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  • Wuxia Weapons: Fans

    Today we wanted to talk about one of the weirder weapons we see in wuxia stories: paper fans. If you’re new to wuxia, you might be (understandably) confused how this could be a weapon…but in wuxia, everything can be a weapon if you can infuse it with qi. In the same way one can make their body hard enough to repel bullets, or light enough to float through the air, in wuxia you can infuse your weapons to give them similar properties. To a master, their weapons are but an extension of their body, after all. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if the fan is made of metal knives instead of paper, and the imagery of this weapon has taken off outside of wuxia as well, seeing appearances in everything from anime and manga in Japan, to children’s cartoons, superhero comics, and arcade games in North America. Here are some fun DIY videos on how to make a beautiful paper fan of your own, or a metal death weapon, totally your choice: Paper fans by SK Academy of Fine Art: Kitana’s War Fans (from the Mortal Combat series) by Man at Arms: Reforged: If you enjoy these articles, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter (click the button at the very bottom of this page), or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more wuxia. by S. Sifton Immortal Staff Image sources: https://thirdmirage.wordpress.com/tag/wuxia-weapons/ https://www.buzzfeed.com/candicedarden/jackie-chan-adventures-was-the-best-cartoon http://www.chinesedrama.info/2015/12/drama-legend-of-condor-heroes-2016.html

  • The Matrix: Essential Wuxia Review

    This week we decided to revisit a classic. Since its debut in 1999, The Matrix has been heralded as groundbreaking, famously combing elements of wuxia and kung fu movies with a cyberpunk setting to make a dystopian masterpiece. I gave it a 13 out of 15 for our Essential Wuxia, a silver! Is Neo a Wuxia Hero? I gave this section an 8 out of 8, full points! Like many dystopian movies, its setting relies heavily on the audience cluing into Neo’s sense that “something is wrong,” and spring boarding itself through the plot with that same innate sense of justice and courageous do-goodery that defies the logic the world is trying to force on our reluctant hero. Before leaving the Matrix, Neo’s generous nature is shown as he goes out of his way to help others, and once outside it he go so far as to repeatedly risk his life for those around him. The characters around him serve as foils for his dignity and discipline, and make his individual choices stand out all the more. Is the movie Essential Wuxia? I gave this section a 5 out of 7. We watch as Neo and the crew discover many things about themselves and their human nature as he struggles to adjust to life in the hidden world outside the Matrix. These human elements compliment the surreal nature of the training montages perfectly, as Neo learns he can literally download any program he wants in order to improve his knowledge, training, and reflexes; they showcase a variety of martial arts to great effect. And as disgusting and distressing as it is, the world does literally run on the life energy of the human race. Essential Wuxia Score: 13/15! Missed points: While the movies’ directors have been very open in acknowledging the influence of wuxia, kung fu, and other East Asian films, we cannot avoid the fact that much of the plot revolves around Neo’s Chosen One status. Morpheus says early on that only people below a certain age can adjust, which keeps the viewers in suspense while also leaving the door open a crack to other possibilities later in the movie, but the crux of the movie hinges on “Only Neo can beat the Matrix.” Additionally, there is no element of cultivation or sorcery. by S. Sifton Immortal Staff

  • The Witcher: Essential Wuxia Review

    This week, we’re taking a look at Netflix’s adaption of The Witcher (just Season 1 though, no spoilers!). Are you guys surprised? Well, we will be doing an article on the crossovers between wuxia, samurai, and knights real soon! So today, in honor of the release of Season 2, we’re looking at our favorite mutant monster hunter. I gave the first season a 9 out of 15, a bronze! Is Geralt of Rivia a Wuxia Hero? I gave this section a 5 out of 8. Mutations aside, Geralt’s story reads like that of a self-interested knight-errant; we cannot call him altruistic (by any stretch of the word), but for some poor souls he is still their knight in shining armor…or their knight in dripping monster guts, either way. He's got courage in spades (he would have to, with his job), and is strangely loyal to those he finds worthy. Though a clear example of an anti-hero, he nonetheless sticks to his own sense of justice, even when it makes his life harder or puts him at odds with the folks around him, and part of his individualism is that he does not shy away from giving voice to the harsh reality of his situation. While not truthful for the sake of it, he is disinclined to lie for his employers’ sakes or for anyone else’s peace of mind. Is the series Essential Wuxia? I gave this section a 4 out of 7. To start with, not everyone can be a hero. Those who fail to become Witchers die horribly, as do those who are born with the ability to use magic but fail to ascend. Yet many elements of the show are very similar to wuxia. Gerolt’s unique style of fighting was taught to him as part of the School of the Wolf, one of several different Witcher schools of combat. Each school was headed by a Grandmaster and had its own techniques and codes, or morals. With the addition of the various schools of magic, and other covert organizations, this series is full to the brim with secret societies of one sort or another. Essential Wuxia Score: 9/15! Missed points: As stated, Geralt is not altruistic, he certainly has his moments but ostensibly works for coin and is always on the lookout for himself first and foremost. No one could accuse him of being generous, and we certainly cannot say he is morally disciplined or dignified. As said, not everyone can be a hero in this series, and it often falls flat on the themes of empowerment and self-discovery in favor of dramatic combat or sex scenes (this may be a point of contention between the books and the TV series). The chaos/power used by mages is not present in all beings, and though there are certainly creatures in the Witcher bestiary that suck the life out of their victims, we cannot say there is a universal life energy or chi present. by S. Sifton Immortal Staff

