From Vancouver, Washington, the city right across the river from here: “I think they knew they messed with the wrong girl.” Priscilla Dang was jogging in her own neighborhood, when she was approached by two teenagers and groped. Little did they know that she had been studying kung-fu since she was five. Her family, in fact, owns a wushu studio.
“It just made something snap in me – it’s not OK. It’s so disrespectful,” Dang said.
That’s when her Kung Fu background really kicked in as she punched him twice in the face.
Before this fight, I told my wife, “I think Manny Pacquiao may be biting off more than he can chew.” It was just a year and a half ago that he was a super-featherweight, and Cotto is a pretty big guy at a natural 147. He hits really hard too. I had the same sinking feeling that I had right before Lyoto Machida’s last fight (which Machida won by decision but probably shouldn’t have). Speed is good, but one hard punch can hurt. Numerous hard punches can really ruin a person’s day. I thought Pac-Man would go down. I was wrong. Absolutely wrong.
Did anyone catch Strikeforce on CBS tonight? After that horrible Elite XC card with Kimbo Slice last time, along with the unskilled IFL amateur matches, I was a bit mistrustful of public TV MMA. However, I was delighted by what I saw tonight. I’d known about Strikeforce for a while–Frank Shamrock and Cung Le had their historic fight under the Strikeforce name–and this Strikeforce card lived up to the reputation of the brand.
My son’s school ends before the work day, so when I pick him, we often have free time. I’ve recently been trying to find some activity to get into shape–other than running, which kills my knees–and since there’s a well regarded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school around the area, I thought I’d pop in. I don’t know if I’d have time to make the class times, but it never hurts to look, right?
I blogged a few months ago about martial arts and kids. Remember this? And this?
A few days ago, I decided that I was going to give it a shot by teaching my son how to throw a punch. I taught the Gun-Gun to curl his hand in a fist. It didn’t look right, so we worked on it until it sort of resembled a fist. Then I instructed him to punch a pillow. I showed him how.
(Bruce pic from here, Jet pic from here, Jackie pic from here)
In our last podcast with Ed and Eric, we touched on the difference between Bruce, Jackie, and Jet. Vu had brought up the difference between Jackie and Jet during the podcast, and we made numerous inquiries into the characters that the actors portrayed and their respective reputations. For me, if we look at the three guys at the highest points of their careers, there’s always been a clear difference between the three men physically:
For those who don’t know, I’m trying hard to get into shape. I’ve got an athletic competition coming up later this summer, so I’ve been running more than I’ve ever run before. I can now do 5 miles in one outing–prior to this summer, my maximum had been two. My goal is to be able to run 5 miles 3 times within a day. In achieving this goal, I’m also trying to get my weight down from 170 to 150. I have a bad knee, so this most likely will be a one shot deal, and after this summer, I’ll have to find other ways to keep in shape.
Lyoto Machida’s second round knockout of Rashad Evans was the best fight I’ve seen. Not only did he take out an accomplished fighter at the top of his game, he also took him out using some highly technical karate. Well before the fight, I called it correctly by saying that “Rashad [wouldn't] know what hit him,” but even I was shocked by the quickness and excitement of what I saw. When Rashad went down, the entire crowd in the sports bar erupted. No one saw it coming.