Hall of Fame: Chen Shi Xing - Wudang Kung Fu Master

Master Chen ShiXing (Chen Shi Xing) is a one of the real wudang kung fu heros left in time. Chen Shi Xing is an experienced Kung fu master in both wushu performance and martial art application. Master Chen ShiXing started learning with pugilism at the age of 7 and then studied under Wudang kungfu Master Zhong Yunlong. In 2007 Chen Shi Xing founded Wudang Taoist Kungfu School, which was his long time dream.

Do you feel that he us good enough for UFC to prove the strength of IMA (Internal Martial Arts, Internal Kung fu ). Unfortunately we seldom see any Chinese in UFC and other MMA events outside china.

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~ Wednesday, May 20, 2009 0 Kommentare

Anthony Johnson Injures Knee, Off TUF 9 Finale Bout With Matt Brown

Anthony Johnson will not be able to face Matt Brown as scheduled on June 20 during the live finale for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter.

BruceLeeStory.com learned of the news from multiple sources close to the fight on Monday afternoon.

Johnson, 7-2, apparently suffered a severe knee injury while preparing for his welterweight contest vs. Brown. There’s no word regarding how long he will be sidelined.
Additionally, immediate word was not available regarding whether Brown would remain on the card against a replacement.

Johnson was signed to a UFC contract just three fights into his pro career. Entering the Octagon with a perfect 3-0 record in his UFC debut vs. Chad Reiner at UFC Fight Night 10 in June of 2007, Johnson improved to 4-0 after requiring just 13 seconds into the fight to defeat Reiner.

He would sustain his first career loss in his very next fight at UFC 76 in September of the same year, submitting to Rich Clementi due to a guillotine choke at 3:05 of round 2. Since that time, Johnson has gone 3-1 and has boosted his stock with all three of his wins coming via KO or TKO.
Brown, 9-7, is an alumnus of the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. A talented and tough fighter, Brown entered the competition with a less than stellar record, based somewhat on the fact that he was held back by personal issues during the early stages of his career.

Since becoming a permanent member of the UFC roster, Brown has compiled a 3-1 record with wins over Matt Arroyo, Ryan Thomas, and Pete Sell. His only defeat was a split decision loss to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 88 this past September.

The TUF 9 finale will take place in Las Vegas, Nevad
a at the Pearl at the Palms and will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Clay Guida. In addition to the lightweight and welterweight finals of TUF 9, a lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Joe Stevenson is also scheduled.

~ Tuesday, May 19, 2009 0 Kommentare

Fans under age 18 banned from attending UFC 99 in Germany on June 13

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is once again fighting a major public relations battle prior to its first-ever show in Germany at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne on June 13.

Reports have circulated in recent weeks and months that city council members, as well as a groundswell of vocal local protesters, have lobbied hard to cancel the show because of the perceived violence and brutality of the sport.

And while those efforts have failed, a front-page article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung — one of the country’s biggest newspapers — on Sunday has led to a ban on anyone under the age of 18 from attending UFC 99, according to Yahoo!Sports.com.

It’s familiar territory for the promotion, which will apparently not deter UFC President Dana White on his quest for global mixed martial arts domination.

Here’s a snip:

“It’s the same thing we’ve battled everywhere. It was even worse when we started in the U.K. Television, politicians, venues, they were all against us. They tear it down. It takes time. It’s a long fight. We’re not allowed in New York. As big as we are in Canada, we’re not allowed in Toronto.”

The good news (for now) is that the article reveals that the ban should not affect too many fans, which generally trend in the age group of 25 to 40 years of age. However, there is more than likely a handful of the 7,200 ticket holders who will be none too happy with this latest news.

UFC 99 will be headlined by former middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin taking on ex-PRIDE smashing machine Wanderlei Silva in a special 195-pound brawl. Two solid welterweight match ups — Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders and Marcus Davis vs. Dan Hardy — will also receive main card billing.

