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Wife is so impressed with her lover’s mastery of wushu she takes lessons in the discipline from his mother

A French woman said her Chinese husband might not be the most romantic man in the world, but his passion for martial arts impressed her so much she decided to take it up herself, according to mainland Chinese media.

The 26-year-old, identified only as Pauline, met 27-year-old Sun Renzhi at a Chinese culture exhibition in Paris in 2012 where he was performing a martial arts, or wushu, routine, the Yangzhou-based Jiangdu Daily reported.

Sun, who hails from Yangzhou, a city in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, was a student at a business school in the city at the time, it said.

The couple’s story came to the attention of the Chinese media after it was featured in a video produced by a Chinese blogger living in Paris, which is where Pauline and Sun also now call home.

After graduating in 2013, Sun decided to return to China, and Pauline went with him.

The daughter of a French military official said she had never been to China before, but had always been interested in its culture. On the couple’s arrival in Jiangsu she enrolled on a university course to learn Mandarin and help her settle in, the report said.

But that wasn’t all.

Pauline said she had been fascinated when she first saw Sun demonstrating his martial arts. However, it was only when she found out that his mother was also an expert and a wushu teacher that she decided to have a go at it herself.

“As the old saying, when you fall in love with someone, you fall in love with his city too,” Sun’s mother was quoted as saying.

With their passions now firmly intertwined, the couple tied the knot in Nanjing in 2015, capital of Jiangsu, before returning to France, where they held a marriage ceremony in a small village just outside Paris last July.

Twelve months on, it’s not just Sun’s physical prowess that impresses his Gallic bride. Pauline said she also loves his sense of humour, confidence, ambition and the respect he always shows her.

Not that he’s perfect, the report said.

Despite living in the romance capital of the world, Sun always forgets to buy his wife flowers on Valentines’ Day, she said.

For his part, Sun said that of all the things he loves about his wife the one trait he finds most attractive is her “independence”.

“French girls never ask their partners to carry their handbags for them, which I really appreciate,” he said.


In this digital age, kids are often exposed to all kinds of technology – from iPads to computers and TVs. Hence, it comes as no surprise that their idea of fun sometimes means sitting and staring at a screen for hours on end. Unfortunately, such sedentary behavior is unhealthy, especially when it becomes a habit that the child carries over to his or her adult years. This often leads to poor fitness and increases the risk of obesity, as well as other chronic diseases.

If your little one is obsessed with electronic gadgets and would rather stay in to play video games than go to the playground or swimming pool, fret not. We’ve got a suggestion for you: enroll your kid in a martial arts academy to keep him or her active! Besides being a fun and engaging activity, martial arts would also be great for your child’s character development.

Before 9-year-old Stephen Cartagena started training martial arts at Evolve MMA, he was a couch potato.

“He would sit down the whole day after school with his iPad, or play with his PS4,” shares Noble Cartagena, Stephen’s dad. “We tried to limit his time with these gadgets, but since we aren’t home most of the time, we couldn’t really keep track. So we wanted to find him an activity that can keep him active.”

Stephen poses with his BJJ professors.

“My parents brought me to Evolve for a trial class, and then I asked my mom to sign me up” recalls Stephen. He enjoyed himself so much that he actually returned for more martial arts training the following day.

Now, Stephen trains both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai on a regular basis at Evolve MMA (Orchard Central) and Evolve MMA (PoMo Mall), and holds a gray belt in BJJ as well as a gray prajied in Muay Thai. During his time at Evolve MMA, Stephen has become much more active and as a result managed to shed some pounds and drop to a healthy weight.

“I was 45kg before I started training, and now I’m 39kg. I train 6 times a week, that’s why I’m very fit and very slim,” he laughs.

Stephen, before and after his martial arts training.

Apart from the weight loss and active lifestyle, martial arts has played a part in shaping Stephen to be a better person. According to his dad, there is “overall improvement” in Stephen’s life. “He became more focused, his school grades improved, and his eating habits got better too,” shares Noble. “He eats vegetables now!” he exclaimed.

At some point of his martial arts journey, Stephen decided to take his training to the next level and put his skills to the test – by participating in competitions.

