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Walking The Mountain

Just helped my daughter walk the mountain (kung fu stance drill) for the first time. Proud dad moment!


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The Fist Was Made For Punching

To illustrate his hypothesis, Carrier turned to a macabre experiment in which cadaver hands clenched in various positions, from open hand to a good old sucker punch fist, were bashed against a dumbbell. Carrier showed that a fist could handle the strike with double the force supported by an open hand before bones started to break.

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Kung Fu: Movie vs Real Life?


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Robots or Dinosaurs?

This question plagues humanity and demands an answer!


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My cartoon fist is in yo face!


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UFC middleweight Cung LeLE FINALLY LIVES UP TO THE HYPE

Cung Le has a cult following in the world of combat sports. That is particularly true in his adopted hometown of San Jose, California. All that existed long before he ever stepped into the Octagon to ply his trade against the best mixed martial artists in the world.

Through his first 10 fights, however, Le didn’t own a single win against a true marquee name. Sure, Frank Shamrock appears on his list of victims. If we are being honest with ourselves, Shamrock passed his fistic prime long before stepping into a Strikeforce cage to face Le. That win was the passing of the torch from one local hero to another. Nothing more.

His first opportunity against a big name, Wanderlei Silva, was a disaster. Don’t get me wrong. That was one of the best fights of the year—an unbelievably entertaining scrap. But Le got brutalized after having some success in the opening round. The knockout loss was as savage as it was beautiful. There is no shame to losing to Silva, but many believe that he is on the downside of his illustrious career. So if Le was truly a contender, he should have won the fight. That was the conventional wisdom heading into the matchup and the result didn’t change anything.

Le changed all that on Saturday night with one perfectly thrown counter right hook. The punch resulted in one of the most spectacular knockouts in recent memory. Former champion Rich Franklin (a guy who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame when it is all said and done) was completely unconscious before he hit the canvas face-first.

Le’s reaction showed just how important the win was for him. He was, by most accounts, viewed as a sacrificial lamb for Franklin, who was gearing up for one final run at the middleweight title. Somebody obviously forgot to send Le the memo

FRANKLIN FACED WITH SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS

Let me start by stating the obvious. Rich Franklin is one of the best to ever step into the cage. He also happens to be one of the nicest, most down-to-earth guys you would ever hope to meet, particularly for an athletic superstar. I have nothing but the highest respect for the guy, and I can’t help but find myself pulling for him. Maybe that is because we both live in Cincinnati, Ohio. The hometown connection, particularly for Midwesterners, is hard to overcome.

With that said, Saturday’s knockout loss raises the dreaded “is it time” question. Professional fighters face the unenviable task of trying to earn enough money during their short athletic prime so that they can walk away from the sport before it forces you out—violently and unforgivingly. Former champion Forrest Griffin said it best. It went something like this: “I’m going to fight until I can’t fight any more, and then I’ll fight a couple more times for the money.”

I don’t think Franklin is anywhere near the end, in terms of being able to continue competing at a high level. Can he become a champion again? I’m not so certain, unless the stars align perfectly. Does he need to further solidify his place in UFC lore? I don’t think so. Absent winning the title for a second time, I don’t think there is anything else he can do to cement what I believe already to be a Hall of Fame worthy resume.

So the question is whether he needs to continue fighting in order to make sure he accumulates enough money to live comfortably for the rest of his days? I have no clue about his personal finances, but I’m guessing that “Ace” already has that taken care of. Even if he doesn’t, this guy can earn money in his post-fighting career in numerous ways, whether as a business owner in Cincinnati, where he is a true star, or by joining the UFC’s broadcast or executive crew.

The only reason I raise the question is that Franklin has suffered two really bad knockout losses in his last five fights. He also got badly rocked in his rematch with Wanderlei Silva back in June. Chuck Liddell appeared to hurt him pretty badly with a head kick two fights earlier. I’m not suggesting that he is getting a bit chinny. Others are certainly saying that. I’m not among them. But damage does accumulate over time, and at the ripe old age of 38, Franklin is closer to the end of his career than he is the beginning.

I’m sure Franklin will do precisely what he said he would do after the fight, which is put some time between the loss and any decision about what is next. If I had to guess, I’m betting that Franklin isn’t done. Not yet. I think he has a couple more mega bouts left in him. There is no doubt that the competitive side of him will want to compete in those bouts. The bigger question is whether the intellectual side of him wants it anymore.

NOT THE SILVA OF OLD YET, BUT A GOOD FIRST STEP

August 29, 2009. That is the last time that Thiago Silva scored an impressive, clear-cut victory. He dominated Brandon Vera during that period, but the unanimous decision win was changed to a no-contest after Silva failed a post-fight drug test. It suffices to say that the Brazilian’s career was on life support when he stepped into the Octagon on Saturday night.

The one-time top contender used the opportunity to right the ship with a spectacular, well rounded effort against previously undefeated Stanislav Nedkov. Silva looked remarkably light on his feet, something we haven’t seen since the early days of his UFC career. That suggests to me that his back has fully healed.

Of course, the effort wasn’t without some moments of trepidation, but he reacted extremely well when faced with adversity. Silva looked winded far too early in the fight, and he was definitely hurt in the second round by a big right hand. He fought with more control and restraint than usual to combat his rapidly depleting gas tank (which was likely due to an adrenaline dump after having been absent from competition for seven months). He countered getting rocked by remaining calm and relying on his excellent striking technique, rather than putting his head down and swinging wildly. Well, he did plant and play rock’em, sock’em robots at one point, but his back was against the cage at that moment and he hadn’t yet been rocked, so the choice made sense.

Silva still has a ways to go before he returns to the prominence that he once enjoyed. But Saturday night was a strong first step in that direction.


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It was as shocking as it was devastating. Cung Le ended the UFC’s first visit to China Saturday in spectacular fashion, knocking out former middleweight champion Rich Franklin with a single right hand in the UFC on FUEL TV main event at the Cotai Arena in Macao.

“That’s the biggest fight of my life,” said Le.

After a touch of gloves, the two southpaws faced off, Le landing a couple kicks and Franklin scoring with a right hand to the face. Le got flashy fast, but his spinning kicks missed the mark as Franklin effectively got in and out, catching Le with quick shots and then getting out. But with remarkable accuracy and a sudden impact that caught everyone by surprise, Le landed a flush right punch on the jaw that spun Franklin and sent him face first to the canvas. Referee Marc Goddard immediately halted the bout, and at the 2:17 mark, the Vietnam-born Le had secured the biggest win of his mixed martial arts career.

“He kept throwing that punch at me, and I wasn’t able to time my kick,” said Le. “He kept loading up and looking for me to kick and then catch me with the punches, so I waited for him to punch and just came in with the overhand right and caught him, and thank you Lord.”

