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    Kung Fu -- the ancient Oriental art of self-defence -- came to Britain live for the first time at London's Empire Poll, Wembley on Saturday (8 June).

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    Kung Fu -- the ancient Oriental art of self-defence -- came to Britain live for the first time at London's Empire Poll, Wembley on Saturday (8 June).

    A capacity audience saw twenty professional Kung Fu experts from Hong Kong give a spectacular demonstration of their skills. There was a Lion Dance to drive away evil spirits, hand, foot and weapon fighting, magic finger exercises -- which demonstrate the mental power of Kung Fu. Chiang Wing Fat -- also known as 'Mars' -- shattered a pile of tiles with his head.

    The popularity of Kung Fu, which is similar to, but older than its Japanese counterpart Karate, has grown enormously in the West since a spate of Hong Kong-made films became overnight box-office successes about a year ago. The late Bruce Lee, star of "Enter The Dragon", became a legend even before he died ('Mars' was his personal stand-in on several films). The television series called 'Kung Fu', and starring the American actor David Carradine, is currently attracting huge audiences.

    There are now many Kung Fu clubs and associations in Britain and experts stress the importance of correct training -- hardly surprising in light of the fact that one well-aimed blow can smash through a pile of bricks. It does, however, take years of practice to develop a high degree of skill and it is this discipline, rather than the fighting aspects, which are claimed to be beneficial, both mentally and physically.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3O4OYOFIQ1T63MDF098QLRQ5D
    Media URN:
    VLVA3O4OYOFIQ1T63MDF098QLRQ5D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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