My 4 Favorite Male Martial Artists

Previously I posted My Favorite Female Martial Artists so now I want to give you my favorite male martial artists. These men are very popular so I won’t take up space by repeating the usual facts. Instead, I tried to find some fascinating and lesser known facts about each. Enjoy!

 

Donnie Yen1.  Donnie Yen – (Yen Ji-dan) Hong Kong actor, film director & producer, action choreographer.

World Wushu Tournament medalist

Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Best known for the Ip Man movies, along with Wing Chun, Hero and Shanghai Knights

“When you watch my films, you’re feeling my heart.”

Donnie Yen as Ip Man

Donnie Yen as Ip Man

For more on Donnie Yen, check out his website: www.donnieyen.asia

 

Bruce lee 2

2. Bruce Lee – (Lee Jun Fan) credited with making the martial arts film genre popular in the Western cinemas.

Born in the year of the dragon (1940) at the hour of the dragon (between 6 & 8 am).

Won a major dance championship in Hong Kong.

Studied philosophy at Seattle, Washington, USA.

Made animal sounds when he fought to unnerve his opponents.

Received his formal training in Wing Chun from the legendary Ip Man (Check out my post Could Bruce Lee Owe His Fame to 2 Females? )

When he died, almost 30,000 fans filed past his casket in Hong Kong. A smaller ceremony was held in his hometown of Seattle and among his pallbearers were Steve McQueen, James Coburn and Dan Inosanto.

Bizarre circumstances surround his death, then his son, Brandon Lee died somewhat mysteriously while filming, The Crow (1993).

“Empty your mind. Become formless and shapeless like water. When water is poured into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Be water, my friend.”

Bruce Lee

For more on Bruce Lee, check out his website: www.brucelee.com

 

Jackie Chan

3.  Jackie Chan – (Chan Kong-sang) created his own style of film making combining his love for slapstick humor with his high-energy martial arts action.

Major recording star in Asia with twenty albums out. Often sings the theme songs from his movies. Click here to hear him sing the theme song from Policy Story and The Myth.

Holds two Guinness World Records – one for record of most credits in one movie and one for most stunts by a living actor.

Had an animated series, Jackie Chan Adventures, and numerous video games.

Very involved with charity and human suffering.

“If everyone does some good, think of what a good world this will be.”

Jackie Chan restaurant-fight

Check out his website: www.jackiechan.com

 

MTV Studios, Times Square4.  Jet Li – (Li Lianjie) his career took off so quickly they began calling him Jet Li.

Won his first Chinese national championship in Wushu when he was 11.

Turned down the role of Chow Yun-Fat in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) because his wife was pregnant and he promised he would not make films until she had the baby. (Let’s hear it – Ahhh, how romantic)

Was in the Maldives when the tsunami hit after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. He injured his foot while guiding his family to safety.

“Love is more powerful than kicking ass.”

Jet Li 2

 

Sources: http://www.imdb.com and http://www.brainyquote.com

 

So those are my favs. Tell me who are your favorite male martial artists?

 

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6 Feng Shui Tips to Make Your Wedding Lucky

You have the guy, you have the ring, now all you need is the perfect wedding.

If you’ve read my previous posts (Spice Up Love Life with Feng Shui and Get a Romance-Filled Bedroom with Feng Shui) you know that Feng Shui can help you balance energies to create more love and romance in your life. This post will apply that science to the most romantic event of your life.

#1 Pick Auspicious Day & Time

Try to choose the year of the groom’s animal from the Chinese Zodiac. For instance, 2014 is the Year of the Horse so this would be a very auspicious year for anyone born with the Horse symbol. If the ideal year is too far away, pick a year that falls under the Trinity Friends for either the bride or groom’s animal, but avoid any years of Conflict Animals.

To find your Zodiac animal year and auspicious days and times : www.fengshuiweb.co.uk

Chinese zodiac

 

#2 Pick the Reception Site

If possible, have your wedding and reception outside looking onto a beautiful garden, flowing water or rolling hills to attract lots of positive energy.

Chinese garden

If your reception will be indoors, choose a well-lit site to ensure a ‘bright future.’ If the site is dim (few windows letting in natural light), spread crystal glasses and candlesticks around with mirrors to reflect the light. Make sure there are no clocks in the room because a love union should be timeless.

The tables should be round or oval encouraging harmony and conversation among your guests.

wedding glasses

#3 Color Scheme

Red – traditional Chinese wedding color, strong sense of love and romance.

Pink – symbolizes fun, playfulness and youthful lightheartedness.

Purple/violet – very good for small, intimate weddings, sets off sexy and passionate vibes.

White & Black – combo has good balance between yin and yang.

Blues & Greens – very good for second weddings, calm atmosphere.

Yellow – creates cheerfulness, very helpful to lighten a dim reception area.

Orange – very good for large guest lists, creates warmth to promote conversation in a comfortable environment.

 

#4 Flowers

pink peony bouquet

Peonies – longevity

Chrysanthemums – happiness

Orange flowers – prosperity

Tulips – Sensuality

Roses – love

 

#5 Something Borrowed, Something Blue

If you follow the Old Wives Tale of a bride needing ‘Something Borrowed & Something Blue,’ make sure you ‘borrow’ from someone who already has a happy marriage and family to ensure positive energy for your marriage and (future) family. Try also, to ‘borrow’ something blue to bring peace and serenity to the union.

#6 Exit

Leaving your reception in a long, black limo is very auspicious.

black limo

Have your guests wish you off with bubbles (symbolizing water), flower petals (roses symbolize love) or the more traditional rice (symbolizing fertility).

Take lots of photos and get the best ones framed to hang in your new home.

 

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Chineseweddings.com has a Wedding Checklist which may help keep you on schedule and calmer. But the main thing is for your to smile! It is your day, enjoy it.

 

Tell me about your weddings. I’d love to hear what went smoothly and what went wrong 🙂

Sources: chineseweddings.com, http://www.fengshuidana.com, http://www.fengshuiweb.co.uk and http://www.wofs.com

 

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Hong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Coming Chinese New Year, February 19, 2015.