People around ‘Billy Jack‘ went karate crazy – trademark pending – even before ‘Billy Jack’ hit theaters. It happened on the set. Everyone was pestering Master Bong Soo Han to ‘show them something’, which the very kind, gentle, and patient teacher would. They would then go to EVERYONE else on the set and use their newfound mastery of the martial arts to take each other town. It was an epidemic, as you’ll see in the photo below with TC and Susan.
You have to remember, NO ONE had seen any real karate at this point in time. Sure it existed. Sure it’s been around forever. But not in the west. This was four years before Bruce Lee and ‘Enter the Dragon‘ would explode the revolution; years before ‘Kung Fu‘; years before ANY of the karate hitting the mainstream. (Many credit ‘Billy Jack‘ with truly launching karate in the West.) This was like a new magic no one had ever seen, and everyone was showing each other their new ‘tricks’.