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January 7, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tsui Hark's rousing "Once Upon a Time in China II" (at the Monica 4-Plex) is more a true sequel than most Hong Kong series pictures, which tend to be self-contained. You need to know going in that its hero, Wong Fei-Hong (again the boyish, personable Jet Lee), was an actual figure, a Canton physician and a proponent for Chinese independence who became a folk hero in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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October 15, 1990 | PAT H. BROESKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second week in a row, Steven Seagal proved hard to top at the weekend box office. 20th Century-Fox's "Marked for Death"--starring and co-produced by the former martial arts instructor--had ticket sales of $7.4 million, a per-screen-average of nearly $3,800. This brings its total grosses to nearly $22 million. Warner Bros.'
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January 11, 1999
In what was believed to be the first fatality in an official U.S. taekwondo tournament, a budding 25-year-old Danish rock star collapsed and died after being kicked in the head by his opponent during a match Saturday evening at the Anaheim Convention Center. Michael Richard Strube of Aalborg, Denmark, was lead singer for a popular Danish dance band, Point, and also had a successful career as a model, appearing in TV commercials and magazines, according to news organizations in Copenhagen.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Project A," a frequently funny 1984 martial arts comedy in which Jackie Chan directs and co-writes as well as stars, takes us back somewhere around the turn of the century when, according to Chan, Hong Kong's coast guard was engaged in a fierce rivalry with its cops. As a stalwart of the guard, Chan leads a barroom brawl against a haughty young police officer (Yuen Biao), only to wind up under his command when the guard is abruptly disbanded, having been undermined by a traitor.
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July 26, 1994 | ED BOND
Even with their many victories at the Taekwondo U.S. Junior Olympic Championships in Chicago, David Howell, head instructor at Twin Dragon Martial Arts in West Hills, was just as proud at the humility they showed in winning. "We teach our kids to be gracious winners as well as gracious losers," said Howell. But with the way they won, Howell's kids needed a lot of humility. The club came home from the championship a week ago with 13 gold medals, seven silver and four bronze.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
"Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters," written and produced by the Hong Kong martial arts maestro, was directed by Wellson Chin so successfully in Tsui's bravura, breathtaking style that it would surely be difficult if not impossible to guess that Tsui had not directed it himself. The result is a swift and amusing martial-action, adventure-horror picture with a bold, larger-than-life comic-book sensibility and richly atmospheric production design.
NEWS
September 19, 1993 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY
In a Los Angeles classroom, Amen Santo teaches students the rhythmic martial arts technique known as capoeria . Santo, founder of the dance company Ballet Folclorico do Brasil, shares his love of the art with fifth- and sixth-grade students at Hyde Park Elementary School in Los Angeles. In a program sponsored by the Los Angeles Music Center's education division, about 150 students attend classes and learn about Brazilian history, language, dance and music.
NEWS
June 16, 1988 | JOHN RAYMOND BAKER, John Raymond Baker is executive director of the National Martial Arts Assn. and a martial arts instructor in Pasadena, Tex.
The sun rises in China, peeking into tree-lined parks and spotlighting people of every imaginable size, shape and age performing what appears to be a slow-motion ballet. The faces of the dancers are calm and serene, their motions so soothing and hypnotic that even onlookers seem to relax, as if they too were part of the dance. This mysterious morning ritual is actually a type of martial art called Ta'i Chi Ch'uan (pronounced tie-chee-chwan). Translated, it means Great Ridgepole Boxing.
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January 14, 2007 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
In 1971 the American public knew little about the martial art known as hapkido. Then came the movie "Billy Jack" and an unforgettable performance by a then-unknown martial arts instructor, Bong Soo Han. Standing nearly nose to nose with one of the movie's villains, Han, a stunt double for Tom Laughlin, the movie's star, delivers a quick kick to the man's jaw, flooring him.
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August 24, 1994 | BERT ELJERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Trieu Chung Ha says he has never thrown a punch in anger, and probably never will. Nonetheless, he's building a dream with his fists. When he was 8, Ha escaped Vietnam by boat with his father, a former officer in the South Vietnamese army, and a younger brother to begin a new life in the United States. Now 23, Ha, a fifth-degree black belt, is considered one of the top martial arts experts in the world.
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