With the win, the 40-year-old Le improves to 9-2; Franklin falls to 29-7 with 1 NC.

“I’ll have to go home, go back to the drawing board, sit down with my coaches and make an intelligent decision,” said the 38-year-old Franklin when asked about his future.


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UFC Macao: Franklin vs Le
Right before weigh ins @RichFranklin was trying to mentally break me down with a box of chocolate! It almost worked! pic.twitter.com/QBrPGjzb   -Cung Le ‏

Here is something u don't see everyday…Mexican Thursday at an Irish pub in a Chinese casino! pic.twitter.com/1iUVkc4O  -Rich Franklin ‏

want to clear up some confusion that i will not be fighting @RichFranklin this sunday in Macau. its the other vietnamese brother @cungle185  -Nam Phan ‏

@KoreanZombieMMA Macao, we need to hang out. Me & @SneakyTommy need a Wing man! R u here?  -Urijah Faber ‏

@UrijahFaber im here. i go to there. Where? Room?  -Chan Sung Jung ‏

I f-ing love my job…  -Mac Danzig ‏

Dont miss the @ufc @fueltv weighins 2morow. Never been more excitd to make weight! My debut will b official once step on that scale! #ufcmacau  -Jon Tuck ‏

Saturdays are for sleeping in? Not this weekend! http://bit.ly/SJkEii …  -UFC ‏

TUF Stuff
Sick fight coming up tonight between Dom and Ricci. Can't wait to see it again. @Shonuff89 @MikeyRicci  -Jon Manley ‏

gonna be an awesome fight on Fx tonight at 10pm The Ultimate Fighter 16 Dom Waters vs Mike Ricci @ufc @danawhite  -Dom Shonuff Waters ‏

It's a battle of two prodigies tonight on @TUFonFX don't miss it! @Shonuff89 is vicious brutality and @MikeyRicci is calculated cruelty!  -James Chaney ‏

So you want to be a #*&%$# biter?! http://bit.ly/TQBUVW  See more on last week's controversial guillotine defense this Friday on @TUFonFX  -UFC ‏

#TUF Lets hope I'm not drinking again on @TUFonFX tonight. Then again who wants to drink with me?..lol #LetMeBang  -Julian Lane

TUF the Smashes
All #TeamUK LW semi-finale @M_WilkinsonMMA @dr_freakshow @norman_parke @Brendan264 #TUFSmashes @UFC_UK @UFC_Australia great work lads!!  -Ross Pearson ‏

Thanks for the laughs everyone #tufsmashes is one of the best experiences of my life! #TeamAus LET'S DO THIS! Dec 14th!!  -George Sotiropoulos ‏

Election Day in the USA
Even if you don't like Obama it would still be cool to go to hiscampaign in Columbus just to see JZ and Springsteen on the same stage  -Isaac Vallie-Flagg ‏

I wish we could see the presidential candidates fight each other. Youcan tell a lot about someone's character by the way they fight  -Cub Swanson ‏

Vote today for next president and for @AlanBelcherUFC in the World MMA Awards!  -Alan Belcher

Happy Election Day, everyone. Remember to make your vote count: ❒ #Obama/Biden2012 ❒ #Romney/Ryan2012 ✔ #Kennedy/Stann2012  -Tim Kennedy ‏

So that was my first election on Twitter. Brings out the crazy in some people huh?  -Stipe Miocic ‏

“I'm ok wt the election either way, hell I'm 73 on my way out.” -Dennis http://instagr.am/p/RvE8y0p1UF/  -Danny Castillo ‏

Regardless of the results, I think we should all learn to get along like these two http://bit.ly/TQBTBv   -Daniel Downes ‏

KenFlo Problems
I'm beginning to think that people only “like” my @instagram for my pictures. :(  -Kenny Florian ‏

Some Things are Worth it
Just to be clear. labeling or not I'm still eating oreo's. I don't care what's in them  -Forrest Griffin ‏

Trials & Tribulations of JoeB Wan Kenobi
Every time I clean my room I notice three things. 1. That I have awesomeclothes. 2. That I have awesome music. 3. Vacuuming is stupid.  -Joseph Benavidez ‏

Sounds Perfectly Rational
I failed my office safety test. Apparently when asked “In the event of afire, what steps do you take?” F-ing large ones, is not correct.  -John Cholish ‏

We Weren’t Gonna Bring it up but…
“You should put on some bigger shorts.” #ThingsIGetAlot  -Tim Kennedy ‏


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UFC middleweight Rich FranklinThere are no Twitter wars involving Rich Franklin. No trash-talking battles, cringe-worthy comments, or scandals of any sort. In other words, the former UFC middleweight champion is drama-free, and that’s just the way the he wants it to stay.

“I definitely fall way short of a perfect standard by any stretch of the imagination, so don’t think that, but me and my wife, we’re the kind of people who don’t get involved in that drama stuff, especially in a public forum, and I really shy away from it,” said Franklin, one of professional sports’ true gentlemen. “It doesn’t do any good and it will never solve anything. All it does is draw negative attention towards you and so we avoid it. I use my Twitter specifically for motivational quotes and nutrition quotes and things like that. I have absolutely zero interest in that, so I steer clear of it one hundred percent and always have.”

It’s the way you hope all people in the public eye would behave, and while the aforementioned behaviors can be entertaining for a spell, it’s not something that’s good for young and impressionable minds to see, especially when it comes from those they look up to as heroes. Franklin, at 38, is well aware that his every move, like those of his peers in the upper echelon of MMA, is being watched, and though that could be a burden to carry, it’s something he dealt with even before putting the gloves on.

“My career prior to fighting was being a teacher, and as a teacher, though on a much smaller scale, you are in the public eye with the way you conduct yourself in front of your students or at school functions,” said the former high school math instructor. “Parents see and hear these kinds of things and you actually take classes concerning these topics when you’re in college. So I don’t want to say I’ve been trained to act properly, but I’m very aware and sensitive to those kinds of things and I understand the repercussions. I’m a thinker and then a doer, and a lot of people, they do and say before they think about what they’ve done and said.”

Maybe that’s why Franklin has become the go-to guy for the UFC, not just for high-profile but short notice fights, but to be the fighter who helps introduce international markets to the sport. He’s done it in Canada, Northern Ireland and Ireland, Germany, and has done so again in China, in the lead-up to his main event battle with Cung Le on Saturday. And why not? He’s clean-cut, intelligent, articulate, owner of undergraduate and master’s degrees, and before and during fight week, you will see no tabloid reports of him getting any trouble of any sort. He’s going to talk to the media, make weight, and show up to fight. Again, with Franklin, there’s no drama.

