Master of Kung Fu Cinema Will Make Appearance at Los Angeles Museum Event!

Kung fu movie fans might think they know everything about this popular genre, but would they know which kung fu movie had the longest fight scene in the history of films? Or which kung fu movie star had to bite the head off a live lizard? Probably not. But Dr. Craig D. Reid — author of The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s— can tell you. He knows everything about kung fu cinema and martial arts movies. Reid is one of America's most respected martial arts film historians and critics. In 1979, he became the first regular Caucasian and American stuntman in Chinese kung fu movies and kung fu TV soap operas in Taiwan. Since then, he has accrued credits as a screenwriter, fight choreographer, kung fu scholar, TV personality, and university and guest martial arts lecturer. On January 20, he'll be sharing his martial arts movie expertise with the Pacific Asia Museum's Active Cultures series. Active Cultures is a series of events that pairs engaging speakers in a dynamic, conversational program, which includes a Q-and-A with the audience. "I saw my first kung fu film at the V Drive-In in Vestal, New York," Reid says. "In an instant, I wanted to live and learn and watch every kung fu film ever made." In fact, when compiling the material for his book, Reid relived these transformative times by watching more than 500 kung fu films from that era. The reviews in the book include extensive knowledge of martial arts history, cinema and fight choreography. Reid will discuss how influential the films of the 1970s were in martial arts cinema, how they brought major breakthroughs in fight choreography and filmmaking, and how they built national identity and pride. He will also cover the rise of the genre's most influential actors/directors and the creation of a worldwide following.


TAKE THE MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE JOURNEY WITH THE MASTER OF KUNG FU CINEMA! “Calling this comprehensive encyclopedia The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies is an apt description," says John Fusco, who wrote the martial arts blockbuster The Forbidden Kingdom. “Like the treasure trove of the 500-plus titles it celebrates, the book is a feast." AVAILABLE NOW in our online store!

In The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s, Reid examines the decade that changed his life and brought martial arts cinema to the masses. Inspired by Bruce's Lee's Fists of Fury, Reid began studying kung fu in 1972 to combat a life-threatening illness. By 1979, Reid had become one of the first American stuntmen to work in the Chinese film industry. The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s is filled with Reid's extensive knowledge of martial arts history, cinema and fight choreography.

Join Dr. Reid and a host of kung fu cinema and martial arts movie fans on January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pacific Asia Museum: 46 North Los Robles, Pasadena, CA 91101 Get directions to the Pacific Asia Museum!

Tickets to the event can be purchased through eventribe.

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The UFC returned to American network television for the first time in more than two years Saturday on ABC while former featherweight champion Max Holloway returned to his winning ways following two straight losses, earning a unanimous decision over Calvin Kattar in Abu Dhabi. Holloway showed he still has plenty left as a fighter dominating Kattar from the opening bell of the main event with a mix of punches and low kicks.

It appeared as if the former champion might stop his opponent in the fourth round landing a series of vicious body blows followed by hard elbows to the head as a bloodied Kattar sagged against the fence. But Kattar somehow survived managing to keep himself upright through the fifth stanza as well, only to lose a lopsided decision. After dropping his title to Alexander Volkanovski and then losing a controversial rematch, Holloway may have put himself in position for one more crack at the championship following Saturday's impressive performance.

The Legendary Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame has never before been documented in a single location. Now, you can learn about all the icons that have achieved one of the greatest honors in all of martial arts.

Black Belt Magazine is proud to announce the NEW Member Profiles feature for the Hall of Fame. At the time of this article, the online records account for every inductee from the inaugural year of 1968 all the way through 1990 (upwards of 200 martial artists). The page will be updated continuously and will include every inductee through 2020 in the near future. For now, you can enjoy images and facts about the legendary members for each induction they received before 1991. Take advantage of this never-before-seen opportunity to learn about many of the martial artists who contributed to the lifestyle, culture, and community that every martial artist experiences today.

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