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How to Stretch and Be Like Bruce Lee

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Awesomly written by: returntomanliness.com/2008/08/02/how-to-stretch-and-be-as-flexible-as-bruce-lee/

Bruce Lee is manly.  Bruce Lee is manliness.

Long before Chuck Norris, Jet Li and the Ultimate Fighting Championship – there was The Master. His physique and physical prowess was (and IS) what legends are made of. Just one look at his photos or movies and you know the extreme discipline it took to pull off all those moves.

His physical exploits are so legendary in the world of martial arts that when it came time for him to make movies, EVERYONE wanted to make a name for themselves by making a run at him. Imagine trying to act and produce a movie when every guy opposite you in a fight scene is acting only some of the time!

To stay at the very top of the martial arts world for over 20 years (on and off the set), Bruce Lee had masterful stretching and flexibility skills. Besides wicked physical strength, freakish cardio ability, and speed only replicated by machines – flexibility and agility were his top priorities in staying at the top.

Consider some of his unequaled feats:

  • Lee’s striking speed from three feet with his hands down by his side reached five hundredths of a second
  • Lee’s combat movements were at times too fast to be captured on film at 24fps, so many scenes were shot in 32fps to put Lee in slow motion. Normally martial arts films are sped up
  • In a speed demonstration, Lee could snatch a dime off a person’s open palm before they could close it, and leave a penny behind
  • Lee could perform push ups using only his thumbs
  • Lee performed one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger
  • Lee would hold an elevated v-sit position for 30 minutes or longer
  • Lee could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks
  • From a standing position, Lee could hold a 125 lb (57 kg) barbell straight out
  • Lee could break wooden boards 6 inches (15 cm) thick
  • Lee performed a side kick while training with James Coburn and broke a 150-lb (68 kg) punching bag
  • Lee could cause a 300-lb (136 kg) bag to fly towards and thump the ceiling with a side kick
  • In a move that has been dubbed “Dragon Flag”, Lee could perform leg lifts with only his shoulder blades resting on the edge of a bench and suspend his legs and torso perfectly horizontal midair
  • Lee could thrust his fingers through unopened steel cans of Coca-Cola, at a time before cans were made of the softer aluminum metal
  • Lee could use one finger to leave dramatic indentations on pine wood

Each and every one of these demonstrations of his ability involved strength, agility and, yes, flexibility. We can never hope to reach his level of success in these, nor do I think anyone really wants to (although putting your fingers through a can of Coke would be a neat trick at parties).

Improving our own flexibility, though, has many benefits. For instance, a flexible body means we can defend ourselves in a bar fight; have better sex; fight obesity with more exercise; sleep better; have more fun playing with our kids; work more efficiently; constantly feel refreshed; improve posture; relieve tension; and possibly cure cancer! (not sure on this last one, but it improves everything else, why not?)

And the key to a flexible body is proper stretching. Many of us want the basics of getting it without having to join Yoga classes or do Pilates with our wives – both of which are awesome for our bodies if you have the time, but who does nowadays?

Tips for stretching prowess to help improve flexibility

  1. Stretch when you wake up. Start the day off by loosening up all the joints and shake off the previous night’s exploits. Whatever you did yesterday put your body in some kind of hurt and you need to do something right away. Grab your morning beverage or course, but also start a 10 minute stretching routine first thing in the morning. Your body will thank you for it throughout the day.
  2. Warm up first. Many guys think stretching IS the warm up exercise for whatever else they are going to do. Not true. Make sure to warm up a little by jumping rope, running in place, or doing some jumping jacks to get the blood moving first. If you perform some Bruce-like stretches without getting the blood moving first, injuries will be on their way.
  3. Target major muscle groups. Just like other manly workouts, don’t focus on the little muscles. Target large, major muscle groups and all the little muscles will get stretched out in the process. It’s much better use of your time going after the majors first and then focusing on the minors later if you have time.
  4. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds. Doing this enables the muscle to continue to expand over time without injury. Even if you are barely stretching at the beginning, holding it for 30 seconds tells the muscle you mean business. Next time you will be able to take it further, longer.
  5. Become a rubber band. Bouncing as you stretch only shocks the muscle and can cause serious injury. Besides, it looks stupid. Think of your muscles like rubber bands. You want to slowly stretch it out – taking it a little further each time. Only taking it as far as the muscle wants it to go – not beyond.
  6. No pain, serious gain. When you bounce instead of rubber band, you often will go too far. If the muscle is not ready to go that far (due to rigamortis setting in from your blatant lack of use), then you will either here a “pop” and start crying like a little schoolgirl or just start crying. Either way, if it hurts – STOP! Learn to listen to your body and understand it takes time to get a flexible body.
  7. Breathe. Blood flow and oxygen are the two core ingredients to muscle flexibility and stretching. You get the blood moving by doing the stretch, but if you forget to put plenty of oxygen into your system as you are doing it, you will not get the full effect. Better still is to focus your mind on the muscle and at the same time focus on breathing. Together, your mind will allow you to do things you didn’t think possible with your flexibility.
  8. Have fun. You will stop after a few minutes or a few days if you are not digging it. Remember it is not a chore. Remind yourself of the positive affects this will have on your life. Think of the benefits of being able to reach some other guy’s head with your foot or better yet, work and hold a position your wife or girlfriend never thought you could.
  9. Be careful. Once you start seeing the amazing benefits of being as flexible as Bruce Lee, you will want more. Guys have been known to take it a little too far with addiction-like behavior. Make it a part of your life by doing a little bit everyday and you will get there before you know it. Injuries suck and they will set you back. Addictions suck too and you don’t want to get burned out – you want this flexible body for life.
  10. Be consistent. The routine of stretching will lead to flexibility you have only dreamed of. Your body will start craving it and when others start seeing what you are capable of with your new found flexible prowess, you will want to ratchet it up. Remember that consistency is what made Bruce Lee so freaking good. Anyone at the top of their profession will tell you that anyone can get lucky once or twice, but the real pros are consistently in the mix.
  11. Rest it up. Make sure to give the muscles a rest from time to time. Stretch different muscles on alternating days and this will give them the rest they need to go even further next time out.

