Watch: Keanu Reeves’s hardcore gun and martial arts training for ‘John Wick 2’

KEANU REEVES REALLY GOT INTO CHARACTER TO PLAY AN EXPERT ASSASSIN IN JOHN WICK 2

The former Men’s Fitness cover star went through an extensive training period for the film, working on a tactical gun range with actual weapons, doing fight choreography with the stunt coordinator, and even getting behind the wheel to get comfortable with the film’s (many) driving stunts.

Reeves is not stranger to working hard on his training for film roles: Back when Reeves portrayed Neo in the Matrix trilogy, he went through months of martial arts training to prepare for that film’s extensive stunt work.

Reeves likely will be getting ready to do it all over again soon, as John Wick 3 appears to be on the fast track to production. Chad Stahelski, director of the second film, told Collider that the story is in the works, and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Derek Kolstad, who wrote the first two films, is back for the third installment.

Stahelski later gave another update to the Independent, saying that the third film could be a “completion” of Wick’s story and that the story will dive more into Wick’s backstory: “We are going to put in something about the High Table, how that all works,” Stahelski said. “We’re going to put in something about where John comes from, and where he wants to go. I don’t want to say too much more, but it will be a nice completion to Mr. Wick’s journey.” (Could that mean thatJohn Wick 3 will be the final film in the series? Time will tell, but it’s not likely as long as the reviews and box office scores are so good.)

Here’s a look at Reeves working on fight training for the film:

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Amazing unseen footage reveals martial arts legend Bruce Lee’s only one ‘real’ fight in history caught on camera

Incredible footage restored by an avid Bruce Lee fan claims to show the legendary martial artist’s only competitive fight in history.

The clip – published for the first time yesterday – shows Lee dressed in black combat attire stood opposite his rival as they prepare to battle in front of a huge crowd.

“This is the only recording of Bruce Lee in a real MMA fight,” the video’s YouTube description reads.

“He’s fighting Ted Wong here, one of his top students.

“They are wearing protective gear because they were NOT ALLOWED to fight without them. Those were the state rules at the time.

“If not for those rules I can guarantee you that Bruce would have fought bare-knuckled. Footage is restored to 4K resolution. Enjoy.”

Spectators eagerly look on armed with cameras
Punches are thrown in the exciting face-off
Lee’s opponent hits the deck during the clip

Ted Wong was a martial arts practitioner who was best known for studying under Lee. He was born in Hong Kong in 1937 and died in 2010 aged 73.

In the video, Lee manages to keep his opponent just out of range with some nimble footwork before suddenly striking with a punch to the body.

Later in the clip, he counters another right-hook with a devastating two-punch combo to the chin.

Viewers were captivated by the rare clip, which has already racked up more than three million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on Sunday.

“Bruce is so calm in this fight but still wins – what a legend,” one user wrote.

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Martial arts for PTSD

At least 15 percent of U.S. military servicemen and women suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.  Intense psychotherapy and medication are the traditional therapies. Now, researchers are studying the impact of one form of martial arts on veterans.
Jiu Jitsu is more than just combative martial arts for Army veteran Jacob King.
Jacob detailed, “I lost some friends oversees. That was really difficult for me to cope with.”
Jiu Jitsu is helping him battle PTSD.
 “Feeling in my chest, I’d get a headache, get a little dizzy. This is not normal. This isn’t right,” he said.
About 15 percent who served in Operation Iraqi freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD. Gulf War veterans: 12 percent and the Vietnam War: 15 percent.
“There really are no good therapies out there right now,” said Alison Willing, Ph.D, a professor at the University of South Florida’s Center of Aging and Brain Repair in Tampa, Florida.
Willing said costly intense therapy and medication has a low success rate. This is why she’s studying the effects of Jiu Jitsu on PTSD.
“The effects of this first study were so dramatic. The PTSD scores on all of the valid scales were getting so much better to the point where you don’t usually see with traditional PTSD therapies,” Willing said.
Jacob’s headaches and sleepless nights have pretty much gone away.
He said, “I feel good. I haven’t felt this way since before the military before Afghanistan, before everything. I feel okay.”
“The fact that we’re still engaged in these actions overseas means it’s only going to get worse,” said Willings.
A combative sport that may be Jacob’s best defense against the symptoms of PTSD.
“This is what’s holding me together right now,” he said.
Professor Willing said as the study continues they’ll have a better idea of how often the Jiu Jitsu will need to be done for veterans to feel the continued effects.

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Small-town martial artist makes national team, has eye on Tokyo Olympics

Olympic gold is on the mind of a 23-year-old martial arts instructor.

