Tag: Martial Arts

Movie Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

 

Despite my best efforts—watching Nova on PBS, reading pop-sci books written in the simplest terms—I don’t understand the multiverse theory. You did a math problem and came to the conclusion there are an infinite number of parallel universes? I’ll take your word for it, Mr. Hawking.

It was a relief to learn that the “theory” isn’t a theory in the scientific sense, but mere hypothesis. The implications are horrifying. For every universe you raise a happy, successful family there’s one where you’re miserable and destitute. That time you felt queasy and saved yourself embarrassment by not attending your brother-in-law’s dinner party is a wash, because one universe over you did attend and were browner and sadder for it. Every dumb observation, inappropriate joke, Vox headline, and rude comment you kept to yourself was blurted out by one of your parallel “selves.” Decisions don’t matter.

The sleeper hit Everything Everywhere All at Once, which opened nationwide last weekend, shows that if nothing else, the multiverse theory is a goldmine for creative storytellers. It’s about Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) who is at her wits’ end. Her laundromat business is in hot water with the IRS, her marriage is struggling and she’s not even aware her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) has filed divorce papers, her college-age daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu) is dating a woman and that won’t go over well with Evelyn’s father (James Hong) who is visiting from China.

Strength and the Martial Arts

 

The girl was 11 years old. She was the most diligent student in my class. When I would demonstrate how to stand, how to kick, how to block, she would watch intently while the other children horsed around and blew off steam (which is kind of the point for a child’s martial arts class). But not Tammy. She went off and carefully set up the technique I had shown her, and practiced it repeatedly. Her brow furrowed when she was unhappy with the result, and she’d try again.

Recognizing that she was one of the ones there to seriously learn, I spent a lot of time helping her. She passed her yellow belt test on her first try, and that earned her the right to represent her class in our annual demonstration for parents and the city.

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I have a fear that I’ll be called out for this, but so be it: Special needs kids and adults should not participate in adult martial arts. Should they learn? Absolutely. However, this weekend I was treated to sparring with one youngster in a powered chair and one competitor with Down syndrome. I think they […]

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The 15:17 to Paris

 

Clint Eastwood is making a movie about the terrorist train attack that was thwarted by three Americans, two service members and all proficient in martial arts, when the terrorist’s AK-47 incredibly seized up giving them time to rush him and eventually subdue and hogtie him. According to news accounts, the three Americans will be played by themselves. Whoa! I can’t wait!

Here’s a video from Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners the Gracie brothers explaining how the men were able to go from zero to 60 to respond to the terrorist effectively. Also how to tie up a bad guy:

Bruce Lee Reincarnated

 

Hmmm, what should I post about today? Unveil my critique of Heritage’s latest white paper on King v. Burwell, condemn anti-federalist rhetoric in French “New Wave” cinema, or perhaps outline the future of pan-Arabism in a post-Yemen world?

No, wait… Here’s a cool video of a 5-year-old with nunchuks: