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It's July 20th today, and it's the 48th anniversary of when we lost the great and uber-talented Bruce Lee. He's justly famous not just for his physical abilities but for his interesting philosophies on life, being quite witty to say the least.

Link: https://twitter.com/brucelee/status/1417518448939192321

With martial arts and general efforts at exercise based self-improvement in mind, why not have a thread on just that? Sounds fun to me! A lot to talk about!

>What martial arts have you been interested in if even as an observer, watching films and the like?

>What martial-arts based movies are your favorite?

>In terms of real-life, have you experience in these areas at all, practicing to improve yourself?

>What do you do in terms of general exercise?

And lets post some cool pics and videos while we're at it?


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>What martial arts have you been interested in if even as an observer, watching films and the like?
I actually did train Karate in my youth, from ages 9 to 17. Of course I am fat and useless now, but I did get to... actually I don't remember if I made black belt, but definitely brown with a stripe.

Of other martial arts I actually know the name of and can visualize, kickboxing always seemed very impressive to me, Muay Thai in particular. But I doubt I could ever commit to that.

>What martial-arts based movies are your favorite?
Oh man, there's a lot. It depends on tone really - should it be dark, gritty, realistic and hard hitting, or are we talking outright Wuxia style fantasy? Or even comedies?

Cause in the latter case, Stephen Chow and Jackie Chan are oviously big time winners, with Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer and any number oF Chan films (though in particular Drunken Master, since it's both hilarious AND absolutely mindbloqingly amazing in terms of the physical prowess on display).

I guess I tend to lean over to outright fantasy. I actually watched Big Trouble In Little China with my dad just yesterday, not that I'd quite classify that as a martial arts film, but it's certainly sorto f "Wuxia lite".

>In terms of real-life, have you experience in these areas at all, practicing to improve yourself?
Like I said, I did karate as a kid. Sports have never really done anything for me in the slightest (being bullied didn't help either - being the bulliedk id and playing sports is just asking people to tear your apart the instant you make one bad play), so that worked out fine. Met one of my friends through it too.

>What do you do in terms of general exercise?
Absolutely nothing, hence the fat and shitty part.
I have tried a few times to get into working out, but it just doens'tw ork and I always fall out. I don't ever enter that "zone" people talk about... I jus tget plain tired of being there and wishing I was doing literally anything else. Plus, I can't afford much in the way of gym memberships, much less constantly locating to a closer one.

But with that said... I am considering buying monthly passes to my local poolhouse. I do enjoy swimming, there's one a five minute walk away, and well, that's a whole-body exercise all rolled up in one activity that I actually enjoy, and have no options to distract myself with (phone or whatever). So I am thinking once I am fully vaccinated, thatm ight be worth a try.


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I don't know much or have much interest in martial arts. But in terms of exercise I get most of that playing beat saber. Today I spent 50 minutes playing and burned 450 calories! It's a fun way to get moving.

I also have a weights routine i do three times a week. That isn't nearly as fun as beat saber tho haha


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Oh, to get to some of my own questions... well, when I was way younger I studied Tae-Kwon-Do but while I enjoyed it greatly I never progressed that far. Can't say that it's not fascinating. Should probably get back into it.

I like a lot of comedies, so Jackie Chan's sillier work has major appeal for my tastes. Especially the Rush Hour series. Hilarious stuff with tons of action.


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I usually go for a 5k run four to five times a week, and then I do some regular strength exercises like pushups, sit ups, etc.

I actually just got in from my run a few minutes ago.


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I've never really been much for swimming. Still, seems like relatively positive exercise. And can be fun if it's somebody's 'thing'.

What do you play Beat Saber on? You have it for a while? I'm curious.


It's basically the one style of exercise that doesn't make me immediately wish I was doing literally anything else, so seem slike my safest bet.


I really should get back into outdoors walking myself. Running would probably be better, I know. Still... eh.

Makes sense. I personally don't think that I mind exercise, but I don't seem to get that much out of it compared to other people? I get into podcasts. Music. Etc. Or if it's outside sports, into the specific activities only in a moderate sense. I don't know.


