Saturday, May 31, 2008

Black Dragon Fighting Society Reunion in Nashville

The 9th ANNUAL UNITED STATES MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME will be held on July 31st – August 2nd, 2008 in Nashville, TN "...this year will see a major martial arts reunion of the Black Dragon Fighting Society. The BDFS has been active for decades and is home to some of the worlds greatest martial artists. The 2008 event has been designated as a rendezvous point for all BDFS senior members. Many of these professionals have not been together in one location in over 30 years."

This should be interesting. This will be a great opportunity for me to get to all of these guys at one time. Woody Edgell, Doug Dwyer, Lawrence Day, Mike Felkoff, Samuel Lonewolf, and Victor Moore are people who were associates and trained with John Keehan/Count Dante. The International Black Dragon Society has been gaining a substantial presence this past few years.
I have been told that the film is responsible for some of it. I opened the door to the past to shed a little light and people started finding each other. Dr. Day was keeping the spirit of the Black Dragon Fighting Society alive and it clearly reflects the beliefs in Chinese Internal Arts that Keehan began to express from 1966-1968.

Mike Harkins, who used to live across the street from Gene Wykas's School(the one that people seem to have been blown up, it was not) sent me a page from the 1967 World Karate Championship program booklet. He announced the coming publication of The World's Deadliest Fighting Secrets at this tournament.

I am planning on being there. I look forward to doing a group photo of all of these guys together.


Sa Bum Nim Pieschala said...

Sorry, I can't make it .. with you in spirit though!

I'd love to get some autographs .. hint :)

johnpatricio said...

I was thinking the same thing. It would be great to have a film poster with all their autographs.

Sa Bum Nim Pieschala said...

Yeah John,
But you know how it is .. us little guys never get the glamor of the uber-cool "movie producer" :)

John said...

Love to be there but its expensive to get there from Europe

John Ward
European Council Member of B.D.F.S