The definition of flexibility is to easily bend an object or the ability to adapt to different circumstances. Isn’t this what most of us men want in our lives? The thought of being flexible (in all aspects of our lives) is at the core of manliness.

The thought of throwing a round house kick at some guy’s head or getting out of a rear naked choke are really cool, but having everyday physical flexibility is what most of us are after. Getting the perfect stretch and doing it every day is how we can achieve a Bruce Lee like flexible body.

Japans still got it – Wushu over-played in movies?

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Why does every person I’ve ever met who does wushu want to in some way be famous?

Well let’s break it down.

First off, people who practice wushu have discarded most japanese and korean martial arts from consideration, because the former two are not as aesthetic visually.  Many students of Tae Kwon Do adopt the practiceds of wushu now, and Tae kwon do is already one of the most showboat martial arts out there.

Second, like Tae Kwon Do, wushu is a performance art and there for perhaps only its traditional roots had meaning for real application.  At least tae kwon do kicks in the most basic form are useful.  Now im not talking about san shou at all. I’m talking about forms.

Third, the number one athlete in China right now, who has won the most recent international competitions also…wants to be a Jet Li.  The recent winner of the Disciple does wushu.  The newcomer Wu Jing does wushu.  Where did all the japanese martial artists go.  GSP did kiyokushin.  Dulph Lungeron did it.  Seagal did Aikido.  I wanna see a Judo guy get big.  I want to see Kempo come back in a big way.  The only non japanese martial artist whose on a good track is Tony Jaa and even he recycles moves from Ong Bak still, not to mention he’s only been in 2 movies.  Donnie Yen showcased some BJJ in his past 2 movies before Yip Man.  Besides that it’s been Never Back Down, and that movie’s only thing it had going for it was Dijmon Hounsou.

Japanese culture came in strong, but now it has to be prematurely revived.  Bruce Lee films and the current release of Yip Man based film defame the Japanese, but in my opinion, if you’re not Bruce and you do wushu, go up against a Kiyokushin guy, 50 dollars says you get knocked out in less than 5 hits.

BJ PENN Vs GSP! Find out who wins the welterweight title!

Monday, January 26th, 2009

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BJ Penn vs. GSP II

http://video.ufc.tv/94/94_30SEC_PROMO_MIX.mov

This figh has been talked about for months now, UFC officially sent word November making BJ Penn/Georges St.-Pierre 2 official for Jan. 31 in Las Vegas for GSP’s welterweight title.

Penn, GSP and UFC President Dana White at the Waikiki Shell  for a rally, previewing the event.  The full press release for the fight is below.

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – In March 2006, top welterweights Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn fought for the division’s No. 1 contender’s spot. St-Pierre earned a razor-thin split decision and went on to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship® welterweight title. Penn dropped to the lightweight division and won the organization’s 155-pound title.

Now they’re about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake.

UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 31, 2009.

Two champions, two of the best in the world, pound-for-pound, and this time – two more rounds for the welterweight championship.

“This may be the most anticipated rematch in UFC history,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Their first fight was an epic battle of two of the best pound for pound fighters in the sport. After that fight, St-Pierre would go on to win the UFC World Welterweight title and Penn would go on to win the UFC World Lightweight title.

Now these two champions meet again with a lot of pride and St-Pierre’s title on the line. This fight will be talked about for years to come.”

Tickets for UFC 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2 will go on sale Sunday, November 16 at 10 a.m. PT and will be priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50. Tickets are available at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, and by telephone at 800-929-1111 or 702-891-7777 and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, Macy’s West at the Fashion Show Mall and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000.  Tickets also are available for purchase at ufc.com, www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

UFC® Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Thursday, November 13 at 10 a.m. PT via the website ufc.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Saturday, November 15 starting at 10am PT.  To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through ufc.com.

