MMA fighter and indie film fight choreographer gets Olympic shot

The mixed martial arts sport of San Shou, which combines American Boxing, Chinese Kickboxing, and Mongolian Wrestling, has struggled for years to gain mainstream acceptance despite a large international following and the long-time support of MMA fighting icons such as Cung Le. Now, the sport has been given its greatest opportunity for exposure yet, the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Although not officially a part of the Olympic games, China, as the hosting country, has chosen San Shou as the official trial sport with hopes of it being formally initiated into the Olympics.

After fighting on the US San Shou Team for his fourth consecutive term, Maximillion C. J. Chen, Max Chen for short, one of the top San Shou competitors in the US and son of the living treasure of China, Tai Chi Chuan master William C. C. Chen, earned one of two spots to represent the United States in this historic international event. The first of Max’s bouts begin today.

As a tribute to Max, his teammates at the Martial Arts Creative Team (M.A.C.T.), the action design group that choreographs both the comic book and live action choreography for the critically acclaimed JFH: justice-For-Hire comic books and films, have put together a video for Max on their newly launched YouTube Channel to encourage him throughout his fights in Beijing. The channel will also display regularly updated episodic content of live action side-storylines that supplement the larger story arc of the JFH comic book universe, in which Max plays the role of the character Sudden K.O.. The video is available below.

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