“I do believe that thought is in the back of their minds for sure, if not the forefront,” he said. “They know that there won’t be any drama when they put me on the card internationally. And aside from the drama, I can also present the UFC in a very positive manner to foreign markets that are unfamiliar with mixed martial arts. And every time we go into a foreign market, that’s exactly what we’re doing. We went into Germany and we were educating the German people about MMA, and when we went into Ireland it was the same thing. When we went into Canada for the first time, it was the same thing, and even though there were fans in Canada, there’s still some convincing to do on the legislative side of things with the government. And when the UFC has me talking to the press, they don’t have to worry about what I’m going to say. I believe that’s part of the reason why they sent me to China and why they had me do some of the PR in India while we were over in China the last time. So having me help present mixed martial arts and explain it to the press is very beneficial.”

It can be a draining process, both before and after the event, with the fight itself sometimes being the most stress-free part of the process. But after more than 13 years as a professional, with a good part of nine years spent in the UFC, Franklin has got everything down to a science, never losing sight on the most important part of his fight camp is.

“I can do all the interviews I want, but at the end of the day, the fight is what gives me my paycheck, and you have to remember that,” he said. “I can do ten times as many interviews as the next guy, but if I don’t win fights, then those interviews are all for nothing. So you have to make sure you have your priorities in order when you’re doing this kind of stuff.”

As a for instance, Franklin describes the day of our interview. With a UFC production crew coming into his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, “Ace” got up an hour and a half earlier than usual to hit the treadmill. Next were interviews with the UFC crew and the local newspaper before he hit the doctor’s office to finish up his medicals just before his first training session of the day. Driving home for lunch after that session, he conducted this interview, and after eating it was back to Jorge Gurgel’s school for more production interviews and another training session that was filmed. All this and the afternoon wasn’t even over. And as Franklin pointed out, “I’m seven minutes behind schedule.”

It’s a remarkable juggling act, but Franklin has done it consistently through his arrival as the Next Big Thing after beating Ken Shamrock in 2005, his 2005-06 championship reign, and his subsequent status as a main eventer taking on a consistent and seemingly endless line of big names. And though there was never a public crack in the foundation, did he ever lose his way behind the scenes as he dealt with going from being a math teacher to one of the faces of mixed martial arts?

“I don’t there was a time where it ever got away from me, but I think there was a time when I was heading down that path and I didn’t realize it at the time,” he said. “Looking back now, I can see that. When I won the title, I went from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye, and it’s everything from friends that you used to hang out with that suddenly you don’t have time for, to realizing that you’re having conversations where it’s normal for someone to say ‘oh, so you’re heading to Singapore this week and you’re gonna do a couple weeks of training there before you head over to Macao,’ and then I sit down with my family and I’m like ‘yeah, I leave for Singapore Sunday, and in two weeks I’ll fly out to Macao and fight that fight, and then next day we’re going to jump on a plane and head over to Beijing and see the Great Wall over there before we come home.’ And people in the normal world, they don’t do these things on a daily basis. (Laughs) For somebody to see the Great Wall of China is a bucket list thing, and I’m like ‘yeah, I’m just gonna swing over there while I’m on that side of the world.’ So you find out how different your lifestyle is from everybody else and it really puts things in perspective. But I never let it get away from me. I never got to the point where I was the guy showing up at the family reunion with a Ferrari or something like that. (Laughs) But your life goes from 0 to 100 so quickly that you’re learning how to adapt to that on the fly, and it’s a very difficult transition. It puts a lot of strain on every personal relationship you have, from friends to family to everything in between.”

Yet Franklin survived a key part of being in the public eye that few get a glimpse of until it’s too late. By then, there are highly-publicized meltdowns, a lack of focus that leads to a downfall on the field or the stage, and that person everyone loved at one time turns into a cautionary tale. That didn’t happen to Franklin, and with wins over Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva in two of his last three fights, with the only loss being a close decision defeat to Forrest Griffin, he’s still doing okay for himself heading into the bout with Le, another intriguing matchup in a career packed with them.

And though explaining the sport and recapping his background is a constant in interviews leading up to a fight like this in China, a place the UFC is visiting for the first time, Franklin remains a student of the game who hasn’t lost sight of why he is in Macao this week. And in Le, he will have an interesting puzzle to decipher.

“It’s a style I haven’t seen in the cage, but I’ll say this: most people don’t realize that I started in traditional martial arts prior to doing mixed martial arts,” said Franklin. “I have my black belt in Shorin-Ryu karate and there’s not anything flashy like Cung’s style, but in training for that, you become very familiar with those traditional styles of fighting. So I believe I’m equipped with the tools that I need to defeat a guy like Cung. That’s not a worry of mine. The problem with Cung, he is the kind of person that is very unorthodox. He does bring a style to the table that is different than 90+ percent of the fighters in the MMA game and he has several techniques that are very tricky and sneaky, and things that he can catch you with. So if you’re not executing your game plan, you can get caught. But if I were fighting Anderson (Silva) or fighting Cung or fighting Wanderlei, I can’t sit there and worry about what they’re going to do; I can’t control that. All I can control is my training, my preparation, and my reactions when I get in the Octagon. And as long as I perform to my capabilities, then I don’t have any worries and I’ll be just fine in that cage.”

29 wins don’t lie, and if Le becomes number 30, he’ll join a distinguished crew of fighters that Franklin has vanquished over the years that includes Liddell, Wanderlei Silva (twice), Matt Hamill, Travis Lutter, Yushin Okami, Shamrock, Jason MacDonald, David Loiseau, Nate Quarry, Evan Tanner (twice), and Jorge Rivera. Add in his work outside the Octagon as an ambassador for the sport of mixed martial arts, and that’s a pretty impressive legacy that he’s building. It’s not something he’s really concerning himself with at the moment though.

“I’m not sure if I’ll ever be the guy who thinks about legacy or accolades or any of that kind of stuff,” said Franklin. “I’m not the type of person who lives in yesterday at all. I live for the now and plan for the tomorrow, and I don’t dwell on the past, whether it’s victories or defeats. I rarely look back at things, and I definitely don’t pat myself on the back. I don’t have any kind of ego wall at my house, I don’t have my belts displayed, and I have very few pictures of me hanging on my wall that are fight related. The ones that are hanging are up only because (his wife) Beth put them up, and it’s just the way that I am.

