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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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert teams with comics publisher for groundbreaking multimedia animation event

Comic book social media network Graphicly, along with animation software development company Reallusion, are teaming up with comics publisher Creative Impulse Entertainment, to launch a branded online animation event for the mixed martial arts comic book series, JFH: Justice For Hire. Dubbed the JFH Free For All, the event will premiere the pilot episode of …
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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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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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