Mortal Kombat 9 Arrives


I’ve been waiting for this game for a while. Critics are calling this the best Mortal Kombat game ever. Gamers appreciate the move back to 2d gameplay.

Many of my friends have been involved in the production of this game and I am glad to see it finally come to fruition.

The official cinematic intro is also out and for your viewing pleasure.

Note: My friends Don, Taylor, Yusuf, and I were involved in the motion capture of this trailer. I saw it for the first time yesterday and I have to say it’s pretty cool.

I want to thank Ed Boon, Carlos Pesina, Rick O’meara, John Vogel and the rest of the MK team for including me in this wild ride.

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Masters Demo Videos

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Today I participated in the Chicago Shaolin Kungfu/Wushu Tournament as chief judge of the contemporary wushu division. Students from All Star Kung Fu, Chicago Wushu, and Extreme Kungfu were present. It was great to see the next generation of martial artists perform. One of the things that many look forward to at these events are the Masters Demo. This is usually where the instructors perform a demonstration. The idea here is that the tournament is really for the kids, so the instructors usually don’t compete. However, the instructors sometimes get to showcase their skill and talent in the Masters Demo. There’s no judging for these performances, just a display of years of training.

Today I was looking forward to seeing the instructors from All Star Kung Fu, most of them ex-pro athletes from China do their Masters Demo. Here are some videos:

Masters Demo – All Star Kung Fu

Masters Demo Warmup

Don Hyun K Performing RopeDart

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What is Wushu Class Like?

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For people who are interested in the classes that I take, here’s a peak at Extreme Kung Fu. At any martial arts class, I usually try to get there early – usually to stretch, warm up, and to do some calisthenics or conditioning exercises.

At Extreme, warm up is part of the class. This part usually knocks the wind out of me since I’m so out of shape now. Next is the stretch kicks – these are basic kicks that we try to do every class because you can’t have good wushu without good basics. Then it’s on to jump kicks. We either end class or start the next class with individual forms or routines. We each take turns to perform sections of our routine. This part is where you step up your A game since you are the center of attention when you are on.

If you have any questions regarding class, feel free to ask me or contact Extreme at

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Wushu Workout

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Here’s a video clip of last week’s workout with Taylor and Don.

It’s so funny. I never posted anything during the peak of my wushu career. Well, I didn’t even have a blog then but that’s besides the fact. I was too busy practicing to be bothered with sharing what I did with the rest of the world. Now that I’m old and past my prime, it’s amusing that I share my wushu workouts so freely.

Partly it’s because I’m not getting any younger so I figure how I look now is going to be better than how I look in the future so if I’m going to post stuff, it might as well be now. Also, it’s good to be able to look back on this stuff. Not to mention that when you post stuff online, you have to step up your game. :)

Can anyone tell who’s staff intro I am using?

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5 Animals Conditioning

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I’d like to share some of my training tips. Here’s an exercise/game/race that I came up with to help strengthen the body and help with wushu training. I have the kids do it in kids class and the adults seem to like it too. Not only does it help improve basics but also contains some upper body workout as wushu sometimes tends to be very lower body oriented.

The 5 Animals:

  1. Seal Crawl. The Seal Crawl is the only exercise that needs any kind of special equipment. It is designed to use the upper body. All we need is a kicking shield which we put on the floor smooth side down. We lay our shins on it and make the legs limp like dead weight and use our upper body to move across the floor. If a kicking shield is not available, we can substitute this exercise with the bear crawl which is basically running on all fours.
  2. Frog Jumps. Frog jumps are pretty common in wushu training. If you go to China, you will see that the professional teams do these to improve their jumps. Key here is to go all the way down and jump as far as possible. This is a lower body workout which gives our upper body a quick break before the next exercise.
  3. Crab Walks. Crab walks develops speed and the upper body. It’s easier if we fall into the next step instead of lumbering slowly. Again, we alternate between upper body exercises and lower body.
  4. Duck Walks. Duck walks are another set of exercises that develop the legs. We can have the arms behind the back but I prefer to have them help make the move more balanced and more natural. Make sure that the buttocks are low to the ground.
  5. Spiderman Crawl. Ok, technically this is not an animal style. It’s a superhero mimicking an insect but it’s still a great exercise and very challenging. Crawl as if you were Spiderman crawling up a wall. The torso and hips must be low to the ground. Elbows and knees must not touch the ground. That is the challenging part and will really work the upper body and core strength.
    1. The way I usually do this is to make it a game between 2 teams. Wushu class is usually divided into 2 rows anyways so each team is a row. It’s a relay race where everyone has to do each exercise and when the first person in a row is up again, they go to the next exercise. Before each race the teams agree to a “punishment” for the losing team. Usually it’s monkey jacks or push ups. I also try to level the playing field by pairing up people that are close in skill level or body ability. This also makes it more exciting.

      I’m always looking to improve these conditioning exercises so any more “animals” tips are welcome.

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