“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 clichĂ©d 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 clichĂ©. 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.

– DynastyClothingStore.com

 

Dynasty’s own “Pretty Boy” – Nathan Ng talks Chinese MMA, Garage Self Defense, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, and clash at One FC Pride of Lions

In an exclusive interview with One FC Fighter and Dynasty MMA Family Member Nathan “Pretty Boy” Ng – we get an inside look at what is going on in the world of the newlywed professional MMA fighter and strength conditioning coach, and his thoughts on his upcoming fight on Nov 13th 2015 at One FC Pride of Lions in Singapore.

“I don’t think about whether I match up well with other opponents because fighting is fighting. Well-established strikers have been beaten on the feet by less established strikers and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts have been submitted by blue belts. Styles make fights, and one won’t ever know what can happen until the bell rings. Until then, all of it is speculative and fluff.”

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Proud to be representing Chinese MMA

With a goal to promote Asian mixed martial arts (MMA), Nathan Ng held high hopes that his ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) debut could be made in Hong Kong, the birthplace of his parents.

“I had hoped my first ONE FC match would be in Hong Kong, the birthplace of my parents and most of my family tree. That is important to me as I wished to pay homage to my hometown.”

Nonetheless, the 29-year-old San Francisco native says that his ultimate goal is to promote Chinese MMA.

“As with anything I am pursuing, one of my big goals is to promote Asian MMA, especially Chinese MMA. I hope to use MMA to give a greater voice for the Chinese. I am preparing all of my skills with my team at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu and GSD. It is best to be ready for anything in a fight. It is MMA, and I won’t say my striking or my ground game is carrying me. At the end of the day, it comes down to the fighter who is most mentally and physically prepared.”

Nathan Ng remembers garage days of early MMA training

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Nathan Ng’s fighting team has a name that means much more to him than just the series of letters. As they got more serious about MMA training and fighting, Ng and his coach decided to christen their team “GSD” – for “Garage Self Defense.” It’s meant to be a reminder about where they came from and even what they continue to be – not to mention the boost from watching “Street Fighter.”

“(We had) the motivation of being like Ryu and Ken, traveling the world to fight fighters from around the world,” Ng told MMAjunkie. “Our team, GSD, stands for ‘Garage Self Defense,’ because most of our training is done out of a garage from our teenage days at my parents’ house.”

Starting With Street Fighter

Even though growing up in California he was most interested in basketball, Ng is now ready to fight on an international stage, again. It will continue a long journey that started in a rough neighborhood in San Francisco and continued with his garage training sessions. Ng says his neighborhood in San Francisco while growing up was a rough one. At least until his family was able to move to a nicer part of the area when he was in middle school.

As the product of hard-working parents, he tried to adopt the same attribute.

“My father worked in the tech industry, and my mother in accounting. They have always been hard-working and have instilled in me those values by leading from example. My father is always so full of life and passion, and that’s what I have gotten from him. My mother is a workaholic, and I get that from her.”

He was a basketball junkie, not a fighting junkie. He and his friends would often play until the street got dark with images of Michael Jordan in their brains. But then he and a friend started watching Street Fighter. In those shows of the series about two characters and their fighting careers, they found the motivation to try fighting and learn something new. That led to time spent in the garage that continues to be part of their psyche as a part of their team name. Ng’s partner in that effort continues to be his cornerman and coach. They would eventually take that passion to a professional level.

Multiple Careers?

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Ng first learned in high school that he could have another career on his hands. He was scouted by an acting and modeling agency, so he visited with no existing interest in doing that kind of work. He signed up with the group to give it a try. After a few years, Ng moved on to another agency and has been involved in a “few commercials and shorts, as well as a ton of photo shoots.” Meanwhile, he was still pursuing in martial arts and MMA interest.

He has recently put his career as an actor and model on hold, and began working as a strength conditioning coach:

“My career as an actor and a model in Los Angeles was pretty exciting. I got to do some fun projects and work with some really talented people. Los Angeles is where all the fish that outgrew their small ponds ended up. I’ve been a strength and conditioning coach for quite awhile now, and I get to apply many different techniques to the athletes I coach. Strength and conditioning is like BJJ — you can never learn enough, and there are certainly more schools of thought than one can count. Football players are my favorite to coach, and I got to coach a very high level Oakland Raider.”

