For the next year, I will be travelling around China and meeting as many kung fu masters and practitioners as I can. This blog here will be a record of those travels and the conversations I have along the road. When I feel I have absorbed all that I can, I will turn the research into a book, with the working title “The Last Masters” – hopefully the people I meet on my travels are not the last of their kind, but the first of a new kind.
I will also be taking video footage and photographs along the way, and much of that I hope to post here as well. I have interest from a couple publishers for the book and for the video and photos … we’ll see where all of that ends up. I am dedicated to this project, I am excited about it, and I am open to any and all suggestions, advice, warnings and even insults.
It’s June 2014, and the project has taken several twists and turns. I have written several articles about martial arts in China that show the progression, you can view them on Fightland, Roads and Kingdoms, and the Economist. I also teamed up with two videographers, Chris Cherry and David Dempsey. We are working on a documentary film about martial arts in China, tentatively called “The New Masters,” we’ll be posting a lot more video over the next few months, as the project keeps going.