“But I know one thing,” he continues. “I woke up this morning, and I won’t say I was excited to get on the treadmill, but when I put things in perspective, I was definitely more excited to get on the treadmill than I would be if I had to wake up and drive to a bank and work there for eight hours. I’m living in the moment a bit, and I really enjoy doing what I do. I enjoy the competition, and I think that my legacy, and my accolades, and my accomplishments, and all that kind of stuff will be for the fans to talk about, and I try to walk as humbly as I can. When I sit back and think about the things that I’ve accomplished or the impact that I’ve had, it’s the emails that I get that say ‘hey, I read your interview and I really appreciate your walk for Christ,’ or ‘recently I’ve been following you on Twitter, and since then I’ve been following your nutritional advice and I’ve lost 30 pounds,’ or ‘I really appreciate you working with the disabled American vets.’ And I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older that I don’t put a lot of weight in things like the belts that I have or the fights that I’ve won or the things that are for me because at the end of the day, I put more value on the impact that I have on other people or the things I do for other people.”


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UFC middleweight Cung LeWhen a fighter reaches a certain age, questions about the end of their career become commonplace. They increase in frequency when a trip into the cage results in a loss, and become even more prominent when the fighter on the receiving end of the inquisition has a burgeoning secondary career standing by.

Welcome to Cung Le’s life.

In May, six months after losing to Wanderlei Silva in his UFC debut, the life-long martial artist turned 40. It was his first fight in nearly 18 months, and just his third since defeating Frank Shamrock in March 2008 to push his record to a perfect 6-0 and claim the Strikeforce middleweight title.

Another muse had captured Le’s attention – acting. The Vietnamese-American hung up his four-ounce gloves and pursued his career as an actor, starring alongside Channing Tatum in Dito Montiel’s Fighting, and sharing the screen with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster in Pandorum.

“I call it my one-two punch,” Le jokes of his joint pursuits in the cage and on the screen. “I always have passion to compete and train in the martial arts. Being part of the UFC has always been a dream of mine, but doing the movies, I also get to do what I love – the martial arts – and express myself through acting, through different characters, and to choreograph different fight scenes, and to work with different talented actors, directors, and producers. I can’t fight forever.”

This month, his one-two punch will put Le’s skills front and center in both arenas. On the screen, Le stars alongside Academy Award winner Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu as “Bronze Lion” in The Man with the Iron Fists, the highly anticipated directorial debut of Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA. Eight days after the film hit theaters, Le steps into the cage opposite former middleweight champion Rich Franklin as the headlining act for UFC: Macao, the organization’s debut event in China.

“I take it one fight at a time. A lot of people thought after the Wanderlei (fight) that they weren’t going to see me anymore; they thought I was going to retire because I had fought in the UFC,” suggests Le. “Then Rich Franklin came up for UFC 148, but the opponent was changed, and after I won that fight, everyone thought, `Oh, he’s going to retire.’ And I’m the main event now for the first UFC in China. It’s just one fight at a time, and I just enjoy every moment that I get to experience. Life is good.”

While a director can call “cut” to correct mistakes on the spot, mixed martial arts is much less forgiving. If a fighter is unprepared heading into the cage or unable to execute the way they should once the door is closed, they’re usually in for a long night.

Strategic adjustments do happen during the fight, but corrections and improvements more frequently come after the contest is over, as the fighter aims to build off the things they did right, and avoid repeating the things they did wrong. It a blueprint followed by every fighter, and the one Le adhered to between his first and second appearance in the Octagon.

“I was very excited to be part of the UFC, and then to fight someone like Wanderlei, who I had watched throughout the years in Pride. To see his career and now to get to face him,” Le begins, trailing off without finishing his sentence, his silence adequately conveying his reverence for his UFC 139 opponent. “I did all my training over at AKA, and it didn’t go as planned. I learned the hard way, and I didn’t make the same mistakes.

“The second time around, I brought in my buddy Scott Sheeley. I had him manage my camp. He actually lived at my house, so I had a trainer there 24/7, and it’s like a one-stop shop. He would make sure I get my wrestling in, my strength and conditioning, and my pad work. It was – everything was set and done for me. It wasn’t like, `Hey, do you have time to hold pads for me today?’ Because Javier Mendez is so busy, I didn’t get the work that I needed (heading into my first fight), and I didn’t get the guidance that I needed because Cain (Velasquez) was fighting the week before.

“I didn’t prepare properly, and it showed,” admits Le, who ended up being stopped by Silva in the second round. “I didn’t do myself justice in that first fight. Even though a lot of people enjoyed that fight and we got Fight of the Night, I definitely wanted to make up for it with my second fight. Now I have an opportunity to fight as the main event, and to express myself through fighting again.”

Saturday, Le looks to make it two-in-a-row with a victory over Franklin, a fellow “elder statesman” of the middleweight division who is looking to make one final run at championship gold.

“Ace” returned from 16 months on the sidelines in June to earn his second career win over the aforementioned Silva at UFC 147. For Le, the dual opportunity to square off with a decorated veteran like Franklin and headline the first UFC event in China is an honor, and he plans on making it a memorable night for the fans in attendance and those watching at home.

“Rich is a legend – former UFC champion, has a lot of great wins, and has been in the cage with a lot of great, great fighters. He’s been in the cage twice with Anderson (Silva), who is pound-for-pound the best, so he’s the real deal, top-level opponent. I’m excited to compete against him. It’s all about competition, and I’m just going to do my best to get that big W.

“It being in Asia, in China, I feel like that’s where martial arts came from before it spread, and to fight there as the main event is amazing for me as an athlete, as a martial artist, and as a UFC fighter. I’m honored, I’m thrilled, and I’m going to be ready to go come November 10; ready to give it all I’ve got and fight my heart out.”

For Cung Le, actor, once production wraps the final result is out of his control; how the film is put together and plays out on the screen is out of his hands. But when he steps inside the cage, Cung Le, mixed martial arts fighter, has a major say in what transpires.

This weekend in China, the star of screen and cage steps into the second of those two arenas, and he plans on making the main event of UFC: Macao a must-see blockbuster.

“Fans can expect lightning followed by thunder. The storm is coming to China from Cung Le.”


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UFC on FUEL TV, which is headlined by the five round middleweight bout between Rich Franklin and Cung Le and the light heavyweight bout between Thiago Silva and Stanislav Nedkov, airs live on FUEL TV from the Cotai Arena in Macao, China at 9am ET / 6am PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see prelim bouts at 7:15 am ET / 4:15 am PT.

MAIN EVENT
Cung Le (186) VS Rich Franklin (185)

FUEL TV MAIN CARD
Stanislav Nedkov (203) VS Thiago Silva (205)
Paulo Thiago (169.5) VS Dong Hyun Kim (170.5)
Mac Danzig (155) VS Takanori Gomi (155)
Jon Tuck (156) VS Tiequan Zhang (155)
Jeff Hougland (135) vs Takeya Mizugaki (135.5)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Motonobu Tezuka (135.5) VS Alex Caceres (136)
John Lineker (126) VS Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5)
Tom DeBlass (185) VS Riki Fukuda (186)

The Hyun Gyu Lim vs David Mitchell bout has been canceled after Lim wasn't medically cleared to compete


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With greater China’s first Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) event just days away from its debut at The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel’s CotaiArena™, Macao and Hong Kong media were given an up-close look at the massive MMA firepower that will be on display, at a press conference Wednesday at Harbour City Mall in Hong Kong.

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin and middleweight contender and former Strikeforce® middleweight champion Cung Le performed open workout routines with their respective trainers, after a media question and answer session facilitated by Mark Fischer, Executive Vice-President & Managing Director of UFC Asia, which also included welterweight contender “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim and China’s own lightweight contender “The Wolf” Zhang Tiequan. See photos

The five-round title bout between Franklin and Le has all the makings of an epic showdown. A champion in six different martial arts, Le has one of the most unique fighting styles in the UFC, throwing completely different strikes – and from different angles – than his fellow UFC competitors, baffling previous opponents with his unique rhythm and timing. Franklin, ever the professional, is taking the upcoming challenge seriously, and has been preparing diligently for Le's unique style. As he did prior to the fight’s original July date, Franklin has been in Singapore over the last few weeks to spar with fighters who compete using the same techniques Le will deploy in the Octagon™ on November 10. Says Franklin confidently, “I'll be ready for whatever Cung throws at me.”

“Since opening our Beijing office in 2010, UFC has grown by leaps and bounds and has taken a strong foothold in China,” said Fischer. “The UFC is the most programmed sports league in the country, and UFC fighters are some of the most followed athletes on Chinese social media sites. With over 21 million fans of the sport in China, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing more home-grown Chinese MMA talent joining the world’s most elite fighters at future UFC events. Saturday’s event is sure to be the first of many for UFC in China – this is history in the making.”

Events like UFC Macao are a specialty for Sands China, which strives to bring the world’s absolute best entertainment events to Macao – often the first-of-their kind for Macao, China and even Asia. They make up a big part of the company’s push to strengthen Macao’s position as one of the top entertainment hubs in Asia. It’s fitting then, that UFC has partnered with Sands China to bring this historic event to China. Two leaders in their respective industries have come together to host a spectacular event – the ultimate in MMA at Asia’s ultimate destination for tourism and leisure.

Fans new to MMA can still get a preview of this exciting combat sport ahead of the November 10 event by visiting the UFC Experience zone at The Venetian Macao, which features exhibition panels introducing the origin of MMA and the game rules, free MMA video games and other interactive games, and a kiosk selling UFC signature merchandise such as t-shirts, caps and boxing gloves.

An autograph session from 2:30 to 3:30 pm on Friday at the CotaiArena will feature Chuck Liddell, former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC hall of famer; Urijah Faber, UFC bantamweight contender and former WEC featherweight champion; “The Korean Zombie” Jung Chan-Sung, UFC featherweight contender; and the event’s two Octagon Girls®: Hong Kong-based celebrity model Jessica Cambensy (better known as Jessica C) and Korea’s first Octagon Girl, Kang Ye-bin. The official weigh-in follows from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

Universally recognized for its action-packed, must-see events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, UFC, the world’s premier MMA organization, brings its phenomenal event to greater China – and to Macao – for the first time at The Venetian Macao’s 15,000-seat CotaiArena, the top live entertainment destination in southern China, on November 10. In addition to the headline match between Franklin and Le, the 10-bout event includes fighters like the only Chinese UFC fighter – Zhang Tiequan, Korea’s Dong Hyun Kim, Brazil’s Paulo Thiago, Bulgarian Stanislav Nedkov, and Brazilian Thiago Silva.

UFC® MACAO: FRANKLIN vs. LE will air live on numerous UFC broadcast partners across Asia and globally, as well as on FUEL TV in North America on Sunday, November 11.

The first bout of “UFC® MACAO: FRANKLIN vs. LE” kicks off at 8 pm on November 10, with the main card scheduled to start at 10 pm. Tickets are on sale now at all Sands China box offices* and can be booked online at www.CotaiTicketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) / +852 6333 6660 (HK). Tickets are also available at Tom Lee Outlets and through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies) at www.HKTicketing.com, or by phone at +852 3128 8288.  Tickets are available in seven categories: HKD/MOP 3,880 (Silver), 2,280 (Bronze), 1,280 (A Reserve), 980 (B Reserve), 880 (C Reserve), 680 (D Reserve) and 380 (E Reserve).


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Cung Le News

UFC lightweight Tiequan ZhangOctagon superstars Rich Franklin and Cung Le may be closing the show on the UFC’s first trip to China this Saturday, and some of Asia’s most accomplished veterans – like Takanori Gomi and Dong Hyun Kim – occupy main card slots on the UFC on FUEL TV main card, but the fighter who will have all eyes on him at the Cotai Arena in Macao as well as from those watching throughout China will be the only hometown hero on the bill – lightweight Tiequan Zhang.

But “The Wolf,” a native of Inner Mongolia now making his home in Beijing, is not letting this momentous occasion overshadow the task at hand, which is fighting and beating Jon Tuck.

“I am so excited and proud,” said Zhang through translator Julie Zhang. “But I’m not thinking about anything but focusing on the upcoming fight and to do my best in front of my people.”

This moment has been a long time coming for not just China, but for the 34-year-old Zhang. A lifelong martial artist who wrestled and competed in Sanda, Zhang turned pro as a mixed martial artist in 2005, quickly becoming the best his nation had to offer in a sport few understood.

“Chinese people liked kung fu, but they didn't know MMA very well,” said Zhang of the early days competing at home. And like his peers, while they stayed active and developed their skills, until one of them broke through in a major promotion, nothing would truly take off.

In 2010, Zhang became China’s breakthrough fighter, debuting in the WEC with a first round submission win over Pablo Garza. Suddenly, Zhang was a star at home.

“More and more people became interested in MMA,” he said. “My amount of Weibo (a Chinese social networking site) followers went to over 20,000 after my first fight in WEC.”

Those followers have multiplied and multiplied since, and while he lost his next WEC bout to Dan Downes in December of 2010, his UFC debut was a successful one, as he submitted Jason Reinhardt in 48 seconds at UFC 127, making his featherweight debut in the process.

Firmly established in the big leagues, Zhang nonetheless hit a bump in the road in his next two bouts, losing back-to-back fights to Darren Elkins and Issei Tamura. But with the idea of fighting in China becoming a reality, Zhang decided that if he wanted to be at his peak for the biggest night of his career, he would do it at 155 pounds.