Yeah, no. Everyone keeps harping about "Oh, if you just keep going you'll love it like it was crack fucking cocaine and never wanna stop, thats just what exercise does," and I have NEVER felt it even when I did it regularly a while back and got it for free through recommended treatment.


I play expert+ songs! I can't beat a lot of them but I'm definitely above the expert level. I do a lot of custom songs too which really vary in difficulty a lot.

I've been playing since December, maybe put in 60-70 hours roughly. I would play more but it's exhausting to play at this level.

I record some of my best runs, so you can check out my latest effort on YouTube!


Intense! I don't think that I could handle that personally! Great song, though!

I'm interested in VR games and chatting, especially as a furry, but I've not gotten into it yet. Need to at the bare minimum have the dosh to spend on getting everything, and that will be take time. Someday.

Do you listen to other Chinese, Japanese, and Korean pop rock / power pop type songs outside of video games? I'm curious. I do sometimes.

This is one of my favorite non-English songs of all time:


Yeah, I'm really enjoying some of the custom songs people put up. That's actually getting me into jpop and kpop right now. I've been exploring the hololive artists and I'm enjoying a good deal of that. I also like YUC'e's music a lot!

One of my side motivations to getting a quest 2 was vrchat. Looks fun to go in with friends with your own custom avatar! But I lack a custom avatar and friends to do vr chat with haha


Well, if/when I get into VR stuff sometime, I'll let you know so that we can both be furry together, with petting and loudly going "UWU"!

And as well I could introduce you to other peeps who're really into VR!


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Ah, well hopefully you'll be in position to get vr some time. Always happy to meet new people! I bet it's easier over vr than it would be in person haha.


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finally a thread for me!

i've studied martial arts for about 13 years. I'm a 3rd degree black sash, and i've studied Wah Lum Praying Mantis, Meihua Taiji Mantis, Fu Style Baguazhang, and Combined Style Tai Chi chuan. I've also learned various staff forms, dao broadsword forms, a couple jian straight sword forms, a chainwhip form, three section staff, and jian bian iron whips.

i guess for my video sharing, i'll share a vid from my 4 styles

wah lum

Taiji Meihua Mantis

Fu Style Baguazhang

Combined Tai Chi Chuan

for the movies, I like alot of them. of course Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee are very important to me, but i would also say i love Donnie Yen films because he is the son of my Sigong (which is a sifu's sifu) Bow Sim Mark, so i have a bias towards him. His Ip Man fights are all amazing, but one fight scene that i think doesn't get enough credit is from Kill Zone.


what's awesome about this particular fight scene is that this wasn't choreographed. The two of them trained with eachother and sparred a lot IRL, so they knew eachother well enough to just fight and make it look good. They did add some stuff in later to make it more intense and violent looking, but for the most part it is as authentic as movie fighting can be

as for non live action movies, the Kung Fu Panda movies are all wonderful, even the third one is good despite being the weakest of the three. They used the different animal styles well with the furious five, and the philosophy through the movies was fantastic and portrayed in a way that are easy to understand

and to this day, Kung Fu Panda 2 is still in my top 10 films of all time. as somebody who suffered a lot of trauma in my life, struggling to find inner peace is hard and continues to be hard, but it is worth it. I feel that Kung Fu Panda 2 does the best job of showcasing that of all movies ive ever seen. plus his "inner peace" is basically using Tai Chi which i think is awesome


i also love that i learned a shaolin system, tai chi, and bagua when Avatar the Last Airbender was showing, and as somebody who was 3/4ths the way to becoming the avatar, it was always amazing to watch the show! i mean the show is nearly flawless, and Korra also gave me more than my heart could ever desire <3


as for practice, i got my forms, weapons, and other things that i do. i really should do more than i do but i have other focuses right now that prevent me from really expanding at this time

still, i practice circle walking and take time to practice when available. it's great to keep my skills up, and to keep me from becoming a couch potato :PP


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It's something I stuck with for a while. I'm not going to say I outright enjoy the running itself, but it's time to myself and seeing improvement is good motivation for me.

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