A few years back, I got into aerobatic flying, in preparation of a movie on the subject, called Cloud Dancer. When the producer first approached me, he said they had it all worked out, with special cameras and stuff, so that I wouldn’t actually have to do any of the flying. I said, “That sounds really boring. I don’t think I want to do it.” He said (kind of amazed, I thought), “You mean, you want to learn how to do it?” I said, “Well, yeah. If you want me to do the movie, that’s what it will take.” Read the rest of this entry »
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Recently, I was asked to comment on the resurgence of martial arts in this country. I find that difficult to answer, as the question makes assumptions that don’t quite hold water for me.
Martial Arts is big time. Has been. Will be more so. It’s not really so much a “renewed interest” as it is, for the first time, a truly mainstream interest. While everything on this planet cycles in and out and up and down, the growth of martial arts and Asian philosophy has been evenly progressive in this country, as well as in Europe and the rest of the world, ever since the movement first began. I was there. At the very beginning, with the help of the folks at Warner Brothers, I was privileged to become an evangelist for the arts. Read the rest of this entry »