Tom DeFelice April, 2021:
In 2012, shortly after Jesse Glover's passing, I decided I wanted to make a documentary on Non-Classical Gung Fu. After a lot of consideration on how to approach the project, the task seemed daunting: so many people to interview, so much research, so much history. I had to start somewhere. In October of 2012, Pierre Hartmann hosted a seminar in Geneva, Switzerland that offered the perfect opportunity to begin interviewing some of the people in Europe who are part of the NCGF history. Everything went fairly smooth and I completed the planned interviews. After returning home, I had additional plans to interview more students and friends from Seattle. A few interviews were completed, but progress significantly slowed down until eventually life got in the way. I began a new job and became increasingly busy with work and family and the documentary lost all its momentum. The project became sidelined, indefinitely.
This year I feel I can finally re-approach the documentary with the effort and energy it requires and so have begun making plans to start where I left off. It is my hope that work on the documentary, tentatively named: "Beyond the Art" will make major strides this year and completed by 2022. Thanks to all the friends who've participated so far! There's still a LOT of work to be done.
The following "test clip" is the first major edit based on some of the interviews that were completed: