Taekwondo may be the only Olympic sport with an upgrade cycle as fast as the iPhone s.The sport draws heavily on ancient Japanese and Chinese martial arts, but tradition is yielding to modernity as taekwondo adopts sophisticated gear and new rules to secure its Olympic future.In taking these steps, the World Taekwondo Federation has brought more excitement to matches and greater transparency to scoring.When competition begins Wednesday in Rio, competitors will for the first time don headgear that electronically scores kicks to the head, just as the vests first seen four years ago in London record blows to the chest.It s been a bit of a learning curve, said Steven Lopez, a five-time olympian on Team USA and the most decorated athlete in the sport s history.The changes followed controversial decisions during the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, where taekwondo used a decidedly analog scoring system: Referees watching bouts with their eyeballs.
One of the more popular game engines, Crytek's CryEngine, will be receiving some handy updates over the next few months that increase support for low-level and potentially performance-increasing APIs.As spotted by OC3D, perhaps the biggest update to CryEngine is coming in mid-November with version 5.3, which will include Vulkan API support.And it's not just Vulkan support on desktop platforms: CryEngine's roadmap also lists mobile GPU support, which would bring the game engine to Android and possibly iOS for the first time.Another update to CryEngine, version 5.4, is scheduled for late February with DirectX 12 multi-GPU support.CryEngine has supported DirectX 12 since earlier this year – a Chinese martial arts MOBA called King of Wushu was the first CryEngine game with DirectX 12 – however it hasn't supported multi-GPU configurations.These two major updates to CryEngine will help it compete with Unreal Engine 4, which is its main rival and an engine that has already gained significant traction in the developer community.
Filming has finished on Iron Fist and the first full trailer has emerged in the wake of New York Comic Con.The trailer is the first real introduction to Danny Rand, played by Game of Thrones' actor Finn Jones.There, he learns secret kung-fu and defeats the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying, earning the title of Iron Fist.Also seen is Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, in the comics a swordswoman and one half of the 'Daughters of the Dragon' along with Misty Knight, who was introduced in Luke Cage.Both Danny and Colleen are pleasingly comic accurate, with the former sporting his full-chest dragon tattoo and the latter in her trademark all-white outfits.The teaser bills Iron Fist as 'The Final Defender', because the hero is the last character to be introduced before the launch of The Defenders; the long-planned crossover of the Marvel superheroes who have dominated Netflix in recent years.
After a string of successes with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, Marvel Television and Netflix will attempt to make it four in a row with the upcoming series Iron Fist, which introduces the popular kung-fu master Danny Rand to Marvel’s cinematic universe.The final solo series before the protagonists of all four shows unite for a crossover in The Defenders miniseries, Iron Fist stars Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones as its eponymous hero.The series follows Danny Rand as he returns home after a mysterious disappearance 15 years earlier, only to face threats from both within his family’s company and from deadly enemies aligned against him in his role as the Iron Fist.A product of the ’70s, when Bruce Lee and martial-arts movies were all the rage in the U.S., Iron Fist joined Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, as the primary representatives of the genre in the Marvel Comics universe at launch.The version of Danny Rand present in the Netflix series keeps things a bit more grounded than his comics counterpart, but a healthy appreciation of the conventions of kung fu movies — and the sort of fantasy-fueled dialogue the genre is famous for — will likely make the series even more enjoyable.Be prepared for some heady talk of kung-fu powers and generation-spanning legacies that go well beyond anything we’ve seen in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, or Luke Cage so far.
It’s hard to believe Marvel brought its cinematic universe to Netflix just two years ago.In that relatively brief time (by Hollywood standards, at least), three of the four interconnected series set in a new hemisphere of Marvel’s live-action universe launched to critical acclaim.Given how much success Marvel and Netflix have had so far, there’s no shortage of optimism for Iron Fist, but fans can’t help wondering whether Iron Fist will indeed punch up Marvel’s Netflix-verse, or simply serve as a stepping stone to the long-awaited arrival of The Defenders.It’s not easy being the follow-up act for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, but Iron Fist does an admirable job of carving out its own, unique narrative niche in Marvel’s rapidly expanding universe.He returns to his former home – and family business – claiming that he was saved by mysterious Buddhist monks who not only gave him a Zen outlook on life, but also bestowed upon him the mantle of “Iron Fist,” the latest in a long line of powerful martial artists with superhuman abilities.It’s a tonal shift that could’ve easily been far more more jarring – disastrously so, in fact – in the wrong hands.
