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Chinese Wushu Association Symbol

The Chinese Wushu Association, the primary governing body for Chinese-style martial arts in that nation, has released a statement declaring martial arts practitioners should refrain from calling themselves "masters" or the head of a style. The organization also seemed to indicate that practitioners should not participate in staged public fights.

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"I think anything that I've accomplished can be attributed to the discipline I learned through martial arts."

That's an impressive statement coming from anyone. When it comes from someone with as many accomplishments as Michael Jai White, though, it is doubly powerful. White holds black belts in seven different martial arts styles, including Shotokan, taewkondo, Goju Rye, and wushu. He is one of the first Black actors to portray a mainstream comic book superhero in a major motion picture (Spawn, 1997). And, that's only one of his leading film roles!

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How did Jon Foo become the co-star of the CBS TV series Rush Hour? It all started when he was 8 years old, watched a Jackie Chan movie and took up Shaolin kung fu.

This article comes from Black Belt’s December 2012 issue — long before Jon Foo was selected to take on Jackie Chan’s role in the 2016 CBS TV version of Rush Hour.

— Editor

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Enjoy our entertainment blogger's examination of the origins and evolution of the martial arts-inspired action in the seven Star Wars movies.

In Part One of this blog, I noted that the sword fights from the first six Star Wars films were superior to those of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Fans of the films claim that because of executive producer George Lucas' love of early Japanese chanbara films, the lightsaber duels, the force and the amazing fighting skills of the Jedi — which were based on kendo, ki (chi in Chinese) and samurai/Errol Flynn films, respectively — were emphasized. Studying the evolution of the lightsaber duels throughout the original trilogy served as a basis for determining the extent of kendo's real and fake influence. With Luke Skywalker using telekinesis in The Empire Strikes Back, it begged the question, Was this the force? My "yes" answer was revealed in that blog, and my "no" answer will be expounded here.

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Black Belt's Asia correspondent tries his hand at san da while studying at Shanghai University of Sport. See the "Brooklyn monk" in action!

“Strictly speaking, san da is a Chinese martial arts amalgam composed of kickboxing and wrestling-style takedowns,” Antonio Graceffo says. “Some writers have referred to san da as ‘Chinese MMA,’ but that’s inaccurate because it normally doesn’t include ground fighting or submissions. Furthermore, in competition, san da fighters are permitted to clinch, but they’re not allowed to hit while doing so.

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