China: The Background to the Taijiquan v MMA Debacle (27.4.2017)

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Original Chinese Language Article By: South China Morning Post (1.5.2017)

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Taijiquan Master Wei Lei (魏雷) Reflects On His Fight with Sanda Master Xu Xiaodong (徐晓冬)

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In a challenge match that occurred on April 27th, 2017 in Chengdu, Taijiquan teacher – Master Lei Lei (雷雷) – was repeatedly beaten about head after slipping to the ground by his opponent – MMA practitioner Xu Xiaodong (徐晓冬). Xu Xiaodong immediately uploaded the 20 second video to Youku, an act which caused instant country-wide controversy. How did this situation develop? Xu Xiaodong (who is motivated by profit) had been disrespecting a number of elderly martial arts masters – trying to goad them into fighting him on video. It is believed that Xu Xiaodong had been unduly influenced by corrupt Western sports, and had lost his sense of proportion and appropriate behaviour in public. Of course, there are some that doubt the authenticity of the fight, claiming both fighters were ‘acting’ to attract attention, but Master Lei Lei is known to be a quiet person who patiently teaches traditional Taijiquan to many people suffering long-term illnesses. and has never expressed any desire to hurt others or become famous. In fact, in an interview a few days after the ‘contest’, Master Lei Lei confirmed that he had never met Xu Xiaodong before having the fight, and that the fight took place only after exchanging viewpoints about martial arts on the internet.

Master Lei Lei explained that in March of this year, 38 year old Xu Xiaodong had insulted and challenged 68 year old Taijiquan teacher – Master Hu Guantao (胡贯涛) – stating that ‘Taijiquan is the biggest scam in a hundred years!’ As Master Hu Guantao could not let this insult stand, he agreed to Xu Xiaodong’s insistence upon an ‘honour’ fight, but at the agreed time, Master Hu Guantao did not appear. This was because Master Hu Guantao’s son – Hu Lifu (胡立夫) – had contacted well-respected Master Lei Lei, to ask his opinion on Xu Xiaodong. Master Lei Lei said that he thought Xu Xiaodong was shallow in temperament, and only seeking money and fame. Master Lei Lei then advised Master Hu Guantao not to attend the contest. It is reported that Xu Xiaodong was furious when he learned of Master Lei Lei interfering in his plans, and immediately challenged him to a challenge match as a form of compensation.

Xu Xiaodong has courted controversy in the past, causing much offense and concern throughout the general public by criticising the famous Chinese Shaolin Temple lay-disciple – ‘Yi Long’ (一龙) who travelled to the West and honourably represented China in full-contact fighting tournaments. Xu Xiaodong stated that Yi Long’s remarkable martial abilities stemmed from him taking steroids and other performance enhancing drugs! Master Lei Lei, wanting to be honourable in the face of Xu Xiaodong’s ‘dishonour’ was unsure whether to go to the fight, but decided to do so as a means to protect others from Xu Xiaodong’s ignorance. After the fight, Master Lei Lei blogged that he had attended the fight and had lost. He did not mind the losing – as this was merely a personal matter – but he regretted being unable to decisively ‘better’ Xu Xiaodong, and set the record straight for Taijiquan practitioners everywhere. The next day he showed his wife the video of the fight – as he wanted her to know that he had ‘stood up’ in an attempt to confront tyranny.

Chinese Language Reference Text:

http://ngzb.gxnews.com.cn/html/2017-05/01/content_1387626.htm

输赢都接受 靠太极养活自己

4月27日,格斗教练徐晓冬和太极拳师雷雷在成都的一处场馆内比武,较量持续不到20秒,身穿白衣黑裤的雷雷被击倒在地。

这场决斗“秒杀”的视频直播在当晚播放破百万次,雷雷被打倒在地的截图也在网上广泛流传,有人质疑炒作,也有人说当事人是骗子。

事发两天后,4月29日,雷雷接受记者采访回应,他和徐晓冬此前从未见过面,也没有任何交集。此次实战比武源自一次网络“论战”。

今年3月,68岁的太极爱好者胡贯涛因不满徐晓冬在他的一档搏击脱口秀节目中称“太极是一百年来最大的骗局”,跑去找徐理论。双方遂决定“约战”,徐晓冬事先声明要在自己的节目中直播决斗过程,但在约定的时间老人并未出现。

随后,胡贯涛的儿子胡立夫在微博上指责徐晓冬炒作,并附上雷雷发给父亲的私信截图。截图显示,雷雷告诉胡贯涛,徐晓冬的直播只是一个商业行为,并劝诫胡贯涛不要因为一时意气同意比试。

接着,“认为自己被欺骗”的格斗教练徐晓冬改向雷雷约战。

因多次批评传统武术中掺杂“骗子和虚伪”,并声称要打假,现年38岁的徐晓冬有“搏击狂人”之称。此前他曾批评拳手“武僧一龙”水平不行,引起后者的粉丝“约战”。“武僧一龙”因某电视台武术节目走红,擅长咏春拳。

雷雷回忆,徐晓冬向他“下战书”后,他曾犹豫是否应战,微博评论里也出现了两种声音,“一种是不管怎么样一定把他打倒;一种是你不要去。”最终他选择应战。

“直播我们都说了代表个人,代表两种声音,两种生活方式的语气,态度站出来,大家都算习武人,用比武来解决。”他认为“输赢都能接受”,但把他的失败等同于太极的失败是“最没有意义的”。

比赛结束当晚,雷雷发了自己的“最后一条微博”,“都看到了吧!我到现场了!我输了……”他称近期不会再发微博,“人多嘴杂心烦,而且自己也需要休息”。

第二天,他老婆拿着平板电脑播放那个视频,他问她:“你看到会不会觉得我是个骗子?我要证明我不是个骗子,至少我站出来了。”

据澎拜新闻

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