“It’s more appropriate for me because there’s not too much weight to cut down,” he said. “I want to be at my best in Macao.”

Looking to spoil the homecoming is unbeaten Guam prospect Jon Tuck, a fighter remembered by UFC fans for losing a close decision to Al Iaquinta on season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter. Zhang is respectful of his foe, but confident of the end result, especially given the high stakes involved.

“Everybody is the same,” he said. “My opponents, I only know to beat them.  And I know this will be a tough fight, but I'm excited. I am thrilled that the UFC has given me this opportunity to prove myself in front of the Chinese fans in my home country. But I realize I need a win if I am to revitalize my career with the UFC; this fight is do or die for me so you can be sure I will come ready for war.”

Yet no matter what happens on Saturday, Zhang has already done something few fighters can claim – he has pioneered a sport in his home country. And while he admits that there are still mountains to climb in terms of getting more fighters more fights and then into the big shows, the groundwork he’s laid down already has made him a role model to his fellow athletes.

“We have a lot of good coaches, but not enough fights to make money,” he said of the challenges facing the sport at home. “Chinese MMA fighters are working hard, but don't get their due reward. I am proud that I can be the first Chinese fighter in the UFC, and glad if I can help the younger fighters to find a better way in their career.”

That’s a lot more important than wins and losses, but oh what a night it will be in Macao if Zhang can win. And that’s what he’s planning to do.

“Trust me,” he said, “you will see a fantastic fight.”


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Cung Le News

Franklin vs. LeA former champion with 36 professional fights facing an opponent with just 10 bouts under his belt would ordinarily indicate that there was a sacrificial lamb at the altar. Either the former champ is so faded that he is being served up to try and build the name of his young, upstart opponent. Or the inexperienced fighter is being gifted as a keep-busy or confidence-building affair.

But Saturday’s main event in Macao isn’t an ordinary matchup, despite the mega experience gap between the combatants. Rich Franklin is indeed a former champion, but he is neither over the hill nor in need of a schedule-filler. And Cung Le is nobody’s light lunch, despite having less than one-third of the professional experience of his opponent.

Franklin is coming off one of the better efforts of the last few years of his career as he looks to make one final run at the middleweight championship. His thorough thrashing of Wanderlei Silva back in June was a masterful display of tactics. He hopes to repeat that feat against an opponent who is even more dangerous on the feet than Silva.

Le might be the scariest 10-fight opponent in the middleweight division. Prior to entering mixed martial arts, he enjoyed amazing success in two other combat sports, racking up a perfect 17-0 professional record in kickboxing and 16-0 in sanshou. Fans who spent late nights at sports bars a decade or so ago probably remember Le from those late night fights on ESPN thanks to his trademark scissor-takedown in sanshou bouts.

For both, their future is the present. Franklin is 38 years old, and Le turned 40 earlier this year. Each knows that his time in the sport is short, particularly if they want to walk away when they still present a formidable test for any opponent. Thus, a loss would be absolutely devastating for either man. An impressive win, by contrast, will serve as a heavy shot of adrenalin in the victor’s career.

For Franklin, the two biggest keys to victory are distance and unpredictability. The former champ is an extremely talented striker, one who borders on technical brilliance at times. But he is facing someone who has excelled for two decades in standup-only combat sports. Le is more explosive and more technical, particularly with his kicks, which might be the best in the sport.

That means Franklin must be mindful of the distance when he strikes. As the taller, longer fighter, Franklin can land effective shots from just outside Le’s optimal range. Good lateral movement, changing up his angles and combinations, and staying crisp with his shots are all ways to maintain the proper distance when he is striking from the outside.

If Le gets that half step in when Franklin attacks, then the former champ should counter by stepping in all the way. Despite Le’s savant-like standup, he is not the most effective guy from the clinch. Franklin, by contrast, is excellent in that position. As the taller, stronger and more technical clinch fighter, Franklin should be able to score with excellent knee strikes in the center of the cage or push his foe to the fence and give him a lesson in dirty boxing, throwing fists and slicing elbows.

But Franklin shouldn’t always look for a Thai plumb when he steps inside. He should also mix in takedowns from the clinch. In other words, he needs to stay unpredictable.

Le was an excellent amateur wrestler, and Franklin has no pre-MMA wrestling experience of note, but Franklin should still be able to get him to the ground by using throws or relying on the fence as an aid to drag him down.

There is no doubt whatsoever that Franklin has a major edge once the fight hits the ground. Le is not a jiu-jitsu guy. Franklin has one of the more underrated submission games in the division. If the two spend any significant time on the ground, I think Franklin will win by submission.

Le knows that Franklin will be looking to strike from a distance or on the inside. To counter that, he should be prepared to lead, not counter. Le is an extremely explosive athlete. He can close the distance with quick bursts, much like Vitor Belfort. That is a big key for him against a guy as well rounded and technically proficient as Franklin.

If Le can play the role of the aggressor, he will be able to stay inside of Franklin’s outside range, but still be far enough away to avoid unnecessary clinches. Bomb and bounce should be the phrase in his head. Le throws just about every strike with bad intentions. And his kicks resemble a baseball bat being wielded by a prime Barry Bonds. Thus, he should attack with ferocity, but make sure to bounce out of the pocket before Franklin can step all the way inside.

The other option is to counter Franklin by stepping into his strikes. That is dangerous because Franklin isn’t a cream puff in the power department by any stretch of the imagination. He also happens to have an incredibly sneaky left high kick, a strike he rarely relies on, but one that can change the course of a fight in an instant.

Le knows that, too.  It would be shocking to see him walk into a high kick, but stranger things have happened inside the cage. He needs to be aggressive, but still respectful of Franklin’s striking.

At the end of the day, however, Le knows that he probably needs to score a knockout if he wants to win the fight. It is tough to imagine him outpointing Franklin. “Ace” is the better all-around fighter. Plus, Le is a killer in the standup world. Seven of his eight professional wins have come by knockout. He is always in search of a knockout, and Franklin has been susceptible to bombers in the past, suffering more than half of his career losses by knockout and having to survive many more moments of being severely hurt by a punch in bouts that he ultimately won.

If Le can land one of his big kicks to the liver or head, Franklin could be in a world of trouble. Similarly, if he is able to get into his comfort range and fire off a couple of big punches, Le could find himself on his way to a knockout victory.

But Franklin can stick and move with him all day, every day. I truly believe that. If this bout lasts the distance, he holds a big edge.

Who is going to win? Franklin is the rightful favorite. He has more ways to win because he has more skills to rely upon, whether in good times or bad. But Le is an extremely game opponent, one who can turn out the lights in the blink of an eye. That makes for great TV.

