INTERVIEW: DR. MARK WILEY, Martial Artist, Writer, Producer, "Made In Chinatown"
Kung Fu Drive-In Podcast
Martial artist, writer, producer, and filmmaker DR. MARK WILEY joins me to talk about the making of the award-winning kung fu, mob, comedy MADE IN CHINATOWN. We talk about the trials of bringing the film to the screen, working with the amazing cast, and some of the great behind the scenes stories during production. Plus we talk about his extensive martial arts background in everything from TKD to FMA! We discuss, debate and dissect kung fu movies and martial arts cinema & tv, past, present, and future! WATCH MADE IN CHINATOWN HERE: www.bingenetworks.tv/media/made-in-chinatown-358543 DR. MARK WILEY'S LINKS: https://madeinchinatownmovie.com/ https://integratedeskrima.wordpress.com/ https://ngochokun.com/ SPONSORS: www.tinboxsolutions.com www.wearenotgoodpeople.com OUTRO MUSIC: http://youtu.be/5zeRoGFft2s by Justin H @KingofKungFuAMP
Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast Episode 23: Dr. Mark Wiley – The Through Line
Lakas Filipino Martial Arts Podcast
Sometime during my college years, I came across a book that truly captivated me and significantly influenced my views on Filipino Martial Arts. That book was “Filipino Martial Culture” by Mark V. Wiley. Growing up, I loved going to bookstores and my local mall had at least two or three. I would scourge the graphic novels and fictions sections, but eventually grew into (and stayed with) martial arts. It was from those bookstores that I read Claremont’s X-Men seminal “From the Ashes”, Tolkien’s vast History of Middle Earth including the epic poem “The Lays of Beleriand” and Forrest E. Morgan’s “Living the Martial Way”. I collected the Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method Books, and on trips up to New York City’s Chinatown I even purchased books on Muscle/Tendon Changing and Bone/Marrow Washing Qigong. It was in those college years that I started studying Eskrima. Everything I knew about Filipino Martial Arts I had learned from my teachers and martial arts magazines, but “Filipino Martial Culture” presented the art in a broader cultural context. It incorporated the anthropological and sociological aspects. It talked about land migration theories, folk dances, town festivals and even anting-anting. But most of all, there were amazing stories of Tatang Illustrisimo, the formal salutation of the LaCoste Kali system demonstrated by Guro Inosanto, and in-depth details about martial artists I’d only seen in Panther Productions video ads such as Professor Vee. I followed Dr. Mark Wiley’s writings through the years, but when a memory echoed within me of the late Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc recalling meeting him for the first time, I decided to reach out. I had wanted to make a trip up to Pennsylvania to meet him myself, as I have only ever conducted these interviews in person but when Covid hit I thought this was a good of a time as any to actually try via Zoom. Like his Integrated Eskrima Distance Learning Program (DLP), Guro Mark was as personable online as I imagine him to be in person, full of knowledge and story, insight and thought. And while I had more questions for him than swords on my wall, he was a gracious guest and shared his memories on authoring Filipino Martial Culture, his admiration for his teachers, experiences The Philippines and even his perspective on the warrior/healer dichotomy in martial arts. https://lakasfilipinomartialarts.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/audio_only_1.mp3