But a Hong Kong-based start-up is combining traditional methods of learning the Chinese martial art with AI technology that analyses the speed and strength of your punches and provides personalised, professional advice to hone your technique.“We chose Hong Kong to start our business as the city is rich in Kung Fu culture and we would like to revive Kung Fu by using AI technology,” said Thomas Yu, the founder of JabJabX, an app that stores and analyses data in order to help users hone their technique.“Rather than pure observation, big data analysis can tell you your speed and strength as you learn Kung Fu, and provides more personalised advice.”JabJabX is now in a “testing stage”, but has drawn the interest of potential investors, said Yu, who won the Big Data for Business (B4B) Challenge organised by Cyberport in Hong Kong and Innobator in Shanghai.“Hong Kong government will continue to promote big data analytics and applications within the government and facilitate the development of big data application in industries through various organisations.”AI technology has the potential to be integrated into most traditional industries to improve efficiency.
They had us at “open-world, post-apocalyptic kung fu fable.” BioMutant, the newly announced game from Experiment 101, a Sweden-based indie studio founded by Avalanche Studios’ (of Just Cause fame) former creative director, Stefan Ljungqvist.BioMutant drew us in with a world that we’ve never quite seen before—one that’s colorful and detailed, with a style that’s equal parts gritty and cute,We played the upcoming PS4, XB1 and PC game on the floor at Gamescom, experiencing its mutant martial arts first hand.Cluttered with the overgrown ruins of a modern, industrial society, nature has started to reclaim territory.While it’s possible that the fallen society also belonged to the anthropomorphic creatures, it seems more likely that, like in Adventure Time, the world is a colorful fantasy borne out of the mutagens and radiation left behind in man’s hubristic fall.The Tribes stand divided, in need of someone strong enough to unite them or bring them all down.”
Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma has hit the silver screen, starring in a new film released by Alibaba Pictures, the e-commerce giant’s film studio division.The film, Gong Shou Dao (GSD), is a tribute to Chinese martial arts and was created by Ma and acclaimed actor and martial artist Jet Li.The film stars Ma alongside eleven martial arts masters and actors Donnie Yen, Wu Jing, Tony Jaa, Sammo Hung Kang-bo, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo.The storyline follows Ma as he confronts martial arts masters from around the world and tests each of the eight disciplines including Tai Chi (Taiji), Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun, Sumo, Boxing, Free Combat, Snap Kick and Muay Thai, through dramatic fight sequences.The film was first released in China in a bid to revitalise the nation’s passion for martial arts.According to Alibaba, the film received 170 million views online prompting Alibaba Pictures to release it globally for Chinese New Year.
Startup type WekaIO has apparently walked all over IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system with a doubled SPEC SFS2014 benchmark score for its Matrix software running on Supermicro servers.The benchmark tests the performance of filers and we're looking at the number of software builds completed in a run and the overall response time (ORT).WekaIO's Matrix parallel file system seemingly showed IBM's Spectrum Scale a clean pair of heels, scoring 1,200 builds against Spectrum Scale's 600.IBM Spectrum Scale – E8IBM Spectrum Scale – Cisco UCS – FlashSystem 900The previous top-scoring system was IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system using an E8 NVMe all-flash array.
Alibaba’s founder and chairman today announced he’d step down in September 2019, exactly a year from now.Daniel Zhang, 46, who joined Alibaba in 2007 and was appointed CEO in 2015, will take up the torch.Ma will stay on the board until 2020.Stepping aside from the company he founded 19 years ago – and now worth US$418 billion – will allow him to do more philanthropic work in education, a field that excites him and where he got his career started.All employees at Alibaba have nicknames borrowed from fictional characters that inspire them.Zhang’s is “Xiaoyao zi,” a handsome-looking man with a long beard and white hair who founded the Xiaoyao Sect, or the Unfettered Sect, in a famous Chinese martial arts classic.
