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    Almost a sword hottie...

    ...she's really rich. And she's got a lovely designer evening gown. That's gotta count for something.



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    Sunny Leone




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    Michelle Yeoh again

    At 53, Michelle is still an uber sword hottie. Here she is from season 2 of Marco Polo


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    WONDER WOMAN Comic-Con Trailer

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    Suicide Squad Movie CLIP - You're Late (2016) - Karen Fukuhara Movie



    I'm looking forward to Katana, Suicide Squad's badass sword hottie, but she will surely be upstaged by Harley.
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    Mandy Ho

    Mandy's name came up in an interview I'm working on right now. I'm posting this for a little break.

    Interview: Mandy Ho (何佩珉)
    Posted: 15 Mar 2016

    These days it seems like there’s a shortage of young blood to carry on the legacy of the female martial artists of yore. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Mandy Ho (何佩珉) is one the brightest prospects that might just be up for the task


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    "When people look at me, they don’t really see someone who would practice kung fu,” says 21-year-old actress Mandy Ho. It’s true, she has a cute face – big eyes, cherubic facial features – but don’t let that fool you. Ho has been practicing the choy li fut style of kung fu since she was five. It’s a martial arts form that combines northern and southern style techniques and it has been praised by Bruce Lee as the most effective system in fighting off a group of attackers. Just watch one of Ho’s YouTube video’s and you’ll know she’s legit.

    Ho got her foot into the entertainment industry when she applied to be in TVB’s reality competition show Kung Fu Supernova back in 2011. Out of 12 contestants Ho stood out and won because of her quick wit, creativity and impeccable moves. “I was the most experienced, so there was pressure to prove myself,” she says. And she did. The show continued to the international round with competitors hailing from the US, Malaysia and China and Ho once again took the crown.

    This shouldn’t come as much of a shock, since she is accustomed to winning. At the 2011 International Traditional Kung Fu Forum she won the gold medal in Chinese boxing and at the Tuen Mun Martial Arts Forum, she secured the title for Chinese boxing and Chinese short weapons. Her specialty are short blades and daggers.

    Now signed to TVB, Ho has taken up minor roles in dramas and has also become a stunt trainee – already having been set ablaze for a role. She also trains with veteran actress and martial artist Sharon Yeung Pan Pan and teaches private lessons at Yeung’s Hithut Studio. “You can really tell what someone is like when you see them practice kung fu,” Ho says. “You can see their character and their level of patience.”

    As if that wasn’t enough, Ho is also a registered nurse. For us RPG geeks out there, we know how important it is to have an offensive character with healing capabilities.

    Ho is now focused on her acting career and hopes to land bigger roles, but at her core, martial arts still takes priority. “There were a few turning points in my life that made me realise that kung fu is something I can’t live without.” Arthur Tam
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    Emily Beecham

    From our INTO THE BADLANDS thread.

    Today, AMC released first look photos from season two of its martial arts drama “Into the Badlands.” The series has scored with critics and fans for its immersive world and the artistry of its elaborate fight sequences. The ten episode second season will debut in March of 2017.

    Season two of “Into the Badlands” finds Sunny and M.K. separated and scattered to the wind, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family or die trying. On their journey, Clipper and Colt are assisted by mysterious, new allies whose motivations may be anything but pure. Meanwhile, The Widow continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all. Alliances are struck, friendships betrayed, and by season's end, Sunny and M.K.'s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.

    “Into the Badlands” was created by showrunners/executive producers/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and executive produced by Oscar®-nominated producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, director David Dobkin, fight director Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu. The series stars Wu (Tai Chi Zero) as Sunny; Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as Quinn; Aramis Knight (The Dark Knight Rises) as M.K.; Oliver Stark (“Luther”) as Ryder; Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later) as The Widow; Orla Brady (“Dr. Who,” “Fringe”) as Lydia; Sarah Bolger (“Once Upon a Time,” “The Tudors”) as Jade; Ally Ioannides (“Parenthood”) as Tilda; Madeleine Mantock (Edge of Tomorrow) as Veil; Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) as Waldo and Nick Frost as Bajie (Shaun of the Dead).


