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

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Cung Le

Cung Le

May 6, 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

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.

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

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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’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 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’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, 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 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

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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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.