|Daniel Mah launches his assault in ‘The Rival Reunion|
It’s been about five years since the amazing folks over at Martial Club began their mission, one which involves martial arts, and using cinema as a platform to achieve in sending their message to the observing public. “Our main goal as Martial Club is to preserve the virtues and ethics of traditional Martial Arts in the modern world.”, says founding team member, aspiring martial artist, award-winning tricking impressario and aspiring actor Andy Le. “We believe the true purpose of Martial Arts is often overlooked and we hope to change that. We want to inspire the world through Martial Arts and hopefully see a greater appreciation for the Martial Arts in the modern society.”.
“This is our dream.”, he writes. “Ever since the team started, we have focused on training and learning as we are still students of the Martial Arts ourselves.” Later he adds. “…As far as career goals go, we hope to continue to genuinely carry out our mission through our own activities and create for ourselves new avenues to make it happen.”.
Of course, with the release of Martial Club’s new shortfilm, The Rival Reunion, also comes a glimpse into how the team continues to flourish and evolve in the creativity of its kung fu choreography. Andy was very forward in talking to Film Combat Syndicate about what it is that makes Martial Club tick in designing action on camera. “We love being able to apply our training and giving exposure to authentic martial applications, while at the same time being able to freely create new things and bring them to life through film, and look cool doing it.”, he says. “We love to see the end result. It is very nice to see a simulation of fighting in the most glorious context possible. We get to see it presented in a perfection that’s virtually unachievable in the real world.”.
Speaking of “real”, many people have their opinions when it comes to how “real” action needs to look, and it is something that I have observed in the dialogue among fans. For Andy, however, while martial arts remains very much a real thing for him and his team like many martial arts practitioners in the world, “real” fighting and screenfighting are not one and the same. He expands on that particular point and more in the following statement, adding “Let’s be honest. No real-life fight will ever look as harmonious as what you see on screen. But through film, we can take the most intricate martial arts techniques and see their beauty, unhindered by the imperfections of the real world. We also love how film, much like Martial Arts, can be very expressive. Through screen fighting, we can freely express ourselves through movement and through film, we are able to tell a story and through that, communicate morals and philosophy. That is what we, as Martial Club, hope to do more of in the future.”.
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