On his recent marriage:

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“Getting married has definitely changed my perspective as a fighter and as a man. Most people don’t realize how selfish they are until they are in a relationship where the well-being of the other person is a priority. You learn very quickly that you need to compromise and change lots of habits you may have had as a single person. But, like they all say, it’s totally, totally worth it. My wife is very supportive in my training, and I try to better manage my time. You know how they say that the grass is greener on the side you water? You learn that your marriage is a far more important lawn than your fighting career. You also learn that as a fighter, you bring that into every area of your life. You fight for your wife, you fight for your marriage, and you fight for having it better for the two of you.”

On his training methodology:

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“Training is training, and each session is about fixing weaknesses in my game. You must improve on every aspect of your game, while minimizing any regression in the process. If you want to work on your De La Riva guard, you put more emphasis on it in training, and you slowly lose some of your top game. You have to keep practicing and practicing, like Bruce Lee said, to accept what is useful and discard what isn’t. Training means increasing your toolbox, and sharpening your existing tools.”

On his next opponent at One FC Pride of Lions:151113-SG-fightcard-mini_9fights

“My opponent is Li Kai Wen, and we’re fighting on November 13th in Singapore. My mind is totally focused on him, who is a very seasoned freestyle wrestler. Wrestlers are typically ranked in the top of each division, and for good reason. They are athletic, relentless, and they have an incredible work ethic. I saw his highlights and he is very tough and explosive. He has quick hands, and, like all wrestlers, hits extremely hard. I haven’t developed a game plan for him because frankly, wrestlers are impossibly hard to defeat. In MMA, you can’t predict an outcome for a fight. You can only train your best, and you won’t know what will happen until the bell rings. We’ll see how my opponent will respond to my 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. My Coach Denny “300” Prokopos will be preparing me for the ground game, and I’ll be working at the GSD headquarters for all of my striking.”

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Dynasty Clothing MMA is proud to have Nathan Ng with us as an integral part of the Dynasty Family. Do you want to support Nathan Ng? Use his code NATHAN10 to get 10% off your order at DynastyClothingStore.com – and a portion of the proceeds will go directly in supporting his MMA journey. We wish him and his coaches a great big victory this Friday November 13th at One FC: Pride of Lions!

Portions of this article first appeared on Yahoo Sports and MMA Junkie.

– Dan Kai Wah from DynastyClothingStore.com

The Death Of The Martial Artist (How To Tell If You Still Are One)

It’s 2015. Martial arts is dead.

It has become common and mainstream for kids and adults alike these days to train in combat sports such as MMA and modernized martial arts like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, rather than the more traditional forms of martial arts such as Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, and so on and so forth.

While there is certainly nothing wrong in training MMA and BJJ (in fact we highly recommend them for their effectiveness in real fighting), the high degree of focus on sports competition and winning at all costs in MMA and BJJ – often come at a price when it comes to developing and cultivating individual morals, values, and ethics – perhaps more so than others.

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Is anybody a true martial artist anymore?

This is true for some coaches, and especially true when it comes to aggressive competitors. Nowadays, trash talking, disrespect, picking fights, and wild use of profanity seems to be tolerated, and even awarded.

Renzo Gracie, one of the most popular BJJ instructors in the sport, has actually spit on his opponents in past MMA bouts, stomped on other people's heads in brawls, and picked street fights with club bouncers in NYC. That is clearly not a positive role model for his students.
Renzo Gracie, one of the most popular BJJ instructors in the sport, has actually spit on his opponents in past MMA bouts, stomped on other people’s heads in brawls, and picked street fights with club bouncers in NYC. That is clearly not a positive role model for his students, or society for that matter.

Simple martial arts values like being respectful and courteous of others, minding our language, greeting each other, shaking hands and thanking each other after a match seem to have disappeared.

High school bullies who used to pick on other kids, have now become Jiu Jitsu bullies who smash on hobbyists and non-competitors, get special preferential treatment and protection from their coaches, carry themselves with their noses in the air, and only care about chasing the next gold medal or the next big win. Getting more fans, followers, sponsors, and free gear seem to be the only thing that concerns them. Their coaches are only concerned about promoting their schools, selling memberships, and making more money.

Lloyd Irvin, a BJJ instructor and master internet marketer, has largely been exposed by the BJJ community as a cult-like leader who brainwashes his students and promotes rape culture within his schools.
Lloyd Irvin, a BJJ instructor and master internet marketer, has largely been exposed by the BJJ community as a cult-like leader who brainwashes his students and promotes rape culture within his schools.

On the professional levels, drug abuse (Jon Jones) and outright cheating is even acceptable, as long as you have money and popularity (Vitor Belfort), and / or can spin it somehow with WWE promo cutting skills (Chael Sonnen).

