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In 'Fearless,' Jet Li returns to roots with thoughtful tribute to kung fu
The Star Online
Thu, 26 Jan 2006 11:03 PM PST
HONG KONG: Trailers billed Jet Li's new movie "Fearless'' as his most important ever. Adding to the hoopla, Li proclaimed it would be his last martial arts film.

Bill would end 'ultimate fights'
Honolulu Advertiser
Sat, 28 Jan 2006 4:33 AM PST
Extreme-combat bouts such as "Rumble on the Rock" and other popular mixed-martial-arts events in Hawai'i are facing potential knockout legislation from state Rep. Tommy Waters.

Jiu-Jitsu gaining in popularity
South Bend Tribune
Sun, 29 Jan 2006 4:23 AM PST
Wally Holem, head instructor at Mishawaka's Trap Academy of Mixed Martial Arts, remembers pretty clearly a time when his sport was looked down upon.

Steven Segal declares war on Jehadi’s!
New Kerala
Mon, 30 Jan 2006 2:42 AM PST
Washington: Hollywood’s action man Steven Segal is set to tackle international terrorists in a third ‘Under Siege’ movie. The martial arts star is in talks to reprise his Casey Ryback character in Under Siege 3.

Jet Li says growing Chinese box office will force Hollywood to change
Mon, 23 Jan 2006 7:52 AM PST
HONG KONG (AP) - Action star Jet Li says that as China becomes a bigger market for Hollywood, Chinese actors won't be mostly limited to martial arts films and will have more opportunities to perform in comedies and dramas.

Jet Li, Statham face off in 'Rogue' film
Reuters via Yahoo! News
Mon, 23 Jan 2006 11:42 PM PST
Chinese action hero Jet Li will play the title character in "Rogue," a thriller about an infamous assassin who has set off a crime war between two rival Asian mobs.

1200 experts to participate in all India tournament
New Kerala
Wed, 25 Jan 2006 8:36 AM PST
Kozhikode: As many as 1200 martial art experts, including women, from various parts of the country would participate in the 6th All India All Style Martial Arts Open Tournament (Full Contact) beginning at the V K Krishna Menon Indoor Stadium here on January 28.

Martial arts TV event to highlight Arnold Fitness weekend
The Columbus Dispatch
Thu, 26 Jan 2006 1:09 PM PST
The annual Arnold Fitness Weekend this year will include a martial-arts battle that will be shown on pay-per-view television from Nationwide Arena, the producer said today.

Jet Li's new film 'Fearless' to premier in Beijing
AFP via Yahoo! News
Fri, 20 Jan 2006 9:43 AM PST
Kung Fu star Jet Li said his latest film "Fearless", which is opening in Beijing, would his last foray into the martial arts genre.

Martial arts master gives back to the community
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Fri, 20 Jan 2006 10:51 PM PST
John Nemtuda is one man who has touched many. The minister, martial arts instructor and father of four from Crown Point has influenced many in the region of all ages.

Martial artist trains women in realistic combat
The Shelby Star
Sat, 21 Jan 2006 0:13 AM PST
SHELBY — “When you poke that finger in the eyeball, I don’t care how big he is.” Rick Mullinax has taught martial arts and self-defense techniques since 1974. An eight-year resident of Shelby, he is now passing on his knowledge and expertise to local females.

Vitale to replace suspended Miller on fight card
Honolulu Advertiser
Sat, 21 Jan 2006 6:20 PM PST
Jason "Mayhem" Miller was suspended indefinitely from competing in the Icon Sport mixed martial arts organization today. Miller is scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 2 on a charge of first-degree burglary following a December arrest.

Warrnambool Standard
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 4:11 PM PST
A MARTIAL arts master is taking time out from his international duties for a stint in Warrnambool and Port Fairy. Young Youl Oh is an elite taekwondo instructor who coached Olympic gold medallist Lauren Burns during his 25-year tenure as Australia's instructor.

Fearless return
The Star Online
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 2:48 PM PST
After making a name for himself in Hollywood, Hong Kong film director Ronnie Yu is back in Asia to direct Jet Li in Fearless . MICHAEL CHEANG finds out what Yu thinks of filming the martial arts flick.

