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Pacific Street Films' Martial Arts Videos

Rare footage that premiered on The Learning Channel From: Essential Sports and Fitness Video Channel

The complete DVD of Pacific Street Films' special "Martial Arts: The Real Story" (2000) is presented here. There are 17 segments with famous masters that explore the roots of martial arts and include videos never before seen. (With a subscription you can view these and all the other videos on this channel.)


Martial Arts: The Real Story - Introduction to Martial Arts

1. Why do people study the martial arts?

David James in title screen of Martial Arts: The Real Story


This special starts with video clips of martial artists in action and interviews with experts about the different reasons that people study the martial arts.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:02:22)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Introduction to Tai Chi

2. What's behind a martial art that emphasizes internal energy & relaxation?

This segment introduces the "internal" martial art of Tai Chi Chuan, starting with demonstrations by Chen Yuen San, a master from Taiwan. Experts, including Robert Smith, a CIA officer well known for his martial arts writing, discuss "chi" ("internal energy"). There's footage of 20th Century masters, Wong Shu Jin and Cheng Man Ching, shown doing the form and pushing hands with a young William C. C. Chen.

Cheng Man Ching pushing one of his students       Chen Yuen San pushing hands with Alex Kozma

From: Pacific Street Films (00:07:18)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Tai Chi with William & Max Chen

3. The relationship between Tai Chi, relaxation, mechanics, and fighting

William Chen boxing with Max Chen

Grandmaster William C. C. Chen, a senior disciple of Cheng Man Ching, explains and shows how the principles of Tai Chi apply to fighting. His son, Max, and daughter, Tiffany, both of whom are champion martial artists themselves, help Master Chen demonstrate boxing, kicking, and push hands.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:02:24)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Kung Fu with Lawrence Tan

4. Development of Kung Fu from Shaolin monks and their animal styles

Lawrence Tan shows tiger claw attack to the face

Lawrence Tan is an expert in Shaolin Animal Kung Fu, as well as a film fight coordinator, stunt man, and video director. In this segment, he shows the application of tiger, snake, leopard, and crane styles. We travel to the temple that is the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu, where we see monks practicing their art.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:06:17)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Background

5. Early martial arts history, starting from wrestling to judo

Judo throw

This segment explores the current martial arts scene, for example the distinction between internal and external styles, and how we got here. The focus first is on wrestling as the earliest martial art and then proceeds to judo and jiu jitsu. There are some very old videos of Japanese judo experts, some of whom travelled to teach westerners, including President Teddy Roosevelt.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:09:55)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Karate, Judo, with Jon Bluming

6. Combining different martial arts for effective street-fighting

Jon Bluming in ground action

John Bluming (a.k.a. the "Beast of Amsterdam) discusses and shows practical self defense, with an emphasis on street fighting and mixed martial arts. He's a 10th degree blackbelt in Japanese karate and a 9th degree blackbelt in judo, who demonstrates a no-nonsense emphasis on mixing strikes, kicks, throws, grappling, and leg locks. This video includes one of his students, Chris Dolman, an MMA world champion.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:11:20)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Self Defense with Robert Crosson

7. Practical self-defense and the mental attitude needed

Robert Crosson applies wrist and finger lock

Master Robert "Sugar" Crosson teaches self defense in Brooklyn, New York City. His focus is on a survival-oriented, no-holds barred style. On the mental side, he emphasizes the importance of situational awareness, preparation through training, and preventing escalation.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:05:13)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Film Fighting with Lawrence Tan

8. How do movie fights differ from real fights?

Lawrence Tan knees opponent's leg

Martial artist Lawrence Tan demonstrates the fundamental differences between film fighting and real fighting skills. Experts explain the need to avoid confrontation, understand reality, and know when to leave.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:02:45)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