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  • Immortal Studios | The Home for Essential Wuxia

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    More about The Adept Merchandise THE ADEPT #1 Buy PRINT Issue $14 Buy DIGITAL Issue $5 THE ADEPT's first issue tells the deep and personal story of a young woman who begins a journey to become the adept to an ancient martial tradition which has been lost to the ages. It is a story of action, transformation and mystery, but at its core it is about homecoming. And what’s homecoming without a chance for redemption? And you know what ALWAYS comes with redemption…? KUNG-FU - ok not always. But ours does! We couldn’t be more excited to kick off this limited series, the first in the Immortal interconnected Wuxia content universe. Welcome to THE ADEPT! CREATORS Story Content: Peter Shiao Writers: Tasha Huo, Charlie Stickney Artist: YiShan Li Letterer: Deron Bennett Variant Cover Artists: Zi Xu (#1) Sam Beck (#2) ​ Genre: Action/Adventure Digital Publication Date: September 2020 Printed Publication Date: October 2020 Format: 48 pages ​ Reader Reviews "Absolutely fantastic! I'm hooked." ​ "I can't wait for issue no.2!" See More Out of gallery THE ADEPT #1 Buy PRINT Issue $14 Buy DIGITAL Issue $5 New Comics from the Immortal Storyverse Coming Soon in 2021

  • PHILIP SAHAGUN | Immortal Studios

    Philip Sahagun 7-Time National Level Weapons Champion 3-Time International Level Martial Arts Champion. ​ Instagram: @kungfuphilip www.philipsahagun.com To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Biography Philip Sahagun is a 7-time National Level Weapons Champion and 3-Time International Level Martial Arts Champion. He is an accomplished Artist and Teacher of the martial arts. He is the founder of K-Star Training Academy and is a martial arts coach / choreographer for Cirque Du Soleil. Beginning his martial arts training at an early age, Philip Sahagun is an accomplished martial arts champion in both forms and fighting. The son of Joaquin Sahagun, a 6th Degree Kenpo Black Belt and founder of the South Coast Martial Arts school in Southern California, Philip is a third generation American Martial Arts Master, who specializes in the arts of Kenpo Karate, Kickboxing, Wushu and Shaolin Kung Fu. At the age of 17, Philip Sahagun began traveling frequently to China studying traditional Shaolin Kung Fu under the notable Master Zhu Tianxi. Two years later, he achieved international status and was named a martial arts prodigy for earning second place in China's "Kung Fu Star" - A televised Martial Arts Competition with over 100,000 contestants, co-sponsored by the Shaolin Temple. Philip was also a contestant on China’s top rated reality competition, Jackie Chan’s Disciple and a semi-finalist on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent. In 2008 and 2009, Philip toured the world as a ‘Ninja’ performer for Tina Turner’s 50th Anniversary World Tour and represented America twice during the World Traditional Wushu Festival in China, winning both gold and silver medals for the US Team. As a coach, Philip developed National and International level champions of his own, serving as the head coach of traditional martial arts at his families school. In 2014, he moved to Las Vegas to join the world renowned company Cirque Du Soleil, performing three years as a solo artist before being appointed an Artist Coach and Martial Arts Choreographer for the company. Today he is the proud owner of K-STAR Training Academy and continues to lead international workshops and seminars on the martial arts. ​ What Does Being a Hero Mean in Your Life? It involves inspiring others and living to a higer ideal than can normally be expected in regular, everyday life. A hero is more than just a person who goes out and gets things done for themself, they get things done on behalf of the community and other people. ​ Favorite Food Shui Zhu Yu 水煮鱼 (Sichuan Boiled Fish) ​ Fun Fact Favorite Kung Fu weapons, double sword, bullwhip Sizzle Reel Move of the Day Falls Sample Q&A Jackie Chan Center

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