Shamrock-Gracie Finally A Go
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 9:21 PM PST
( Press Release ) Mixed martial arts’s oldest family rivalry will be re-ignited when former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight king Frank Shamrock ( Pictures ) (20-7-1) collides with undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Cesar Gracie (14-0) in a showdown at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Friday, March 10th.

Spike Puts Up Good Fight
Broadcasting and Cable
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 1:42 PM PST
Spike TV pulled in 2.05 million total viewers for its two-hour special UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night Live . That’s significantly better than the 1.53 million total viewers the network averaged in prime during 2005.

UFC Confirms California Debut
Tue, 17 Jan 2006 12:21 PM PST
Mixed martial arts became legal in Calif. on Dec. 28 and the first sanctioned event is expected to take place by early March.

My Kung Fu Sweetheart
Tue, 17 Jan 2006 8:00 AM PST
Synopsis: Phoebe (Cecilia Cheung) is the daughter of two Kung Fu masters (Yuen Qiu & Yuen Wah) and started learning martial arts from the Kung Fu Academy on top of the Cloud Mountain since a teenager.

Randy Couture's ultimate fight?
Portland Tribune
Tue, 17 Jan 2006 7:39 AM PST
Is the end near for one of the greatest mixed martial arts fighters of all time? Randy Couture has grown tired of the retirement question and any speculation about how his best days may be behind him.

UFC Announces Hughes-Gracie for May
Mon, 16 Jan 2006 8:37 PM PST
UFC president Dana White announced during Monday's Ultimate Fight Night broadcast on SpikeTV that mixed martial arts legend UFC Royce Gracie ( Pictures ) has signed to fight current welterweight champion Matt Hughes ( Pictures ) on Pay-Per-View in May.

Martials arts maestro Jackie unveils hat line
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 7:19 AM PST
In keeping with a recent celebrity trend set by the likes of Diddy and J Lo , martial arts star Jackie Chan has been busy boosting his clothing business by launching a range of hats.

Brown wins world- class gold medal
Flamborough Review
Fri, 13 Jan 2006 6:16 AM PST
Jason Brown can kickbox with the best and come out a winner.

Corbett's Corner: Japanese martial art destroys conflict with love
Arroyo Grande Times Press Recorder
Fri, 13 Jan 2006 2:18 PM PST
Together, they practice all levels of the physical and spiritual discipline that treats the most harmful attacks as if they were the most precious gifts.

Budokon, the love child of yoga and martial arts
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sun, 15 Jan 2006 10:11 AM PST
Citing a statistic that men make up 23 percent of the nation's yoga buffs, Newsweek eagerly heralded that "Real men do yoga" in a headline last summer. What the story failed to mention, however, was exercise alternatives for the millions of hypermasculine stallions who refuse to confine their inner Van Damme to a yoga mat and have no interest in sutras geared toward enlightenment.

Young man on the move
The Star Online
Sun, 15 Jan 2006 4:39 PM PST
He is only 25 years old, but Lee Swee Seng has carved a name for himself not only as a wushu exponent, but also for bringing the martial arts on stage for an explosive theatrical performance.

Green hopes to bring martial arts program to WYCO
Kansas City Kansan
Mon, 16 Jan 2006 10:47 AM PST
Wyandotte County Sheriff LeRoy Green is looking to bring an official martial arts program to Wyandotte County, similar to those in the surrounding counties.

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 7:56 AM PST
Synopsis: Huo, a skilled martial arts fighter, has not forgiven himself since causing his mother and daughter to be killed by his enemies.

Hampton Roads Daily Press
Tue, 10 Jan 2006 4:24 AM PST
Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits. Chuck Norris frequently donates blood to the Red Cross. Just not his own.

Make Martial Arts Part of Your New Year’s Resolution
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 12:15 PM PST
It's not too late to still firm up your New Year's resolutions. As we glide into 2006, why not take a chance and either reaffirm or start a new life in Martial Arts. Martial Arts is a great way to meet many goals that can lead to healthier and happier lives.

