The Fight Nerd

December 3, 2014

James Bond and Hand-to-Hand Combat

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BY SIMON ARMSTRONG

James Bond, in his original literary from, was hardly the master of hand-to-hand combat he would become onscreen. Whilst he was capable of hitting any target with a pistol, could seduce any woman at will and was quick to retort with a witty one-liner, Bond was never the expert fighter he became, to be portrayed as, as the film series moved on.

The Bond films, which began as stylish cold-war thrillers with occasional splashes of action, soon became known for their elaborate action sequences and high-intensity stunts. From “Goldeneye’s” vertigo inducing opening sequence to the “Live and Let Die” crocodile assault course, the Bond series has combined innovative and heart pounding set-pieces with flashes of camp humor. However it is when the Bond films began to attempt to portray Martial Arts that this paramount film series somewhat faltered.

Whilst later entries, particularly those of Daniel Craig, offered more authentic and respectful combat scenes, older entries in the series, such as those with Roger Moore, often relied on tired stereotypes and fantastical embellishments to portray the martial-arts and their masters. For example, “The Man With The Golden Gun”‘s both racially offensive and inaccurate portray of Kung-Fu.

Whilst the film intended to feed-off the success of Hong Kong Martial Arts movies within the US, its odd sumo wrestling sequence and silted portrayal of Hai Fat is a misfire on every level. Indeed, it wasn’t until “Casino Royale” that the James Bond series got Martial Arts right.

With modern casino’s quickly losing business to accessible, pacey and authentic online versions such as SuperCasino, it is admirable the “Casino Royale” – in the 2006 Bond entry of the same name – tries so hard to make itself stand out against the virtual competition. Surly femme-fatales, poisonous cocktails and machete yielding henchmen are just some of the features you won’t find online. Not to mention you may find a suave secret-agent utilizing concepts of reality-based combat systems – such as Krav Maga and Kapap – as he fends off numerous henchmen.

The Daniel Craig era was heavily influenced by the Bourne Franchise, which had come to prominence in the former series absence. The Bourne franchised portrayed more authentic fight sequences which were based on training actually given to servicemen. Gone were the slick one-and-done chops and punches of Sean Connery or Roger Moore, Bond was now an agent who actually had to work for his victories.

“Casino Royale”, the first of Craig’s Bond films, was keen to continue this more realistic portrayal of close-range combat. The film’s use of reality-based systems of combat is evident in sequences where Bond intelligently, but also institutionally, utilises everything within range to assist him during a fight. Whether it be grabbing shoes or chucking vases, Craig’s Bond does not pass-up any opportunity – no matter how unsightly or brutal – to gain the upper-hand. Others trait of reality-based systems including using the forearms to protect one’s self whilst approaching a target and using joint-locks as a way to quickly disarm opponents, both of which Bond does during Casino Royale‘s runtime.

 

December 1, 2014

Jean-Claude Van Damme officially in “Kickboxer” reboot

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Ted Field from Radar Films, has announced that Jean-Claude Van-Damme (JCVD) joined the KICKBOXER cast, taking over the role of Master Chow replacing Tony Jaa.

The remake of the 1989 cult classic, “Kickboxer”, started production this week. The film is shooting in New Orleans, Louisiana and Thailand. The film is produced by Ted Field of Radar Films, Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will executive produce.

“We are so excited to have Kickboxer roll into production and to have JCVD in the role of Master Chow, passing the torch to Alain, to have him lead the franchise to a new generation ” said Field. “Audiences better get ready for this incredible reboot. The action is going to be non-stop with never-before seen stunts. Simply put, Kickboxer will kick-ass!”

The high-octane remake of the film also stars WWE superstar Dave Bautista (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER), and introduces Alain Moussi (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) to lead this franchise back into action.

KICKBOXER follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista).

November 11, 2014

Enter our contest and win “Queens of the Ring” on DVD

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Time to give away some free stuff! Courtesy of Image Entertainment, we have not one, but two DVD’s of their latest pro wrestling comedy movie, “Queens of the Ring” to give away!

In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her estranged son who is a passionate WWE fan, Rose (Berry) grabs his attention by joining a rigorous training program to learn to wrestle like a legitimate WWE Diva. She convinces her bored fellow cashiers at the local supermarket to join her challenging new adventure and together they become the “Queens of the Ring.” Directed by Jean-Marc Rudnicki, the film stars Marilou Berry, Nathalie Baye, André Dussollier, Audrey Fleurot and features cameos by CM Punk, Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin, and Eve Torres.

How do you win this movie? Easy, just tweet out how awesome @thefightnerd is. Tweet it as many times as you want, and spread my awesomeoness to the world. A winner will be chosen at random on November 23, 2014, and will be contacted at some point after for final details. So what are you waiting for, go out there and win, win, WIN!

