Passing of Brian Kennedy

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Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby kenneth fish on Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:48 pm

Just learned that Brian Kennedy passed away. He was a friend, despite us never having met in person - we corresponded for years, spoke on the phone, and always agreed that one day we would meet up in person. Too late now.

Brian once told me of being mistaken for me by Pan Yue, an oddball personality in the Taiwan martial arts scene. He walked up to Brian and his wife in the street, and said accusingly "you are Ken Fish"! No matter how Brian tried to convince him otherwise, he insisted that Brian was me. This apparently went on for some time and in different venues. We agreed that if we ever met up in Taiwan we would seek out Pan and tell him that we were both, indeed, Ken Fish.

I will miss him.
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby Steve James on Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:59 pm

Rest in peace.
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby Franklin on Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:58 pm

RIP

I only corresponded with him a couple times -- a nice guy

always enjoyed reading his posts on the board


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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby GrahamB on Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:37 am

RIP.

We corresponded quite a few times. I'll miss him.
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby middleway on Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:43 am

Ah thats sad to hear :(

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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby Bao on Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:06 am

Condolences to family and friends. :'(
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby KEND on Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:56 am

Sorry to hear that, I have only read his articles but he seemed to be a good guy. RIP
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby oragami_itto on Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:17 am

RIP, Brian
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby GrahamB on Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:35 am

Here's an article Brian wrote, for those unfamiliar with him:

https://chinesemartialstudies.com/2013/ ... #more-1922
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby JessOBrien on Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:58 am

So sad to hear this news.

I never met Brian, but like many here I corresponded with him quite a few times. He was a pretty cool dude, a non-conformist, a seeker of knowledge and a destroyer of false idols.

I got to work with him on his books for North Atlantic, and it was always a pleasure. He sent me an amazing library of Chinese martial arts books, none of which I can read, but as a book person it was an invaluable gift.

When my son was born, Brian and his wife sent us a Taoist talisman for good fortune. My son turned 12 today and his life has been nothing but golden good luck and happy coincidences.

Thanks Brian. You'll be missed.
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby jimmy on Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:34 pm

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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby H2O on Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:09 am

RIP

I’m sure Brian is having a drink with DeVere, reminiscing about the Flower.
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby hongdaozi on Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:02 am

RIP
Although I have been a long term Taiwan resident like Brian, I never had the chance to meet him there. His work is highly regared, his BJJ endeavours at his age do need much respect.
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby yeniseri on Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:57 pm

Ditto!
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Re: Passing of Brian Kennedy

Postby edededed on Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:44 pm

Very sad to hear of his passing - he was always a thoughtful writer and poster here. I did notice that he had not posted for quite a while now.
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