The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens has been regularly hosting a series of martial arts and action films called Fist and Sword. This Sunday, September 18th, the program will screen Yuen Woo-ping’s epic film True Legend. After the screening, Rock Steady Crew founder Jo Jo Torres, along with Tai Chi Master Jose Figueroa, will present a Tai Chi demonstration and discuss the relationship between Kung Fu and breakdancing.
Master Jose Figueroa is a grand champion with more than 40 gold medals and is a Hall of Fame inductee. He is a disciple of Master Ren Guangyi. Figueroa co-authored the book Practical Tai Chi and Tai Chi for Kids with Stephan Berwick, and starred in the films Qi Cultivation and the Secrets of Manipulating Energy, Chen Style Tai Chi Progressive Silk Reeling, The Deeper Secrets of Moving with Energy and Strength, Chen Style Tai Chi Progressive Silk Reeling and Fa Jing and the Secrets of Explosive Power, Chen Style Tai Chi Progressive Silk Reeling.
Hip hop legend Jo Jo Torres is the founder of Rock Steady Crew, innovators of breakdancing during the birth of hip hop culture in New York. Torres continues to be an ambassador of hip hop, through events and seminars around the world.
The martial arts epic True Legend is directed by legendary action director Yuen Woo-ping, famous for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and his seminal Wong Fei-Hung tale Iron Monkey. Afterwards, Figueroa, along with JoJo Torres – founder of the Rock Steady Crew – will demonstrate and discuss the relationship between Kung Fu and breakdancing.
True Legend will screen at 2 PM, followed by the demonstration. I had the opportunity to watch extended clips from True Legend last year at San Diego Comic-Con during Ric Meyer’s Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza and the film is incredible. Adding a discussion on a subject I’m personally so interested in, is simply outstanding.
The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, New York 11106.
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