Monday, March 29, 2010

Worldly Shaolin Warriors

UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy

Dan Hardy gave Georges St. Pierre less of a fight than I expected, but for the toughness and courage he displayed in not succumbing to submission attempts and lasting five rounds, he has my utmost respect.

In fact, I have so much respect for The Outlaw's fighting spirit that I wish he would've had a chance to learn the aspects of Shaolin kung fu that are more directly applicable in combat.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pick Your Poison : UFC 111

Before we start, I'd like to warn you that this UFC 111 preview piece contains spoilers from the kung fu classic Five Deadly Venoms. If you haven't seen the movie already, please proceed with caution.

In my earlier post "The Poison Clan Reborn in UFC 111", I compared Dan Hardy to the Scorpion from The Five Deadly Venoms, for his fast, accurate and powerful long-range striking. Hardy is also a Scorpion in the sense that he can sneak up on people with his underdog's hunger.

Sun Chien the Scorpion flashing the smile of an assassin

Among the Poison Clan members, the Scorpion is the easily the sneakiest. He pretends to be the upstanding Constable Ma - even though he has an eye on the hidden riches of wealthy ex-Clansman Yuen, who is murdered by the Centipede and Snake in a failed robbery attempt.

The Scorpion stops at nothing to get to this secret treasure : The bandit in a police suit uses his position of power and underhanded methods to identify and eliminate rivals and obstacles. Although he keeps his identity a secret until the end, Constable Ma bides his time as a judge is bribed - and the Toad falsely accused of murder, then tortured and executed.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Thousand Arrows of Manny Pacquiao

When Manny Pacquiao schooled Joshua Clottey on Saturday night, the relentless assault was akin to the hailstorm of arrows launched by Qin Shi Huang's deadliest archers in the historical swordplay epic Hero (starring Jet Li, featuring Donnie Yen).

Faced against so many arrows fired in quick and neverending succession, Clottey could do nothing but peek through the slit in between his guard, lest his eyes get pierced by the hissing projectiles.

Manny Pacquiao v Joshua Clottey

With the spirit and support of most of the 51,000 fans in attendance at Cowboys Stadium behind him, Manny Pacquiao's arrows seemed like they were set on fire before they were launched. It's a testament to Clottey's toughness, stamina and guard that he finished the fight standing on his two feet.

However, boxing judges don't reward stationary defenses and plodding offenses, so God willing, we'll get another chance to see Pacman try to further cement his legacy.

Hopefully, that chance will come against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pick Your Poison: Pacquiao-Clottey

If you're not familiar with The Five (Deadly) Venoms, the premise of this piece, I strongly recommend that you read my earlier post "The Poison Clan Reborn in Pacquiao-Clottey".

The Toad Style is seemingly invincible.

The Toad's impregnable armor can withstand attacks from spears and swords - or attempts to puncture its skin through the use of an Iron Maiden. It can even be argued that the Toad Style builds its exponent a fortress impregnable by bullets.

However, the Toad cannot resist explosive pressure point strikes.

In other words, when struck in its weak spots with pinpoint accuracy, the Toad's defensive functions rapidly collapse.

There's no recourse at this point, as each progressive blow destroys the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems of the Toad.

Joshua Clottey, with his tight guard and strong chin, has been practically, in the infamous words of The Rzarector, "immune to all physical torture."

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