Jose Aldo: The Unsung Hero

Jose Aldo’s decision to request his release from the UFC and essentially walk away from his mixed martial arts career was years in the making and resulted from what he believes was a repeated pattern of disrespect.

Globo revealed the news Monday that Aldo was unhappy that he hadn’t gotten a rematch with featherweight champion Conor McGregor and planned to walk away from the sport that had made him rich and famous.

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Not much to smile about these days for MMA pound for pound great Jose Aldo.

Aldo is the former UFC featherweight champion who is ranked fifth pound-for-pound. He went more than 10 years between losses while compiling an overall record of 26-2.

Aldo and manager/trainer Andre Pederneiras, in separate lengthy interviews Thursday with Yahoo Sports, each listed numerous reasons why the man who is regarded by many as one of the top-three MMA fighters ever, is leaving the sport while still in his prime.

“It’s not just one thing or two things or three things with the UFC,” Pederneiras said. “If on the one hand you take the level of disrespect that is embodied in things like giving him leftover fights on nine days’ notice and calling him a chicken when he says no; promising an instant rematch [with McGregor] and not making it happen and making it contingent on a fight with Frankie Edgar and then still not making it happen; the overall level of disrespect is so great.

“It would be disrespectful to anyone. But it hurts more because it’s disrespectful to a guy like Aldo. He was undefeated in the WEC, undefeated in the UFC, an incredible fighter to watch who leaves his heart in the cage every time and then who, as a person, as a human, embodies values that are so important to his community [and] to his countrymen that have made him beloved and made him an idol. It’s like, ‘Really? You can’t give this guy the respect he deserves?’ What more would he have to do to be deserving of more respect?”

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Dana White, UFC President, may no longer be the one calling the shots.

The UFC declined to comment.

Aldo said he has been offered contracts to play professional soccer in the past and said he will see if he can find a team that will give him an opportunity to compete in that sport.

He said his situation with the UFC has caused him to lose interest in fighting and said he has no plans to compete in mixed martial arts again, with the UFC or anyone else.

Aldo won the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title on Nov. 18, 2009, and held it until the organization closed. When the WEC was absorbed by the UFC in 2011, he held the title from that point until he was knocked out in 13 seconds by McGregor at UFC 194 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas.

He wanted an immediate rematch with McGregor, but the UFC instead chose to allow McGregor to pursue the lightweight title in a fight with then-champion Rafael dos Anjos. When dos Anjos was injured and pulled out of the March 5 fight in late February, the UFC offered the bout to Aldo on 10 days’ notice.

It would have been a lightweight bout and not for a title. Aldo, who was on vacation at the time, declined. It instead went to Nate Diaz, and when Diaz beat McGregor at UFC 196, McGregor insisted on a rematch and got it at UFC 202.

Last week, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports he was making a bout between lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Khabib Nurmagomedov because Nurmagomedov is the No. 1 contender.

White said at that point he wanted McGregor to fight Aldo for the featherweight belt. But on Monday, White went on SportsCenter in a bizarrely timed announcement that came only minutes after the presidential debate and announced McGregor would face Alvarez for the lightweight belt in the main event of UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York.

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Conor McGregor is now in charge of UFC matchmaking.

That was the final straw for Aldo, though it was hardly his only point of contention with the company.

“First of all, my dissatisfaction is not about not getting this fight with Conor McGregor,” Aldo said. “My dissatisfaction has been brewing for a long time. Before my loss to McGregor when I had to pull out of our first fight [scheduled for UFC 189 in July], I was not happy with the way the UFC spun my rib injury. I was not happy to see them mischaracterize my injury and not support me as I had to pull out of that fight.

 “When I lost to Conor McGregor, I had been undefeated for nearly 10 years. I think if anybody deserved an immediate rematch, it was me against Conor in those circumstances. It was a quick fight. I got caught and the fans in the arena didn’t really get to see a full fight. I think that for everything I’d already achieved for the sport and my record, it was a rematch I deserved immediately and without a doubt.”

He said he was unhappy with his salary, noting “I don’t think what I’ve received in the UFC is commensurate with what I have achieved as an athlete or what I’ve done in the sport and in my weight class. But that’s not all that different from other UFC athletes. We all know the pay is not what it should be.”

