43 episodes

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.

KungFu Podcasts | Explore the Culture, Adventure and Impact of Martial Arts TW Smith

    • Philosophy
    • 4.8, 52 Ratings

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.

    Wiser Through the Fog and Friction

    Wiser Through the Fog and Friction

    Interview USAF Lt. Col. Mark Wiser

    • 1 hr 26 min
    From Warrior Training to National Treasure

    From Warrior Training to National Treasure

    The direction and reasons for changing the Traditional ‘relic’ to a new shinier treasure. Fortunately, some hold onto the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts expectations.

    • 45 min
    Training in 5 Village Organizations

    Training in 5 Village Organizations

    Chinese Martial Arts with Traditional Warrior Training. You are the police and protection of your community and countryside.

    • 49 min
    The State of Martial Affairs

    The State of Martial Affairs

    In Part 1, we took one Professors approach to defining Martial Arts, during part 2, 2 Professors are going to give excellent arguments for other approaches. Professor Judkins is going to take both arguments and give them a twist to consider, to make your messages more inspiring.

    Laying the framework for the next 2 episodes.

    • 18 min
    Swimming in Quicksand

    Swimming in Quicksand

    Sometimes, the harder you try, the worse it gets. That can happen in many things, take ‘creative art’, someone takes an old bed box spring, welds an old bucket and a chair on it, gives it a name and paints it.. calls it art. Someone else sees junkyard material that is in the middle of a campus.

    Martial Arts can take the pressure. Does it include weapons? If you don’t practice self-defense, its not martial arts at all could be another argument.
    Before you start swimming in the quicksand, lets take a moment to see the trap, BeFore we get in it.

    • 19 min
    Native Language of Okinawain Karate

    Native Language of Okinawain Karate

    If you want to understand Karate before the Japanese influence, this is a must listen.

    This interview with Professor May opens the backdrop to understanding the Okinawain Martial Arts Before the influence of Japan.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

gcmaybe ,

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.

RobDomFoto ,

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>

OldTaiChiGuy ,

Fantastic Content

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.

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