The Fight Network bridging MMA/wrestling gap
Slam! Sports
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 5:30 AM PST
So you're a professional wrestling fan who doesn't know much about mixed martial arts (MMA)? Or perhaps you're at the other spectrum; a MMA fan who never quite understood the appeal of the choreographed mayhem that is pro wrestling.

Wed, 11 Jan 2006 1:51 AM PST
Movie action man CHUCK NORRIS is spearheading a new campaign to re-introduce prayer into American high schools. The martial arts star feels sure the drop in education values in schools in the US is linked to the lack of religious instruction at the beginning of the day.

"Kung Fu Hustle" wins at Chinese Oscars
Sat, 07 Jan 2006 0:49 AM PST
TAIPEI - Martial arts comedy "Kung Fu Hustle" won the best film title at the Chinese-language version of the Oscars on Sunday, becoming the biggest winner at the Golden Horse ceremony in Taiwan.

Chinese actress Zhang grows into international star
Sat, 07 Jan 2006 0:56 AM PST
NEW YORK - After dazzling audiences with her waifish beauty and graceful performances in a string of Chinese martial arts hits, Ziyi Zhang is coming of age as an actress on the brink of international stardom.

Crippling threat
The Star Online
Sun, 08 Jan 2006 4:23 PM PST
CHINESE action star Jet Li (pic) said recently that a lifelong kung fu career has left him with the growing threat of a wheelchair-bound life, but that it would be too difficult for him to switch to a less punishing genre.

Fresno native Stuart Quan dies
The Fresno Bee
Mon, 09 Jan 2006 3:43 PM PST
Stuntman, actor and martial arts teacher Stuart Quan has died. The 43-year-old Fresno native was skiing at the Sierra Summit Sunday afternoon when he collapsed.

Dream Collaboration In "Fearless"
Mon, 09 Jan 2006 0:41 AM PST
9 Jan - Taiwanese maestro Jay Chou is collaborating with international action superstar Jet Li. No, they're not in a movie together, but Chou is producing the theme song to "Fearless", which is Li's self-proclaimed final martial arts film.

By design, he remains behind-the-scenes star
International Herald Tribune
Thu, 05 Jan 2006 4:09 PM PST
For the memorable films by the Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, much credit must go to art director, costume designer and editor William Chang Suk-ping.

Is Chinese cinema getting lost in translation?
Channel NewsAsia
Thu, 05 Jan 2006 4:50 PM PST
Time travel in a gongfu movie? Alien invaders in a story about the Monkey God? If you've caught The Promise and A Chinese Tall Story, you may have left the cinema wondering: What in the world is happening to Chinese-language films?

Ancient martial art gives officers all the right moves
Omaha World-Herald
Thu, 05 Jan 2006 10:08 PM PST
Some law enforcement officers were getting into compromising positions for the sake of training. Sparring with partners, the officers practiced martial arts moves designed to throw an opponent to the ground, escape a hostage situation and disarm a suspect.

The man, the myriad myths
Orlando Sentinel
Fri, 06 Jan 2006 5:43 AM PST
How did Chuck Norris become such a force to be reckoned with? Websites focus on his fear factor with fans. Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

Martial Arts Movie review -- 2005
Tue, 03 Jan 2006 12:30 PM PST
It seems, unlike previous years where Hollywood was in love with Martial Arts that 2005 turned out to be somewhat of a quiet year. In the past, directors seemed to stretch stories any way possible to get some Martial Arts aspect into the storyline.

Martial arts star has Baby on board.
Tue, 03 Jan 2006 1:41 PM PST
January 3, 2006 - Jackie Chan, who recently signed to star opposite Chris Tucker in a third film in the Rush Hour series, is squeezing in another new flick before the aforementioned action-comedy begins production.

Poor 'Promise' for Chen Kaige clunker
Reuters via Yahoo! News
Wed, 04 Jan 2006 3:55 AM PST
Chen Kaige's epic fantasy "The Promise" (Mo gik), reputed to be China's most expensive movie yet at $35 million, arrives here in a disappointingly off-handed manner.

Fans create the Norris legend
Seattle Times
Wed, 04 Jan 2006 0:24 AM PST
Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits. Chuck Norris frequently donates blood to the Red Cross. Just not his own. Chuck Norris does not fade...



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