About Kung Fu Cowboy of American Zen

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Richard Del Connor Kung Fu Cowboy in Stetson cowboy hat.

Kung Fu Cowboy in Stetson

Kung Fu Cowboy has always been a cowboy. Raised by an Arizona prospector and a research biologist, KFC has always been an outdoors person… wearing a cowboy hat.

Buddha Zhen starting at Tai Mantis Federation.

Richard Del Connor during first year at Tai Mantis Federation practicing Southern Style.

When he started Kung Fu classes in 1980, he didn’t realize he would become the hero he idolized, Kwai Chang Caine of the Kung Fu television series starring David Carradine.  Kung Fu Cowboy enrolled in Kam Yuen’s Tai Mantis Federation in Redondo Beach, California, and ended up learning from David Carradine’s Kung Fu Master and eventually surpassing him to complete the entire system of Tai Chi Chuan, Shaolin Kung Fu, and Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu in 1984.

Rhino Staging where Kung Fu Cowboy worked.

Rhino Staging logo from Kung Fu Cowboy shirt.

In 2012 he began working for Rhino Staging and travelling from Las Vegas to San Diego to work concerts such as Motley Crue, and Brad Paisley.  (When he was stung in the neck by a scorpion!)

When movie producer, Scott Karahadian, called him in San Diego, The Hippy Coyote aka The Happy Hippie, was ready to return to Los Angeles and pursue his movie career again.  As Richard O’Connor he graduated the UCLA Motion Picture Program in 1987 and worked in the movie special effects business until becoming a Mr. Mom in 1991.  They co-wrote the screenplay Kung Fu Cowboy: Rock & Roll Movie 1.  This screenplay earned a “Best Screenplay Award” at the 2013 Action On Film Movie Festival.

As Mr. Mom / Record Producer for 20 years Kung Fu Cowboy kept pumping out tunes at night when the kids were asleep.  “That’s why I drank coffee,” explains Coyote.  “When I finally got MY time for MY life I wanted to put some energy into it.  So coffee was my method.  I just quit drinking coffee this Christmas.  I realized I was living my life on my terms… so coffee wasn’t necessary anymore.”

Album cover of END OF THE LINE by American Zen.

American Zen album, END OF THE LINE featuring Kung Fu Cowboy.

Travelling in his dark green Tacoma truck, Kung Fu Cowboy turned it into a recording studio and recorded three albums.  The first album, End of the Line by American Zen, was hastily released by Shaolin Records on July 4, 2014.  The album wasn’t finished, but the studio that we were mixing at couldn’t pay their electric bill… Still, for a 4-track album recorded in a truck it’s great!  Check out “Rock Me Hard,” and “Kung Fu Cowboy 2.”