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The True forms of Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo, volume 2

Volume Two of the Chung Bong hyungs is available now through CreateSpace (linked below) and will be available through Amazon and on Kindle by the end of the week. Thank you, Tanya Bartelt for the photography work and putting up with the project.

You can pick up your paperback copy here – www.createspace.com/5480487 – and your Kindle copy here – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X96ADB8

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Interview with martial artist, director and star of Underdog Kids Phillip Rhee

Star of the series Phillip Rhee not only led the charge with writing and starring in the original, he took over as sole star in the franchise and even stepped behind the camera to direct later installments.

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Donate to help Last Dragon star and martial artist Ernie Reyes Jr.

Ever since he was a child Ernie Reyes, Jr. has been entertaining audiences on both the small and big screen. While his most famous roles were in The Last Dragon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles he appeared in so much more.

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'Kill La Kill' coming to Toonami on Feb. 7

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If you attended Otakon Vegas, which takes place this current weekend, you may have attended the Aniplex of America panel.

Aniplex of America announced that Kill La Kill, the 2013 anime based off the original manga, is coming to Toonami. The premiere date will be on February 7th at 11:30 PM. If you can stay up until late, you can catch the premiere.

The fourth Blu-Ray and DVD to Kill La Kill is scheduled to release on February 24th and Aniplex of America announced the fifth and Aniplex of America, at its Otakon Vegas panel, announced that the fifth Blu-Ray is scheduled to release on April 28th.

The company even streamed a special trailer for the upcoming Toonami premiere.

You may have already streamed Kill La Kill on Hulu or Crunchyroll.

If not, the gist of Kill La Kill centers on Ryuko Matoi, who is on a mission to find the person that murdered her father. The search leads Ryuko to the Totalitarian governed school Honnouji Academy, where Student Council President Satsuki Kiryuuin has the information she needs.

But getting the information from Satsuki is easier said than is easier done.

Ryuko must defeat Satsuki’s underlings, the Elite Four, before she has the right to confront Satsuki herself and find out culprit behind her dad’s murder. Senketsu, a sentient talking school uniform, aids Ryuko in her journey.

Kill La Kill’s English dub has a notable cast consisting of Erica Mendez, Christine Maria Cabanos, Matt Mercer, Patrick Seitz, Benjamin Diskin, Christina Vee, Stephanie Sheh, Lindsey Eaton, Todd Haberkorn, and more.

Aniplex of America holds licenses to many anime titles such as Gurren Lagaan, Fate/Zero, Durarara!!, Saekano: How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend, Samurai Flamento, Blue Exorcist, Sword Art Online, Valvrave The Liberator, and more.

Saekano: How To Raise A Boring Girlfriend is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.

Originally written for and published on Digital Journal.

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Jackie Chan, John Cusack, & Adrian Brody star in 'Dragon Blade'

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If you have watched your fair share of martial arts films, you surely know of Jackie Chan, whose Hong Kong fame turned into Hollywood fame, but he has retired from Hollywood. That does not mean Chan is through with making and starring in films. He still retains his popularity in Asia, which means he is still doing Asian movies.

His recent films have been done in China and Hong Kong. There are examples to draw upon such as Shaolin and 1911. Chan took a backseat as a support character in Shaolin, which stars Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse. In1911, Chan only had one brief combat role, which proves he is capable of being able to act in non-martial arts films.

You can stream Chan’s recent films on Netflix.

In February, Chan’s latest film hits theaters across China. This film is Dragon Blade and it could become the one of China’s biggest films. This film stars Chan and stars both a domestic and international cast of characters.

Chan plays Huo An, who is an official framed for a crime he did not commit. He befriends a Roman officer, Lucius, portrayed by John Cusack, who is imprisoned by the antagonistic Tiberius, who is portrayed by Adrien Brody.

Tiberius wants to unify the entire Silk Road under his banner.

Lucius escapes captivity and makes it to the deserts of Western China, where he meets and befriends Huo. The two of them join forces against Tiberius’ reign.

Australian actress Sharni Vinson is also cast in the movie in a small role as the Queen of the Roman Empire. Vinson confirmed her part in the movie during an interview taken place at this year’s London Film and Comic Con.

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Vinson said that she’s an admirer of Chan, who is focusing on philanthropic pursuits. She explains that Dragon Blade is the biggest budget movie to date in China. Vinson explains that her character is accidentally responsible for Lucius getting locked up because their characters are in a forbidden romance.

The film will screen in China on February 1st, which is the start of the Chinese New Year.

It is unknown if or when Dragon Blade will screen internationally. There is the possibility it will stream online for international audiences. Do not be surprised if you see the film streaming on either Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Originally written for and published on Digital Journal.

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1st trailer for 'Blood Blockade Battlefront' streamed at Jump Festa 2015

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Jump Square, which was in attendance at this year’s Jump Festa over the weekend, unveiled news for upcoming anime series adaptations. One such adaptation is the supernatural dark fantasy noir title, adapted from Yasuhiro Nightow’s Blood Blockade Battlefront, which is scheduled to air in Japan this April. There is the likely chance that it will stream internationally, which depends on whom acquires the regional licenses.

