#SDCC San Diego Comic-Con knows kung fu?

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about an article by the Wall Street Journal that discussed the current Hollywood interest in the martial arts genre. The WSJ article, titled Hollywood’s New Kick, talked about how martial arts films are going mainstream (and not just by integrating kung fu into Western story lines),
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Trailblazing Dragon returns to where it all began

Grand Master Ron Van Clief returns to the New York area this week for a series of film screenings, book signings, self-defense seminars – and memories. Memories that come not only from more than 40 years of training in the martial arts. Those memories also come from his years as a Brooklyn teen invading Chinatown
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Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap to be released by distributor known for martial arts titles

Here’s continued evidence of the cross-cultural influences between Asian and urban culture. Producer and distributor The Indomina Group just announced the North America theatrical release date for Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, the Ice-T-directed documentary that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. What’s so interesting about that, you ask? Because in 2011,
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Images from Willis Avenue

Jose Delva, owner of Willis Avenue Boxing Gym in The Bronx, was nice enough to let me in to shoot some photos during off-hours. There’s a lot of crossover here, as you can see the large posters of Jackie Chan amongst the pugilist images. Many boxers, including Muhammad Ali, have also trained in various forms
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Chuck Norris talks about his friendship with Bruce Lee

During an interview with Michael Eisner on CNBC back in 2009, Chuck Norris talks with Eisner about his friendship with the legendary master Bruce Lee. Norris talked about their training in Los Angeles before went back to Hong Kong, who would win in a fight, and more. The entire interview ran on April 6th, 2009.
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The Wall Street Journal goes kung fu fighting

Don Steinberg from The Wall Street Journal just published an article on martial arts films titled Hollywood’s New Kick, which discusses how martial arts films are going mainstream (it took long enough!). This article was first mentioned to me by Anesti Vega, who works and trains with rising martial arts action star Marrese Crump, who
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Style Wars documentary to return with new, unearthed footage

Groundbreaking photographer and filmmaker Henry Chalfant is trying to produce a new version of the iconic documentary Style Wars, with never-before-seen footage from the original interviews and graffiti art from early hip hop pioneers. I mention this because of the many parallels between the emergence of hip hop culture and the skyrocketing popularity of martial
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Check out this episode of Bruce Lee Lives: The Master

I was talking to my friend King Uprock, who I interviewed for Blvd. Warriors, and he turned me on to the show Bruce Lee Lives, which is currently running on Fuel TV. It looks interesting, but may be a bit too similar to How Bruce Lee Changed the World. However any show featuring Bruce Lee
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Cung Le’s Dragon Eyes to preview during UFC 139 this weekend

UFC 139 this Saturday, November 19th, will mark the UFC debut of Cung Le, the accomplished and undefeated kickboxer, who will be fighting in his own hometown of San Jose, California. Le is a Sanshou expert who is considered a top-level mixed martial artist. Just before Cung Le goes into battle against Wanderlei Silva, Spike
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