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Taiji Zen to Promote Tai Chi Principles to the World

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Article Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-09/27/content_13797047.htm

Paying Respects to Tai Chi elders in Handan

Paying Respects to Tai Chi elders in Handan

Filmmaking is just a hobby now, says kungfu star Jet Li, who is spending more time on his charity and on promoting martial arts.

He has turned down three films in 2011, including an American one, Li says at the premiere of his latest film, [The Sorcerer and the White Snake], a fantasy flick based on a Chinese folktale about the romance between a man and a snake fairy.

He plays a kungfu monk in the film, which will be released on Sept 28.

The 48-year-old, while running his charity institution One Foundation, will soon start a company to promote tai chi with Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma. Alibaba is one of the largest online commerce platforms in China.

The former national martial arts champion expects to break the stereotyped view of tai chi as a form of exercise favored by just old people in parks.

It could be a fashionable sport for young people around the world, as much as India’s yoga and South Korea’s taekwondo, Li believes.

“China is an economic powerhouse,” he said at Alibaba Group’s annual summit for small- to medium-sized business owners in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, recently.

He added the company, named Taichi Zen, will focus on providing a cultural experience.

“Italian coffee is better than Starbucks, but consumers over the world recognize Starbucks more than Italian coffee, because it offers a cultural experience,” he said at the summit.

Jet Li shifts focus to charity, tai chi

Li’s next movie is about tai chi. He will produce the film and play an important role.

Li’s efforts may also help boost China’s soft power overseas, another of his concerns. He attended the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September and was proud that [The Sorcerer and the White Snake] was screened there.

The Sorcerer and The White Snake aka It's Love

The Sorcerer and The White Snake aka It's Love

“Audiences there were surprised that Chinese films can create such great special effects,” he says. “In the future more and more impressive Chinese films will show up at international film festivals.”

The film, costing 180 million yuan ($28 million), will be screened during the National Day holiday, a lucrative slot for filmmakers. Even so, Li says he does not care that much about the box office.

“I will make films again, but that is more like a hobby for me now,” he says. “However, I will be a volunteer for charity causes for the rest of my life, and spend a lot of my time on Taichi Zen.”

(China Daily 09/27/2011 page19)

US Wushu Team competes at 2010 Sport Accord Combat Games

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Alfred Hsing Sport Accord Combat Games

Alfred Hsing Sport Accord Combat Games

The US and Canada national teams were in attendance at the 2010 sport accord combat games held in Beijing China among many other countries such as Russia, China, Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, and Japan. The US Team sent veteran wushu athletes Sarah Chang, Peter Dang, and Alfred Hsing.

Aug 28 Changquan Alfred Combat Games Wushu Competition

Aug 28 Changquan Alfred Combat Games Competition

Changquan was the first event of the entire Combat Games held at 9am on August 28th, 2010. There was significant media coverage and the event was in part sponsored by Samsung. US athlete Alfred Hsing was 2nd to take the stage. Hsing had a dominant performance that impressed the crowd, however minor technical deductions set his score back. Hsing says “I didn’t make any major mistakes and given that I have been focusing on work in Beijing the past 2-3 months I am pretty happy with my performance today. This will probably be my last major wushu tournament and I am glad I got to share it with my good friends and teammates in Beijing – the land of wushu and where I always dreamed I would be on the main stage competing in front of hundreds. My dreams as a wushu athlete were finally completed today.”

Alfred Hsing Longfist – 2010 Sport Accord Combat Games

Alfred Hsing Athlete Interview with Tom.com (in Mandarin Chinese)

Other notable achievements were made by US team member Peter Dang who took 3rd in the staff competition beating worthy adversaries such as Russia and 2 other Asian countries. In attendance this trip was US team leader Li Su Dong who has in prior years organized Junior and National Wushu Team Trials.