QUICK FACTS

Rich Franklin
• 29-6, 1NC
• 38 years old
• 6’1, 185 lbs
• 3-2 in his last 5
• 6-4 in his last 10
• 51.7% of wins by KO/TKO
• 34.5% of wins by submission
• 13.8% of wins by decision
• 66.7% of losses by KO/TKO
• Has never been submitted
• Three post-fight awards (Knockout of the Night; Fight of the Night 2x)
• Current layoff is 140 days
• Longest layoff of career is 504 days

Cung Le
• 8-2 MMA (17-0 kickboxing; 16-0 sanshou)
• 40 years old
• 5’10, 185 lbs
• 3-2 in his last 5
• 87.5% of wins by KO/TKO
• 12.5% of wins by decision
• Has never submitted an opponent
• Both losses by KO/TKO
• One post-fight award (Fight of the Night)
• Current layoff is 126 days
• Longest layoff of career is 511 days


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My opinion on the Faber/Cruz fight

Insanely good! 'nuff said.


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OMG


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Machida and Penn

It's not what I want, but its what I expect. I'm not a Penn fan but I think he has a small edge here.


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WTF! Brock lost!

And I didn't even get to see it at BWW where I could beat up Christine's arm! LOL!


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It's time!


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UFC 119

As is the norm lately, I headed out to the bar with friends to watch UFC.  Tonights fights weren't that great, but Matt made it out, and Christine was back from Florida.  That was good.


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How To Win a Street Fight in 12 Steps

It happens. Drunk people shove. Kids pick on other kids. Ne'er-do-wells never do well. Eventually, most people find themselves in a situation where violence is inevitable. But, who will play the victim in the scene?

Well, that depends on who is the most prepared for the situation. You don't have to be a kung fu master, boxing legend, or MMA champion to win. To win in most scenarios, you need to know a few basic things.

  1. Avoid conflict. Don't be a bad ass. You cannot tell from looking at a person how well prepared they are to fight you. You can't always tell whether or not they are armed. You can never know how desperate they are to win. Don't be brave. Don't go down swinging. Don't puff up and stare off. Don't fight or bluster unless you have no choice. Say you're sorry even if you aren't. Walk away even if you don't want to. Stay calm and even-toned. Maintain eye contact without making it a staring contest. Always watch the aggressor's hands. If they move to their chest or face and you are within arm's reach, step back. If you lose track of a hand and you are within arm's reach, step back. Talk them down. If all this fails, know that what you do next is a matter of survival.
  2. Keep your distance. Unless you are taking a swing, stay more than arm's length away from the aggressor. You may not be faster than your opponent, but distance gives you extra reaction time. Use it. In a fight, distance is everything.
  3. Make noise. You want to draw attention to the situation. You are in a fight and shouldn't be. Make sure everyone knows it. Make eye contact with someone nearby and tell them to call the police in an assertive voice. You want this to end before you are hurt. Getting others involved can sometimes do that.
  4. Keep your hands up. Guard your face, throat, and chest. Keep your elbows down at your side, though, to protect your organs and ribs.
  5. Know that you will take a hit. It'll hurt. It sucks. You will not end a fight without taking at least one hit. Know that most punches are wild swings and are going to leave a mark. Get over it. If you let the fear of being hit paralyze you, you will lose. Just accept it and move on with the business of winning.
  6. Go for the eyes and throat. In no holds barred MMA matches, there are few rules. Among the rules universally accepting by most every fighting sport are “don't gouge the eyes” and “Don't jab the throat.” There are serious fighters with serious skill. Ask yourself why they all agree not to do this with each other. Answer: because it ends fights…quickly and badly. Doing this is serious business. I am not telling anyone to blind or kill a person, but I am saying that these two techniques, easily performed by people with little to no skill, will neutralize an opponent. If I feel my life is at risk, I will use whatever force I feel is necessary to protect it. A person cannot be squeamish about self-defense. Street fights are not honorable or fair. They are quick (quicker than you will expect by far!), brutal, and sometimes tragic. Plan to be the person able to walk away. Eyeballs are gross. Digging your thumb into one is doubly gross. But I'd rather be grossed out than knocked down, kicked in the spleen, and bleed out in an alley. You should know your local laws about necessary and proportionate self defense. Make your own choices, but make them now before you find yourself having to make them in a situation where hesitation can cost you your life.
  7. Punch correctly. Close your fist. Your thumb should be on the outside of the clenched fist, no finger or thumb should be extruding from the balled fist. The wrist should be as straight as possible. Find a cushion lay it upright against something hard, like a wall, and punch as hard as you can (graduating up in force, not all at once). You should not feel your wrist buckle. You should not feel your fingers roll. You should feel nothing but your own palm at the ends of end finger. Nothing should touch the tip of the thumb. You should hit with the “bottom three” knuckles; that is to say, the middle knuckle through the pinky knuckle should hit flat against the wall through the cushion. Don't “knuckle punch.” You'll regret that in a real fight. Punch straight. No roundhouses, unless you don't have a choice. Jab and step back. Follow up instantly if the first punch slows the aggressor down. If the aggressor appears to be losing, don't stop until he has stopped being agressive. Personally, I won't stop until he is physically incapable of being aggressive. Let your own judgement and the local laws tell you when you should stop.
  8. Don't kick. Just don't. Stomping is good. Kicking, unless you are trained, is stupid. If you must use your feet, stomp the tops of your opponent's feet and kick with your instep no higher than the shin. But really, just don't kick.
  9. Bite but don't scratch. Bite hard. It will hurt them. Scratching will just piss them off.
  10. Stay on his strong side. If he is right handed (his right hand is cocked back when his guard is up), stay on his right when possible. Don't give him room to swing around. Do the opposite if he's left handed.
  11. Use objects. A pen, a bottle, and chair. Who gives a damn what it is? If it'll hurt worse than your fist, pick it up and hit him with it. Expect that if you don't, he will.
  12. Get away as soon as you can. Don't stick around if you don't have to. If the door is open and you can leave, even mid-fight, do it. Don't take your eyes off your opponent, but always know where the exit is and try to keep the path to it clear and straight.

There are a ton of self-defense classes that will show you techniques for getting away, pushing a person down, breaking holds, and other things. There's nothing wrong with that, but a real street fight isn't about cool technique or slick moves. It's about taking a punch and giving out punishment until someone stops the fight. I'm a big fan of technique. I've studied Tang Soo Do, Kickboxing, Aikijutsu, Aikido, and Jow Ga Kung Fu. I love technique, and in experienced hands, it's a game changer. If, however, you are reading this to learn how to win a fight, you aren't experienced. Stick with the basics. If you can take a hit or two, know how to punch, and are willing to go for the eyes and throat, you stand a decent chance of winning your next fight.

