Which Generation of Martial Artist Are You?

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Every martial artist I know has a story of how they got interested in the martial arts that in some way, shape, or form involves the media. Every few years, a new generation of martial artists enroll in schools, inspired by the latest film or TV show. There was the Bruce Lee generation. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles generation. The Power Rangers generation. Now, the MMA generation. I am part of the greatest generation (arguably). I am part of The Karate Kid generation.

The author costumed as a Cobra Kai student.

The author costumed as a Cobra Kai student.

With that said, I find myself torn this week upon discovering the greatest martial arts movie ever made—nay, perhaps the greatest movie ever made—is being remade. The Karate Kid is coming back, with Will Smith as the producer and his son Jaden in the lead role.

Now don’t get me wrong. Jaden Smith can act, and I think Will Smith is about as good in the acting industry as you can get, but to me, remaking The Karate Kid messes with something I held as sacred. Will anything match Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi telling Daniel to “Paint the Fence,” or “Wax-on, wax-off”—or watching Daniel-san practicing the Crane Technique as the sun sets behind him? Oh well. All I can hope for is a huge increase in enrollment in schools across the nation, like the increase we saw in 1984 after Daniel-san survived a vicious leg sweep to return for victory.

Oh, and by the way, I want to end my blog entries with an appeal to another Martial Arts Icon from my past: a tribute to Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris’s genes aren’t a double helix. They are barbed wire.

Call me, Chuck. Love to meet ya.

1-800-821-5090—Tiger Claw

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