UFC 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2 will be available live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.95 for standard definition or high-definition broadcasts (where available).

One of the sport’s most dynamic athletes, Georges St-Pierre (17-2) will be prepared to go five rounds to defend his UFC welterweight championship. The Montreal, Canada native has won his last four fights and nine out of his last 10. Most recently, the popular champ defeated number one contender Jon Fitch in a five round war, and at 27, he is in the prime of his brilliant fighting career and looking to send Penn back to the 155-pound weight class.

“I’m very honored to fight BJ Penn and very excited because it’s the fight that everybody wants to see, including myself,” said St-Pierre.  “It will be one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history, and I’m glad and humbled to be a part of it.”

The welterweight division is old hat for Hilo, Hawaii’s BJ Penn (14-4-1). The current UFC lightweight champion earned the welterweight title in 2004 with a submission victory over UFC legend Matt Hughes. But Penn has been even more untouchable since moving back to the lightweight division. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has won his last three fights against three world-class foes in Jens Pulver, Joe Stevenson and Sean Sherk. But the only thing on Penn’s mind right now is a return to the welterweight division for a healthy dose of revenge.

“For that fight, I was at a point in my career where I didn’t prepare as well as I should have,” Penn said. “During the second and third round I realized that I ran into someone that wanted it more than I did…Now, I’m very prepared to go five rounds.”

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Martial Arts Arnold Style!!

Monday, January 26th, 2009

If you want to compete in a martial arts tournament hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger the Arnold Sports Festival is the place to be.

http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/martial-arts/

The 2009 Arnold Martial Arts Festival will feature elite martial arts celebrities including UFC’s Superstars and leading names from every corner of the world demonstrating and competing in 26 unique disciplines including Aikido, Hapkido, Judo, Karate, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do Open & Olympic, Capoeria, Kickboxing, Specially Challenged, and Chinese Martial Arts.

The Arnold Martial Arts Festival will welcome youth and adult competitors for the 3-day festival organized annually by martial arts legend Terrance “Tokey” Hill.

Hill is an internationally recognized martial arts coach, 6-time National Karate Champion, and the first American to ever win the World Karate Federation World Championships. Designated as a former U.S. Olympic Team Coach of the Year for his team’s performance at the 1999 Pan American Games, Hill annually leads the Midwest’s largest martial arts tournament with Open and Olympic style competition in the martial art disciplines of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Boxing, Grappling/Ju Jitsu, and Chinese styles with 26 disciplines in all. Specially challenged athletes compete in virtually every area of the festival.

Jackie Chan’s ‘Shinjuku Incident’ in Japan and China

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009


Jackie Chan‘s Shinjuku Incident, filmed last year in Japan and China, will premiere at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (March 22 – April 13). The movie, produced by Emperor Dragon Movies and directed by Derek Yee, is a serious drama about a Chinese immigrant in Japan. Shinjuku Incident is scheduled to open in Hong Kong in early April.

Since Jackie wrapped filming of The Spy Next Door at the end of December, he has been back in China keeping very busy. On New Year’s Eve he joined friend Emil Chau to sing at a concert in Shanghai. Back in Beijing, he attended a press conference to announce that his 2005 film The Myth will be made into a television drama which will air in China and which Jackie will produce. Jackie said that he had thought about making a film sequel to The Myth, but felt that a television series would better be able to play out his many ideas for the story. At the ceremony, Jackie presented actor Hu Ge with one of General Meng Yi’s outfits from the movie. Hu Ge was surprised and honored at receiving such a valuable gift. Last year, one of these outfits was auctioned off in China to benefit Jackie’s Dragon’s Heart Charity. Jackie announced that Police Story would be made into a television drama, also to air in China.

Jackie was joined by popular Mainland singers Tan Jing and Chang Shilei to record “Zhong Guo Nian”, a song for the Chinese New Year. Jackie said that he hoped the song would be a greeting to all the people of the world.

Finally, The Disciple finalists and winners (known as the New Little Fortunes) have recorded a special song just for Jackie. The title of the song, “Sifu” means “teacher.”  The group will sing the song to Jackie at a special Chinese New Year celebration sponsored by CCTV in Beijing at the end of January.

Filming for Jackie’s next movie is set to begin next month in China.

Hong Kong Actor Close Up: Jackie Chan

Cool info on Jackie Chan, including pictures, videos, news, biography, photos, stats, and wallpapers.

Name: 成龍 / Cheng Long
English Name: Jackie Chan
Real Name: 陳港生 / Chan Kong-Sang
Profession: Actor, director, producer, and singer
Date of Birth: 1954-Apr-07
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Family: Wife, son/actor Jaycee Chan