Aldo said he spoke to the UFC at one point several years ago about potential “super fights” against a lightweight and was told if he did, he’d have to give up his featherweight title immediately and campaign full-time at lightweight.

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At the time, Jose Aldo could have faced Anthony Pettis, champion vs. champion.

He said he never received a discretionary bonus from the UFC such as those that are given to some other fighters. He said the only bonuses he received were performance bonuses such as Fight of the Night or Knockout of the Night that he earned in the cage.

He said he harbors no hard feelings toward either White or McGregor but said his issue centers to a large degree on what he described as White’s changing status within the company.

“Conor is not my issue,” Aldo said. “My issue is that I feel Dana is not in control any more. It’s a runaway train. Things have been promised and not delivered and he’s no longer in charge, no longer the boss.

“Frankly, it’s starting to feel like a circus with promises made and not kept. If that’s how it is going to be, I don’t want to be a part of it anymore.”

He said he was comfortable walking away from the sport and said he didn’t think his legacy would be diminished by the loss to McGregor.

But he said he can’t stomach the trend to trash talking and sensationalism he said is taking over the UFC.

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Aldo doesn’t like to be disrespectful, but was forced to “sell” his fight with McGregor.

“I hear a lot of people say the reason I don’t call the shots and that I’m not happy with my income is that I don’t sell fights,” Aldo said. “People have said that to me and they’ve said it about me. I’ve heard people say, ‘Jose needs to be a better marketer; he needs to sell his fights more.’ But that’s not the philosophy I was raised with. My coach is a martial artist. I’m a martial artist. What we do starts with respect.

“Where the sport is going is not respectful. The people who are selling fights are people who are giving each other the middle finger, throwing objects at press conferences, getting caught snorting cocaine and making headlines for all kinds of wrong reasons. What I was taught and what I believe in is, I do my best inside the cage. I believe people want to watch me for my ability as an athlete. … If the direction the sport is going is you’ve got to make headlines for the wrong reasons in order to be worthy of respect and in order to be worthy of the right income, it’s not something I’ll ever be on board with.”

Pederneiras said that to fully understand the root of Aldo’s unhappiness, it’s important to know something about his background. Aldo is one of Brazil’s biggest stars, and is a huge philanthropist who donates his time, money and likeness to all sorts of causes, Pederneiras said.

Aldo comes from one of the poorest areas in Brazil and what he has overcome in his life to become a superstar in his sport is the stuff of movies.

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A screen shot from Jose Aldo’s biographical film “Stronger Than The World”.

“We have so much poverty that many Americans can’t begin to fathom it,” Pederneiras said. “There are communities where kids live in slums on the hill and they can’t leave the house on a given day because the drug lords are having a shootout so they can’t go to school that day. Or, it’s a situation where the father has been shot, the mother is working three jobs and still can’t put food on the table and the kids can’t go to school because they haven’t been fed for three days. It’s a level of poverty that is really difficult for most people in first-world countries to comprehend. Jose Aldo came from that. That’s where he was born. That’s where he was raised. Those are the issues he’s faced as a child.

“We have millions of kids who can mirror Jose Aldo and look to him and say, ‘He was where I am and he got out. I can, too.’ It’s motivated our entire country. … There are slums where a tourist can do a favela tour and book a guide and check it out for the sake of having a sneak peek. That’s not the place I’m talking about. I’m talking about places where nobody in their right minds would go in and most people can’t get out of.”

It is there where Aldo does much of the charity work that has made him a legend in his homeland.

He’s opened a gym for kids; he buys the children gifts on Christmas and on World Children’s Day. He provides food and clean water and educational materials and clean gym equipment and outfits.

Pederneiras is building a fighter training center and Aldo is an investor. It’s being built inside of an orphanage located in one of the worst favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

There will be free classes for children and seniors. Aldo wanted to put the gym there as a way of trying to make life better for the area’s residents.

“This is one of the best, most respectful athletes you will ever meet,” Pederneiras said. “That is the guy that nobody knows. This is the story that never gets out to the press. He gives them money out of his pocket all the time. He funds all of these charities. He does so much good for people here. And on top of that, he’s not only been one of the best fighters in this sport for a long time and he’s done everything he’s been asked.