9. Army Rangers train in Gracie family jiu jitsu

Matt Larsen instructs Army Rangers in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Army Rangers train in Gracie-style Brazilian jui jitsu at Fort Benning, GA. Instructor Staff Sergeant Matt Larsen explains how learning hand-to-hand combat helps to develop fighting strategy, a vital battlefield skill.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:03:51)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Krav Maga with Rhon Mizrachi

10. Isreali fighting system originally designed for the military

Rhon Mizrachi about to take weapon away from opponent

Rhon Mizrachi, the head of the Krav Maga Federation, demonstrates this system of hand to hand combat and self defense at his New York City school. Krav Maga combines western and eastern martial arts to deal with extreme attacks involving weapons, multiple attackers, and life and death situations. This video shows the emphasis on doing maximum damage to the attacker as quickly as possible.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:05:52)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Filipino Arts with Florendo Visitacion

11. Combining Asian martial arts for practical and balanced self defense

Florendo Visitacion applies elbow lock

In this segment, Florendo Visitacion demonstrates the system he developed that combines Filipino styles of martial arts along with other Asian systems of self defense. His student, David James, carrying on his legacy at his school in Brooklyn New York, shows the locks and free-flowing moves of this style, and discusses the state of mind needed for effective self defense.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:03:26)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Escrima with Arnulfo Cuesta

12. Filipino stick fighting applied to police nightstick training

Arunulfo Cuesto demonstrating use of stick weapon

Arnulfo Cuesto specializes in the stick fighting arts of the Phillippines. In 1985, he won the first national Filipino Escrima Competition. He's shown here at his Jersey City school training a Defensive Tactics Instructor of the New York City Police Department.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:03:16)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Savate with Nicolas Saignac

13. Savate combines the kicks of Chinese martial arts and English boxing

Nicolas Saignac practicing savate with trainer

This segment explores the origin and development of Savate (French kickboxing). It features Nicolas Saignac, a French Cup Champion, who teaches in the Los Angeles California area. We learn about Professor Saignac's early training and fights in France and the need to overcome fear and gain confidence.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:03:06)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Muay Thai with Nan Don Sken

14. Pretty spectacular kicks of apple off of a knife

Nan Don Sken kicks knife-wielding attacher

Nan Don Sken, a Muay Thai champion and instructor, demonstrates the mix of punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes, that characterize the martial arts of Thailand. He recounts his early memory of seeing his father killed and deciding to learn Muay Thai to take revenge. He explains how the monks who trained him convinced him to change his path and how his refusal to throw a championship fight got him shot by gamblers

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:03:39)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Capoeira with Edna Lima

15. Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance

Edna Lima doing Capoeira kick

Edna Lima is a Capoeira champion, as well as a 5th degree karate black belt, who teaches Capoeira in New York City and at seminars world-wide. In this video, she demonstrates the capabilities of the kicks and head butts and discusses the emphasis on trickiness, causing confusion, hiding intentions, and the role of fakes. This orientation is explained as coming from the development of Capoeira by African slaves who had to disguise what they were doing from their Portuguese masters.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:03:38)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - Vital Points

16. Strikes against vital points and the accompanying responsibility

Seiyu Oyata showing vital point on neck

This segment explores Indian and Okinawan systems that involve striking vital points. There is rare footage of Seiyu Oyata (1928 - 2012), the founder of a style of Okinawan martial art that includes strikes to the body's weak points. Paradoxically, the Indian system shown, Kalaripayattu, also teaches the use of these points for healing, and Oyata's style, Ryu-te, emphasized effective self-defense while deliberately minimizing the harm to the opponent.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:02:29)

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Martial Arts: The Real Story - State of Mind

17. Japanese weapons techniques and mastering self control

Japanese women practicing with naginata

This segment explores the Japanese martial arts and the underlying ethical code and mental state being sought. We see training with sword and naginata, a weapon for women consisting of a sword-like blade on a long staff. There is a clip of Donn Draper, an Americans who became an expert with the sword, and there's discussion about the emphasis on self development, composure under pressure, and working cooperatively with partners to develop skills.

From: Pacific Street Films (DVD) (00:11:18)

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