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    Celebrities studying Tai Chi?

    Tom Chi! Tom Brady Practices Martial Arts in China
    BY DAVE QUINN•@NINEDAVES

    POSTED ON JUNE 20, 2017 AT 9:14AM EDT


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    Tom Brady may be one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the game, with five Super Bowl wins among his many accomplishments.

    But the 39-year-old athlete doesn’t just stick to the pigskin.

    During a visit to China, Brady took in what appeared to be the martial art of Tai Chi — posting a shot of his workout to Instagram.

    “The sound of silence” he captioned the shot, tagging the Beats by Dre headphones he was wearing.

    Known for its defense training and health benefits, Tai Chi is said to promote inner peace and alleviate stress and anxiety, and is often used as a form of meditation in motion.
    I'm going to launch a Celebrities studying Tai Chi? thread with this and back-copy anything I can find from our Celebrities studying martial arts? thread later.
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    Stephen and Seth Curry Tai Chi

    Here's an embedded video on NBA.com:

    Stephen and Seth Curry Tai Chi
    Steph and Seth take part in Tai Chi on their recent stop in Hangzhou, China on their Asia tour. Special thanks to Warriors.com
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    Bill Walton

    Bill Walton Crushes Some Tai Chi In China, Apologizes “On Behalf Of The Human Race” For UCLA Players Stealing
    DAN CRAWFORD
    |NOV 11, 2017 9:37 AM


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    Bill Walton is a worldwide treasure.
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    College basketball returned last night with a couple of games on ESPN – one played in Germany on an Air Force base and one played in China. You may have heard some news this week from one of the team’s out there in the far east.

    But I’m not here to talk about the games. The only reason college basketball even remotely matters in November is because we are blessed with the return of Bill Walton. From April-November he essentially disappears off the grid to do God knows what, but I can guess there’s marijuana involved. Then November rolls around and he’s back in our lives giving us nonstop entertainment for ****ty late-night Pac-12 games.

    So Bill has been in China this week, which you know has been a total adventure, and yesterday threw on his tie-dye and crushed some Tai Chi with the locals.

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    Bill Walton doing tai chi in China is as amazing as you’d expect it to be.
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    Then he made sure to apologize for the UCLA players’ actions
    “On behalf of the human race”.

    Omar Moore
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    In China: Bill Walton, please. “I wanna apologize on behalf of the human race” for the wrong that #UCLA kids like LiAngelo Ball did?? No condoning their actions - or Bill’s grandstanding.
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    So good to have Walton back.
    As an old deadhead, it does my heart good to see Bill rocking tiedye in PRC.
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    Fabian Delph

    SOCCER PLANET FUTBOL



    Man City Star Reveals How Tai Chi and Vegan Diet Switch Have Helped Him Regain Form
    By 90MIN May 20, 2018

    Fabian Delph has revealed lifestyle changes in the form of Tai Chi and a vegan diet have been key to his revival with Manchester City and England.

    The 28-year-old midfielder come left back has revitalised his career this season after putting his injury woes behind him and focusing on creating a positive mindset, a shift which has helped him play a key role in City lifting the Premier League title and confirming his place in England's 23-man World Cup squad.


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    It was not initially all smooth sailing, however, as upon Pep Guardiola's arrival at the Etihad Stadium Delph's future was thrown into question as he did not immediately look to fill the mould of a player the Spaniard would often look to.

    Yet, 29 appearances across all competitions this season has seen the former Aston Villa man shine, and he credits mindfulness exercises and a vegan diet as key to his well-being.

    “I’ve had a lot of injuries and a lot of setbacks, starting with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, lateral meniscus tear and medial ligament damage,” Delph is quoted as saying in the book, Soccology: Inside The Hearts And Minds Of The Professionals On The Pitch, via the Mirror.

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    It is no surprise IF Fabian Delph gets a call up to England’s WC squad. He was a crucial contributor in the PL’s greatest ever team breaking records, and creating history.

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    “At that point, I heard people saying my *career was over or my *performances would not be as good.

    “Not *being in the team and only *being *spoken about in terms of my injury was hard. Being injured massively affected my mental state — self-doubt crept in. "

    "I began to question whether I would ever play again and, if I were to play again, whether my performances would be as good. When I began to train again, it took a while for me to adjust to my body’s changes as a result of the injury, find my confidence and get over my fear of breaking down.


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    “I decided to ignore my doubts and began to look at my body objectively, as if it were detached from me.

    “I studied its weak parts, researched my injuries, began to strengthen my body and moved from rehab into pre-hab. I carried out mindfulness exercises like the moving meditation of Tai Chi. I changed the fuel I put into my body and switched to a vegan diet.”
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    Slightly OT

    Zombie Tai Chi. That makes a lot of sense.



