Kung Fu

As the more astute among you will recall, Black Belt ran a piece in its December 2018/January 2019 issue titled "8 Things You Didn't Know About James Lew" right after he won an Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Coordination in a Drama Series for Netflix's Luke Cage. Within the article, Lew's longtime kung fu buddy and perennial Hollywood bad guy Gerald Okamura chimed in with a little good-natured trash talking. At least, we hope it was good-natured — either way, readers loved it.

Well, the time has come, Okamura informs us, for the "Hard Master" to have his say. Okamura figures that if a whippersnapper like Lew can dazzle Black Belt's readers with eight things they presumably didn't know about him, he can certainly do the same. Actually, Okamura bets there are nine things you didn't know about him. So brace yourselves, gentle readers. The road gets bumpy from here.

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As we all know, COVID-19 has put a damper on travel, but that doesn't mean you can't sample the sights that a renowned martial arts landmark like Shaolin Temple has to offer. Some will be satisfied just seeing these photos on their computer screen, but many will use the images to whet their appetite for a dream vacation to Henan province in China as soon as air travel is back to normal.

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A video (below) that went viral after being posted on the McDojoLife Instagram account is drawing the ire of the martial arts community. The video, which shows a man identified as a kung fu/wushu instructor pummeling small children in sparring sessions, brought outrage from professional fighters like former UFC champions Michael Bisping and Chris Weidman.

McDojoLife reported that the Egyptian Wushu Kung-Fu Federation will not take any action against the instructor but will seek to help him become a certified coach.

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Sifu Damien Chauremootoo and his team at Empower Tactical help anyone and everyone learn martial arts.

Sifu Damien is no stranger to bullying and remembers exactly how it feels to be targeted. It is this childhood experience that led Sifu Damien directly into his first Dojo some 30 years ago. It was there that he set the foundations for a lifetime of Martial Arts training and began to develop a strong mindset.

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Disney's timeless classic about a strong female warrior has been reimagined in this live action film, available exclusively on Disney Plus.

As of Friday, September 4th the live action update of Mulan is now available for $29.99 on Disney's new streaming service Disney Plus. The plot revolves around the emperor of China's decree that one man from each family must help the Imperial Army defend their country against northern invaders. The protagonist disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place in the army, leading to a triumphant story of female strength featuring a ton of martial arts action. The film also features martial arts movie legends like Jet Li as The Emperor and Donnie Yen as Commander Tung. Star Yifei Liu fulfilled her role as Mulan while performing the vast majority of her own stunts, a feat that any martial artist can respect.

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