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    At 53, Michelle is still an uber sword hottie. Here she is from season 2 of Marco Polo



    Yes she is ! She is beautiful.

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    Samantha Swords

    A blacksmith too? <3

    JANUARY 26, 2017 SHANÉ SCHUTTE
    Lesser-known martial arts heavily influence Hollywood blockbusters

    Samantha Swords, a woman of many talents, has been travelling the globe to raise awareness for Western martial arts ‒ and giving lightsaber lessons along the way. But while the sword may be her ultimate passion, she unveiled to Real Business the various Hollywood blockbusters her sculpting, blacksmithing and sword-fighting skills had been part of.


    Photograph by Bruno Gallant – Swords going in for the kill

    “From ancient myths through Shakespeare to modern writers, we love tales of magic.” This passage comes from Beyond The Words – and there is definitely truth to it, with the genre’s subtle teachings, be they from books or Hollywood blockbusters, being a reason why.

    The larger than life, saving the universe rhetoric most plots rely on emphasise that exploration leads to self-discovery and our sense of wonder makes us wiser. In fact, the good vs. evil formula is a motivational speech in a pretty package, doing its fair share of inspiration.

    For the aptly named Samantha Swords, such stories were a big part of the childhood experience. “I found it hard to relate to the wild, Australian mountains where I grew up and I was always day-dreaming, writing and drawing to put another layer on my world,” she told Real Business, citing Robin Hood and Peter Pan as early influences.

    “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more of a realist. I love fantasy with emotional depth, showing the strength of the human spirit. Hollywood blockbusters and productions like Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful or the 2013 video game reboot of Tomb Raider engage me.”

    Her love of fantasy, however, largely revolves around the sword – “it’s the core of all mythology and depicts the ultimate heroic symbol”. Most of all, Swords explained at leadership conference Hero Round Table, it’s attached to a very real martial arts form – an amalgamation of arts spanning use of the rapier and military sabre further depicted in her speech below.



    “I already had an interest in medieval combat,” she said. “But one day I came across ‘Western martial arts’ and found a community of researchers and athletes around the world reviving the combat systems of medieval Europe. These arts were preserved in books that, until recently, were gathering dust on museum bookshelves.”

    Medieval re-enacting – done by friends – and years of Olympic fencing did little to satisfy her as both ruled out “brutal martial techniques that work in a life-or-death situation” to keep competitors safe. On the contrary, Western arts were built around such techniques for self-defence purposes.

    It’s no surprise her dedication prompted others to seek her help. You’ll come to realise she’s a woman with many hats, and that one is labelled consultant.


    Fencing with Michigan Medieval

    “I want to share my knowledge, so helping people is rewarding,” she explained. “So far I’ve had largely positive experiences as a sword-fighting consultant, although I think that is thanks to the enthusiasm of the people who hire me, and the energy we bring to each project.”

    And one of the reasons why a consultant of such means is increasingly sought after is, in a full-circle kind of way, because of the fantastical. Hollywood blockbusters and games are once again stoking public interest in sword-fighting: “A widespread hunger for knowledge about the past has taken hold, but many museums are experiencing cut-backs so the burden of research and communication falls to other areas. Games, movies and TV shows all offer that. You can see the educative power of industry successes such as Vikings or Assassin’s Creed. There are definitely vast opportunities for growth in this area, and for me that is exciting.”
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    continued from previous post

    Indeed, her focus on Western arts has meant working in the entertainment industry, on some of our most beloved Hollywood blockbusters. Remember the many hats? Let’s add special effects technician, prop-maker, sculptor, actor, illustrator and blacksmith to the list. Swords was part of the team that made armour for the dwarves in The Hobbit trilogy, had a hand in constructing Matt Damon’s exoskeleton for Elysium and helped make a sculpture of Kim Jong Un for The Interview. She’s even involved in Ubisoft’s upcoming For Honor, a game set in Medieval times where you can play as a knight, samurai or viking. Check out the trailer:



    Her interest in the entertainment industry, she suggested, was also influenced by her love of fantasy – it led her to work on Narnia, Warcraft and Superman: Man of Steel as well.

