It may be a question in the minds of many who come to this sight and wonder if there is going to be new material. The answer to this question is YES, and some very fine and interesting material I guarantee.
Currently I have been digging through my vast archive of old private tapes (of classes and demos) from my teacher Dr. Brownridge and digitizing and cataloging them into Mp2, H.264(mp4) format. We have also been busy setting up a studio for shooting video and commentary. Not being an IT geek, each stage has required learning new tech; both software and hardware. Soundtrack, voice-over has been more of a challenge than we anticipated but all things are being worked through at a steady pace.
The Hard Truth
All the time I was brought up through the ranks my teacher constantly repeated the following, “You have to earn the right to learn.” I always accepted that and did strive every day to be the one who earned his trust and to make him very favorable toward passing on his knowledge and skills. So it is today I look upon the vast sea of entitled journeymen who believe they have a right to the deep secrets and I am sad.
I say the truth; I have many well hidden secrets, some so rare that there are only a very few who are in possession; not even 100 or 50, some even less. I tell you that I would rather die with my art than waste it on an unworthy or corrupt person.
What can we expect
It is not widely known that my teacher taped certain educational seminars that were attended by very few. He did not start doing this until the late 80s and early 90s when I had already moved from Illinois to Texas. During that tenure I would travel north multiple times from 1983 to 2004 to see him and spend a week or so and in one case 10 months (1988) I would train privately and sometimes I would attend an advanced class. Class in those days was very demanding, and my training had expanded to Xingyi, BaGua, Taijiquan, and other systems and also the development of Wujiquan so my style diverged somewhat and I did not want to confuse or conflate with due respect, but I did participate and this included fighting with very high rank masters as they were all on my level. This was and still is a high-risk and dangerous matter when done with my contemporaries, depending upon who you were sparring, as the way we did things at the school from those days would probably have been considered violent, brutal and dangerous to be kind. I have seen many so called black belts melt in a puddle of …well. you know, when confronted with how we did things. So I admit I preferred privately when I was not in ready condition for matches of this sort. This have gotten bloody on many occasions and sometimes I was not in the mood. (Have anyone of you ever heard of combat sparring?) It was after that that I learned of the tapes after returning which he distributed to sincere students for a nominal contribution. In 1990 Dr Brownridge out of great compassion and generosity traveled to Dallas where I lived at the time (because I could not afford to travel north due to funds and also my work schedule) and I put him up at the hotel I was working as an auditor giving me hours a day free time for training and study.
At that time I was teaching out of the aerobics center at gold’s gym in the Hyland Park neighborhood and he generously offered to test me for 8th Dan. That was when I first was tested for the esteemed and honorable rank of 8th Dan which I failed to pass at the time. I prepared a thesis in the form of an entirely new martial art based on 6 Karate systems and Xingyi Quan which I called Wujido. This is the origin of the name I use for the school. I demonstrated the entire art up to 10th Dan level. I also performed my “test” routine and finally the Wujiquan long-boxing which has 172 sections (taolu). I did not demonstrate Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, nor Baguaquan as these were not his expertise.
He was very impressed, and I even observed a measure of stunned respect. Although he had my 8th Dan certificate in the briefcase (I saw it) he did not award it to me at that time but on my next appointed test date in 1997 he did award me this honored and prestigious rank. I did not question him but he offered the following. “Mastery and rank is not just about ability and skill, character, humility, and spiritual attainment are equally important.” I must apologize if my words are inexact, it was a long time ago, but this is my memory. I then asked him about a secret Kata, being aware that he had mastered it and of which I had been researching for more than 12 years and as usual in casual fashion he walked through it once; and once only. This was his way. If you made him repeat himself or show you twice, he would refuse to ever, and I mean never show you again as he viewed this to be extreme disrespect to not pay absolute and focused attention to what he was teaching. If you were low rank that is something different. But if you were high rank this is how he taught. If you ever meet someone who has even experienced a single class they are often traumatized by it and changed for life evidenced by their not being able to stop talking about the experience. This is my lifelong teacher and master, a jewel and treasure hidden in a field of abject mediocrity.
Dr Brownridge is retired now and focused on his church and ministry, he is currently in Kenya doing missionary to several congregations which he has help establish and develop.
