July 3, 2016
A former Camden firefighter was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for collecting $82,488 from a disability pension, which the state revoked after learning he had competed in a mixed martial arts tournament and was teaching jiu jitsu classes several times a week, authorities said. Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley ordered that Shane B. Streater, 41, of Camden, give back the full amount to the pension system. Streater had been found guilty of theft by deception. Authorities said Streater received a disability pension in 2010 - the same year, investigators later discovered, he had received a black belt in jiu jitsu - after he alleged he was injured when a car struck a fire truck he was riding.
October 31, 2015 |
Although Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin is technically a wuxia film - martial arts, swordplay, the whoosh of arrows in flight - it is much more a film of stillness, quiet, beauty. Set in the waning days of the Tang Dynasty, The Assassin stars a serene and hard-to-read Shu Qi as Nie Yinniang, a woman trained in combat, trained to kill. She returns to her childhood home, to the palace and gardens of Weibo, with a mission she is reluctant to fulfill. There, she finds Tian Ji'an (Chang Chen)
August 12, 2015 |
Lane Johnson threw up nine times during his first three days working with Jay Glazer this summer. He was gifted enough to be the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 draft and strong enough to start for the Eagles at right tackle the last two seasons, but blocking on Sundays is different than fighting Randy Couture. At the Senior Bowl, Johnson's agent approached Glazer, the Fox Sports reporter who cofounded Unbreakable Performance Center in West Hollywood, Calif. Glazer trains football players in mixed martial arts and Johnson was one of four Eagles who spent time there this offseason.
September 19, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Throwing a haymaker is normally frowned upon in football, and unless you're Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, kicking isn't usually used to dominate an opponent, either. But those skills, along with a combination of other training methods, have given Penn State senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel an edge. Zettel, who has racked up seven tackles for loss and three sacks through three games this year, is using his high motor, flexible hips and swift hands to get by offensive linemen and into the backfield.
April 11, 2014 |
NEW radar data indicates that the missing Malaysian airliner detoured around Indonesia, and "Raid 2: Berandal" gives you some idea why. This hyperviolent Indonesian action movie doubles down on all the elements in the cult hit original, "Raid: Redemption" - essentially the story of what appears to be the country's last honest cop, waging a one-man war against the forces of organized crime and co-opted law enforcement. Both movies depict Indonesia as a rolling mob war with civilization somewhere in the distant background (the word "berandal" is Indonesian for "hooligan")
January 24, 2014 |
IT'S "Hammer" time! The safest place on Earth this weekend is the Tropicana in Atlantic City, where hundreds of martial artists and fighters - including dozens of legends, champions and all-time greats, like Fred "The Hammer" Williamson and Mark "The Hammer" Coleman - will gather for the Hall of Honors, one of the most exciting and compelling events on the planet. "It's the largest martial-arts event of its kind - there's nothing else even a quarter of what we do in size," said Alan Goldberg, publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine . "We are one of the largest entertainment events even in Atlantic City.
November 1, 2013 |
IN "MAN OF TAI CHI" everybody is not kung fu fighting. One guy is beating the tar out of kung fu specialists with his own version of tai chi, best known for its deliberate movements and meditative attributes. Wayward student Tiger Chen Linhu (Tiger Chen) speeds it up and uses it to kick ass, to the chagrin of his sorrowful master, who warns the young man that his hubris and aggression will be his undoing. Whispering in Tiger's other ear - a ruthless businessman (Keanu Reeves, the movie's director)
July 3, 2013
Actor Jim Kelly, 67, who played a glib American martial artist in Enter the Dragon , with Bruce Lee, died of cancer Saturday at his home in San Diego, his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman said. Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Mr. Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial-arts classic. His later films included Three the Hard Way, Black Belt Jones , and Black Samurai. During a 2010 interview with Salon.com, Mr. Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California where he earned a black belt in karate.
January 24, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY'S Tropicana Casino Resort might be the safest place on earth this weekend. That's where hundreds of martial artists and fighters - including dozens of legends, champions and all-time greats - will gather for the Hall of Honors, "the largest martial arts event of its kind," said organizer Alan Goldberg, publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine . "The greatest thing about it is we have probably the top martial arts people and...
September 29, 2012 |
Dun Mark is the kind of person who makes Chinatown a community, not merely a place to live. Cross Spring Street early weekday mornings, cut through the alley to the basketball court tucked behind the Chinese Christian Church, and you'll find Mark teaching tai chi to senior citizens, free of charge. Some of his students are 80 or older. "They're healthy as hell," Mark said. So is he. At 88, Mark is fit, strong, and expecting to be around for a while. His mother lived to 107. On Saturday, he and his graying-but-vibrant students will perform at the 17th annual Mid-Autumn Festival, expected to draw 5,000 to Chinatown from across the Philadelphia region for kung fu exhibitions, Peking opera, health screenings, and a moon cake-eating contest.