October 15, 2014

Announcement for OSMMA Review Awards, Vol. 1

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The Fight Nerd and Zane Simon have joined forces once more for the sake of promoting Old School MMA, but this time for something a little bit different.

Starting in the coming weeks, YOU, the fans, will be able to vote for your favorite (and sometimes least favorite) people and moments from our Old School MMA Reviews. There will be a dozen categories in which to vote, as well as a special lifetime achievement award, that will encompass all of the SEG UFC events that we have reviewed so far, starting at the first UFC and ending at the Ultimate Ultimate 1996.

For those OSMMA Review fans wondering what is next, we will be doing our first old school documentary review in the coming weeks when we take a look at “Choke”, and will follow that up with our award show before returning back to the SEG UFC era with UFC 12.

Voting information will be added soon, so make sure to follow myself and Zane Simon on twitter to get the appropriate links to vote. In the meantime, I suggest you go and rewatch all of our old episodes and refresh your memory on the best and worst moments in Old School MMA history!

December 10, 2012

MMA Cartoon – Nick Diaz Sends Hilarious Tweet to GSP

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Check out this animated toon from Youtuber Prebek that features Nate and Nick Diaz responding to a tweet from UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre. This was put up a few days before Nate’s fight against Benson Henderson, but that does not make this any less funny. Frankly, I have never seen the Diaz boys so relaxed and not dropping f-bombs for such a long period of time, so that alone makes this a refreshing video.

November 5, 2012

“President Obama” trains BJJ before the election… sort of

Filed under: Nerd Stuff,News — The Fight Nerd @ 1:00 PM

With the 2012 presidential election quite literally around the corner, it looks like the nominees will do anything for last minute votes, and it looks like the MMA community might hold the keys to the swing vote.

Last week, President Barack Obama stopped in at Alberto Crane’s Gracie Barra school in Burbank, California, to get some last minute training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Okay, so it is not the real President, but it’s a pretty good look-a-like who was a good sport to don the gi and get down and dirty. Point is, for all of my American readers, do not forget to vote this year and have your voice heard!

October 16, 2012

Steven Seagal gets impatient in clip from “Maximum Conviction”

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Anchor Bay has released a new clip from the new Steven Seagal vehicle, “Maximum Conviction”, where the Aikido master and occassional MMA “coach” takes charge of a tense situation.

When former black ops operative Tom Steele (Steven Seagal) and his partner Manning (Steve Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Steele realizes he’s caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined. Fists will fly and bones will shatter as the situation escalates with every passing minute.

Also starring Michael Paré (The Virgin Suicides, The Philadelphia Experiment), Aliyah O’Brien (Kill Switch, Bringing Ashley Home) and Bren Foster (“Days of Our Lives,” Drowning), Maximum Conviction is a relentless thrill ride that lets the shell casings fall as they may. The DVD comes out on November 6.

September 28, 2012

Steven Seagal beats up fat prisoner in new clip from “Maximum Conviction”

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Check out this new clip from Anchor Bay’s upcoming DVD release, “Maximum Conviction”, which stars everyone’s favorite Aikido master and MMA “coach”, Steven Seagal. In this clip, Seagal asks the age-old question, “What’s the problem?” to an obese prison inmate, before taking some time to enjoy his handiwork and pummel the fatty into submission.

When former black ops operative Tom Steele (Steven Seagal) and his partner Manning (Steve Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Steele realizes he’s caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined. Fists will fly and bones will shatter as the situation escalates with every passing minute.

September 26, 2012

Chael Sonnen on “New Cast” of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Peter Lampasona @ 3:00 PM

Traditional situational comedy that’s actually funny It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has released a teaser for its upcoming season premiere with a brand new cast, with UFC staple Chael Sonnen being one of the featured new players.

It’s currently unclear if the “new cast” is purely for the promo or if the season premiere will center around the guest actors. However, as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an FX show and Sonnen is one of the men being used to advertise the partnership between Fox Networks and the UFC, a lengthy cameo is certainly a possibility.

The new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will premiere Thursday, October 11 at 10 PM on FX.

September 17, 2012

Michelle Waterson Makes Invicta 3 Promo Featuring Entire Jackson Camp

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Peter Lampasona @ 5:00 PM

Leading into the third card of the all-women’s professional MMA organization, Invicta FC announced a video contest for the fighters on the card to see who could make the best promo. With a little help from coach Greg Jackson and teammates Jon Jones, Travis Browne and other members of the famed MMA team, Michelle Waterson created the above video sitting head and shoulders above the other entries.

Waterson will be meeting Lacy Schuckman on October 6 in Kansas City’s Memorial Hall for the main card of Invicta FC 3. As with the last two events, Invicta 3 will stream live via the promotion’s website.

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