The first full trailer has been streamed for Blood Blockade Battlefront.

It could stream in North America on Hulu because of partnerships made with dubbing studios like Viz Media, Aniplex of America, Sentai Filmworks, and FUNimation. Blood Blockade Battlefront could also stream on either Crunchyroll or FUNimation, with the latter being the case of FUNimation acquires the North American license.

If you enjoy anime titles like Demonbane, Big-O, or KARAS, then you may enjoy watching Blood Blockade Battlefront, which feels like a modern-day version of Futurama and a dark fantasy version of Sin City.

Blood Blockade Battlefront takes place in modern-day New York City, where the feel is noir-esque and gritty. A portal opened in New York City that connected Earth and the multiple netherworlds together, where humans and non-humans, known as the common “denizens of the night,” live together. This is similar to Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, MAOYU, Lost Girl, and Samurai Jack, where humans and non-humans try their best to coexist.

There is always that one mysterious person or group that wants to sever the link between Earth and those dimensions.

The Secret Society Libra, which is composed of people with superhuman powers, is tasked with keeping that from happening. They are tasked with dealing with all sorts of supernatural threats.

This is where science-fiction, fantasy, and the supernatural intersect with each other to tell one amazing story.

Look forward to this anime spring 2015. Seraph of the End, another manga running in Jump Square, is also getting an anime adaptation, which is also scheduled to air in April.

Like Blood Blockade Battlefront, Seraph of the End also deals with the supernatural. The story focuses on a young boy named Yuichiro, who is one of remaining handful of humans, that is trying to become strong enough to kill vampires. It is to avenge the death of his friends, who were enslaved and used as a food source by the vampires.

Yuichiro also has to contend with the existence of demons and angels walking the earth as well.

On a side note, Nightow is responsible for the original manga Trigun, which was adapted into an anime series and a full-length movie Trigun: Badlands Rumble. He is also responsible for co-developing Gungrave as the original game and the anime adaptation.

Originally written for and published on Digital Journal.

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1st trailer streamed for 'Seraph of the End'

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Killing the undead, whether it be zombies or vampires, never gets old, which is why the theme of undead continues to trend. Seraph of the End, which will be adapted into an anime series, is by no means any different from shows like Dracula, Stakeland, True Blood, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, and many more. The Japan branch of NBC-Universal has streamed the first trailer to Seraph of the End, adapted from Takaya Kagami’s original manga that runs in Jump Square, tells the story of protagonist Yuichiro Hyakuya.

Seraph of the End takes place somewhat in a post-apocalyptic world and is reminiscent of Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, adapted from the South Korean free-to-play mobile card game, where humans live with other beings. In the case of this story, humans live with vampires, angels, and demons. This has a similar element to the currently airing CW drama series Supernatural.

Most of humanity gets wiped out by a mysterious virus, but a handful of humans survive. You would assume that the last of the humans could rebuild, but that does not even happen. They are captured and enslaved by the vampires. Yuichiro, whose friends were made into a vampire’s meal, manages to escape and live among other freed humans.

He trains himself in Japanese swordsmanship and uses a mystical blade, which will be used against vampires.

Yuichiro’s ultimate wish is to become strong enough to kill vampires and avenge the deaths of his friends, who acted like a surrogate family to him. It is an understatement to say that Yuichiro has a just cause for revenge against the vampires, but he must also contend with the existence of angels and demons roaming the earth as well.

It ultimately becomes a four-way war between the four races, with Yuichiro representing the side of humanity.

Wit Studio is behind the anime’s production. Its works include Hal, Attack on Titan, The Rolling Girls (an upcoming anime series), Your Lie In April,Wonder Momo, and Gundam: Reconguista in G. The anime will be divided into two cours, like the upcoming Durarara!! x2, with the first cour airing from April to June and the second cour airing from October to December.

It is unknown which dubbing studio will acquire the North American streaming rights. If any studio other than FUNimation acquires the license, then Seraph of the End will likely stream across North America on Crunchyroll. Should FUNimation acquire the license, it will likely stream on its own streaming platform. Either way, the series would likely stream on Hulu as well.

Regardless of who grabs the license and where it streams, paid subscribers will get first priority and free viewers can watch it one week later.

Originally written for and published on Digital Journal.

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Donnie Yen defrosts for his latest film ’Iceman’

Iceman is breaking onto Blu-ray and DVD here in the US, but does it bring the usual martial arts flare Yen is known for or should it have stayed frozen forever

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Which Martial Art should you learn?

There are many styles and disciplines to choose from. No one martial art is better than another, the only right martial art is the one you’ll be happy continuing.

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Female Boxers

A beauty who can fight is a big bet. This is the list of 10 Beautiful Female Boxers could knock out a person with their beauty as well as their boxing skills.

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