Growing up in the 70's and 80's, I religiously watched all of the "chop socky" Kung Fu movies and Kurosawa Samurai movies. They provided me with the spark and want to take up the arts. Fast forward to recent times, I look up and still watch the movies at work (thanks youtube). While watching, I started thinking of the many threads and conversations on here about lineage, techniques, etc..., and wondered if we have all been had in our instruction. I came to this thought because as I re-watch them again, I see many of the techniques in our styles. In combination, recalling the "old days" for the founders, there was little around as a source of reference due to prejudice, or whatever. Also, many of the styles seem to have blossomed in the 70's as the founders "grew" as artists. Could it be that the source material became more abundant? I know some founders who took things right from books on the market. What else could the old schoolers have besides books and movies, along with limited instruction? After all, they all made themselves grand masters and developed their own styles. Did the movies, which I'm sure were well attended by that genre of people, provide the styles and techniques as the eyes of each founder would like specific things seen? Are the styles in those movies legit? I mean, they are in great shape as actors and actresses and provide great fight sequences for the most part. (There are lesser ones too, but overall, seemingly good M.A.) Was that the "Kung Fu" added in reality? The "Shaolin?" Thinking we're really learning, have we been had? Hoodwinked? Thoughts?