In addition, heavyweights Heath Herring and Cain Velasquez are also slated to hook ‘em up in an interesting collision of heavyweights. Former Pride FC headhunter Mirko “Cro Cop” is also expected to return to the organization to seek a “Comeback” of his own against Mustapha Al-Turk.

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How Bruce Lee Changed The World HDTV.xViD

Bruce Lee is universally recognized for prying open the doors of ancient Chinese martial arts to the mass market. The history of Lee's life, and death at the age of only 32, is shrouded in mystery, but his influence on popular culture continues to be felt today. This special pieces together rare family archival footage owned by the Bruce Lee Foundation, together with in-depth interviews with individuals who have cited inspiration from Lee. Viewers will journey across the US, Asia and Europe exploring Lee's influence on popular culture worldwide--even joining Shannon Lee on a trip back to her father's roots in Hong Kong; nearly fifty years after Lee arrived to make his first kung fu film. Also features in-depth interviews with actor Jackie Chan, comedian Eddie Griffin, rappers LL Cool J and RZA, Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, and renowned film directors John Woo and Brett Ratner. Lee's friend and business partner famed Hong Kong film producer, Raymond Chow gives a rare interview.


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Ebook Martial Arts

A collection of the best Martial Arts Techniques.

~ Sunday, May 17, 2009 1 Kommentare

Bruce Lee Set Us Free

IN my house, Bruce Lee is a god.

The love interest has a sort of shrine with his four movies (yes, he only made four) in VHS and DVD versions, an action figure and -- oh, yes -- the signed 8x10 glossy (which I think is a fake) in his den.

Once upon a time, I actually thought Bruce Lee was a human -- but I soon found out differently. It's a guy thing.

On Sunday night, History Channel will present a fantastically detailed special on what, at first, sounds insane, but is nonetheless true: "How Bruce Lee Changed the World." It's something untold millions of Bruce Lee fans have known for four decades.

So how did a martial arts guy, who died at age 32, change the world?

Lee, you'll learn, changed not only cinema -- remember, he produced the first martial arts movies without special effects and turned himself into the first ever Asian superstar -- but music, arts, fitness, martial arts, body building and, oh yes, philosophy.

Lee also invented mixed martial arts -- which is now a multi-multi million dollar industry. (The last pay-per-view Mixed Martial Arts Championship earned $50 million!)

His philosophy of form is gospel to millions of martial artists who say it's not just a way of fighting but a way of living.

An innovative body builder, Lee went for definition over bulk, an unknown thing then.

Understanding the ties between movement and music, he hired Lalo Schifrin (composer of the "Mission Impossible" theme, among others) to integrate urban beats with Asian melodies, overlaid with rock and disco beats, for "Enter The Dragon." That movie was released one month after Lee's death and won an Oscar for the music.

He was even a nutritional innovator.

Says one pal from those days, "He'd put raw beef, seven eggs and milk in a blender and gulp that thing down! We were terrified!" Today there are nutritional drinks based on his ideas.

The guy might not have been a god exactly, but he sure was a genius. Don't miss it.

"How Bruce Lee Changed the World" Sunday night at 8 on History
by New York Post

~ Saturday, May 16, 2009 0 Kommentare

Chin Na For Cops 2

Chin Na is the Helping Hand That Police Officers Need to Make Thier Jobs Less Deadly

1. The suspect grasps at the officer’s throat
2. The officer immediately pins the suspect’s hand to the shoulder.

3. The officer then raises the right hand high in a circular way up and across to bind/seize the suspect’s arm(s).
4. The officer then lifts the left hand and continues the path of the right hand, bringing the suspect down to the ground.

5. At this point, a strong grip is maintained
by the officer’s left hand while his right hand slips up to assist in
binding/seizing the suspect’s hand for a twist of his wrist for control.