“He’s been made promises again and again that weren’t fulfilled. I want to be clear: This issue is so much more than Aldo being [angry] that he didn’t get the McGregor rematch. I taught him the same values that I taught my sons, to never lie and to always tell the truth and be a man of his word. And he’s angry because there were all of these promises made to him that aren’t kept.”

Pederneiras said Aldo receives offers of all kinds from all sorts of companies and wants to be free to consider them without having to seek the UFC’s permission.

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Jose Aldo is tired of being pushed around by others.

He said Aldo doesn’t want to fight and isn’t looking to sign with another promoter. He said Aldo “has no desire to be affiliated with [the UFC] anymore and doesn’t want to have to cross-reference his [UFC] contract every time he receives a business deal.”

Aldo went to great lengths to make the point he harbors no grudges or ill will and said White has been kind to him and his family.

“I don’t feel on the professional side I’ve gotten the respect I’m due and I’ve lost my passion,” Aldo said. “I’ve lost my motivation for this sport because of the way things have gone. I am in peace, but I want to be released and done with the UFC.”

Article originally appeared on Yahoo Sports.

While we very much enjoy the entertainment factor and the spectacle that Conor McGregor brings, his actions also pushes the UFC and the sport of MMA into a sports entertainment circus rather than a serious professional sport, making it a harsher work environment for fighters with more traditional martial arts values who don’t believe in trash talk and participating in hooligan-like antics just to sell fights.

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“Birth of the Dragon” biopic enrages Bruce Lee fans, buries Asians in favor of a white guy

Bruce Lee (played by rising Hong Kong Kung Fu star Philip Ng), the legendary martial arts icon who changed the world, is depicted as a one-dimensional, asexual, awkward loser who is jealous of the white guy in his own biographical film. A biographical film about BRUCE LEE. Wow. What a disaster.

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Philip Ng

The white guy – Steve McKee – is supposed to be the main character of the film and central to the story… um, yeah right. We don’t know who that is, and neither do we know who the actor who plays him is (Billy Magnussen… who?), but you know what, he’s white, so that must make him extremely important and vital to the story in Bruce Lee’s life, right?!

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I don’t know who this man is, but apparently he’s more famous than Bruce Lee.

We purposely did not include a link to the film’s trailer in this article, because we refuse to give the trailer any more hits. If you wish, you can find it on YouTube.

Click here to read a mainstream review of Birth of the Dragon written by Yahoo.

From our understanding, Birth of the Dragon is supposed to be a film about Bruce Lee’s earlier years in America and his fight with Kung Fu master Wong Jack Man – who changed him forever and set him along the path of inventing Jeet Kune Do and the philosophies behind MMA… or is it just another clichéd White Savior Trope film where a “down on his luck loser” learns Kung Fu and saves the world (including the Asian girl)?

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We’ve never seen this story told before… right?

What the people are saying:

Let’s see the user written reviews on IMDb. The responses are not pretty. If you’re not comfortable with honest discussions about race, look away! You have been warned.

“This is just a fictional story about a white guy who masters Kung Fu and gets the Chinese woman.” – ridgepoor

In real life, Bruce Lee ended up marrying a white girl. He was discriminated by many white men and had to work hard to be a superstar. You went to Princeton University, don’t you think that you should have done some research about this character first? Didn’t they teach you to be critical? This isn’t a movie about Bruce Lee, this is a movie about your racist imagination. WHAT IS WRONG WITH MAKING AN ASIAN GUY BECOME THE LEAD ACTOR IN A MOVIE? Enough is enough, we Asians are already sick of the whole whitewashing thing.

