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  • Translation of Wong Kar Wai’s Grandmaster Documentary

    A while back, I posted Wong Kar Wai’s behind the scenes documentary of the “The Grandmaster,” and then promised to transcribe and translate the text for those of you who are interested. I have finally finished that small, but annoyingly difficult project. For those who don’t know, there were several dialects in this documentary, and that wasn’t the hard part. The hard part was just finding the time to sit and do this. My time management needs management.

    So I haven’t popped the subtitles into the Youtube clip, I just provide the text here. Feel free to mish and mash as you will. I have included the original Chinese text so you can do your own translation if you like, or just refer to the source whenever something seems a bit off. I have also placed time-markers at intervals, to allow you to skip ahead. Enjoy!

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    August 28, 2014 • Kung Fu History, Kung Fu People, Video • Views: 30711

  • Vaughn Anderson on Being a Fighter

    Vaughn “Blud” Anderson is an Asia-based fighter who competed in Bellator. Here he is atop Songshan, outside of the Shaolin Temple, talking a bit about the loneliness of being a fighter

    July 2, 2014 • MMA, Video • Views: 9029

  • Ning Guangyou Hitting the Bags

    Ning Guangyou will be fighting at the UFC Macao event August 23. He is scheduled to fight Yang Jianping, a good looking television star and former fighter for China’s most popular fighting promotion, Wu Lin Feng. Check out this little short Chris and David put together of him hitting the bags …

    June 25, 2014 • Kung Fu People, Video • Views: 1503

  • Lu Zhenhong’s Headkick KO at RUFF 13

    Lu Zhenhong delivers a cracking head kick knockout of He Jianwei at RUFF 13 on June 7th, 2014.

    – Footage by Christopher Cherry and David Dempsey

    June 21, 2014 • Modern Kung Fu, Video • Views: 11492

  • Taiji vs. Muay Thai (incl. Video)

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    The other day I wrote a story for Fightland about an interaction I had had with Chen Jia, the Taiji Princess I’ve mentioned here before. It was about a fight her master’s brother, Chen Ziqiang, was setting up with Thai fighters. I spent an hour telling her how bad the idea was.

    I reenacted that for the Fightland story, and then went on to hijack Prof. Ben Judkin’s essay on taiji and Taoism as symbols in a marriage of convenience, to link the idea of Chinese patriotism to Taoism/Taiji and through that find some explanation for what I considered to be an absurd, misguided macho ploy. I ended the story by saying I was happy the fights did not take place, because I didn’t want to see taiji sullied.

    But in fact, the fight did go down. Last September in Jiaozuo, Henan Province, just a few hours from Chenjiagou Village and the Shaolin Temple.

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    April 22, 2014 • Modern Kung Fu, Video • Views: 12409