January 7, 1994 |
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.
October 15, 1990 |
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.
March 21, 1994 |
"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 |
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.
May 23, 2003 |
"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.
September 19, 1993 |
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.
June 16, 1988 |
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.
January 1, 2012 |
It's been one year since Gina Carano fired a gun, but you wouldn't know it watching her shoot one. The former mixed martial arts champion, who will make her feature film debut in the Steven Soderbergh action movie "Haywire," is engaged in lively target practice with Aaron Cohen, an ex-Israeli special ops fighter who served as her tactical training coach on the film. Everything from Carano's crouched stance to the steely glint in her dark-brown eyes suggests that firing 9-millimeter pistols at close range is second nature to this 29-year-old extreme athlete.
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January 21, 2007 |
Lilly Rodriguez, a pioneering female boxer and world kickboxing champion who helped establish kickboxing as a sport for women, has died. She was 59. Rodriguez, who owned the Heart of Champions gym in Sylmar, died Jan. 13 at UCLA Medical Center of complications relating to an infection, her family said. "She really changed martial arts for women," said Michael Matsuda, founder of the Martial Arts History Museum in Santa Clarita.