Marvel Studios has already teased major announcements this week in the form of new Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 film trailers.But one additional piece of big Marvel news has leaked out before either of those dropped.According to Deadline Hollywood, Marvel Studios is moving ahead with a film based on the Shang-Chi comic series, which began in the '70s and centers around a Chinese martial arts master.That report links Hollywood scribe Dave Callaham to the project as the film's writer.Callaham's film-writing work revolves largely around action and geek-culture films, ranging from 2005's Doom film adaptation to 2010's first Expendables film.He has also written or co-written scripts for unreleased films Wonder Woman 1984, Zombieland 2, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.
There's juicy political intrigue, forbidden love, and plenty of kung-fu fighting in Warrior, a new ten-episode series from Cinemax.The series is adapted from a treatment developed by legendary kung fu master Bruce Lee nearly 50 years ago, and while it's been updated to suit contemporary tastes and trends, it still manages to capture the essence of Bruce Lee's philosophical worldview.According to Hollywood lore, Bruce Lee pitched an idea in 1971 for a TV series about a martial artist in the Old West.When she took over management of her father's legacy in 2000 as president of the Bruce Lee Foundation, among the archived materials was Lee's original treatment, along with several drafts and notes."All I had to do was be true to the integrity of the themes he wanted to explore," he said—namely, the Chinese immigrant experience in 19th century San Francisco.In the pilot episode of Warrior, a young Chinese martial arts prodigy, Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji, Fast and Furious 6: HK Police), arrives in 19th-century San Francisco.
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The Last Airbender initially aired on children’s television channel Nickelodeon and is now available for online streaming on Netflix.The sequel aired four years after the first part ended its run.Even though the story of The Legend of Korra will be different from the first one, there are quite a few characters from the previous installment who have featured in both the series.The animated series was set in a world where a few people could manipulate the elements of earth, fire, water, and air.This was done through the Chinese martial arts technique known as bending.The story revolved around a boy named Aang, the current avatar who could bend all four elements and has the responsibility to maintain a sense of peace and harmony between the world’s four nations.So, here are characters from the first installment you will see in the follow-up.KataraKatara is the wife of Aang, the Airbender from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
One of the top three Chinese martial arts fiction writers, Gu Long (1937-1985) wrote sixty-nine novels in a career comprising twenty-five years.His other important novels add the Thoughtful Swordsman and the Merciless Sword (1970), The Orchid at midnight (1979) and Hunting Hawk, Playing Game (1984).At the age of forty-eight, he died of lean meats disease caused by excessive alcohol drinking.She enjoys reading adventure fiction and watching martial arts drama.On one of his quests, Xiao (the Eleventh Son, known as the great Bandit) meets Shen, the fairest woman in the martial world.read history's number 1 founder novel online freeListed here are some comments created by several foreign readers.This book is the only official translated wuxia novel of by the Late Gu Long (Ku Long, Ku lung) available in English to date.Additionally, Becky kept the names and important terms in Chinese pinyin and explained them to her readers, a much better approach than changing character's name into English or ignorantly using the term "Karate" for Chinese martial arts, like Minford did in his translation of the Deer and the Cauldron.
One of several top three Chinese martial arts fiction writers, Gu Long (1937-1985) wrote sixty-nine novels in a very career spanning twenty-five years.His other important novels include The Compassionate Swordsman and the Merciless Sword (1970), The Orchid at Midnight (1979) and Hunting Hawk, Gambling Game (1984).At the age of forty-eight, he died of liver disease caused by excessive alcohol drinking.While comparing it to translated wuxia novels are rather unfair, because Gu Long has his personal distinct way of writing, nevertheless in technical element of translating, Becky Tai, the translator, exceeded what's left, mainly when compared John Minfor and Graham Earnshaw.Additionally, Becky kept what they are called and important terms in Chinese pinyin and explained those to her readers, a much better approach than changing character's name into English or ignorantly with all the term "Karate" for Chinese fighting styles, like Minford did in his translation of The Deer along with the Cauldron.Overall, this book worths every penny and will be collected by anyone that love the "wuxia" (Chinese knight-errand) genre but not able to read neither Chinese characters nor another Asian language by which many wuxia novels are translated.