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Brad Pitt credits ‘underrated’ Jackie Chan as influence for ‘Bullet Train’ fighting style

  • In an interview on Monday night at the premiere of his latest film “Bullet Train,” actor Brad Pitt credited legendary Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan as the influence behind many of the film’s fight scenes.
  • Pitt, who plays a killer assassin hired to collect a briefcase while onboard a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, praised Chan as a trailblazer and icon of movie stunts.
  • “We always talk about Jackie Chan, how much we love Jackie Chan,” said Pitt. “He’s like our Charlie Chaplin, he’s just so underrated.”
  • “Bullet Train” is based on famed Japanese thriller novelist Kōtarō Isaka’s 2010 work, “Maria Beetle.”
  • Pitt previously found himself in hot water when people criticized Hollywood for whitewashing the movie adaptation of the novel by casting non-Japanese actors.

Actor Brad Pitt credited legendary Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan as the influence behind many of the fight scenes in his new movie, “Bullet Train.”

The 58-year-old Hollywood star sat down for an interview with “Entertainment Today,” along with co-stars Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, on Monday night at the Los Angeles premiere of director David Leitch’s “Bullet Train.”

Filipino American MMA fighter takes down NYC man accused of six separate unprovoked attacks

  • Ro Malabanan, a Filipino American mixed martial artist, reportedly witnessed a man sucker-punching a construction worker in SoHo, New York City, on July 27.
  • Malabanan chased after the attacker, later identified as 28 year-old Samuel Frazier, and subdued him until police arrived, according to reports.
  • Frazier was accused of assaulting six men along Broadway in SoHo prior to the incident.
  • The New York Police Department has arrested the assailant, who has been charged with two counts of assault.

A Filipino American mixed martial artist reportedly stopped an attacker after witnessing him hit another man in an unprovoked attack in New York City.

Ro Malabanan, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, was heading to work when saw a homeless man, later identified as 28-year-old Samuel Frazier, sucker-punch a construction worker in SoHo on July 27, according to reports.

Man accused of pistol-whipping Asian senior humbled by ‘much smaller man’ in viral fight video

  • Train 4 Life Center in Suisun City, California, claims Omari Garland, the man accused of pistol-whipping and robbing a 70-year-old Asian man in Fairfield last month, picked a fight with another Asian man at their gym.
  • Garland allegedly threatened the smallest man in the gym, who turned out to be Terrance “Wrong Turn” Saeteurn, a pro MMA fighter.
  • Garland can be seen calling timeout in the video shortly after beginning his fight with Saeteurn.
  • Garland is suspected of being the same man who was previously arrested and charged with felony robbery for assaulting a senior and robbing his cellphone at gunpoint on July 7.
  • The accused posted his $45,000 bail on July 8, according to court records. Garland is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 5 for early arraignment.

Omari Garland, the man accused of pistol-whipping and robbing a 70-year-old Asian man in Fairfield last month, allegedly picked a fight with another Asian man at a gym in California.

The Train 4 Life Center in Suisun City explained that Garland allegedly walked into the martial arts gym, signed a waiver to train and decided to pick on an opponent not of his own size, according to a post on their Instagram account.

‘Hunter x Hunter’ fan pledges 1,000 punches of gratitude a day until the end of its 3-year hiatus

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  • While manga lovers awaited the return of “Hunter x Hunter,” one loyal fan took matters into his own fists by pledging to throw 1,000 punches every day until the manga resumes serialization.
  • YouTuber Totsugeki Tarue posts daily, hour-long videos showcasing his punches while clad in a white martial arts gi.
  • His routine is an homage to the intensive training regimen of one of the most powerful characters in the “Hunter x Hunter” universe, Isaac Netero, who expresses gratitude for martial arts with 10,000 punches a day
  • Tarue’s 1,000 punches is his own way of expressing gratitude for the efforts of the manga’s creator and author, Yoshihiro Togashi.
  • Though Togashi has announced new “Hunter x Hunter” chapters are in the works, Tarue does not intend on stopping his daily ritual.

While manga lovers around the world have anxiously awaited the highly anticipated return of “Hunter x Hunter,” one loyal fan took matters into his own fists by pledging to throw 1,000 punches every day until the manga resumes serialization.

