Posts Tagged ‘MMA’

Cung Le Interview Discusses Rematch Fight with Scott Smith and Fighting Donnie Yen

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
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Last Thursday I had the privilege and honor to chat with former US Wushu Team member, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, and current actor/action star CUNG LE.

Cung is an amazing martial artist, but he has also excelled above and beyond in other areas as well. In business – he started his own martial arts school and brand (USH!). In martial arts – he was a medalist at the world wushu championships, he won the middleweight champion title in strikeforce, and he has won countless tournaments in various styles of martial arts. In entertainment – he has worked with action star Donnie Yen and is going to be in the upcoming Hollywood film “Tekken”.

To see Cung in action check out this highlight reel.

Cung has been an inspiration in the chinese martial arts community in more ways than one. To top it off he has helped promote Asian Americans in a positive light AND he is an EXTREMELY humble guy. For a guy that could throw you upside down on top of your head, he carries himself in a very calm and respectable manner – as you would expect of a disciplined martial artist.

Now to the interview! He was in town in LA to promote his recent movie “Bodyguards and Assassins“. This is a movie that was released in Asia, but it was playing at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. I interviewed him for the Pacific Rim Video Channel. In our interview he talks about what it was like working with Donnie Yen, his thoughts on wushu/sanshou in MMA, and his strategy on his rematch with opponent Scott Smith scheduled to fight June 26, 2010!

Without further ado, here is the interview.

For the martial artists, what are your thoughts on his upcoming fight with Scott Smith and do you guys think its possible to juggle a competitive martial arts career with filming and making movies?

Also thoughts on Cung Le and the UFC? Dana White has mentioned that he would like to see Cung in the UFC. Anyways, just food for thought. Feel free to leave comments.

To check out more about Cung, the man, check out!

This video interview was brought to you in part by Pac Rim Video and

Anderson Silva Taps Out – plus Cung Le Scissor Kicks

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Anderson Silva Taps out from a flying scissor heel hook.

Maybe Cung Le could also pull this off on him.

Anyways, I have huge respect for Anderson Silva who is a great martial artist, which is why it’s impressive to see footage of him tapping out.

While we are at it. Here is a good clip of Wushu Sanshou pride of San Jose, Ca Cung Le displaying some impressive scissor kicks.

The Rise of MMA – a good or bad thing?

Friday, September 18th, 2009

In the past few years, we have definitely seen a rise of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). It is undeniable that mma and almost its synonym UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is one of if not the fastest growing sport in the world.

There are many MMA promotions out there including WEC, UFC, Strikeforce, etc. UFC President Dana White has indeed been a driving force in the growth of Mixed Martial Arts.

With explanations out of the way- I pose the question: Is the rise of MMA in its present form a good or bad thing?

The Bad:
We have every day guys at the club all fired up and heated thinking that because they took a few lessons in BJJ (Brazillian Jiu Jitsu) that they are now “Martial Artists” and can kick anyone’s ass. There are two things to this:

1) They might actually be able to take on a lighter inexperienced person who has had NO martial arts, bjj, or fighting experience.

2) It’s still annoying for people going around thinking they can “beat this guy or that guy up” and for them to think they actually know martial arts. They’re limited knowledge of 2-3 submission techniques would also predominantly only be useful in a one on one fight where there are rules. I don’t think these people think about that. They take their 3 classes and then start thinking they are unstoppable. That is not the mentality of a true martial artist.

The Good:
It is making the word “martial arts” more popular and more financially popular now that there are larger endorsements rolling in. What we can hope for is the evolution of the sport and for fighters to grow in their martial arts background. Hopefully this means that the people who are truly good are those that study some of the traditions and foundational teachings of martial arts. Ie: respect for fighters/coaches/people, discipline in training and life, precision and traditional techniques beyond the popular styles out there. Hopefully martial arts culture spreading into homes of people who were not familiar with martial arts will only help continue the legacy and traditions of martial arts.

Anyways, these are a few thoughts here at

Feel free to share you thoughts on the direction of Mixed Martial Arts and its effect on society and martial arts in general.

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.