“I competed thrice so far,” reveals Stephen. “I got a silver at the Evolve competition, and bronze for my other two competitions, in Singapore and Melbourne. It was great to represent Evolve.”

Stephen and his teammates and professors at a BJJ competition.

Besides being an active competitor, Stephen is also popular among his teammates at Evolve and his instructors have only good things to say about him, not just as a martial artist, but as a person too.

“Stephen is a friendly, smart and helpful kid. Everyone loves him,” shares BJJ Black Belt Almiro Barros, who heads the Little Samurai program at Evolve MMA. “He helps others in class and is a good example for other kids.”

Muay Thai Champion Saknarong Sityodtong, who teaches the kids Muay Thai at Evolve MMA agrees. “He always shows good behavior in class; it’s great to have him as a student.”

There’s no doubt that even at such a young age, Stephen has reaped numerous benefits from his martial arts training – and will only continue to grow and progress from here.

So tell us, are you ready to get your kid into the best shape of his/her life? Why not let him/her try a class and see how things go!


Bruce Lee was a phenomenon. When he emerged into stardom in the early 1970′s, the world was blown away. A martial artist at the top of his form, a captivating presence on film and in person, he was humble, intelligent and well spoken, a combination that successfully shattered the one-dimensional stereotype of the Chinese people as portrayed in Hollywood cinema up to that point.

Obsessively driven, he accomplished more in his short 32 years than most do in their entire lifetime, his fame growing to an iconic level after his death in 1973. In 1999 he was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of the 20th century, and the awards, honours and accolades he received, both while living and posthumously, remain too numerous to name here.
He was also a philosopher and a poet. Though less well-known, this side of his personality undoubtedly played a large role in the near-mystical qualities many claim he brought to his life and work.

In the creation of Jeet Kune Do, his personal style of martial arts, Lee shed many of the traditional techniques of the fore-running schools in an effort to distill and improve upon the core elements therein, creating a style more in line with the flow of life itself.

His personal philosophy was no less controversial. Influenced by much of the wisdom from the east, he nonetheless held no doctrine as the sole arbiter of truth, didn’t possess a belief in a higher power and claimed freedom from limitation as the highest liberation. Beyond doubt, a self-made man.

Here, then, are 25 of his most famous quotes. True to form, they are short, simple and direct in their wisdom.

  • Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
  • What you habitually think largely determines what you will ultimately become.
  • Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.
  • Reality is apparent when one ceases to compare. — There is “what is” only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful.
  • A good teacher protects his pupils from his own influence.
  • To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
  • Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
  • If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
  • Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will have created another pattern and trapped yourself there.
  • Real living is living for others.
  • I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
  • Many people dedicate their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like, rather than actualizing themselves. This difference between self-actualization and self-image actualization is very important. Most people live only for their image.
  • It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
  • The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.
  • As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
  • A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract; and when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, “I” do not hit, “it” hits all by itself.
  • If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
  • Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.
  • Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
  • A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
  • If you don’t want to slip up tomorrow, speak the truth today.
  • A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
  • The knowledge and skills you have achieved are meant to be forgotten so you can float comfortably in emptiness, without obstruction.
  • If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you.
  • If there is a God, he is within. You don’t ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.

Credits: Written by Wes AnnacCulture of Awareness Via


The Men’s Fitness cover star is gearing up for the third installment in the action franchise, which expects to start filming in fall 2017.

The former Men’s Fitness cover star went through an extensive training period for the film, working on a tactical gun range with actual weapons, doing fight choreography with the stunt coordinator, and even getting behind the wheel to get comfortable with the film’s (many) driving stunts.

Reeves is not stranger to working hard on his training for film roles: Back when Reeves portrayed Neo in the Matrix trilogy, he went through months of martial arts training to prepare for that film’s extensive stunt work.

Reeves likely will be getting ready to do it all over again soon, as John Wick 3 appears to be on the fast track to production. Chad Stahelski, director of the second film, told Collider that the story is in the works, and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Derek Kolstad, who wrote the first two films, is back for the third installment.