“This is the biopic of some random white guy that you’ve been not waiting for.” – ticklegear

Is this a joke? I am here to see Bruce Lee and but they put the focus on some white guy, Steve McKee (Billy Magnussen). I got nothing against white guys, but what is he doing as the focus of a Bruce Lee biopic? I noticed a very disturbing pattern in Hollywood. They can’t seem to be happy with Asian men in the lead role even in their own biopic. You may think I am kidding but look at all the ways they’ve whitewashed history eg. The Conqueror – Genghis Khan played by John Wayne, Attila The Hun starring the guy from 300. Is it a coincidence that kulturemedia (search it) has a database of this sort of thing? But that’s just the beginning. Instead of celebrating what a beast Bruce Lee is, they make him out to be some insecure and jealous loser who is butt hurt over Steve McKee’s success (in the film that is). Seems more like a character assassination, rather than a biopic. There’s the whole “hostility to the fact that Lee’s students include Caucasians.” This is very one sided because it doesn’t account for the century of rampant racism and war crimes committed by Caucasians against the Chinese including the opium wars holocaust, eight nation alliance, and the stealing of Hong Kong and Macau. None of that is mentioned. All in all, this is a terrible film. I would not recommend it for Bruce Lee fans as it tarnishes his true history with half baked lies and even focuses on some Caucasian instead. Feels like it was the director who was jealous of Bruce Lee’s success.

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George Nolfi – the director of the white savior film Birth of the Dragon, and Matt Damon, starring in the upcoming white savior film The Great Wall. Coincidence?

“This film seriously offends me.” – chrisleeisworking

I wanted to throw my popcorn at the screen!! This is cash grab garbage, crock of shit. The director has turned Bruce Lee into a caricature. This is spitting on the memory of Bruce Lee. As a loyal fan of Bruce Lee and as an Asian, this film seriously offends me. ENOUGH! We in the Asian communities will make sure this film earns ZERO dollars. The script is shockingly dull and absurd, the fight scenes aren’t exceptional, the stunt guy who plays Bruce Lee captures zero essence of Bruce Lee, his acting pure ham. The director should go back to writing to spare us further torture. BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is NOT sanctioned by the Lee family!

“Oh no please no.” – chrisli

Bruce Lee would impart political themes in his films. If you ever watch his Hong Kong movies in original Cantonese language, the script is full of political fighting talk. Its another reason why the people of Hong Kong loved him so much, or the Chinese in general. His characters he played in those films were real heroic figures for the people at the time. No wonder this film didn’t get the blessing of the Bruce Lee foundation / family. I hope the Chinese investors realize this, that they could have had a really great project…but no.

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Bruce Lee’s would-be reaction to this disaster of a film, if he was still alive today.

“Hollywood racism galore.” – bawlife

Film reduces Bruce Lee into a side character in his own story to force a white guy into the lead. Why is the main focus of the trailer on this silly white American dude? Asian males can never take the lead role. Only the side kick even in their own movie. It is disgusting. White people, would it kill you to stop inserting yourselves into everything? And of course the white guy is dating the Asian girl. Can you stop socially engineering Asian girls to only see white guys as the acceptable dating partner? Stop shoving this down our throat. A white guy kisses an Asian girl. Every movie. It’s like they want to brainwash us that Asian girls belong to white men. This turns into a sickening Asian fetish in real life.

“I never write reviews for anything, but this time I absolutely had to.” – nightmarephoenix

I never write reviews for anything, but this time I absolutely had to. THIS IS NOT A FILM. IT’S ANTI-ASIAN PROPAGANDA. Yellow Peril, 2016 version. This entire film is a carefully hidden propaganda piece that portrays Lee as some asexual, angry, Kung Fu loser who accomplishes nothing. Meanwhile, a white guy actually stars as the main character of the movie, gets the (Asian) girl, and wins the day. What? What just happened? A film about Bruce Lee that ISN’T actually about Bruce? This propaganda piece focuses on stereotyping, dehumanizing, and denigrating Asians and Asian culture. Of course, that’s no surprise. If you Google ‘kulture media’ , you’ll find a bunch more examples where western media wages war against Asians in this century. Highly recommend people to avoid this film, and watch “The Slanted Screen” documentary instead.

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Bruce Lee curses the film makers for attempting to destroy his legacy with this garbage.

“A disrespectful appropriation of Bruce Lee.” – consciouskendrik

Hollywood is racist. This movie disrespects the legacy of Bruce Lee. I highly recommend everyone to boycott this movie. The movie serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes regarding Asian women, men, and the culture.  It’s perspective forces the viewer to indulge in racism against people of color. The racism is very subversive and is spread by more than just one movie. Movies like these are bountiful in Hollywood (denigrating Asian culture). I noticed a very disturbing pattern in Hollywood. They do not want Asian men in the lead role even in their own biopic.

