TanDao on January 25th, 2015

This South Indian Robin Hood themed action comedy, Kaalam Vellum, features a near five minute South Indian martial art fight scene. Jaishankar, who was known as the “South Indian James Bond,” stars.

For Evolving Martial Artists — This film’s choreography looks like it includes Kalarippayattu, the oldest Indian martial art, and the one most often used in film fight scenes, and possibly Kuttu Varisai, the bare hand techniques from weapon based Silambam. Mentioning Silambam here for two reasons. Silambam is from Tamil Nadu, where the film was made. And, though most systems have eye strikes, the eye strike could be taken from snake techniques, as Kuttu Varisai employs animals (snake, tiger, eagle, monkey…). In the story of Bodhidharma, Bodhidharma traveled from his home in Tamil Nadu to China and brought martial arts to the Shaolin monks.

Anyone have any other information to add? Arnold, how about you?

Thanks to Sifu Restita DeJesus of Seattle Wushu for sharing the clip. It piqued our curiosity, and led us on a journey to research its history.

Here’s the full film, in Tamil, no subtitles…the fight scene begins at 1:37:17

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TanDao on January 18th, 2015

The Misguided Monk from Tom Long on Vimeo.

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TanDao on December 18th, 2014

Bruce Lee incarnate! He’s called the Afghan Bruce Lee, and the resemblance and mannerism are beyond striking — he may be more Bruce Lee than Bruce Lee. Taking the concept “absorb what’s useful” to the next fully absorbent level, here’s Abbas Alizada with some Kabul kung fu from the ruins of a bombed-out palace in Afghanistan.  What do you think?

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TanDao on September 11th, 2014

by Toni Tan

9/11 – Time of the Turn


Two monoliths bridging Heaven and Earth –
Across the tranquil blue a
horizontal flash slashes into
vertical steel – symmetry collapses.
The red fire ball scream
Awakens Humanity’s plight.


Shattered lines tangle with mangled flesh
unleashing tears, fears and hate.
Shatters illusions of noble might.
Terror from smoky shadows
Shatters dreams of reason’s right
Awakens the global fight.


Fate’s tragic redemption
illuminates courage, love and sacrifice.
Hidden, a pearl of wisdom.
From smoldering rubble a tower reborn:
Rising twin beams
Awakening the light.

~Lawrence Tan

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TanDao on January 30th, 2014

Happy New Year!

May your spirit gallop wild and free…



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