Stahelski later gave another update to the Independent, saying that the third film could be a “completion” of Wick’s story and that the story will dive more into Wick’s backstory: “We are going to put in something about the High Table, how that all works,” Stahelski said. “We’re going to put in something about where John comes from, and where he wants to go. I don’t want to say too much more, but it will be a nice completion to Mr. Wick’s journey.” (Could that mean that John Wick 3 will be the final film in the series? Time will tell, but it’s not likely as long as the reviews and box office scores are so good.)

Here’s a look at Reeves working on fight training for the film:

Reeves takes on tactical training for the movie in these two videos:


Former first lady Michelle Obama has a passion for fitness. During her reign as first lady, Michelle Obama brought about the “Let’s Move” campaign for health and physical fitness. Now, the former first lady can be seen laying down some combinations on a heavy bag.

In the video below, from 2015, Michelle Obama can be seen drilling through her workout routine for the “Let’s Move” campaign. Included in the routine, Michelle Obama can be seen working a heavy bag with a few kickboxing combinations.

For the full routine, see the video below.


Documentary filmmakers Morgan Spurlock and Ross Kauffman will executive produce “Tough Guys,” about the origins of the mixed martial arts fighting phenomenon.

“Tough Guys” is directed by Henry Roosevelt and W.B. Zullo, and produced by Craig DiBiase. The documentary chronicles the origins of MMA beginning in Pittsburgh in 1979 when Bill Viola and Frank Caliguri dreamed up a contest pitting barroom bigmouths against wrestlers, martial artists, boxers, bouncers, and brawlers — billed as a no-holds-barred new type of competitive fighting.

The fights became known as “tough man,” “tough guy,” “battle of the brawlers,” or “battle of the superfighters” matches. The film explores the moment when the national martial arts craze was building to a crescendo as the economies of Pennsylvania steel towns were plummeting to record levels of unemployment.

“When I was around 12 years old, my dad took me to my first ‘tough guy’ competition in my hometown of Beckley, W.Va.,” Spurlock said. “And I have to admit, it was one of the greatest things I’d ever seen. So when the opportunity came along for me help tell the story of its origin, I jumped at the chance.”

“Tough Guys” will world premiere on June 15 at the AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington, D.C.

“Like my previous films, ‘Born Into Brothels’ and ‘E-Team,’ ‘Tough Guys’ is about underdogs striving to achieve the impossible,” Kauffman said. “In ‘Tough Guys,’ the underdog is America’s working class who are searching for respect and ultimately a way to survive. When I got involved I didn’t know how timely the story would be.”

Spurlock’s business partner, Jeremy Chilnick, is also executive producing. Spurlock is best know for his 2004 documentary “Super Size Me,” which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary. His other credits include “Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden,” “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” “Rats,” and CNN’s “Inside Man.”


CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Rosemary Clarke is a soft-spoken, slight woman. The kind who makes you naturally lean forward when you first meet, so as to not miss a word.

There’s something almost soothing about the delicate way in which she speaks. It’s a trait you notice from the moment she introduces herself.

“Hello, I’m Rosemary. Kimbo’s mom.”

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UFC flyweight Demetrious Johnson released a lengthy statement on Monday, airing several grievances he has with the promotion.

T.J. Dillashaw, who’s been asking to fight Johnson at an unannounced UFC event in August, believes many of Johnson’s grievances would be addressed if he would just agree to the fight.

“I feel like him fighting me would fix a lot of his problems,” Dillashaw told ESPN’s Five Rounds podcast. “He will get a pay-per-view cut and he’s actually going to make the paychecks he’s earned. He is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and I think this is the fight to get him paid.

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Bellator MMA will promote its second-ever pay-per-view event, Bellator NYC: Silva vs. Sonnen, inside Madison Square Garden three weeks from now.

It is the first PPV offering of Scott Coker’s tenure as president, which started in June 2014 — and it will not be the last. Bellator’s current identity is built around its television platform of Spike TV, but Coker believes that will evolve to incorporate PPV in the coming years.

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No one talks money more than Floyd Mayweather. His nickname is Money. He’s the figurehead of “The Money Team.” He flaunts his checks, his cars and his winning betting slips.

But there’s a close second and that’s Conor McGregor. McGregor, who collected a $235 welfare check the week before his first UFC fight in 2013, has openly professed his love for cash and has had no problem saying how much he makes — $40 million in 2016, according to the man himself.

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