With the 2020 Summer Olympics including karate for the first time, Ian Turner has the opportunity to join the first U.S. karate team, along with four of his students.

Ian, from the small town of Bailey, was selected to compete at the World Martial Arts Games for the United States Martial Arts Team in September. Participants at the competition will be chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Ian, who graduated from William Carey University majoring in speech and social science, began training in karate at seven years old.

Martial arts inundated the pop culture of the ’80s and ’90s, with films like “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Karate Kid” and movies featuring Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris. Ian laughed as he admitted that such movies made him interested in martial arts, and that he initially “just wanted to beat somebody up.”

His mentality quickly changed when he realized the intensity and beauty of martial arts at his first lesson. For the first seven years of his career, Ian trained for four to six hours a day for five days a week, taking four different classes a day.

As Ian’s love for martial arts grew, his family quickly joined him. His father, Kenneth, and younger sister, Brittany, began taking lessons. The two other Turner sisters, Kenna, 12, and Elise, 6, also take martial arts. Their mother, Sheila, does not practice but supports her husband and children at events and encourages them to master their forms.

Kenneth said martial arts became a “centerpiece” to the Turner family. They went to competitions together, trained together and Ian said they are each other’s “biggest competition.”

Brittany, 19, who started training at age 3, said she had never known anything other than martial arts.

“It’s the normal thing for our family; we are all close today because of it,” Brittany said.

At the age of 16, what Ian intended to be a small seminar to instruct other children in martial arts turned into him opening his own dojo. Turner Shotokan, in Collinsville, is run by the family with Kenneth, Ian and Brittany instructing.

“We do everything as a family,” Ian said.

At Turner Shotokan, Ian said they concentrate on teaching martial arts in an applicable way to students ranging from 6 to 40.

“I want to make sure my students get a good workout and are actually learning and are using what they learn so that they can defend themselves if needed,” Ian said.

On Feb. 25, wearing jeans and flip-flops, Ian and Brittany went to coach and encourage their trainees competing in U.S. Martial Arts Team tryouts. Next thing they knew, Ian and Brittany were given gis and convinced to try out.

“The game had changed,” Ian said.

Ten hours later, the duo were informed they had made the team, along with their trainees Thad and Logan Davis and Aaron Rhodes. Neither Turner sibling had trained for the tryouts because they were concentrating on helping their students make the team.

As part of the U.S. Martial Arts Team, Ian will participate in the World Martial Arts Games in September, along with his sisters and trainees. Ian spoke with humility and awe as he expressed the honor he felt as an athlete representing the U.S.

“It hits me every time I think about it like it’s the first time I heard the news. I am a United States athlete. I will be wearing the flag. Holy crap.”

Ian’s training for the World Martial Arts Games in Orlando consists of a strict diet and daily workouts lasting about five hours. He said this competition was the “biggest thing” he has ever done and he wants to be the best he can be.

Ian was chosen to participate in traditional kata, sparring, point fighting and continuous fighting at the games. Brittany will participate in Chinese weapons, point sparring, continuous sparring, jiu-jitsu and grapple strike.

“Martial arts isn’t just something physical, it is something mental as well,” Ian said. “Your body is only as strong as your mind will let it be. If you stop the second your body tells you, ‘This hurts,’ you will never get stronger physically.”

In the midst of his rigorous training, Ian holds on to what his father, Kenneth, has told him since he was a child: “Sacrifice a little now for a lot later.”

Ian is focused on winning gold at the World Martial Arts Games in the hopes of proceeding to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.

To compete in the World Martial Arts Games, the five Mississippi athletes are raising $4,000 for tournament and travel expenses. Those interested in sponsoring may contact Ian at ianturner15@yahoo.com.

 

EDWARD R GARCIA

 

 

Russia investigation: Trump ‘considers firing’ Robert Mueller

US President Donald Trump is considering whether to fire the special counsel overseeing the investigation into alleged Russian interference in last year’s election, a friend says.

Some conservatives have recently attacked Robert Mueller’s credibility, urging Mr Trump to review his role.

Christopher Ruddy, a long-time friend of Mr Trump, said he was considering “terminating the special counsel”.

But the White House said Mr Trump never discussed the issue with Mr Ruddy.

Mr Mueller, who was tasked by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with overseeing the justice department’s investigation, has started selecting members of his team, many of them criminal law experts.

If confirmed, his dismissal could have explosive implications and renew criticism of Mr Trump, who has been under intense pressure following his firing of James Comey as FBI director, and accusations that he might have tried to obstruct the investigation.

