On more cynical days, I have advised less experienced martial artists that, no matter how long and hard they train, they will never become a mysterious 19th-century Chinese gentleman–so if that is their true goal, they might as well give up.
But now the problem has been solved. Continue reading Why Yes, I Am a Chinese Gentleman
From The Legend of Master Legend:
Ace and Master Legend
Master Legend races out the door of his secret hide-out, fires up the Battle Truck and summons his trusty sidekick. “Come on, Ace!” he yells. “Time to head into the shadows!”
The Ace appears wearing his flame-accented mask and leather vest; Master Legend is costumed in his signature silver and black regalia. “This is puncture-resistant rubber,” Master Legend says proudly, pointing at his homemade breastplate. His arms are covered with soccer shinguards that have been painted silver to match his mask. “It won’t stop a bullet,” he says, “but it will deflect knives.”
“Not that any villain’s knives have ever gotten that close!” the Ace chimes in.
“I am Nyx–formerly Hellcat, Felinity, and Sphynx (I had a penchant for name-changes). Like the night, I cannot be proven or disproven…”
When Master Legend bursts into a sprint, as he often does, his long, unruly hair flows behind him. His mane is also in motion when he’s behind the wheel of the Battle Truck, a 1986 Nissan pickup with a missing rear window and “ML” spray-painted on the hood. He and the Ace head off to patrol their neighborhood on the outskirts of Orlando, scanning the street for evildoers. “I don’t go looking for trouble,” Master Legend shouts above the engine. “But if you want some, you’ll get it!”
Continue reading Would You Train With a Superhero?
Reader Rory Miller asks,
“What is the difference between martial artists and BDSM players?”
To minimize any confusion, I have compiled this handy reference chart. Continue reading Dojo Leader, or Dominatrix? A Field Guide
The term “martial arts” is mostly synonymous with Asian fighting systems, and the alternative combat traditions of 19th century Europe are all but forgotten. Continue reading Multilayered Tapestries of Combative Anachronism