Chinese kung fu master KO’d by American fighter; Chinese netizens feel mortified (video)
The Shaolin Kung Fu and Shaolin monks have mystified the world with their incredible strength, vitality and flexibility. Therefore, when a Shaolin monk lost the battle to an American in Las Vegas, he really brought shame on Shaolin Kung Fu. Netizens criticized him as “merely being swanky with no substance” and an “impostor.” It is said that after he returned to Shaolin Temple, he for a while suffered from mental disorder and had aberrant behavior.
(Please watch from 2:12. KO at 8:53. Finish at 10:06)
Yi Long, the so-called No. 1 Martial Monk from Shaolin, was knocked down to the ground on his back at 0:44 of the second round by Adrien Grotte, an American fighter who KO’d him with a left hook. The event on November 13, “WuLinFeng Las Vegas Spectacular: USA vs. China,” was presented by the televised Chinese martial arts series WuLinFeng and In Sync Productions’ World Combat Kickboxing (WCK) and taped for broadcast on Henan TV in China, as well as other international carriers of WCK Muay Thai. The spectacular was meant to showcase Chinese martial arts.
Having too much confidence in Yi Long ahead of the fight, the Chinese anchorman blew Yi Long’s skills and strength out of proportion. As if the wording “mysterious” and “horrible” he used were not enough to describe him, he played a video clip of Yi Long to “show Americans the real kung fu combat.” At the beginning of the combat when Yi Long took the lead, the Chinese anchorman even commented oddly that Adrien Grotte “has been shaken by Yi Long’s internal power.” A few minutes later, the fanfare was found out to be ironic and absurd.
Selected comments from tianya.com :
In recent two to three decades, commodity economy has been brought to the temple. Shaolin has degraded to a tourism haunt and a money-grubbing company. Abbot Shi Yongxin drives a luxury car, lives in upscale hotels, builds Shaolin theme park in Hong Kong (Jing’s note: Inaccuracy. It is in fact a Shaolin Kung Fu cultural center.), promotes Shaolin tea drink, sells kung fu books and pricey incense, and turns “the holy place for Buddhists” into a moneymaking land. Shaolin Temple is visited by millions of tourists each year, earning a revenue of hundreds of millions of yuan. Besides, their performances rake in over a hundred million yuan. They are setting yet higher goals. Shaolin martial monks pride themselves on making money and performing. What they pursue is histrionics pleasing to the eye. It is a matter of course that Yi Long was defeated with a single hit.It is saddening to all Chinese that the profound Shaolin Kung Fu has been ruined to this point. Originally Shaolin Kung Fu became world-famous for not only its fighting style, but its significance, its spirit and frame of mind. Not sure if Yi Long has realized it. I wish that Yi Long’s failure can quickly wake them up to their mistakes.
Buddhism advocates peace, but Shaolin Temple preaches fights and kills. It runs afoul of the harmonious society.
What monks do should be eating vegetarian meals and reading sutras. Why practice kung fu? That’s Henan’s gimmick to fool people. (Jing’s note: Henan is the province in which Shaolin Temple is located.)
If you don’t engage in the fight, you would be No.1 forever. Are you guys nuts? You have to play around? You no longer need mystery?
(He is) so terrible. How come they only manage to find people like this?
Comments from youku.com
Yi Long, why don’t you guard your head?
When it comes to fight, foreigners have an edge in terms of physique.
Shaolin Temple is only a legend in wuxia novels. (Jing’s note: wuxia, a genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists.) Not a legend in the arena. Chinese martial arts have been mystified.
I truly despise Yi Long after watching the video. He admitted defeat right after he was punched. Look at Zhang Tiequan, who participated in the UFC. (Ultimate Fighting Championship) His eyes were bleeding from punches. He was the underdog throughout the match, and yet he didn’t throw in the sponge. I truly look down upon Yi Long. He has no patriotic spirit. He brought disgrace on Shaolin, on China. Did he realize he wasn’t a single person anymore when he gave up? Did he realize he represented China?
The so-called Chinese martial arts is about swaggering in internal combats and being wishy-washy in external combats. Want to defeat foreigners? That’s easy. Invite them to China for the fight, use Chinese rules and Chinese referees. They definitely can win based on scores. And usually you don’t know what those foreigners who do come really are. This Wu Lin Feng is so fake it makes people sick.
What would happen if the People’s Liberation Army (Jing’s note: China’s military force) fights against American troops?
Being like this, he has the gall to represent Chinese kung fu?
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