“Trash.” – udemypreview

I wanted to watch a movie about the legend Bruce Lee. Not another white washed movie deleting / altering / hiding his history and again disrespecting Asians with another White Male Asian Female love interest. Truth is movies spread lies and it hurts societies. In this case, Asian men. The lies that Hollywood continues to spread must be stopped. You are creating racists with everyone who watches it. Bruce Lee is a legend and you are trying your best to take everything away from him and his people. When will it end?

“Hollywood trash.” – victorspam

Hollywood social engineering trash. Again with the white man save the world trope. This movie is so cliché. Even Bruce Lee is sidelined to make way for a white guy. Of course, the white guy gets the Asian girl, while the Asian guys are sexless martial artists. Hollywood is still overwhelmingly white and Jewish male dominated. All black, Hispanic, and Asians, whose stories are never told, should stop watching and getting brainwashed. While white people only see fear in black, Hispanic,and Asian. There is an empathy gap. This is because non-white watch movies with white leads, but white only watch non-white leads when it’s Denzel or Will Smith. You will never see a random non-white actor as lead. The simple fact that whites don’t empathize with non-white is because they can’t bear watching something when they are not the main focus. Please don’t watch this trash and give money to these studios. I’m getting to the point that I’m sick of seeing white people on screen. I will hand out boycott cards to movie goers at movies like this.

Anti-Asian propaganda?

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Ken Jeong, another sellout “comedian” who perpetuates racist Asian stereotypes for his own personal gain as an actor at the expense of Asians.

A few users mentioned a media database that captures more examples of Hollywood Anti-Asian racism in their media – Kulture Media.

Well, we didn’t need to look at a site like Kulture Media to know about the white washing of Asian stories and general anti-Asian propaganda that was, is, and continues to be perpetuated by Hollywood / America for the better part of a century.

All we need to do is open our eyes (pun intended) and look at the movies that get made (and exported worldwide) at the expense of Asians (especially Asian men):

  • Ghost In The Shell (main character Motoko Kusanagi is white washed and played by Scarlett Johansson)
  • Aloha (Allison Ng, a Chinese character is played by Emma Stone)
  • 21 (real life story of Asian MIT students are replaced with white actors)
  • Romeo Must Die (Romeo and Juliet story except Jet Li doesn’t even kiss Aaliyah)
  • The Forbidden Kingdom (only a white guy who learns Kung Fu can save China and the Asian girl from evil)
  • Outcast (white Crusaders come and save China and the Asian girl from an evil Chinese prince)
  • The Wolverine (every Asian guy is useless and dies, while Wolverine saves all the Asian women, uses them for sex, but goes back home to a white girl he actually loves)
  • Full Metal Jacket (“me so horny me love you long time”)
  • The Last Airbender (all the ethnic heroes are replaced with white people, but the villains remain ethnic)
  • The Man With The Iron Fists (all Asian women are sexualized whores)
  • The Last Samurai (a white guy goes to Japan, kills your brother in law, sleeps with your sister, and beats your best friend in a sword fight after only training for a few months, and saves Japan)
  • 47 Ronin (only a mixed Asian born from a white father can save the princess, the other 47 ronin are apparently useless)
  • Red Dawn (Chinese are evil, but they actually watch Hollywood movies so let’s make them North Korean instead)
  • Dragonball Evolution (Let’s make Goku a white guy but keep the Asian girl in it)
  • Pacific Rim (only a white guy can save the world and protect those poor helpless Asians – Asian guys are useless and they die. Even though the Asian girl is portrayed as somewhat strong (only after guidance from non-Asian men), it is still comes at the expense of Asian men, who are easily beat down by the white guy)
  • Iron Man 3 (The Mandarin is a wimp instead of a bad ass villain)
  • The Hangover (Asian penis jokes in the 21st century, how mature)
  • Sixteen Candles (Long Duk Dong, the emasculated Asian nerd who is the laughing stock of his whole generation)
  • Breakfast At Tiffany’s (that old bucktoothed angry Asian man played in yellowface)
  • Entourage (Lloyd, the gay fat comedic Asian)
  • 2 Broke Girls (Matthew Moy, another fat Asian nerd foreigner character)
  • Make It Pop (3 Asian girls with 1 white guy in a kid’s TV show about Korean pop, it’s for the kids!)
  • The Interview (white guys go to poor Asian country to make fun of / kill Asian guys while having sex with Asian women, while the supreme leader of North Korea is actually another emasculated idiot who secretly dreams of being American but is also useless and dies)
  • The Great Wall (China gets The Last Samurai treatment, starring Matt Damon)
  • No Escape (white family moves to Thailand, realizes some Asians are terrorists, proceeds to escape the country while using poor local Asians as meat shields)
  • Star Trek: Beyond (The character of Sulu played by John Cho has recently been turned gay, even though the original actor who played Sulu and LGBTQ activist George Takei protested against turning his character gay)