    “When I was 15, The Lord of the Rings came out and I remember Peter Jackson dedicating over 26 hours of behind-the-scenes footage in the extended DVDs. I discovered an entire industry of people like me who were encouraged to be artistic, hands-on and passionate about attention to detail.


    Samantha displaying her blacksmithing skills

    “I struggled with regular academia, and even though my school offered a lot of enriching programmes I couldn’t see myself in a traditional role. I threw myself into pursuing the type of Hollywood blockbusters I’d seen in the New Zealand-based trilogy. Through persistence and the generosity of others, I was able to work at Weta Workshop for four years on numerous productions.”

    The ability to create the swords she loves has also allowed her a better understanding of the equipment. Swords explained: “I had the opportunity to learn blade-smithing, worked at a sword-construction company and was involved in weapon-props and armour-building for Hollywood blockbusters. It definitely helps me appreciate the equipment.

    “As an actor trained in movement I’m aware of how my body changes whilst wearing different gear. Good tools and attire are important when you’re fighting, and the dynamics of each weapon are different. Weight, thickness, material finish – everything changes how a tool behaves. It’s important to consider these things when you’re reconstructing ancient martial arts, or the efficiency of what you’re doing can become dependent on the modern things you’re using to practice with.”

    When she says practice, she means practice aplenty! When work doesn’t get in the way, she’ll be training several hours a day, four days a week.


    Muay thai training in Thailand

    “It’s a constant balancing act since I’m involved with so many things and often switch roles. Given the nature of my industry, I’ll have chunks of free time whilst I’m not on a project and I’ll train hard, then I’ll have to drop activity right back down to minimal when I’m working again. It’s frustrating but it also helps me keep perspective, especially in regards to my own performance.”

    Her emphasis on training and working inspired us to ask about the increasingly cited connection between sport and business – more specifically whether competitors in the fighting world and corporate landscape had something in common. The Art of War, said to be one of her favourite books, could be translated as “Master Sun’s Martial Arts”. It’s thus the best indication, she suggested, of how the two correlate.

    “In martial arts, you’re always striving for excellence. Understanding yourself, the people and the environment around you helps you achieve that. It’s a combination of knowing where you want to go, overcoming challenges to get there, and also adjusting expectations so you can build more realistic goals. These are definitely traits of good business leadership.”

    ABOUT AUTHOR

    Shané Schutte is a senior reporter at Real Business, with a particular specialism in employment and business law, human resources, information technology and sales/marketing.
    孫子兵法 Sun Zi Bing Fa doesn't translate into “Master Sun’s Martial Arts” - it's Sunzi troop regulations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    孫子兵法 Sun Zi Bing Fa doesn't translate into “Master Sun’s Martial Arts” - it's Sunzi troop regulations.
    I give her a pass for being a real sword and blacksmithing hottie

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    Spatula Cutie

    She'll be a sword hottie when she gets older


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    Into the Badlands Season 2: 'The Widow's Vengeance' Official Teaser

    Okay, I gotta confess. What I luv about Into the Badlands, aside from the fact that it has introduced me to Daniel Wu and then took me to Ireland, is that it has the hottest sword hottie I've seen in years.



    And I've seen her up close.



    Sure, sure, I'm gloating. But here's tonight's bum out. I got sent the screener for Season Two - Eps 1 & 2 this morning. I've looking forward to watching them tonight all day long because it's been a really rough work week already and it's only Wednesday. I got home, poured myself a nice shot of Irish Whiskey and then realized my password needs to be approved. And that won't happen until the next working day.

    At least I have the whiskey.
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    Greta Gerwig

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    Greta Gerwig teaches you the basics of fencing, and whether you can look sexy taking off your helmet.

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    So - there's a fight club that involves models and swords. Umm this is fer realz
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    http://thechive.com/2017/03/01/super...say-14-photos/



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