No offense to Ralph Macchio, but he ain't the Karate Kid. - Barney, How I Met Your Mother, the Bro Mitzvah, S8 E22
Now I try to avoid situations from the past that may threaten me. How do you do that? I go through life like a Karate Kid. - Britney Spears, MTV's Britney: for the record. 2008
It's all about the paper, you say it's not, but it probably is, I swear my soul turned black like the Karate Kid. - Muzzy Muzz, Cannon Gang and Green Light - The Movement

Jan 13, 2017

Jaden Smith threatens to quit LA after failing driving test

(bangshowbiz 1-13-17)

Jaden Smith has said he wants to quit Los Angeles after failing his driving test.

The 18-year-old actor-and-rapper - the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith - decided to share his disappointing news in a Instagram Live video in which he began ranting about wanting to move out of the 'City of Angels' because there are too many "bad things" there.

In the video - which Jaden made in the parking lot of the Department of Motor Vehicles - he said: "It's going to be so funny to tell my dad that I've failed straight up. I'm about to move out of LA. There's a lot of bad things here. Create the life that you want for yourself."

He then cryptically added: "Everybody follow your heart, you know what I'm saying? Do exactly what you want to do, be who you want to be. Don't try to be somebody else. It's hard these days to really create the life you want for yourself because there's nobody really here that's like supporting the youth or the youths' creativity."

Jaden - whose 16-year-old sister Willow has a successful pop and acting career - also teased that he has got some major things happening at the end of 2017 which are "beyond" his usual music and fashion pursuits.

The 'Karate Kid' star - who has his own clothing and lifestyle brand MSFTSrep - said: "At the end of 2017, I'm gonna do some dope - some really, really dope, inspirational stuff that's beyond just music and clothes. Nothing about this life makes any sense. Why aren't we Instagramming Live about people saving lives?"


Jan 5, 2017

NY Islanders 'Karate Kid' bobblehead has crane kick feature

(by Josh Cooper 10-25-16)

A New York Islanders game will have a bobblehead night featuring team celebrity fan Ralph Macchio.
The contest will be played on Dec. 23 against the Buffalo Sabres and the bobblehead is in the pose of Macchio doing the crane kick – from his iconic film “The Karate Kid” while wearing an Islanders jersey. Macchio’s leg has the capability to swing back and forth in the below photo. The bobblehead idea was done by Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which manages the business operations of the Islanders including ticket sales, sponsorship sales and marketing.
The 54-year-old actor, who also was in two “Karate Kid” sequels along with the comedy “My Cousin Vinny” unveiled the bobblehead on the Boomer and Carton radio show in New York.
“I’m more impressed with the Krazy Glue job,” he said about the doll.
Macchio also said his daughter will sing the national anthem that night. He added “at least 10,000” dolls will be made for the evening’s game.  The doll will wear No. 4 in honor of Macchio’s wife and two children.
In a 2015 interview with, Macchio explained his love of the Islanders and the impact they had on the Long Island community.
Macchio grew up in Dix Hills, N.Y., where he resides today, and his bond with the Islanders remains stronger than a bull. Hockey was actually on the periphery of Macchio’s interest level during childhood, but he became hooked when he learned that the experience of a professional sporting event was 25 minutes away and witnessed the bond that existed between the Islanders and the community.

“They were the Islanders. We were Islanders,” Macchio said. “It wasn’t the city’s team. It wasn’t a corporate franchise team. It was the people’s team.”

In a 2012 interview with ESPN, Macchio said he has hockey sticks signed by Islanders legends Bryan Trottier, Billy Smith and Denis Potvin. He added he was at Nassau Coliseum when the Islanders won their first Stanley Cup.

Overall, this is a fun idea to try to incorporate one of the team’s more famous fans into the game entertainment.
This just adds to the solid year for hockey bobbleheads. The Florida Panthers’ Jaromir Jagr bobblehead accurately portrayed the legend’s re-grown mullet. The Milwaukee Admirals’ Presidential election bobbleheads also struck a nerve with fans.

Dec 30, 2016

Hong Kong uses 3D archive to preserve kung fu heritage

(by Pak Yiu 12-21-16)

Kung fu master Wong Yiu-Kau stands in a Hong Kong studio and waits as his black suit is covered head to toe in reflective markers to capture his every motion.

The lights dim and Wong launches a flurry of hand strikes, blocks and leg moves as two directors watch his movements displayed on computer screens.

The 56-year-old kung fu master is part of the world's first three-dimensional martial arts archive, a project that hopes to digitally preserve a tradition that experts fear is at risk of being lost forever.

"When I was a student, I was taught the moves and given a manual to just read. Now there is this where it's recorded and preserved with precision," said Wong, a master of the Southern Dragon style of kung fu.

There are hundreds of differing fight styles classed as kung fu, which soared in popularity globally following a series of films featuring U.S.-born and Hong Kong-raised actor Bruce Lee, who died in 1973.

But as kung fu's popularity waned in recent years, practitioners worried about passing the martial arts form to future generations.

The 3D project, known as the Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive, aims to capture and preserve more than 400 different kung fu styles. About 50 have been recorded so far.

"Hong Kong is a very important city in the Chinese martial arts world," said Hing Chao, executive director of the Hong Kong Guoshu Association, a martial arts group working on the project with Hong Kong's City University.

"It has protected the resources and so far managed to preserve the different types of martial arts, but today, there are fewer people passing this tradition on," Chao said.

Project organizers say the 3D archive will not only preserve a discipline central to Hong Kong's heritage, it also offers newcomers a more easily accessible visual learning experience.

"We can have a richer content of kung fu styles," said Lau Chi Fung, the project's technical director.