spoke to the officer and told him that if he beat her in a fight she would marry him. He laughed and of course agreed to the fight. When the fight came, the officer was unquestionably defeated after which he left the area and left the Young Girl named Wing Chun alone.

The Young Yim Wing Chun Continued her training and became a legend for her great fighting skills, after many generations within her family, the style of Kung Fu was past on to Chan Wah the money changer and then to Yip Man who in turn passed it on to the rest of the world.

Welcome to maLineage.com. The best place on the internet to find information about the lineage of any style of martial arts and learn about your favorite martial arts legends and celebrities.

And welcome to the martial arts lineage podcast. This is episode 1. My name is Tim Johnson and I'll be hosting interviews with martial arts masters and instructors from across the country and around the globe.

Martial arts has been a huge part of my life for almost 20 years now; I've studied and taught several styles of karate, kung fu, and capoeira and I've found something in each style to relate to so many other aspects of life.

In an effort to broaden my knowledge of martial arts history, I've developed this site, maLineage.com, dedicated to capturing and preserving the history of all styles of martial arts. You can follow the lineage tree of any martial artist in the database and read stories, legends, timelines and quotes from every person in the database. That means that eventually, every martial artist in the world could have their own page that outlines their complete lineage and their impact on the world of martial arts. And if you study martial arts, that includes you. You can sign up with a free account now to create a page of your own and incorporate yourself into the massive lineage tree. And furthermore, you can go to other people's pages and share experiences you've had, stories, quotes and other information about your martial arts colleagues.

I've been working to build an accurate historical lineage tree of all styles of martial arts as far back in history as possible. I've got a long ways to go, which is why I need your help, but so far I've added hundreds of people like Ueshiba, Miyamoto Musashi, Ip Man, etc. etc. including the founders of as many styles as I've been able to find.

I believe that modern martial artists, especially us here in the western world, can learn a lot from the philosophies and ideals of the ancient masters who originally developed martial arts. To look into the minds of the creators, to read stories of the development and influences of these arts, and to draw parallels between ancient martial philosophies of all types and your own life is truly revealing of the meaning of martial arts.

I'm so excited about this podcast and I have a lot of interviews lined up with martial arts masters and instructors from all around world that any martial arts enthusiast will definitely enjoy.

So join me as I speak candidly with martial arts masters of many different styles about the history and development of the arts and how the art continues to develop today. you can look forward to interviews with Shihan Dana Abbott, Japanese sword master, Antonio Graceffo, living in Southeast Asia as a martial arts anthropologist, Master Spencer Gee, a weapons master from New York, and many more. All of these people have dedicated their lives to martial arts and are constantly striving to spread their beliefs throughout the world to create what I believed to be a better human race.

Martial arts as a whole as well as any physical activity is healthy both physically and mentally which is why I won't be focusing on one particular style of martial arts. I think if you ask any accomplished martial artist they will tell you that no one style is better than any other style; they're all for your own personal benefit.

I've already recorded a handful of interviews now and it's been a blast talking to all these different people. They've been so willing to share their insight and experiences and I can't wait to share them with all of you.

Like I said, my motivation for creating this podcast is to learn as much as I can about martial arts and of course share that information with you, but I'd also love to get feedback from anyone out there listening who might have questions they want me to ask or people you want me to interview. I'd love to hear what you like or don't like about the show so please, if you have any suggestions, go to maLineage.com and click on "Contact" at the bottom of the page where you can send a message to me directly and tell me anything you want about the podcast or the website. I want this to be something everyone can enjoy.

I won't take up any more of your time, I just wanted to use episode 1 to say hello and introduce myself. Check out the next episode for an interview with Guro/Grandmaster Peter Freedman, who's trained air marshalls, special forces and hundreds of troubled youths in the city of Boston, which earned him a Lifetime Achievement award in 1989 from the Mayor of Boston. It's a great interview and I hope any martial artist will really get a lot out of all these interviews.

So enjoy the shows, go check out the brand new website maLineage.com which was just launched on April 20 of 2011, make sure to leave some feedback, and sign up for a free account to become a part of martial arts history.

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