A Phone call from the teacher
A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call just prior to his leaving for Kenya on the 16th day of November this year. It occurred that he had misplaced his master tape of his Advanced Black Belt Kata up to 8th Dan. Although I don’t know where this tape is my efforts had me foraging through storage and boxes of tapes and I found some very interesting material.
Sparring and Dian Xue Shu
I have to admit that the quality of those tapes are rather poor, given they were made with a cheap camera during the era of Xerox copy machines with that icky blue ink. I am sure most of you don’t remember this but there was a time when I was younger we used manual typewriters and made these nasty-looking copies using the Xerox. This was before Windows, Microsoft and Apple.
However, I plan to put together little pieces and clean them up and put together some tapes that combine some samples of his work, and that means I will put together something in the sparring methods where you will see some of my Kungfu and Karate brethren from my earlier years; Prof Wesley Smith, Prof Eric Harris, his brother Professor Tony Harris, Dave and Doug Heath. I will include a short match between Professor Smith and Doug Heath (I faced Doug Heath in Fayetteville, Arkansas and tapped him out with one finger circa 1995 after defeating the tournament champion sending him 25 feet into a stack of chairs) In the future I will put something together to demonstrate my teacher’s and also my Dim Mak/DianXueShu skills and you can be the judge if you think it is legitimate.
I have studied under MANY masters, but Dr. Brownridge is my teacher. Dr David Brownridge 10th Dan PhD MMA Karate, Jujitsu,Judo, Wushu. I can verify that I have been across the country and abroad in China a dozen times and met no one superior to him. I believe that all true masters are unique and as such I don’t presume to grade or compare. We as men of Martial Chivalry understand that we stand or fall on our own merit. Although I have many very high rank certificates in a number of systems I consider them as what they really are, paper. I am humbled by the honors given me by great men and hope to live up to them. It is who we are, and what we accomplish that matters. As for my most recent promotions these occurred in the following way, in 1997 8th Dan, in June of 2004 I tested before an International grand-master committee and received the 9th/10th Dan. I the year 2015 I am currently 64 years old.
Advanced articles and videos
New articles are on their way. I have been holding back for numerous reasons. Since I still subscribe to the view of my teacher that one has to earn the right to learn, I will only place advanced material in the premium space. Although it may be the opinion of some that the other articles are somewhat advanced I would say in return, “compared to what?” The arts that I teach are incredibly deep and I myself continue to drive down deeper and deeper into the nuances, so seek to increase my knowledge and martial wisdom including new (meaning old) sources of knowledge and method to refine the theory.
We will not publish the deep secrets on YouTube so you can forget that. Also even if it seem very advanced, as in most cases it is so far advanced from what people believe; it will not be. It is just a surface look at a vast and deep ocean.
It is not well known that I have studied under 6 Taijiquan masters, the last teacher was a week under the Yang family in large group, small group and private. I did this to take corrections as I have been familiar with the long-boxing for many decades already (since 1975). That was in 2004. I have receipts, pictures with Yang Jun if they want to deny me as some have done to their everlasting shame. He was just 33 and a boy, not very experienced but skillful in the family style. However, their form has migrated from the performance of Yang Chen Fu whose form is fixed at or around his 50th birthday. It took 10 years to bring our Yang form to a more exacting performance of Yang Chen Fu and I accomplished this by studying his lifeand also his close associates and learned why and how his postures changed during the pre 50 and post 50 time frame. It was all due to Song Zhong Wen. I will not go into this further. The Yang form as performed today has very strong modern wushu standardization and this causes some difficulty in consistent adherence to Taiji principle and makes actual application of the technique as a method of self-defense almost impossible as these require the various secret training methods (not taught by the Yangs) and the proper form which can be observed by the plates available in books and even YouTube of YangChenFu himself which are consistent with the fighting style. Hint: Modern Wushu Yang Taijiquan discharges or grounds out the Qi thus emptying the body and Yang Chen Fus postures never discharge Qi thus achieving the goal of cultivating and exercising the Qi. Enough said on this subject, you know where to go if you want to learn the oldest and closest to the source method.
There is a great deal more and we plan to put the bulk of the videos and exclusively the advanced work on the website only and will never find its way to YouTube. For all of you I wish you the best luck and prosperity in the art and in life. If you have questions or wish to train with me you must remember something one of my older kungfu brother’s told me when I first started. The most important quality in Kungfu is Sincerety.