This talented and athletic performer shows off her leg strength and balancing skills by lying on her back and spinning objects with her feet. She starts out by spinning a flower pot, then ups the challenge to something a bit less symmetrical – a table. She can spin things in circles too.
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Mondo Books and authors Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali offer up a fantastic retrospective of 1970s kung fu movies. This encyclopedic 432-page book recounts the history of these martial arts classics, accompanied by hundreds of movie posters, ads, and archival images. A must-own for any serious martial arts buff.
This animated short film follows a legendary craftsman who lost his arm and uses who uses a prosthetic arm to take down his enemies. The fight choreography is amazing, and we love the use of sawdust in place of blood. Go behind-the-scenes here, then support their Kickstarter for a feature-length film. (Thanks, Rob!)
After Cobra Kai Season 4’s surprising conclusion, the good guys are on the ropes. Sensei Terry is making his evil dojo bigger and badder; Johnny Lawrence has turned his back on karate, and Miyagi-Do is about to shutter. Can Daniel LaRusso and his frenemy Chozen help rally the troops to defeat Cobra Kai once and for all?
Budo Brothers makes cool apparel for martial artists and martial arts fans. Their Hood-Gi combines the wrapped, asymmetrical look of a Gi with a hoodie. Magnets ensure the fold stays put, while a CoolDry liner keeps you comfortable. It’s got a hidden pockets for your smartphone and Bo-Shuriken.
The Blu-ray reissue of the 1979 martial arts film Monkey Kung Fu is a Hong Kong cult classic from the Shaw Brothers. Weirdly wonderful, it involves gangs, a one-eyed criminal, mysticism, non-stop action – everything except actual monkeys as kung fu masters. The Blu-Ray of Shaolin Mantis is another amusing action gem.
In this short video from the World Taekwondo Federation, one of their highly-skilled martial artists shows off an epic 720° spinning kick that takes out four individual wood boards, each held by a different partner. The height he gets at the top of the kick is insane.
Vulpes Training handcrafts training tools for martial artists. Each of their weapons is made from heavy-duty 3/4″ polymer, providing weight and substance, along with a textured handle for grip. They come in tomahawk, machete, karambit, dagger, saber, scimitar, and various other designs. They’d be great for cosplay too.
Dave Ardito makes short videos inspired by anime. There are lots of fun and energetic clips on his TikTok feed, but this is one of the best examples, a real-life version of Speed-o’Sound Sonic from One Punch Man zooming and ricocheting around a room thanks to some slick editing and VFX.
Remix master Eclectic Method chopped up pieces of classic martial arts action to create this entertaining music video. Watch closely, and you’ll see that every punch, kick, swoosh, and shout is part of the rhythm. For some reason we’re reminded of Parappa the Rapper.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces us to the first new hero of Phase Four. Meet Shang-Chi; a young man schooled in the ways of martial arts and capable of defeating superhuman opponents thanks to his incredible instincts and masterful Kung Fu skills. In theaters 9.3.2021.
Jackie Chan has been wowing movie audiences with his martial arts mastery for more than 50 years. Among his many talents is the ability to hurdle over objects like walls and fences like they were nothing. The Solomon Society rounded up a few of these classic jumps in this fun compilation reel.
Rogue Origin Films kicks off its series of fan films set in the world of James Bond. The series will focus on a South Korean counter-operative who is both Bond’s arch-enemy and potential ally. The initial short includes a great Bond-inspired title sequence along with a brief, but excellent martial arts fight in a glass elevator.
Based on the writings of the legendary Bruce Lee, Warrior follows a Chinese martial arts prodigy in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the brutal 19th century Tong Wars between rival crime families. The 10-episode second season kicks off with new season regular Dustin Nguyen (“21 Jump Street”) 10.2020 on Cinemax.
The Criterion Collection’s boxed set of seven Blu-ray discs celebrates the many talents of martial artist Bruce Lee. The discs include pristine digital restorations of five awesome action films, along with alternative soundtracks, interviews, commentaries, and much more.
China’s Shaolin Temple is home to hundreds of monks, among them about 25% are warrior monks, who must possess impressive Kung Fu skills, and be masters of Buddhist teachings. BBC’s Sacred Wonders shows us just how difficult it is for trainees to reach this pinnacle.
This Indonesian action flick melds martial arts and superhero genres. Based on the country’s popular comic series, our hero Gundala and his alter ego Sancaka must battle the evil Pengkor and his legion of orphan assassins. The film opened to positive reviews in Indonesia, an is getting an English subtitled release July 2020.
YouTuber Misozi-Salaryman put together this great compilation of his swordplay and other martial arts action, and worked with editor Vasco to embellish the clip with appropriate video game style visual effects. We like to think there was some guy off camera mashing buttons.
BBC Earth captured this awe-inspiring footage of thousands of young athletes practicing Shaolin Kung Fu. While most of the shots here appear to have been captured by drone, they say their formations can also be seen on satellite imagery. From the series Earth from Space.