…and the list goes on and on. There are many more examples, but you get the point.

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Bruce Lee sees your bullshit, and he ain’t impressed.

Now, contrast the premise of Birth of the Dragon with the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story made just a few decades earlier:

In this film clip, Bruce Lee (played by Jason Scott Lee) is upset to see Asians portrayed so negatively in movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His white girlfriend realizes how messed up this is, and asks to leave the theatre with Bruce.

Boy, now that is a world of a difference.

Hollywood tells us that only white people matter.

In today’s trend (or maybe it’s always been like this) of film making and storytelling, society is brainwashed to think Asians can never be leaders or important because it always takes a “white male protagonist” in order to “get the audience to relate to him” because he’s white. The same old “it would be a box office disaster if an Asian was the lead actor” excuse made by Hollywood film studios and producers.

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You can relate with Marco Polo…

This same tired formula / plot device is used for shows on Netflix like Marco Polo and Narcos, where instead of focusing on a foreign person whether Mongolian or Colombian as the central character, it has to be told through the lens of a white person. Does it really help the storytelling? Or is it more of a hindrance?

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You can relate with an American DEA agent…
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… and you can relate with me, even though I’m just generated by a computer…

Gee, last time I checked, white people could relate with animated Disney / Pixar characters and CGI blue skinned aliens just fine.

But relating to *gasp*… Asians? No way! Impossible! Asians aren’t human, they don’t speak American, they should all go back to China! Ching chong! Am I doing it right?

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You can’t relate with the greatest martial artist of all time just because I’m Asian? How cute.

Did we forget that in the 90’s, films like Mortal Kombat starred Asians without white washing them / putting the focus on a random white guy?

And they did just fine at the box office!

Sure, the films were campy classics, but fans loved it because they at least stayed faithful to the source material. Birth of the Dragon, it is not.

And who comes out as the losers here? The actor who played Bruce Lee, and all of Bruce Lee’s fans.

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Philip Ng, wearing Dynasty’s Kung Fu Master Rash Guard, gets buried by the film makers in his Hollywood film debut.

We can’t fault Philip Ng for taking on a once in a lifetime opportunity to portray Bruce Lee (let’s be honest, any Kung Fu actor who comes after Bruce Lee is going to live in Bruce’s shadow, as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Donnie Yen have all been pressured to take on roles that resembled Bruce Lee) in his Hollywood debut, but to Bruce Lee’s credit, back in his day he never took on demeaning roles in Hollywood, and outright refused them.

We don’t know how Philip Ng’s career will turn out after this film (we wish him the best), but it wouldn’t be incorrect to assume that no one watching this exploitative film will give him another chance for another role in America – and it’s not his fault. The fault lies with the film makers.

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When Bruce Lee’s own television script Kung Fu was stolen by Warner Bros. and subsequently white washed by David Carradine (who would have been a nobody without Bruce Lee), he flew back to Hong Kong to make his own films that showed the world he could be a true leading man, and not a sidekick. Similarly, we now have an unknown white actor Billy Magnussen, piggybacking off of Bruce Lee’s legacy in order to gain fame for himself with Birth of the Dragon.