Jon Jones has convicted multiple felonies including DUI and hit and run, and has been busted for cocaine. He has avoided jail time as a result of his status as a celebrity and fighter.
Jon Jones, while widely considered as the greatest UFC Light Heavyweight Champion of all time and a pound for pound great, has convicted multiple felonies including a DUI and a hit and run, and has been busted for cocaine use. The irony is not lost – as he has admitted in the past to have snitched on his friends for smoking marijuana. He has avoided jail time as a result of his status as a celebrity and fighter.
Vitor Belfort is a known cheater, having been busted multiple times for performance enhancing drugs.
Vitor Belfort is a known cheater, having been busted multiple times for performance enhancing drugs. He is still allowed to fight and compete despite popular belief that he continues to cheat.
Chael Sonnen, one of the most notorious cheaters in the sport, abused performance enhancing drugs so much that he had to retire from competition after the athletic commissions no longer allowed exemptions. Thanks to his mouth, he's been able to talk his way out of suspensions and even gifted title shots.
Thanks to his mouth, Chael Sonnen has been able to talk his way out of suspensions and was even gifted title shots. One of the most notorious cheaters in the sport, he abused performance enhancing drugs so much that he had to retire from competition after the athletic commissions no longer allowed “therapeutic use exemptions”.

Admirable, respectful martial artists like Fedor Emelianenko, Georges St-Pierre, and Lyoto Machida have already exited or are on their way out of the limelight, no longer the idols or role models of the general public, and only to a few hardcore fans.

Fedor Emelianenko is a former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion, and widely accepted as the greatest heavyweight fighter to ever have fought MMA, and the #1 pound for pound greatest fighter of all time. He has almost always maintained a calm, stoic composure and remained a respectful martial artist.
Fedor Emelianenko is a former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion, and widely accepted as the greatest heavyweight fighter to ever have fought MMA, and the #1 pound for pound greatest fighter of all time. He has almost always maintained a calm, stoic composure and remained a respectful martial artist.
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Former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre rarely talked trash, showed true martial arts values, and was always a humble and respectful competitor. Greasing allegations aside, he is widely regarded as the greatest welterweight MMA fighter of all time, and one of the pound for pound greats.
Lyoto Machida is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He is a true martial artist in every sense of the word, and not a day goes by where he does not train. He does not talk trash, and prefers to let his actions speak for themselves.
Lyoto Machida is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, known for showing the world that Karate can be used effectively in MMA. He is a true martial artist in every sense of the word, and not a day goes by where he does not train to improve himself as a martial artist. He does not talk trash, and prefers to let his actions speak for themselves.

So in 2015 – how can you tell if someone is still a true martial artist? Let’s take a look at the 5 ways we can identity a true martial artist – regardless of the discipline they practice.

1. They are humble, honest, and respectful, to everyone.

It doesn’t matter to them if you are the janitor, the receptionist, the white belt newbie, the blue belt hobbyist, or the world class BJJ black belt ADCC champion celebrity coach. They greet and treat everyone with the same amount of courtesy and respect. Not just the first time, not just the second time, but every time.

2. They remain patient and calm when dealing with problems or enemies.

They don’t lose their cool. They don’t throw a fit or a temper tantrum when they get submitted in a roll, lose a match, or get injured. They are patient when it comes to dealing with setbacks, confrontation, conflict, disagreements, or enemies.

3. They don’t use their skills to bully others.

When sparring or training with others with a significant skill gap between them, they don’t bully others by brutally knocking out their training partners, pushing smaller training partners around, or rolling excessively hard and pulling off violent and forceful submissions that can easily injure others.

4. They show sportsmanship and good degree of control.

In a match, they kick ass, and after beating their opponents, show sportsmanship and respect to the other competitor. They don’t foul their opponents, fight dirty, cheat, hit them after the bell, or crank on a submission to purposely hurt their opponents. If they are confronted on the street, they defend themselves intelligently without the use of excessive force.

Lyoto Machida showing a sign of respect to his opponent Ryan Bader, after delivering a brutal and impressive knock out.
Lyoto Machida showing a sign of respect to his opponent Ryan Bader, after delivering a brutal and impressive knock out.

5. They are role models who give back to the community and help others.

They carry themselves positively, and make positive life choices that set a good example for others. They give back to the community in some way, perhaps as a teacher or coach, and bring a positive impact on other peoples lives.

So how do you, your training partners, friends, instructors, and coaches stack up? Do you uphold the values of a true martial artist, similar to our Dynasty Family members? If you do – we’d like to hear from you, because Dynasty is a brand for martial artists – not bullies.

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