The audience of this program is some of the Finest and Sharpest Martial Artists in the world. TW Smith brings the stories of martial arts to life by looking through the lenses of history, research, legends and lore. KungFu, Karate, BJJ, and many other systems as well as sports such as MMA are all included.
It is designed to serve our martial arts communities today and years down the road. Committed Martial Artists are only a tiny percentage of any population, We need to know what we have in common, more so than how we are different.
The Tool of Violence
Violence is neither self-defense or criminal, it is an Act. After the dust settles is where it is determined if it was justified violence or not. During this podcast we will look at the historical, philosophical and religious perspectives on violence, then we will look at from Masters of Violence. People that use violence as the currency to survive, they can not be wrong.
Listen on Web Post: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51411252
Put the Squeeze on Self Care
Since the Covid Pandemic Self Care has gone from a $10 Billion Industry to a $420 Billion Industry. People of EVERY age group are looking for ways to take better care of themselves.
Due to the chaos and changes that our lives have gone through, people are looking for the most versatile, consistent and Least time consuming methods. Your Martial Arts Training can provide over 16 Self Care activities, in one sweeping of time.
Learn what people are looking for to market your classes with another depth.
Yip Man and the Prostitute
Magic and Sex as Power is present in every culture, to this day. An essay by Professor Ben Judkins gives us an early Chinese 20th century glimpse of how one of the iconic figures faces a public challenge.
Interview Brian Kuttel
The future lies in those aspired younger talents of today. Brian Kuttel is one of those talents. Listen to how he began. Why he started training and how it transformed to today.
Training Tips - 1930 BaGua Manual Pt2
Pick up Part 2 of the excellent 1932 Bagua Training Manual.
We pick up with the Bagua training manual from 1932 with a highly regarded expert of the art. Training tips, practical suggestions, and by his words, 'no magical interpretations'.
Learn how the practical Traditional Chinese Martial Artists approach it.
You can download the episode and book : https://www.patreon.com/posts/45987832
A Crisp BaGua 1930 Training Manual
Nearly 100 years ago, there were several martial art institutes designed to stamp out the ‘magic’ and ‘non-sense crap’ that was running in several systems of martial arts.
This concise Bagua training manual was released by an excellent practitioner, who was also a son to one of the best Bagua practitioners known. Yin Fu also became the equivalent of the secret service for the Emperor’s circle, and was successful during battle testing.
This 24 minute episode of part 1 lays the frame work of understanding of the core principles of the book and the art. Members receive early release and personal notes of the episodes.
Thank you to Paul Brennan for his translation.
Class Is In Session
TW Smith does a superhuman job of researching and delivering in-depth discussions on a wide variety of topics related to the history and culture of martial arts, and it's all the more impressive that he brings that kind of quality on a weekly basis. You can listen to this podcast purely for entertainment and you'll certainly get some benefit, but to get the most out of it you might be better off listening in a quiet place where you can take notes. Even though it says "KungFu" in the name, he doesn't limit himself to the Chinese arts and I can strongly recommend this podcast to serious martial artists of any style.
A Diamond in the Rough
I've listened to several of Sifu Smith's podcasts and only recently did it occur to me that I hadn't yet come to iTunes to give both him and the podcast five well-deserved stars. Sifu Smith, mea culpa for that oversight! :-)
Of the few martial arts podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis, I really appreciate the careful attention to historical accuracy as well as the obvious large amount of research that he puts into each episode. This dedication to quality content makes KungFu Podcasts really stand out and I really enjoy and learn from the historical information that he provides. Well done and I look forward to many, many more episodes. <bows in respect>
The candor of TW Smith on his approach to Gung Fu ... His fearlessness in pronunciation of chinese words and names. The interviews have depth and are fascinating. Sifu Smith is able to draw out these teachers and get to the meat of their practice quickly. I appreciate that Sifu Smith doesn't gloss over the details, is gritty and has the heart/mind to get real pictures of what it was like to study with various masters and the nature of the transmissions. This podcast is a gem and invaluable to the culture of understanding the migration of chinese martial art to the west. Kudos to you, Sifu Smith.