The very appointment of Mr Mueller only happened after calls for such a move sparked by Mr Comey’s firing.

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The latest announcements from Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation could be a more ominous indication of trouble on the horizon for the Trump administration.

The hires could be an indication of the direction of the probe and the seriousness with which Mr Mueller is taking the enterprise.

Donald Trump has called the ongoing investigation a “witch hunt”, a “hoax” and an excuse by Democrats for why they lost the presidential race. Mr Mueller’s moves, however, indicate he does not share Mr Trump’s view. He’s assembling a team built for the long haul, with the talent and experience to take cases to trial and, if necessary, send people to prison.

So far, Mr Trump has only directed his criticism at former FBI Director James Comey. It may only be a matter of time before some of that attention is directed at Mr Mueller, however.

 

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Creekwalk Village shopping center in Plano sold and other top real estate transactions

Sales

Creekwalk Village, a 174,484-square-foot shopping center in Plano, has been purchased by an East Coast Investor for $24.5 million. The retail center on 15th Street near U.S. Highway 75 is anchored by Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy and Barnes & Noble. SRS Investment Properties Group’s Chris Tramontano and John Redfield brokered the sale.

Rosebriar Properties sold 4.3 acres in Stemmons Crossroads on Interstate 35E in Dallas for a future home of a Marriott brand hotel. Rob Adams and Bill Hanks from Rosebriar brokered the sale.

NoPiers.com has purchased a 14,000-square-foot office building for its headquarters at 13748 Neutron Road in Dallas’ Northwest Business District. NoPiers.com will occupy a vacant 5,000 square foot space in the building, which has two other tenants. Addison-based Biel Partners brokered the sale with LJ Erickson of Duggan Realty.

Collin College has assembled several parcels totaling 101 acres for the project at State Highway 78 and FM 544 in Wylie, including 44 acres donated by the City of Wylie to the college. Younger Partners’ Tom Grunnah helped the college district in buying much of the property.

A Dallas-based partnership purchased Sienna Creek, a 152-unit apartment property built in 1980 and located at 11601 Audelia Road in North Dallas. Al Silva and Mark McCoy with Marcus & Millichap brokered the sale.

Mojo Realty LLC bought a 22,244-square-foot industrial building at 8305 Sovereign Row in Dallas. Stephen Williamson at Lee & Associates brokered the sale with Jeremy Mercer at Mercer Co.

Leases

Horizon Forest Products L.P. has leased 36,800 square feet of office-warehouse space located at 2800 E. Plano Pkwy. in Plano. Dave Peterson and Stephen Cooper of NAI Robert Lynn negotiated the lease with Ryan Boozer of Stream Realty.

MC Communications Inc. has leased 12,763 square feet of office space in Lakeside Square, 12377 Merit Dr., Dallas. Melanie Hughes, Bret Cooper and Richmond Collinsworth of Bradford Commercial Real Estate Services negotiated the lease with John Beach and Garrison Efird of Jackson Cooksey.

PrimeTime Lighting Systems has leased 8,744 square feet of office-warehouse space located at 4124 Billy Mitchell Dr. in Addison. Chad Albert and Cole Horowitz of NAI Robert Lynn negotiated the lease.

Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co. has leased 8,094 square feet of office-warehouse space located at 625 Digital Dr. in Plano. Dave Peterson of NAI Robert Lynn negotiated the lease.

 

 

EDWARD GARCIA

 

‘Clock boy’ discrimination case thrown out by Texas judge

A US judge has thrown out a discrimination case brought by the family of a Muslim student whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb.

In 2015 Ahmed Mohamed was arrested in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, after his teacher said the clock looked like an explosive device.

Photos of the 14-year-old’s arrest sparked a public outcry.

But on Thursday a Texas judge ruled there was no evidence of racial or religious discrimination.

“Plaintiff does not allege any facts from which this court can reasonably infer” that Irving Independent School District employees “intentionally discriminated” against Ahmed Mohamed, wrote US District Judge Sam Lindsay in his ruling.

A homemade clock made by Ahmed Mohamed, 14, is seen in an undated picture released by the Irving Texas Police Department September 16, 2015.Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionAhmed’s homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb

He also dismissed a complaint against the school principal saying it was “factually deficient” to allege that Ahmed was treated “differently than other similarly situated students, and that the unequal treatment was based on religion or race”.

Ahmed, whom US media dubbed “clock boy”, was originally charged with having a “hoax bomb” after he brought the digital clock display in a small briefcase to the classroom at MacArthur High School in Irving.

But those charged were later dropped.

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