The Chinese PE teacher bringing swords to his lessons
A 35-year-old PE teacher in China’s Sichuan province started teaching students martial arts in 2011. Students practice sword fighting three times a week. Zeng Ke even built the equipment by himself using car tires. He said he wants to impart traditional culture to the next generation, not just practical skills.
Kids master kung fu with instructor dad
A Chinese father has trained his three children, between the ages of 8 and 12, into local Kung Fu champions. Liu Long says his children started copying his moves as he practiced the martial art. He's been training them since 2017 and leading them to victory at local competitions. Li also says kung fu has improved his children's health and helped them develop good habits in life.
The Chinese internet is roasting a tai chi ‘master’. It may be a good thing
In an attempt to defend the honor of one of China’s great martial arts, a tai chi master named Ma Baoguo became a laughing stock in China in May only to make matters worse this month during a flirtation with retirement. The 68-year-old Ma has long boasted of superb martial art skills and formidable inner strength. He told a journalist in 2017, “I can defeat opponents much bigger and heavier than me with just one finger.”  That does not appear to have been an accurate statement.  An amateur kickboxing trainer 18 years younger than Ma was selected to fight him in May. The two fought in a match broadcasted online from the eastern province of Shandong. The match followed free-form rules, which m
He rose to fame for exposing fake kung fu. Now he just wants to ‘survive’
For professional fighters, nerves before a match come with the job. But for Xu Xiaodong, China’s most controversial mixed martial artist, successfully leaving the country on a clear, cold day in November seemed like an impossible challenge. Standing in the departure hall of Beijing’s new international airport on a planned trip to Bangkok, Xu looked calm. But beneath the barrel-chested facade, the 41-year-old was full of worry. He felt like he was taking a huge gamble. Would he be allowed to board the flight to Thailand to take part in the most important fight of his life?  Two years ago, before Xu began taking on China’s kung fu establishment, the answer would have been a resounding yes. But
‘The Matrix’ can thank this man for its iconic fight scenes
Hong Kong martial arts director Yuen Woo-ping’s action scenes are the defining feature of The Matrix trilogy, yet Yuen himself never sought to work in Hollywood. When the films’ sibling directors, the Wachowskis, were preparing the first in the trilogy, a producer for the film had to track Yuen down in Hong Kong and convince him to go to Los Angeles to discuss choreographing the martial arts scenes in The Matrix. “I’d already been asked to work in Hollywood a couple of times, and I’d said no. I didn’t feel that my English was good enough to work there,” Yuen said. “What happened then was that one of the producers of The Matrix contacted Shaw Brothers [a Hong Kong production company] to find
China’s ‘Mad Dog’ fighter enters the battle of his life
The 41-year-old mixed martial arts fighter Xu Xiaodong has been a controversial figure in China ever since he became famous for beating up what he called “fake” kung fu masters. Unafraid to talk about almost anything, his brash attitude has brought him stardom but also unexpected – and unwelcome – knocks on his door. In November, he set out to prove that he’s more than a tough guy who dared to challenge a cherished Chinese tradition. In the video above, Inkstone follows Xu, nicknamed “Mad Dog,” as he fights the biggest fights of his career, for fame and freedom.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more stories about life, culture and politics in China.
Kung fu nuns break stereotypes
Training with swords and machetes, these nuns from Druk Amitabha Mountain Nunnery in Nepal are challenging gender stereotypes with martial arts. Watch the video, above, to see them in action.