    THE BMD INTERVIEW
    THE DEAD DON’T DIE’s Adam Driver And Chloë Sevigny On Jarmusch And Zombies

    And joyriding with Bill Murray, of course.
    By MICHAEL GINGOLD Jun. 12, 2019

    In Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny play Deputy Ronnie Peterson and Officer Mindy Morrison, cops in the small town of Centerville (apparently in rural Pennsylvania) dealing with a mysterious zombie invasion. Both take the threat very seriously—Ronnie continuously intones that the day will not end well, and Mindy becomes increasingly panicked—though the film’s overall tone is one of deadpan amusement. And the two actors recall that they couldn’t entirely take the ghouls seriously off-camera.

    “It was always comedy when we weren’t shooting,” Driver says, “because you’d see these zombies doing very pedestrian things, like asking PAs where the bathroom is. There was also a moment when they were doing tai chi; Jim sent me a video of that.”

    “There was the one on the street,” Sevigny says, “where Adam chops his head off, and he bumps into the car and hits the ground. He came up to me afterward, and it turned out we have all these mutual friends in common because he was an ex-professional skateboarder who went into stunts. I was like, ‘Whoa, really? What do you look like without all this gack on?’ That makes so much sense, because a big part of skateboarding is learning how to fall.”

    “There was a scene where they were surrounding the car that was actually pretty creepy,” Driver adds. “Being in the car with all these zombies approaching was all very funny until they came close, and then it got rather worrisome.”

    The Dead Don’t Die, which Focus Features releases Friday, is an absurdist entry in the strain of zombie movies that carry social commentary in the midst of the flesheating. According to Driver, who previously starred in Jarmusch’s Paterson, the filmmaker has been carrying the idea around for a while. “Even before Jim wrote this movie, he would always make jokes about people being phone zombies, kind of lumbering around New York with their heads down, just somewhere else and not paying attention to the world around them. So this film uses the metaphor of people being addicted to things like Wifi and addiction in general, and how we’ve surrounded ourselves with things that force us to be introspective as opposed to being aware of what’s around us.”

    In the film, Driver and Sevigny share the aforementioned cop car, plus several scenes at the Centerville police station, with Bill Murray, playing Chief Cliff Robertson. The duo recall that Murray always kept things interesting during the shoot—often playing music between setups (“Sometimes it was appropriate, sometimes it wasn’t,” Sevigny says) and, at one point, taking the three of them out for a spin in that cruiser when rain delayed filming.

    “He was like, ‘Do you want to go for a ride?’ ” Driver explains, “and we said, ‘Yeah.’ As we were driving, we realized we didn’t have any money or phones and we were running low on gas, and then we found a farmer’s stand. We went in and got groceries with no money—Bill said he would come back and pay for them—and then we found our way back to set and started shooting [laughs]. We were already under pressure because we didn’t have time to spare anyway, but nobody said anything to us about it. Everyone sort of pretended it didn’t happen.”

    “I was afraid we were going to get in a lot of trouble when we got back to set,” Sevigny continues. “Apparently they were furious, they just didn’t express it. And isn’t it illegal to go around dressed as a cop? I was a little concerned about that too.”

    “I believed we were kind of safe,” Driver replies. “I don’t know why, because we had fake guns and everything, and he turned on the lights when we pulled into the place.”

    “I feel like Bill could get away with anything; he’s a charmer,” adds Sevigny, who says that no one in the farm stand was starstruck when the trio walked in the door. “Bill had been in there prior, so they already knew him—they’d experienced The Bill Show [laughs]. They had already watched that program. It was very low-key and cool.”

    “They were like, ‘Take some apples, take some muffins,’ and that was it,” Driver says.

    In general, shooting in the tiny upstate New York town of Fleischmanns was a positive experience for both the Dead Don’t Die team and the local residents. “The townspeople embraced us,” Sevigny says, “and there were a lot of fans of Jim and Bill around, and having a sense of the community that wasn’t hating us was kind of nice [laughs]! Usually when a film production descends on an area, there’s a lot of eye-rolling, but they seemed down with it, and it was very cool to be welcomed by them.”

    That negativity, she points out, tends to happen more often in more heavily populated areas, like her hometown of New York City. “There’s a lot of production paying people off because they’ve got the generators and the idling and lights and all of that. I used to live on 10th Street by St. Mark’s Church, and they always shot on that block. I remember one time lying in bed, and hearing ‘Places!’ or ‘Back to one!’ And I woke up like, ‘What? Where am I? Am I expected on set?’ [Laughs] Because they were literally right outside my window!”