Training for Cops

Defensive tactics is a broad subject and with limited amount of allotted training time, police officers need the most proficient and direct techniques for the street. According to Baird, “Officers should focus on the most common procedures in police work, not the least common,” says Baird.

Officers are often in a position where they need to escort or handcuff a suspect, all of which normally occurs from a standing position. This initial stage happens before drawing a weapon or groundfighting. It’s the area of self-defense that’s used the most, but trained the least. Chin na provides answers for these first-stage situations by using correct technique that keeps everyone’s safety in mind.

Instead of focusing on this area, many departments train only an advanced stage of street self-defense where an officer is dressed in a heavily padded suit with gear on his head and body. “They put officers in a frightening situation where they’re being attacked by a very aggressive trainer,” recalls Baird. “He pushes the cops around, resists arrest, possibly throws and hits them. In one department that I’m aware of, there were more injuries from the training than they had on the job.

“They’re taking amateur self-defenders, skipping important steps and placing them in a real-life training situation they’re most likely not prepared for,” adds Baird. Police officers have even retired on medical because of severe injuries from this kind of training. “It’s my opinion that departments need to have basic strikes, basic takedowns, basic locks and holds long before they are tested under such aggressive conditions.”

Through the principles of chin na, an officer learns how to: approach a suspect, close the distance and ready himself for the suspect’s response. Repetition and neural learning helps officers train self-defense and understand how the human body works. “If you put pressure here, pull here, push there, over and over, the officer learns how an opponent’s body responds,” notes Baird.

“From my experience, if the officer in the field has the tools and skills, as well as the confidence to use them, it’ll be less likely he’ll have to resort to deadly force,” says former Chief of Police Newsham. “And that’s what this is all about.”

By having the knowledge, skills and experience, an officer will be confident in his actions and capable of responding without using unnecessary violence on the suspect. The better trained the police officer, the safer the suspect, which in turn reduces a city’s liability. This also shows the community that police departments are doing everything possible to protect both the officer and the suspect.

“Chin na is an intelligent art that offers a ‘study’ for police officers,” insists Baird. “Chin na offers effective, tested techniques that will help police officers have an easier time doing a difficult job.”

~ Thursday, May 14, 2009 0 Kommentare

Chin Na For Cops

Chin Na is the Helping Hand That Police Officers Need to Make Thier Jobs Less Deadly

Sir, can you please step out of your vehicle?”

Every day police officers are making “hands-on” contact with thousands of individuals: field interviews, searches, domestic calls at 4 a.m. Each situation requires a response with the appropriate manner and appropriate amount of force.

“Too many times, officers are in a position to use deadly force, because they don’t have any tools available to them,” explains former Burbank Chief of Police, Dave Newsham, who in 1992 brought in kung-fu grandmaster Don Baird to head the department’s defensive tactics program. “Any opportunity, we try and give our officers another option.”

Chin na provides police officers just that, because it’s a system of seizing and catching joints, tendons, ligaments, allowing the user to control an opponent’s body. Often gentle although sometimes severe, these techniques can create immense pain when applied correctly. By manipulating a finger or arm in different ways, a police officer can use the suspect’s body as leverage to control or arrest him.

China’s Grappling Art

Chin na isn’t an individual style, but an aspect of nearly all kung-fu styles in China. The word “chin” means “to seize or trap” and “na” means “to lock or break.”

For over 1,000 years, shaolin monks have trained in chin na, perfecting and honing techniques to the quality they are today. “It’s one thing to have techniques that were made up yesterday; it’s another to have ones that withstood the test of time in the most violent situations,” says Baird.

Based on more than just techniques, this system teaches the student principles of body mechanics and patience. You learn how to capture different parts of the body and the correct force required to be effective. The distance between you and the opponent, spatial orientation, intuition, reading an opponent through muscle shifting and body movement are only a few things chin na focuses on.

