Taiwanese Wushu Team member wins gold in World Games Wushu Event

July 27th, 2009

Kaohsiung, July 24 (CNA) Peng Wei-chua, the 2005 World Wushu champion and a prominent performer of Taiwanese Opera, thrilled the home crowd by winning a gold medal in the World Games in Kaohsiung Friday.

Peng works for the popular Taiwanese opera troupe the Ming Hua Yuan Arts and Cultural Group (MHY) as a leading actor and became its action director 18 months ago.

Holding a master’s degree from Taipei Physical Education College, Peng was also a silver medalist in the Wushu competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games, where it was a demonstration event.

On Friday, crowds of people packed Kaohsiung County Stadium to watch Peng perform in the men’s Nanquan (southern fist) round of the Taolu Nanquan and Nangun (southern staff) category, and they were not disappointed.

Peng’s routine wowed the judges for its many difficult mid-air movements — clinching the gold medal — and won warm applause from the crowd.

His coach Chang Shih-po said he was not surprised to see Peng bring home a gold because he knows Peng is a true Wushu master.

The coach said, however, that he was disappointed that China did not enter a competitor in the event because he had looked forward to seeing Peng compete with a Chinese athlete.

Iran’s Farshad Arabi won silver in the event with a 19.51, and Malaysia’s Ho Mun Hua scored 19.25 to grab bronze.

In the other division of Wushu, the Sanshou, which involves barehanded physical combat, China’s E Meidie beat Vietnamese competitor Nguyen Thuy Ngan in the woman’s under 52kg class to win gold, while Mary Jane Estimar of the Philippines took bronze.

In the women’s under 60kg category, Iran’s Zahara Karimi Vardanjani had already clinched gold Thursday after winning her two bouts in the three-women competition. On Friday, Mariane Mariano of the Philippines beat Chinese Taipei’s Kao Yu-chuan to win the silver. In the men’s under 56kg. division, China’s Duan Hansong defeated his only competitor, Russia’s Sait Khayrulaev, to win gold.

Russia’s Murad Akhadov secured the gold medal in the under 70kg weight class after knocking down South Korea’s Kim Deuk Su. Chinese Taipei’s Chou Ting-yuan won silver by virtue of his victory over Kim Thursday, while Kim took bronze.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Hamidreza Gholipour defeated his only competitor, Russia’s Muslim Salikov, in the under 85kg division to win gold.

The two-day Wushu event, one of five invitational events at the 2009 World Games, ended with China the big winner with eight golds, followed by Russia (two gold, two silver and one bronze), Iran (two gold, one silver and one bronze), and Chinese Taipei (one gold, three silver and one bronze).

Because Wushu is an invitational event, the medals do not count in the official medal standings.

Source: http://www.etaiwannews.com/

Season 2 of Deadliest Warrior is confirmed!

July 22nd, 2009
Deadliest Warrior Season 2

Deadliest Warrior Season 2

To answer the age old question of- Will there be a Season 2 of Deadliest Warrior? The answer has been answered by Spike TV

MORE EPIC BATTLES ON THE HORIZON! SPIKE TV RENEWS THE MULTI-PLATFORM HIT SERIES ‘DEADLIEST WARRIOR’ FOR A SECOND SEASON
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More Epic Battles on the Horizon! Spike TV Renews the Multi-Platform Hit Series ‘Deadliest Warrior’ for a Second SeasonSeries To Return With 13 New Episodes Beginning Spring 2010 Spike.com’s Original Series “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath” Also Set To Return After Record TrafficLOS ANGELES, July 21 — History’s most lethal combatants will continue the fight to the death as Spike TV renews “Deadliest Warrior” for a second season, it was announced today by Sharon Levy, senior vice president, original programming, Spike TV. The successful first season averaged 1.8 million viewers, had more than 6.2 million show-related video views on Spike.com and is Spike TV’s best-selling series this year across all download-to-own (DTO) platforms. The second season of “Deadliest Warrior” will premiere 13 episodes in Spring 2010 with Spike.com’s original round table discussion series, “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath,” also set to return in conjunction with the new episodes.

“We are thrilled with the success ‘Deadliest Warrior’ has achieved both on air and online for Spike,” said Levy. “The decision to pick it up is a no-brainer. Since hitting the air, fans have endlessly debated and shared online, even offering some great ideas for future match-ups.”

Airing at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, the first season of “Deadliest Warrior” (April 7 – May 31) averaged a robust 1.8 million viewers, ranking second among men 18-49 and men 18-34, behind only the NBA Playoffs on TNT. The premiere season concluded as the highest-rated first season of any original program on Spike since 2005. With the multi-platform success of the series, Spike TV is currently pursuing a book deal, video game and various other merchandising opportunities based on the series.

