Hollywood Magic…πŸ₯‹

You could probably kick my ass. No, really… I have every confidence that anybody who made a serious effort would likely beat the brown emoji out of me. One of the important things that any student of the martial arts knows is that no mater how hard you train and how “good” you get, there will always be someone better. I put the word “good” in quotations, because a martial artist who genuinely believes that they are good, usually isn’t.

I can freely admit that as a child, besides my waning health, martial arts movies were one of the driving forces behind my interest in training. Watching such films as Enter the Dragon gave me the inspiration I needed to make the journey towards the martial arts. But there’s a lot you can do with a movie camera. Even create a martial arts master where none exists. And that’s just a little bit sad. But I digress…

Now, don’t get me wrong. There are a number of actors who have traditional martial arts backgrounds; some whom you wouldn’t even believe! For example, did you know that Elvis Presley held a black belt in Chito Ryu Karate? A style that by all accounts, happens to be Okinawan like my own, but was developed mainly in Japan?

My point in this post, and I will attempt to keep it brief, is that you can’t always believe the skill you see on the silver screen. Actors often take supplementary training in order to fulfill the requirements of their roles. And in some instances, stories can be told that may not have necessarily happened. I am speaking, of course, of Mr. Frank Dux…

One of the most iconic and inspiring movies of my childhood was a movie released in 1988 called Bloodsport. The movie was said to be based on the true life of Frank W. Dux, although in recent years, many of Mr. Dux’s claims were found to be fraudulent and false.

This was heart-breaking for me, since Bloodsport was one of those inspirational movies that moved me to the martial arts. Although I had already started looking into different styles and training on a rudimentary level, Bloodsport push me over the top. With the inspirational story of a troubled youth seeking out the training and guidance of a well-rounded martial arts master, which leads him to a life of the straight and narrow…

I would be lying if I said that this DIDN’T bear some passing resemblance to my own youth, where I sought out Sensei’s teachings in order to improve my health, well-being and provide for a better future. I often attribute the positives ion my life to the fact that I was able to stick with it and train the way I have, and continue to do so. But this movie was based on a life that the character DIDN’T actually live!

Most people can still agree that Bloodsport was an awesome movie, a fine example of 80’s action and martial arts films. I’m not a fan of propaganda and disinformation, so I’ll let you make your own determinations on this one. If you search for Frank Dux on YouTube or Google, you’ll get plenty of articles on what I’m talking about. I will once again point out that I think it’s sad when a person can’t make their own way through life without creating a persona or a history for themselves. ☯

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Shawn

I am a practitioner of the martial arts and student of the Buddhist faith. I have been a Type 1 Diabetic since I was 4 years old and have been fighting the uphill battle it includes ever since. I enjoy fitness and health and looking for new ways to improve both, as well as examining the many questions of life. Although I have no formal medical training, I have amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding health, Diabetes, martial arts as well as Buddhism and philosophy. My goal is to share this information with the world, and perhaps provide some sarcastic humour along the way. Welcome!

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