    Driver, Sevigny, and Murray head up a formidable ensemble for an indie zombie opus in The Dead Don’t Die; there’s someone in the cast for every film fan, and Driver and Sevigny recall being particularly excited about meeting Danny Glover (playing hardware store owner Hank Thompson) and Carol Kane (as soon-to-revive corpse Mallory), respectively. And then there was the awesome Tilda Swinton in a part Jarmusch wrote especially for her: Zelda Winston, a samurai mortician who can hold her own against the marauding undead. “She’s just like she is in the movie: She’s an otherworldly creature, and we’re just sort of basking in her glow,” Sevigny laughs. “Watching her and Jim riff, you could tell how much they were enjoying what she was getting to play with. Seeing her do multiple takes and tweaking things, it was clear she really loves what she does.”

    Although all the actors were able to bring their own takes to the material, there wasn’t a great deal of on-set improv, at least where the movie’s police force was concerned. “We were shooting digital,” Sevigny points out, “so sometimes Jim would just keep rolling at the end, and there were moments when Bill and Adam got to add stuff, especially when we were in the car, and also a couple of times in the police station.”

    “But not a lot,” Driver says, “nor did we really want to. I felt it wasn’t necessary, because the script was very funny as it was. There were times when Jim felt we had a good rhythm and he would just let us go, but the script was so good, there wasn’t really much to add. Not that if you improv, it means that the script is bad, but…”

    The Dead Don’t Die represents Driver’s first venture into the horror genre, while Sevigny has previously appeared in Mary Harron’s American Psycho, Danny Perez’s Antibirth, and Douglas Buck’s remake of Brian De Palma’s Sisters. And speaking of De Palma, she’s enough of a horror fan to have taken offense when one of his classics wasn’t shown its due respect. “I went to see Carrie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles,” she remembers. “I’d been to see other films there and loved it, and I guess I didn’t realize that Carrie had become a camp classic. People were mocking it, screaming at the screen and laughing, and I got so upset that I had to leave. To me, that movie is so emotional, and I was like, ‘I can’t stand how they’re responding to this!’ ”

    In closing, the inevitable question comes up when discussing a film like The Dead Don’t Die: How do its actors think they’d fare if the undead took over? “I think I’d fare pretty well, actually,” Sevigny states. “I’m secretly athletic, and I know some survival skills.”

    “I believe I’d find my calling in a zombie apocalypse,” Driver says. “Also because they traditionally move slowly—at least they do in ours—so it seems like that would be an advantage.”
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    Ng Man Tat

    Comedy Icon Ng Man Tat No Longer Looks Frail And Sickly Thanks To Tai Chi
    By*ILSA CHAN


    Ng Man Tat
    Now he wants everyone to get fit with [him] .
    Published15 AUGUST, 2020 UPDATED 21 AUGUST, 2020

    Now he wants everyone to get fit with [him] .

    After years of being plagued with health problems, veteran Hongkong comedian Ng Man Tat seems to have turned his life around.

    Earlier in the week, the actor, who is best known for being Stephen Chow’s sidekick in the auteur's slapstick comedy classics, took to social media to share a short clip of himself practising tai chi. Along with the clip, he wrote: “Get fit with me. Everyone can become a master.”

    Meet "Master Ng"
    Dressed in a white singlet and black pants, “Master Ng” not only appeared energetic and in good spirits, but also looked fitter and healthier than he has in years.

    He also dyed his hair black, which made him look younger than his 67 years.

    Man Tat has come a long way health-wise
    This is a far cry from how he looked a year ago when he was photographed looking frail and reportedly needed help walking.

    Man Tat looking frail just last year
    The comedian’s health struggles started in 2000 when he was diagnosed with diabetes, and almost had to amputate one of his legs.

    In 2014, he was diagnosed with heart failure after a viral infection, and this spurred him to change his lifestyle. Despite his efforts, he revealed in 2015 that he could only recover 50 per cent of his heart’s function.

    Last year, those photos of Man Tat looking frail also sparked concern about his health.

    Man Tat at a promotional event for 2019 Chinese sci-fi flick The Wandering Earth
    Photos: Weibo
    Read more at https://www.8days.sg/sceneandheard/e...hanks-13020638
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    I know it says Tai Chi but the pix look more like the Brocade.
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    Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.
    Can't get much cooler than that.

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    So cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Tea Serpent View Post
    Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.
    Can't get much cooler than that.
    We know about Iggy - he's on our original Celebrities studying martial arts thread. I've been hoping to connect with him about his practice for years.

    And we really know about Lou. He was on our cover twice Sep+Oct 07 & May+June 07. He came to our 10th Anniversary Gala and wore our shirt for Entertainment Weekly's fashion issue. Lou was very gracious to us, got us tickets and backstage passes to his shows whenever he was in town, and was a great friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    We know about Iggy - he's on our original Celebrities studying martial arts thread. I've been hoping to connect with him about his practice for years.
    In you do connect with him, ask if his practice is somehow connected with his China Girl song that David Bowie turned into a big hit...

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