“To this day, chin na is one of the most effective training methods for Chinese military and police officers,” notes Baird. What made this system appealing was the ability to disable opponents without causing unnecessary harm. Our bodies are only meant to bend or twist at certain angles before feeling discomfort and then pain. When you grab and then manipulate a part of a person’s body in the correct way, you gain control over the rest of the body.

1. The suspect tries to grab the officer’s gun from behind.
2. The officer turns and pins the suspect’s hand to the holstered gun,kinking the suspect’s wrist.

3. An inside shot of the parry and wrist pressure
4. This photo shows the officer’s hand slipping to a grab/seize.

5. The officer turns further and prepares to lock/break the suspect’s arm.
6. The officer locks/breaks the suspect’s arm (this move can also lead to a strong takedown).

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History tells us 'How Bruce Lee Changed the World'

To mark the 35th anniversary of Bruce Lee's death, the History Channel will air a new two-hour documentary, HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD beginning May 17th at 8pm ET. Produced in cooperation with Lee's family, this documentary looks at how the actor and martial artist's legacy has shaped and influenced the world since his death.

The special includes in-depth interviews with Jackie Chan, John Woo, comedian Eddie Griffin, hip-hop artists LL Cool J and RZA, Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, Brett Ratner, and Randy Couture among many others. There is also a rare interview with producer and Golden Harvest co-founder Raymond Chow.

The press release to promote the documentary states that Lee was the first person to use kung fu skills on screen without the aid of special effects. That statement is false. Real kung fu forms devoid of special effects were being featured on screen by real kung fu practitioners in the WONG FEI HUNG film series as early as 1949, several years before Lee even began training in martial arts.

I do not have access to the History Channel at the moment so maybe someone who ends up seeing this documentary can chime in with their thoughts on it. A DVD version from A&E Entertainment is slated for release on July 28th.


Two-hour Special Presentation Premieres Sunday, May 10 at 8pm ET on HISTORY™

New York, April 2009 – Bruce Lee is universally recognized for prying open the doors of ancient Chinese martial arts to the mass market— defining a moment in an era when “everybody was kung fu fighting.” The history of Lee’s life, and death at the age of only 32, is shrouded in mystery, but his influence on popular culture continues to be felt today. HISTORY™ presents a special two-hour exploration of the Bruce Lee phenomenon. HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD premieres Sunday, May 10 at 8pm ET on HISTORY™.

HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD takes a detailed and unique look into Lee’s legacy— revealing the story of his rise from the backstreets of Hong Kong, while documenting Lee’s qualities, both physical and philosophical, that drove him to international stardom. More than just a biography, this special pieces together rare family archive and material owned by the Bruce Lee Foundation, together with in-depth interviews with individuals who continue to cite inspiration from Lee to this day.

Bruce Lee is known as one of the greatest martial artists of all time. His commitment to a principled approach of training, and an unparalleled skill and proficiency in all martial arts disciplines, resulted in the creation of one of the greatest physiques in modern history.

He was able to perform superhuman physical feats that have yet to be equaled, such as a two fingered push-up and a lethal blow called the one-inch punch, and was the first person to use kung fu skills on screen without the aid of special effects.

Since his death, Lee has been recognized as a visionary who changed not just action movies and martial arts, but an icon that created this very simple image that is endlessly reproducible to this day. From his role as Kato on television’s “Green Hornet” to his groundbreaking debut film “Enter the Dragon,” Lee blew up the stereotype of how Asian characters would be portrayed on screen forever. With no one able to fill the void after his death, a rash of Bruce Lee look-alikes and copycat films emerged inspiring a whole new film genre.

A cinematic journey, this special takes the viewer across the US, Asia and Europe exploring Lee’s influence on popular culture worldwide— even joining Shannon Lee on a trip back to her father’s roots in Hong Kong; nearly fifty years after Lee arrived to make his first kung fu film. HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD also features in-depth interviews with actor Jackie Chan, comedian Eddie Griffin, rappers LL Cool J and RZA, Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, and renowned film directors John Woo and Brett Rattner among others. Lee’s friend and business partner famed Hong Kong film producer, Raymond Chow gives a rare interview.

HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD is co-produced for HISTORY by Waddell Media and Leeway Productions. Executive producer for HISTORY is Dirk Hoogstra.

Update: History Channel has notified us that the premiere of HOW BRUCE LEE CHANGED THE WORLD has changed to May 17th, at 8pm ET.

~ Tuesday, May 12, 2009 0 Kommentare

Hall of Fame: Leo Fong

Throughout the decades, Leo Fong has worn many hats—actor, writer, director, producer, minister, social worker and fitness coach—but his most important role has been that of kung fu master.

Born in Guangzhou (formerly Canton), China, Fong moved to Arkansas at age 4. In his youth, he used his pugilistic skills to become an Amateur Athletic Union and Golden Gloves champion in Arkansas and Texas. He then enrolled at Hendrix College in Arkansas and later received a master’s degree in theology from Southern Methodist University. After beginning his career as a Methodist minister, he earned a master’s degree in social work from Sacramento State University.

Fong moved to Northern California, where he began training in a variety of martial arts. He attained master-level rank in taekwondo, jujutsu, sil lum kung fu, choy li fut kung fu and wing chun kung fu. He had the good fortune to train with three legends: choy li fut’s Lau Bun, sil lum’s T.Y. Wong and then-wing chun practitioner Bruce Lee. Fong often receives credit for inspiring Lee to develop his boxing skills and for helping him formulate jeet kune do.

But Fong opted not to spend his days promoting Lee’s art. Instead, he founded his own style, called wei kuen do, the “way of the integrated fist.” It’s a complete system based on boxing, kung fu and street self-defense, Fong says.

Fong’s impact on the American martial arts community dates back to the 1970s. First, he penned Sil Lum Kung-Fu and Choy Lay Fut Kung-Fu for Ohara Publications (now Black Belt Books). They were the first books about those arts written in English and aimed at the general public. Fong was recommended to draft the text by his friend and training partner, Bruce Lee.

During the 1970s and ’80s, Fong became one of the first people to produce and star in martial arts instructional films. He continued to inspire and educate through his books, which included Wei Kuen Do, Winning Strategies for Karate and Kung Fu, and Power Training in Kung Fu and Karate (co-authored with Ron Marchini).

In the mid-1970s, Fong started working in the film industry. He starred in Kill Point with Cameron Mitchell and Richard Roundtree, as well as more than 20 action and adventure movies.

While living in the Philippines making motion pictures, Fong began learning the stick arts. He studied under Remy Presas, founder of modern arnis. When Fong returned to California, he trained with Angel Cabales, founder of serrada escrima. Fong later assembled all that he’d learned into a new system called modern escrima.

In 1984 while visiting George Dillman, Fong was introduced to pressure-point fighting. Although the art was still in the developmental stage, Fong realized the self-defense value of being able to effortlessly strike vulnerable points. Over the next two decades, he watched Dillman refine his art, then incorporated parts of it into wei kuen do.

As a martial arts teacher, Fong integrated self-defense principles and techniques with spiritual lessons, and the result inspired and educated thousands. He was one of the first people to create a martial arts program at a church and to develop a youth program based on the arts. With help from Marchini, he ran a successful chain of schools in Stockton, California, and together they promoted hundreds of tournaments, attracting the likes of Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Howard Jackson, Joe Lewis, Bob Wall, Steve “Nasty” Anderson, Billy Banks, Steve Sanders, Cynthia Rothrock and John Chung.

After retiring from the church, Fong dedicated himself to mastering the arts of healing and energy. By combining fitness training, psychology, spirituality and the martial arts, he created chi fung, a complete mind-body-spirit workout. He teaches it 10 times a week to hundreds of followers.

~ Monday, May 11, 2009 0 Kommentare

Bruce Lee vs. Iron Man

Sometimes, you just have to let a video speak for itself. Enjoy.

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