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September 11, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 16, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 7, 1989 | Inquirer photos by Michael Mally
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.
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December 22, 1987 | By Ed Finkel, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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November 12, 1989 | By Nancy Reuter, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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June 8, 1993 | by Ed Voves, Special to the Daily News
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.
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May 28, 1988 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2005 | By Rob Watson FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
February 14, 1988 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 21, 2010 | By Charles Cieri
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.
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April 28, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
As teenagers, Jason Caggiano and his friends were captivated by the idea of sword fighting. "We would get PVC pipes and pool noodles and fight. People got hurt - and it was great, anyway," he said. Then he paused for a moment, remembering. "I think it stopped when someone had their face opened up. " On a Saturday afternoon about 15 years after that fateful day, the veterans finally had a chance to return to battle. It was Caggiano's bachelor party, and the men - now in their late 20s and early 30s - were suiting up in riot gear in an unrenovated warehouse in a not-yet-gentrified corner of Port Richmond.
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November 16, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
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)
SPORTS
August 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 27, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
RICK MARIANO inched around City Hall's cramped observation deck, 500 feet above ground, just below Billy Penn's massive bronze feet. This was Tuesday, almost 10 years since the then-beleaguered City Councilman came up here alone and despondent, then turned off his cellphone. "I think I'm gonna jump," he joked to a security guard. The guard - and most everyone else - believed him. Mariano knew he was about to be indicted on bribery charges. His lawyer had just told him he couldn't represent him anymore.
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September 19, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
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.
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April 11, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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")
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January 24, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
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.
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November 1, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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)
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July 18, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julia Burke didn't wear her leg braces to class, so her teacher told her to hit the floor for a few punishment push-ups. "Are you kidding me?" said Burke, 17, a student at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote. Teacher Kenn Perry offered no jokes from his wheelchair, and Burke, who has cerebral palsy, gave him four. In the self-defense class that Perry teaches with fellow black belt Christopher Genell, tough talk comes with high expectations. Students get no easy outs because they have disabilities.
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