Hope’s Vindication, Annotated

Categories: Martial Arts

I’ve finished transcribing and annotating Sir William Hope’s final book, the Vindication of the True Art of Defence. The original plates are available online, but the pdf below is fully searchable (though I’ve stuck to Hope’s inconsistent spelling). The annotations include 12 lessons that should reflect the content. The file also includes plates from The … Read More

Eight Drunken Gods

Categories: Roleplaying Games

In Drunken Master Beggar So’s art manifests through the Eight Drunken Gods (derived from the Eight Immortals). These eight avatars are the expression of mastery not through principle but rather allegory and imitation. In the climactic final battle against Thunderleg, Freddie Wong (Chan) performs a variety of special moves, “spending” each god in turn during … Read More