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    Dear Kenpo brother's and sister's:
    Have any of you heard of the "dance of Death"?
    Was this or is this series of techniques a Parker invention?
    Years ago back in the 70's we had some Kenpo student's who were taught the "Dance of Death".
    I'd like to know where it came from.
    As I recall the moves were quite good and worth giving a second look.
    Does anyone know anything about this short "kata".

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    It's a pretty standard Technique in Ed Parker's American Kenpo. Many schools teach it at the orange belt level, at least the first few moves of the technique.

    In our school, it is taught at the 2nd or 1st Brown level, as it is a fairly complex technique to execute, even in its base move. At our school, the extention accentuates the 'Dance' part.

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    The Tracy system only does the extended version of the technique and it is found at 3rd Brown. In most EPAK schools as Michael said this taught at Orange Belt and the Extesion at 1st Brown if the school is a 24 Technique school or 2nd Black if is a 16 Technique school.
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    We have it as part of our yellow belt techniques.
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    SGM Parker did a version of DOD in "Kill the Golden Goose". A large man doing DOD at speed is an awesome, and truly frightening sight.

    Like Rob said, in Tracy Karate it's done in the 3rd Brown Belt, and there are, actually, two versions of it. One for a right punch with the left leg forward, and one for a right punch with the right leg forward (If not done with version "B", one can take a serious groin hit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigung86 View Post
    SGM Parker did a version of DOD in "Kill the Golden Goose".
    Dan Inosanto did DofD in a movie, was that in "Game of Death"...

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    Is there a video of this somewhere online?

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    Daer Forum members:

    Interesting comments about Mr. Parker and Danny Inosanto and the DOD. I'll have to see if I can get a copy for myself.

    Thanks once again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Dan Inosanto did DofD in a movie, was that in "Game of Death"...
    Yes, I think so.
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    Yes, and it was a movie worth watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Angel View Post
    Yes, and it was a movie worth watching.

    I believe the 'basic cut' of the film did not have the DoD sequence included - it was only a 'directors cut' that did?? I recall seeing this sequence in a Bruce-Lee documentary which included footage originally cut from his film releases. sorry can't remember any more details.

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    I like the technique Dance of Death, it is a sister to 5 Sword. They are relatively the same technique Dance of Death works on a vertical plane and 5 Swords works on a horizontal plane.

    One of the great things about Dance of Death is that is cane be easily altered for many different sequences but all with the same outcome.
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    I remember this technique we had it as part of our advanced yellow curriculum, and i do agree that it flows quite well.

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    I have the special edition DVD of Enter the Dragon, and it comes with about 3 hours of extra footage, including the documentary the aired on television and all the Game of Death footage. So If you want to get your hands on that footage theres one place you get it for sure.
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    Dear Kenpo brothers and sisters:

    I ran across a reference to the DOD in an article written about the infamous "Count" Dante from the Green Dragon society from 1960-70's fame. The same "Count" actually named John Keenan? was considered one of the top martial artists in Chicago back in the bareknuckled 60's. He later went off the deep end and lost all credibility.

    Do any of the "old timers" that post here know if the "Count"" got his knowledge of the DOD from an former affiliation with a Parker school back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson View Post
    Dear Kenpo brothers and sisters:

    I ran across a reference to the DOD in an article written about the infamous "Count" Dante from the Green Dragon society from 1960-70's fame. The same "Count" actually named John Keenan? was considered one of the top martial artists in Chicago back in the bareknuckled 60's. He later went off the deep end and lost all credibility.

    Do any of the "old timers" that post here know if the "Count"" got his knowledge of the DOD from an former affiliation with a Parker school back then.
    There is tons of stuff about Count Dante on MartialTalk.
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