Also a hit on Spike.com, the “Deadliest Warrior” show pages attracted a season average of over 207,000 weekly unique visitors. Show-related videos generated over 6.2 million video views during the course of the season. “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath” was hugely successful and maintained the online interest between episodes, generating 1.8 million video views (April 7 – June 21). “Deadliest Warrior” also performed exceptionally well on DTO platforms, driving sales to record highs on iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation and Zune. It was Spike TV’s number one selling series across all DTO platforms in May and is Spike TV’s best-selling series this year.

“Deadliest Warrior” pits history’s greatest warriors against one another to determine, once and for all, who reigns supreme. To collect data on these legends of combat, the series features a fight club that consists of series regulars Geoff Desmoulin, a biomedical engineer and karate black belt who uses high-tech sensors to collect the data, and computer whiz Max Geiger, who tracks all the test findings to ultimately run in a battle simulation program. Along with the use of 21(st) century science and the latest in CGI technology, the series enlists warrior-specific, world-class fighters and experts to provide insight into what makes these combatants tick, analyzing every facet of their unique skills of destruction, culminating in a head-to-head final fight between two legends of the battlefield that will produce the deadliest warrior. The premiere season featured such iconic warriors in Spartans and Samurai, prominent individuals like William Wallace and Shaka Zulu, zealous terrorists in the Taliban and even the notoriously bloody Yakuza, among others.

“Deadliest Warrior” featured content on Spike.com will also be expanded next season. Outside of the return of the weekly roundtable series “Deadliest Warrior – The Aftermath,” initial plans for the show page content includes “Blood in the Sand” weekly blog articles, sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes looks and interviews with series regulars and experts. Users will also be able to view full episodes of that week’s episode online after it has premiered on-air. Further plans will be announced at a later date.

“Deadliest Warrior” is produced for Spike TV by Morningstar Entertainment (“Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force”). The series is executive produced by Gary Tarpanian and Paninee Theeranuntawat. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are Spike TV’s executives in charge of production.

Spike TV is available in 98 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

Shaolin Expert

Shaolin Expert

Let’s hope that they feature more martial arts (and wushu specifically) like the Shaolin Monks vs. Ninjas or something as opposed to pure brute force!

What match-ups would you guys like to see??

Featured demo reel for Deadliest Warrior Shaolin Expert Alfred Hsing.

Feel free to leave comments below!

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Who Will Play the Next Kato in The Green Hornet?

July 17th, 2009

Stephen Chow was originally supposed to help Seth Rogen direct The Green Hornet and act as Kato. First news came out that there were some differences and he was no longer filling the directing role and would instead just act as Kato. However recent news indicates that due to his schedule and other circumstances he may not act as Kato at all.

For those who don’t know about the show. It is about a pair of crime fighters and the sidekick KATO is played by Bruce Lee.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kato_(The_Green_Hornet)

Filling the shoes of a role Bruce Lee once played would be nothing short of a  tall order, but it would be a great honor and privilege for whoever would play this role.

Well let’s see who might be an option for this role. Here are some choices from Ed Moy who writes for the examiner (http://www.examiner.com/x-4211-LA-Asian-American-Movie-Examiner~y2009m7d15-Who-will-play-Kato-in-Green-Hornet-movie).


Ken Jeong in “Role Models”

KEN JEONG

The doctor turned comedian turned actor has been in high demand since his breakthrough role as Dr. Kuni alongside Rogen and Katherine Heigl in “Knocked Up.”

He has since played memorable roles as King Argotron in “Role Models,” and Mr. Chow in “The Hangover.”

Jeong will also appear in several more comedies this year, including “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” “Funny People,” and “All About Steve,” and “Couples Retreat.”

 

Roger Fan in “Drillbit Taylor”

ROGER FAN

Fan caught the eye of moviegoers playing the charismatic and manipulative Daric Loo in “Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin’s breakout indie feature “Better Luck Tomorrow.”

Fan also starred in, co-produced, and co-wrote the racy 17-minute short subject, “The Quest For Length,” a surprise film festival hit.

He has since starred as Michael Wang in “Ping Pong Playa,” co-starred with James Franco in “Annapolis,” and  appeared in “Drillbit Taylor” as Bodyguard with knives.

 

Jet Li in “Hero”

JET LI

A Chinese wushu (martial arts) world champion several times, Li got his first part as a shaolin disciple in the film Shaolin “Temple.”

But most American moviegoers will recognize Li for appearing in action movies such as “Lethal Weapon 4,” “Romeo Must Die, “The Forbidden Kingdom,” and “The Mummy:  Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.”

He will also appear in Sly Stallone’s upcoming action flick “The Expendables.”

 

James Kyson Lee on “Heroes”

JAMES KYSON LEE

Best known for his role as “Ando” alongside star Masi Oka on NBC’s action drama “Heroes,” Lee has since expanded into movie roles, including a recent part in the Sci-Fi Channel original movie, “Star Runners.”

