November 16, 2015 |
Why am I so excited by Into the Badlands ? AMC's six-part mini-series, starring kung-fu adept Daniel Wu as an assassin, marks the first time in eons that a TV show has been dedicated to martial arts. It'll be shown in six weekly episodes beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday. Yes, it's riddled with comic-book clichés. True, the dialogue is out of a Cracker Jack box, and most of its characters have less dimension than cardboard cutouts. But I'm a sucker for well-choreographed kung fu films.
September 11, 2012 |
Joseph Henry Lewis, 68, of Wayne, a karate grand master and kickboxing champion who developed a martial-arts training system, died Friday, Aug. 31, of a brain tumor at Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Mr. Lewis, a 10th-degree black belt, was U.S. karate champion from 1966 to 1969. In 1971, he retired as undefeated U.S. heavyweight kickboxing champion. He was featured in both the Ring, a boxing magazine, and Sports Illustrated. In 1975, Mr. Lewis was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame.
November 7, 1989 |
It's easy to get the impression that martial arts - judo, karate, tae kwan do - come entirely from the Far East. There are, however, exceptions. A demonstration of one, Krav Maga, an Israeli self-defense system, was held recently at the Franklin Mills mall in Northeast Philadelphia. A geographer might point out that Israel technically is in Asia. That's true, but it's still a long way from Bruce Lee's one-time hangouts. Of course, so is Philadelphia.
December 22, 1987 |
They danced their special dances in unison, but it didn't take long to realize that this wasn't Solid Gold. Children, dressed in white robes and no shoes, began high-kicking and chopping their way through inch-thick wooden boards. They were followed by adults who split as many as four boards in one flying kick. Both adults and children demonstrated non-contact and self-defense sparring with hands, feet and weapons. "Please don't try these things at home," cautioned the emcee.
November 12, 1989 |
Some physically talented people will be performing to help the physically disabled on Saturday, when the North American Wing Chun Association (NAWCA) presents a martial arts event to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Esby Gymnasium at Glassboro State College, Route 322 in Glassboro. Wing chun is a form of martial arts that, like most Oriental forms of self- defense, is based on the art of kung fu, said Philip Holder of Bridgeton.
June 8, 1993 |
MANTIS Richard La Plante Tor/$19.95 In the Old West, there was a proverb, "It takes an Apache to catch an Apache. " Richard La Plante has applied that advice to the realm of martial arts. In his novel "Mantis," La Plante depicts the leap of a karate master into the depths of pathalogical murder. The search for the serial murderer is set in Philadelphia. It involves a young Asian-American medical examiner named Josef Tanaka. A martial arts champion, Tanaka assists the police.
May 28, 1988 |
Whatever you call it - dance or martial arts - the program presented by DanceBrazil last night at the Painted Bride Arts Center was terrific. Indeed, the distinction between the two forms was fine enough to make the historical explanation in the program note completely convincing. The Africans who were brought to Brazil as slaves created martial-art forms as a way to fight for their freedom. In order to practice openly, they disguised the exercises as dance forms. In "Maculele," one of the martial-art "dances," the men brandish machetes while the women urge them on with song.
August 12, 2005 |
Any fan of Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer had surely been awaiting his next 'toonish kung fu tale, but even the most knowledgeable follower of the actor/director couldn't have foreseen that Kung Fu Hustle would become the highest-grossing movie ever in Hong Kong. Chow, already an emerging Hong Kong legend, kicked all other action movies (and most comedies) to the curb this year with this masterpiece. As in Shaolin, Chow works on both sides of the camera. In Hustle, he assumes the role of Sing, a hapless wannabe gangster in 1930s China.
February 14, 1988 |
Supreme Ultimate Tours. With a name like that, who can say more? Even if somebody did want to say something more, which of course we do, he probably would want to be careful not to say anything bad about Supreme Ultimate Tours. They run trips to the Orient. You want to sightsee? They'll take you. You want language instruction? They'll teach you. You want culture? They'll give it to you. But mostly, they set up training programs in the martial arts. They don't kid around. Each tour provides 30 to 60 hours of intensive study in any of the primary Japanese and Chinese styles.
October 21, 2010 |
From the street corners of Philadelphia to the stadiums of Japan, Eddie Alvarez made his name by finishing fights. Born in Kensington, trained in Fishtown, and currently living in Northeast Philadelphia, the 26-year-old is a world champion in mixed martial arts. This hybrid combat sport combines kickboxing, wrestling, and the cage that contains it. Formerly called "cage fighting," it's now better known by its largest promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Since Pennsylvania sanctioned it in 2009, a burgeoning scene has appeared in Philadelphia, which could become the sport's East Coast hub. Mixed martial arts' object is to beat an opponent into defenselessness or force him to submit with a joint lock or choke hold.