YouTuber Totsugeki Tarue posts daily hour-long videos showcasing his punches while clad in a white martial arts gi. 

Why Jet Li says he turned down Richard Nixon’s personal bodyguard offer when he was 11

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  • Legendary martial arts star Jet Li, whose full Chinese name is Li Lianjie, turned down then-President Richard Nixon’s offer to be his personal bodyguard after he performed with China’s national wushu team outside the White House in 1974.
  • His White House visit was the last stop of the team’s U.S. tour that year.
  • Li shared that after the performance, Nixon asked him, “How about being my bodyguard when you grow up?”
  • “No. I don’t want to protect any individual,” Li, who was 11 years old at the time, replied. “When I grow up, I want to defend my one billion Chinese countrymen!”
  • Then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger purportedly broke the “uncomfortable silence” that followed by jokingly stating, “Heavens, such a young boy, and he already speaks like a diplomat!”

Legendary martial arts star Jet Li once turned down then-President Richard Nixon’s offer to be his personal bodyguard during a visit to the United States when he was 11 years old.

Li performed with China’s national wushu team throughout their U.S. tour in 1974. He first met Nixon during the final stop of the tour, the 59-year-old martial arts star recalled in his now-offline essay

MMA fighter ‘The Korean Zombie’ hints at retirement after UFC 273 championship match loss

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UFC featherweight fighter Jung Chan-sung – better known as “The Korean Zombie” – hinted at his retirement after losing his championship match on Saturday.

In a post-fight Octagon interview with Joe Rogan, Jung, 35, confessed that although he felt “the most confident” he ever has in his career entering the match, he “hit a brick wall” that he “could not overcome” during the fight. The event was Jung’s second-ever title opportunity after losing to José Aldo in 2013.

Donnie Yen’s vow to Bruce Lee over 25 years ago: ‘I won’t let him down’

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  • Hong Kong martial artist Donnie Yen Ji-dan, 58, said in a 1995 interview that he “will not let Bruce Lee down.”
  • “I think he was a great kung fu fighter with unsurpassed skills,” Yen said. “I also respect his wisdom and foresight. If his spirit is watching now, I won’t let him down.”
  • Yen’s acting career started after he was cast in the 1984 film “Drunken Tai Chi.” He was later cast in the 1985 romantic comedy “Mismatched Couples,” which almost jeopardized his future in the film industry.
  • The film “Legend of the Wolf” marked his directorial debut in 1997. He admitted in an interview that he was struggling at the time and only had 100 Hong Kong dollars (approximately $12.80) to his name.
  • Yen achieved international fame after being cast in the starring role of “Ip Man,” the 2008 biographical martial arts film based on the life of Bruce Lee’s Wing Chun teacher.

Before becoming a well-known actor, Donnie Yen faced several ups and downs while working in the film industry throughout the decades, including taking on a romantic comedy role that almost jeopardized his career.

Yen, whose full name is Donnie Yen Ji-dan, landed his first acting role in the 1984 movie “Drunken Tai Chi” after the brother of one of his mother’s students asked him to go to a casting call, according to South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Taekwondo, judo bodies strip Vladimir Putin of black belt, honorary posts

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  • The governing bodies of judo and taekwondo have stripped Russian President Vladimir Putin of his honorary titles in response to the country’s recent attacks on Ukraine.
  • The International Judo Federation, which is based in Budapest, suspended Putin’s status as its honorary president and ambassador “in light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine.”
  • Meanwhile, World Taekwondo, which is based in Seoul, withdrew Putin’s black belt, saying it “strongly condemns the brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine.”
  • Over 400 civilians have been killed in Ukraine, according to government data published on Monday.

Two global martial arts organizations stripped Russian President Vladimir Putin of honorary titles over the weekend in response to his ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The International Judo Federation (IJF), which governs the Japanese-originated sport, suspended Putin’s status as honorary president and ambassador in a short statement on Saturday.

Donald Trump awarded honorary ninth-degree taekwondo black belt — now outranks Chuck Norris

Trump awarded with an honorary ninth-degree taekwondo black belt

Donald Trump is now a taekwondo black belt holder despite never having actually practiced taekwondo.

Martial artist: Kukkiwon, a taekwondo governing body based in South Korea, presented the former president with an honorary ninth dan black belt at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend, reported the New York Post.