He was also rumored to have been offered the part of Mr. Sulu in J.J. Abrams reboot of “Star Trek.” 

However, the role eventually went to John Cho when Lee was unable to take the part due to the fact, “Heroes” producers didn’t want two of the shows principal characters leaving to work on the movie.  Zachary Quinto, who plays Sylar on “Heroes” had already been cast as Spock. (above choices are from the examiner)

For a new fresh face I would personally recommend:

Alfred as Kato in The Green Hornet 

Alfred as Kato in The Green Hornet

ALFRED HSING

He is currently ranked #1 in the US on the US National Wushu Team and acted and performed his own stunts on Spike TV’s hit show The Deadliest Warrior. He is relatively unknown but has both the acting and martial arts backing to suitably play the role of Kato.

Demo Reel Where he is endorsed by Stephen Chow himself- http://vimeo.com/5568392

Leave your comments with your thoughts or suggestions!

2009 US Wushu National Team Trials Results

June 24th, 2009

This past weekend the 2009 USA National Wushu Team Trial Selection event just occurred. There was tough competition and emotions ran high as people poured years of training and dedication on to the solitary competition carpet which would attempt to capture years and years of sweat and effort in a 1 minute and 20 second form.

Results are in!

Here are the Team Results and National Rankings:

Men (A Team):
Max Ehrlich
Colvin Wang
Peter Dang
Alan Zhao
Alfred Hsing

Women (A Team):
Elaine Ho
Stephanie Lim
Ashley Chung
Sarah Chang
Joana Pei

Men (B Team):
Phil Dang
Mikey Tsai
Donovan Hui
William Chen
Jian Wei Bench

Women (B Team)
Brenda Hatley
Claudine Tran
Tiffany Reyes
Melissa Yu
Tiffany Wang

Men (C Team):
Chase White
Eugene Moy
Stephon Morton
Jason Liu
Matthew Tay

Women (C Team):
Emily Fan
Jessica Shyy
Samantha Tsen
Karlee Yong
Isabelle Ju

The top ten (A Team) will represent the U.S. and compete in the World Wushu Championships during October 2009 in Toronto, Canada. Congratulations to all the competitors and thank you to the tournament organizers/staff.

Individual Results:

Men’s Changquan
1. Alfred Hsing
2. Phillip Dang
3. Chase White

Women’s Changquan
1. Sarah Chang
2. Stephanie Lim
3. Claudia Tran

Men’s Nanquan
1. Max Ehrlich
2. William Chen
3. Jonathan Sun

Women’s Nanquan
1. Melissa Yu

Men’s Taijiquan
1. Alan Zhao
2. Alfred Hsing
3. Jian Wei Branch

Women’s Taijiquan
1. Elaine Ho
2. Tiffany Wang
3. Isabelle Ju

Men’s Broadsword
1. Peter Dang
2. Michael Tsai
3. Edward Kahana

Women’s Broadsword
1. Joana Pei
2. Claudia Tran
3. Stephanie Lim

Men’s Straightsword
1. Alfred Hsing
2. Phillip Dang
3. Colvin Wang

Women’s Straightsword
1. Sarah Chang
2. Brenda Hatley
3. Samantha Tsen

Men’s Southern Broadsword
1. Max Ehrlich
2. William Chen
3. Jason Liu

Women’s Southern Broadsword
1. Jessica Shyy
2. Melissa Yu

Men’s Taiji Straightsword
1. Allen Zhao
2. Alfred Hsing
3. Jian Wei Bench

Women’s Taiji Straightsword
1. Elaine Ho
2. Tiffany Wang
3. Samantha Tsen

Men’s Spear
1. Colvin Wang
2. Justin Yu
3. Alfred Hsing

Women’s Spear
1. Tiffany Reyes
2. Sarah Chang
3. Kelly Kim

Men’s Southern Staff
1. Max Ehrlich
2. William Chen
3. Simon Ho

Women’s Southern Staff
1. Melissa Yu

Men’s Staff
1. Dennis Ta
2. Peter Dang

Women’s Staff
1. Joana Pei
2. Stephanie Lim

Congratulations to all and keep up the hard work!

Think and Grow Rich ( in Martial Arts )

June 11th, 2009

Think and grow rich in.. speed, power, gold medals, etc.

Here is an underlying principle that will apply in all aspects of life- Just when you feel like giving up, DONT. Make sure to keep going and you will be sure to succeed.

It’s like I was told in cross country – “sprint up the hill, when others are walking” / “sprint passed the finish line, dont let up when you are 5 feet from the finish.”  If you follow these principles you will come out stronger and on top of your opponents.

In the last part of practice or competition everyone gets tired, but it is those who truck through and do not quit that succeed because it is right when you are getting hit the worst or feel most down on your luck that the prize you been fighting for is closest within reach.

Keep this in mind next time you feel exhausted and just fight through it a little bit longer and you will see what I am talking about.