Archive for December, 2008

How to Lose 10 pounds and Tighten your body from the art of Wushu

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Wushu a Chinese Martial Arts from China is known for its grace and power in both performance and combat.

But.. what is something else that top Wushu Athletes have in common? They are all slim and well toned!

How do these athletes get in such shape that most males have bodies like Bruce Lee and the women have figures of a bowflex model?

Here is a list of reasons AND exercises you can do to get into such good shape!

1) Wushu focuses on repetition and light conditioning. This means that if you use lighter weights you will tighten up instead of bulking out.

2) Do at least 10-15 repetitive movements and maintain the same level of intensity each time. Try to do 10 front stretch kicks, 10 outside crescent kicks, and 10 inside crescent kicks. (You can look back at a previous how to article to see how to do a proper outside crescent kick) As a quick tip / reminder- keep your legs straight and kick straight up.

3) Jog for at least 10 minutes. In wushu you always warm up. This act of warming up begins the process of burning fat even though the goal is just to loosen up and get ready for your real wushu workout, it has the effect of getting your body ready to burn more fat and keep you thin and ready to do some flying kicks.

4) Stretch! How does this help me lose weight? When you stretch it increases the flow of blood and circulation. Also you may notice that just by pushing yourself a little while stretching you will work up a sweat. Stretching for about 7-8 minutes is good to prime your body for more weight loss. Do not over stretch and do not sit on the floor stretching for too long because it will cool you down and you want to stay active and sweating during your workout.

5) Rinse and repeat. After you run through some wushu forms or even just do some general conditioning, take a breather and then do it again. You should not take too long of a break if you want to optimize burning your fat. When your body is tired and needs something more to burn it will burn your fat so you want to keep on moving and not let your body rest too much during your workout!

Do the above 5 things over and over – plus make sure you always eat some good healthy food and you are guaranteed to lose pounds and tighten those arms, abs, legs, stomach, and look like a wushu athlete.

Wushu Choreographed Fight – Straightsword Duilian

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Enjoy this awesome fight set. Wushu Dui Lian at the China Games.

Stephen Chow Might Not be Kato Anymore?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Stephen Chow Might Not be Kato Either?

December 23, 2008

 

Late last week, it was announced that Stephen Chow had dropped out as director of Columbia Pictures’ The Green Hornet but that he would still play Kato in the comic book adaptation.

Now, however, that is still up in the air as well as Chow tells The Associated Press that he may not have time to star as Kato, the character made famous by Bruce Lee.

Chow, whose credits include Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, said over the weekend that he wants to free up time to work with Jack Black on a comedy about a superhero.

“If I direct ‘The Green Hornet,’ the superhero comedy will have to be delayed for two years,” Chow said. “The timing might not be right for a superhero comedy in two years. And I want to make a movie based on an original idea.”

Chow said whether he stays on to play Kato in The Green Hornet depends on his schedule.

What do you guys think about this? Chow has played and loved Bruce Lee in many of his good movies, but is the goal for this flick to be a comedy or an intense/darker action/drama?

Why Stephen Chow is Out of “The Green Hornet” plus exclusive Kung Fu Hustle Interview

Monday, December 22nd, 2008
Posted by Jordan Hoffman on 12/19 at 09:35 AM

 

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It was reported today in Variety that Stephen Chow, director of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer will not be directing the silver screen adaptation of The Green Hornet as had been previously announced.  However, he is still on board to play Kato, the role made famous on television by Bruce Lee, opposite Seth Rogen.

Creative differences were cited as the reason Chow stepped down.

I guess, in theory, I’m upset about this, inasmuch as I think Chow is a creative dude.  But the fact is that I don’t really have anything at stake with a Green Hornet movie.  I don’t really care a whit about the show and since Rogen is in it I suppose they are going for a Starsky and Hutch comedy version.  Is there any way this will be a better action comedy than Rogen’s Pineapple Express?

 

And now our exclusive Stephen Chow interview from WushuKicks.com in conjunction with MTVu.

Who do you guys think should direct the new Green Hornet movie?

How did Vietnam rank in wushu junior worlds?

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Viet Nam rank fourth at junior wushu champs

     
  Source: VietNamNet 12/15/2008
 

 

Vietnamese duo Vu Thuy Linh (Photo) and Vu Tra My nabbed another gold in the duilian (set sparring) event, with nine points.

 

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam ranked fourth at the World Junior Wushu Championships which closed in Bali, Indonesia last Saturday.

The team pocketed six gold, seven silver and 11 bronze medals. Despite failing to keep its second place ranking, coaches said the team got better results than the last tournament, where they earned five golds, five silvers and seven bronzes.

Pham Quoc Khanh secured his second gold medal here in the boy’s nandao (South broad sword) event with 9.34 points.

He was followed by Xu Kai Gui of Chinese Taipei with 9.25 points, and host athlete Eric Losardi who got 9.18.

Khanh’s teammate Nguyen Thanh Tung shone in the boy’s taijiquan (taichiquan) event, earning 9.27 points for the top place. The runner-up was ULMP Perera of Sri Lanka with 7.25 points.

Vietnamese duo Vu Thuy Linh and Vu Tra My nabbed another gold in the duilian (set sparring) event, with nine points.

Canadian Margherita Cina and Andrea Hung scored 8.77 points to take second place, while He Shixing and Feng Yanhong from Macau came in third with 8.50.

Linh later grabbed a silver medal for Viet Nam in the girl’s nandao event with 9.29 points. Malaysian Tai Cheau Xuen squeaked by with a 0.03 point lead for the gold. Russian Irina Saulina stood in third with 9.19.

Although there were high expectations, Vietnamese martial artists who competed in sanshou (combat) events did not bring home any gold, despite three of them making it to final matches.

Tan Thi Ly glided to the final round of the girl’s 56kg class, but she lost 1-2 to Chinese athlete Chen Qing. Her teammate Do Thi Nhan lost 1-2 to Zao Xuna, also from China, in the girl’s 48kg category. Hoang Hong Tu made it to the girl’s 52kg final against Akbar Mohammad of Iran, but could not get the win.

Powerhouse China clinched the top position with 16 gold and two silver medals. The Japanese team showed enormous progress this year, coming in second with eight golds, five silvers and five bronzes.

The Chinese, however, were not invincible. They failed to make two of the eight finals they were fighting for in the sanshou arena, in both instances going down to their Russian opponents.

Six of Iran’s competitors made the finals, but only four managed victories.

“We had expected more, but winning five gold medals makes us happy,” Abbas Varizi, an Iranian team official, said.

Host Indonesia, collected six golds, eight silvers and eight bronzes, a big leap from the first championship held in Kuala Lumpur two years ago, when they returned home with only a single gold, silver and two bronze medals.

The second World Junior Wushu Championship featured 44 countries, 27 of which are returning home with medals.