Hollywood loves to steal ideas and appropriate culture from other people, replace them with white actors, dismiss the original creators, and take the glory and credit. It is history repeated again.

Remembering the real Bruce Lee

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Bruce Lee and wife Linda Lee.

It’s obvious to us that Hollywood is trying extra hard these days to omit or belittle Asians in the media. We’re just shocked to find that they would dare try to erase the accomplishments of the legendary Bruce Lee and what he represented – strong Asian masculinity and sexuality – effectively trying to erase prominent Asian heroic figures off the face of popular culture altogether.

Maybe it has to do with the economic rise and threat of China, but for whatever reason, Hollywood is ramping up its anti-Asian propaganda campaign, further regulating us to sidekicks, nerds, geeks, and emasculated asexuals, even in our own biographical pictures, promoting a revisionist history of Asians (and engineering our society as a result).

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If you need a refresher on who Bruce Lee was, just read the many articles about him online, his many fantastic ground breaking martial arts films, and the many documentaries done on him. We won’t attempt to recap that here.

Bruce Lee however, was anything but an emasculated, asexual geek. He defied the odds, rebelled from traditional norms and mainstream society, and carved out his own legacy that not only inspired millions of people around the world – he was a symbol for Chinese and Asian pride.

We should remember the real legacy of Bruce Lee, and not the sidekick freak show version fabricated by Hollywood today.

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Mongolian Bokh Wrestling & Chinese Wrestling – Origins of Sumo, Judo, Jiu Jitsu

We are back with another installment of exploring some of the lesser known traditional martial arts systems in the East Asia region – adding to our collection of exploring Karate, Taekwondo, and Wing Chun techniques and their application to MMA. This one is a good one, as we dive into some of the roots of wrestling / grappling in Asia.

As we mentioned earlier – the Mongolians to the far north actually have the highest chances of doing well in MMA, as they grow up in a warrior culture that forces them to wrestle and farm everyday since they were boys – making them strong, durable, and grappling-centric from the very start.

The Mongolians were the “OG’s” of grappling – Original Grapplers. They were practicing wrestling since before time, and used their superior fighting skills, strength, and conditioning to rule over and conquer many other lands.

But just what is Mongolian Wrestling, and why and how did Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Empire take over most of the known world at one point in time, stretching their influence from China, to Russia, to Turkey, all the way to the doorsteps of western Europe?

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Watch this full episode of Kung Fu Quest – Mongolian Wrestling (a documentary series), where three city boys travel to Inner Mongolia to train Bokh wrestling – with English subtitles for the first time, and see for yourself the true power, culture, and intricacies of Mongolian Wrestling.

 

Interesting takeaways:

  • The Mongolian government made their style of Bokh wrestling, archery, and horseback riding as official sports.
  • Every year in Mongolian societies they would have festivals and gatherings to compete in these three arts.
  • Much like how the Thai government made the art of Muay Thai their national sport. This says a lot – that if a country’s people were to be successful at any given pursuit or sport, such as American wrestling, or Chinese sanshou etc. – it needs to be officially recognized, regulated and taken seriously by the government first, or else it will forever remain a fringe sport or hobby.
  • Mongolian boys are born and trained to do three things in order to graduate to become a real Mongolian man, dubbed “The Three Manly Skills” – they were to master wrestling, horseback riding, and archery as a part of their curriculum and culture.
  • Interesting stop at a Chinese Shuai Jiao (Chinese wrestling) school in Beijing. For the uninitiated, Chinese wrestling precedes Japanese Judo, Jiu Jitsu by several thousand years in the 1200’s BC era, whereas Japanese Judo, Jiu Jitsu only came into prominence in the 1900’s of the modern era.
  • The three city boys from Hong Kong were no match for the country bred Mongolian wrestlers, no matter how skilled or strong they thought they were. They were too used to their city lifestyle and training methods.
  • It shows that the harsh way of life in living in the countryside, specific wrestling training, and the conditioning of their bodies through diet and horseback riding techniques – produces the best, strongest Mongolian fighters.
  • Real Mongolian masculinity comes from being able to protect your family, loved ones, and being great fighters with skills (skills in other areas of the arts as well).

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– Dan from DynastyClothingStore.com