13 Combat Games Ambassadors

13 Combat Games Ambassadors

In addition the Opening Ceremony held on the evening of the 28th spared no expense as a dazzling display of physical prowess and beautiful music filled the stadium main floor. 13 Ambassadors for each sport were in attendance – among the ambassadors were Don “the dragon” Wilson, mma fighter Fedor “the last emperor” Emelianenko, Jet Li, and many other legends of martial arts. The final closing song of the evening was sung by Jackie Chan who was surrounded by dancers and acrobats as the ceremony came to a close.

There are many more events such as kick boxing, sambo, jiu jitsu that are still occurring since the Combat Games just started. Look forward to these amazing sports broadcasts featured online.

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Sexy Stilettos! Martial Arts Classes Offered Free with Dance Icon Stephanie Sy and Candice Wong Pan American Wushu Champion

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Canwest News Service

A Canadian dance icon and one of the country’s top martial artists are offering to force you through the pain barrier this month — for free.

During September, Stephanie Sy — a contestant on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance Canada — and Candice Wong — a Pan-American Games martial arts gold medalist — will be offering free demo fitness classes to members of the public at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Demo classes began this week with Sy carrying out a demo on Sexy Stilettos dance and Intro Jazz technique.

As well as being a contestant on the TV show, Sy has been the principal dancer on several films, television shows, and music videos.

Although born in Vancouver, she began training from the age of five at the Richmond Academy of Dance and since then has trained at the Goh Ballet Academy, the National Ballet School, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and EDGE Performing Arts Center.

Alongside her at the oval will be black belt martial artist Wong, who will demonstrate and teach Wushu martial arts.

Wong began her martial arts training in 1996 and has become one of this country’s most recognized martial artists.

Known for her hand forms and weapon skills, especially the southern fist (nan chuan) and broadsword form, she has been the All-Around Female Grand Champion at the “West Coast Can-Am Championships” four years in a row.

She was also the silver medalist in spear and double straight sword at the 4th International Wushu Invitational Tournament, and represented Canada again at the 5th Annual Wushu Pan-American Games in Washington, DC, receiving gold in broadsword and bronze in nan chuan.

The full demo fitness schedule can be found at www.richmondoval.ca/demo_classes

Courtesy of source: http://www.kelowna.com/2009/09/11/sexy-stilettos-martial-arts-classes-offered-free-at-ovalstephanie-sy-and-candice-wong-will-show-the-steps/comment-page-1/#comment-2530

Season 2 of Deadliest Warrior is confirmed!

Wednesday, 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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Emei piercers

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Machida vs Evans Predictions!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

America’s celebration of diversity is perhaps its greatest strength—so too with MMA.

Think about the champions in each individual weight class…

Lightweight: BJ Penn (Hawaiian American)
Welterweight: Georges St. Pierre (Canadian)
Middleweight: Anderson Silva (Brazilian with African ancestry)
Light heavyweight: Rashad Evans (African American)
Heavyweight: Brock Lesnar (Caucasian American, part bear)

This is why the Lyoto Machida vs. Rashad Evans championship bout on Saturday night is both a win-win and a lose-lose situation. It would be great, of course, if Rashad Evans retained the belt, as he is a worthy role model to African American youth who are just now discovering our sport.

His opponent, Lyoto Machida, is a Brazilian man of paternal Japanese descent. This is significant, because there are no current UFC champions of Far Eastern ancestry. This is ironic, as we all know—from American cinema, the History channel, and now Spike TV (with shows such as The Deadliest Warrior)—that the Far East has a rich history of martial science.

How fitting would it be then for Lyoto Machida, whose first Karate instructor was his father, Shotokan master Yoshizo Machida, to take home the belt?

How do I see the fight going? I think Machida will frustrate Evans with his unique striking style, as he seems to do with all of his opponents, moving in and out, striking hard and backing out fast, like a ninja.

Evans is a great wrestler, and while he might score a takedown or two, don’t overlook Machida’s takedown defense. I see Machida winning by a unanimous decision (four rounds to one), but either way, it will be a great night for UFC’s diversity, as well as a sad one…until the next champ comes along, of course.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/179596-the-supreme-court-of-mma-prediction-on-machida-vs-evans