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Entries from November 2008

The True Legend of Young Chuck Norris

November 30th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Legend has it he walks among us, even now.
A dreamer, alone in a world between dreams and reality.
Was he always a fighter?
Was he always a hero?
What do we make of…
The young Chuck Norris?

Now on DVD: The Best Martial Arts Movies of 2008

November 23rd, 2008 · 19 Comments

Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee

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Starring Dustin Nguyen, Roger Fan, Aiko Tanaka and M.C. Hammer

Loosely based on the true story of Bruce Lee’s “lost footage”, Finishing the Game is a dry, sharply written satire of 70’s era Kung Fu filmmaking. Martial artists and genre fans will enjoy it immensely, but newcomers may not appreciate its subtle humor.
My rating: A-

Finishing the Game

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Five Reasons Why Sitting Meditation is the Ultimate Self-Defense

November 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

5) Personal protection experts agree: “the best defense is not being there” when trouble starts. If you are sitting at home meditating, then you obviously aren’t there.

Cung Le kicks Frank Shamrock
Cung Le kicks Frank Shamrock

4) Some expert fighters, such as Cung Le, throw punishing high kicks. Sitting down renders you completely invulnerable to these kicks! They will sail right over your head, missing you completely. [Read more →]

Martial Arts Secrets: Are You an Insider or Outsider?

November 8th, 2008 · 21 Comments

Equality. Transparency. Trust. Fairness.

These are all qualities one would expect to find in a good Chinese martial arts school. Expecting the modern American cultural interpretation of these ideals, however, can lead to confusion and disappointment.

The traditional distinction between indoor and outdoor disciples tends to bother American martial artists. Following this tradition, a master selects a subset of his students for special attention and secret information. [Read more →]