If you are interested in learning more about the martial arts, consider looking up schools in your area. Wing Chun is an effective street style, as are Krav Maga, Ju-Jitsu, and Jeet Kun Do. Most any martial art will work, though, as long as the teacher is reputable.


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I am all OMG.

UFC116 was frigging insanely good. 5 great fights! Lesner took the beating and got back up. Holy crap, that was some fun!


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Crane Style

I note that in the new Karate Kid movie, Jackie Chan appears to have taken liberally from the Fujian White Crane style of Kung Fu. I'm not certain. I couldn't find any confirmation online, but it sure looked a lot like it.


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Denise got me some Tapout t shirts for Fathers Day

But she decided she needed to keep the sticker for her own laptop


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Toy know I'm right

I believe that there are many situations daily that calls for that very special blend of psychology and extreme violence.


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Damn

I still can't believe Chuck Liddell lost last night. I mean, come on!!! He was rocking Rich Franklin's world then a half-blind-swung right uppercut (from a southpaw?!?) just wrecked Chuck seconds before the bell.


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It's no UFC fight, but at least they have cheesy biscuits!


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The show is about to begin


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Jow Ga Kung Fu Lion Dance


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Credits Roll…

Tom is the Undaunted Wu Dang. Brought to you by Havoline. Also starring Sonny Chiba as the villainous Tong Po.


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Randy Couture's cinematic tour de force, The Scorpion King 2 stands as one of history's most blatant and unjust Oscar snubs


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Real Kung Fu

Don't fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but rather the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.


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Bruce Lee’s Screen Test For The Green Hornet

The above video needs no comment other than, "Dude was just bad ass!"


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Best. Fight. Ever.

This fight scene is the tits:

That's all I need to say.


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Synchronicity and the Pop Culture Meme

I think my school is less Mr Miyagi and more Cobra Kai

Also, I think I prefer it that way. ;-)


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Monkey Vs Tiger

An amazing display of Monkey vs Tiger. May the best Kung Fu win:


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Step One: Get a Cool Costume

My three step list intitled "How to be a bad bitch" just got one item shorter! I know what my super hero costume is gonna be made of now.

All that's left are steps two ("Master all known martial arts") and three ("Bring it!!!").


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I miss Jow Ga

I need to start thinking about how I'm gonna get back to Jow Ga. I miss it. Financially, I think it's doable with some serious planning, but in terms of time, I'm gonna have to get creative to fit it all in and still spend time with Cadence. It'll be better when she's old enough to go with me and take classes.


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Pat Morita

Pat Morita died today at the age of 73. The Karate Kid movies, in which he played Mr Miyagi, are a staple of my childhood. In interviews and elsewhere, I remember Mr. Morita as a kind man. Sayonara, Pat. If anyone in heaven gives you grief, just remember...sweep the leg!


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The Streets of Hong Kong?

You betcha! We've been wandering the streets of Hong Kong. Very cool. I was hoping someone would try to pickpocket me so I could get into a Kung Fu fight in a Hong Kong alley..cuz, I mean, how friggin' cool would that be?!? I was all pulling my wad of cash out and looking all clueless and lost, but there were no pickpockets brave enough to try to take the cash. Oh well. It cannot be said that I didn't try.


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My Kung Fu is strong

Here I am poised to run down into the courtyard of the Forbidden City and open a can of whoop ass of solid kung fu action on all the poor unsuspecting people below.



Here I am standing alone after the kung fu fight, relaxing in a shady doorway in the Forbidden City, having bested all my worthy opponents.



Nary a scratch. Surely, my sifu would be proud. :)


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Netflix Fu

So, I'm in the Netflix tribe now and I love it so far. It's great for feeding your bizarre interests (no, not THAT kind of bizarre, perv!). I have added a ton of Kung Fu training videos to my Netlix list. I'm gonna use them for exercise. I can't wait to get the first one: Shaolin Basic Skills. I'm a freak. ...everybody was kung fu fighting...


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Reminiscing about our first fight

The first fight Bryan and I had took place in San Francisco. I had been practicing my Stepping Eagle Style on the tension wire of the Golden Gate Bridge and he had been working on his Northern Iron Stomach technique in the icy waters below.

We had both nearly finished our regimes when we noticed each other. I, my hand on my car door to leave and he with a raw trout he'd snatched from the Pacific waters hanging from his mouth. A thick ichor dripped from his gaping maw and down the twitching fish tail as he stared me down as a leopard stares down its prey. Haunched over like a beast, he sat perched on the hood of his new green Saturn. Our eyes met and a primal growl rolled from his throat. It was on.

For the past eleven days and twelve nights I'd been in a Red Lotus Trance and, though I sought peace, he projected himself into my dreams, taunting me each night with his his gurgling laughter. Having been in a trance, I had not yet heard about his Six Day training under Master Kim Po Lung. Learning the Art of the Fistless Punch under Master Kim would serve him well.

A flickering eyelid was all that signaled my attack, but it was enough for my foe. As I lept forward, pulling a bamboo shard from my jacket and extending it out to perform the Staff of Seven Winds technique, he lept to intercept my staff before it had gained its strength with his Steel Tonfa. Our bodies met in the air over the bridge and it is said that forty people were deafened that day from the sound of our weapons clashing, such was the power of our mighty strikes.

The battle raged for a week and a half, neither given ground to the other as we advanced through our techniques and eventually surpassed the physical to concentrate our fighting on the psychic realm as we employed the techniques we'd learned from Master Gygax at the school where we first met. Id Insinuations and Towers of Iron Will bent metal and snapped tension wires on the great bridge. Cars flew into the waters and police eventually cordoned off the area to save the lives of the citizens of the city. While we raged, I am told that over four hundred, fifty people lost their lives to our wild combat. But they were commoners so it was OK.

When it seemed as though our fighting would never cease, my enemy took a blow to the head from Blue Honor, my Nine-Rings Sword, and burst into a cloud of biting insects that swarmed around me and infiltrated my armor. Lest the fight fall against me, I knew I must escape. Calling upon the power of my ancestors, I transformed into a cloud of smoke and floated away to fight again. As I left I could see my enemy reforming, a green ooze leaking from the many wounds in his body. The fight so close, I was certain that further training would hand me a sure victory. I now seek out Swami Vishishtadveata, who I will force to teach me the Celestial Palm form. With the Celestial Palm, my enemy cannot hope to withstand my next assault.


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Bruce Lee

"The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be." Words worth remembering.

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Jow Ga

I've missed 3 classes. This sucks. This refocused diet is taking its toll. Not happy about that.


#kungfu #health

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