Youth Green Belt DEFEATS BJJ Black Belt in Competition

Green belt vs. black belt

In the video below, 14-year-old green belt Sydney James defeats Samantha Faulhaber, a legitimate BJJ black belt, at a NAGA competition. The video, which is from Faulhaber’s YouTube channel, features commentary by Faulhaber, who handled the loss gracefully. Here’s the description from Move Well Durham, Faulhaber’s YouTube channel:

“Hi! I’m Samantha Faulhaber, the black belt in this video. Sydney James is a 14 year old green belt, which means I’ve been training about the same amount of time Sydney has been alive. Sydney and I made it to the finals of a purple/brown/black belt and advanced teen division at NAGA Battle at the Beach 2017, and this was our fight. She did a lot of things right and the window I had to do something about it shut down and to my knowledge and efforts at the time didn’t open again after the first thirty seconds. I’m really excited for this quiet, respectful person to grow even farther in the sport. I had a lot of fun jumping in to fight in all my matches that day, and while this wasn’t my favorite part, I had fun this whole time too. Thanks for watching!”

Samantha Faulhaber vs. Sydney James

Although things didn’t go her way that day, Faulhaber certainly handled her loss gracefully. Kudos to both competitors! Oss!

What is a BJJ Green Belt?

Green belt is the highest belt rank that a BJJ student under the age of 16 can achieve. A student who attains a green belt is highly advanced in terms of technical BJJ skills.

BJJ green belt
BJJ green belt

By the time a student earns his or her green belt, he or she will have a strong understanding of BJJ and will have most likely begun to develop his or her own personal style and grappling game. A student at the green belt level may also be involved in helping the instructor teach younger BJJ students.

What is NAGA?

The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is an organization that holds submission grappling and BJJ tournaments throughout North America and Europe. With over 200,000 world-wide participants, NAGA is the largest submission grappling organization in the world. NAGA grappling tournaments consist of no-gi and gi divisions.

NAGA
NAGA

No-gi competitors compete under a specialized NAGA ruleset. Gi competitors, however, compete under standardized BJJ rules. NAGA divides competitors by weight, age, and skill level.

Chuck Norris: I Was a Fighter-Bruce Lee WASN’T!

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris: who would win? On November 19th, 1986, Chuck Norris discussed this issue on a television program called Nightlife. Nightlife was an American syndicated late-night talk show hosted by comedian David Brenner. The program aired from September 8, 1986, to June 19, 1987.

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris
Nightlife Logo (Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris)

Chuck Norris Discusses Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris on Nightlife

During the interview, host David Brenner eventually asked the question that fans of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris have always wondered: what would happen in a Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris fight?

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris
Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris in the Way of the Dragon

Years before the Nightlife interview, Lee and Norris had famously battled onscreen in the Way of the Dragon. The Way of the Dragon, originally released in the United States as Return of the Dragon, is a 1972 martial arts film written, co-produced, and directed by Bruce Lee. The Way of the Dragon is Bruce Lee’s only complete directorial film.

The Way of the Dragon
The Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in the Way of the Dragon

In addition to Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, the film co-stars Nora Miao, Robert Wall, and Wei Ping-ou. Although the Way of the Dragon allowed Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris to showcase their skills in a choreographed fight, it failed to answer the question of what would happen in a real Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris fight.

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris in the Way of the Dragon

Chuck Norris On Whether He Could Beat Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris
Norris discusses Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris on Nightlife

During his Nightlife interview, Chuck Norris had this to say about a hypothetical Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris matchup:

“Well you know that’s that’s an unanswerable question, because the thing is, you don’t know until you do it. The thing is, I was a fighter. I fought for years. Bruce never competed. He never fought professionally. But he was one of the best technicians and one of the best conditioned guys I had ever fun into. He would have been a phenomenal fighter. It just wasn’t the route he took. You know, he went into films early. Well, into that TV series The Green Hornet. And so he didn’t have to go the fighting route like I had to go.”

Norris discusses Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris on Nightlife

Chuck Norris on What It Takes to Be a Great Fighter

In addition to discussing what would happen in a Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris matchup, Norris had this to say about what it takes to be a great fighter:

“Well, you know it’s a hard thing to answer. But I think the main thing is, you have to be ready. You must be physically, mentally and psychologically prepared. A lot of fighters would be physically prepared, but not mentally or psychologically or vice-versa. And what that means is physically be in the very, very best shape you can possibly be in. Mentally means that you have the intellect to know what the weaknesses of your opponent is. What is his weakness, how can you penetrate his weaknesses, or what are his strengths that you have to watch out for. And then psychological, it means believing in yourself that you can win.

The Way of the Dragon
Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in the Way of the Dragon

Norris continued:

“A lot of fighters, it’s amazing, would go into the ring, and you could see it in their eyes that they weren’t going to win. And so you’ve got to have that belief in yourself that there’s no one that can beat you. You must go in there believing that you can win.”

Chuck Norris discusses Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris on Nightlife

Bolo Yeung (Chong Li Bloodsport): Martial Arts Icon

Chong Li Bloodsport
Bolo Yeung now
Bolo Yeung then / Bolo Yeung now

Bolo Yeung, born Yang Sze on July 3, 1946, is a Chinese bodybuilder, martial artist, and martial arts film star. During his career, Bolo Yeung was primarily cast as a villain in his film roles. Bolo Yeung is best known for his performances as Bolo (Enter the Dragon), as Chong Li (Bloodsport), and as Chang Lee (Bloodfight). Yeung’s muscular frame and intimidating aura have made him a favorite of martial arts fans for decades.

Bolo Yeung Early Life

Bolo Yeung began his training in the martial arts at the age of 10 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, where he learned under the tutelage of several kung fu masters. As Bolo Yeung got older, he became interested in bodybuilding, and he eventually earned the Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding title. Bolo held this title for a decade, earning him the nickname “Chinese Hercules.”

Bolo Yeung child
Bolo Yeung

Bolo Yeung Film Career

Following his competitive bodybuilding career, Bolo Yeung tried his hand at acting, eventually earning roles in martial arts films. Due to his muscular physique, Bolo Yeung was often chosen to play a villain, beginning his acting career in films like the Heroic Ones, the Deadly Duo, and Angry Guest.

Bolo Yeung the Heroic Ones
Bolo Yeung Heroic Ones

Bolo Enter the Dragon

Bolo met the legendary Bruce Lee when the two martial artists starred in a Winston cigarette commercial. The two quickly struck up a friendship. Bolo Yeung’s friendship with Bruce Lee eventually earned him the role of Bolo in Enter the Dragon.

Bolo Enter the Dragon
Bolo Enter the Dragon

Bolo Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee and Bolo Yeung took advantage of their time on set during the filing of Enter the Dragon to refine their techniques. According to Bolo, “During the filming of Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee and I worked very closely on technique training. We experimented, trying to decide what worked and what wouldn’t. You see, Bruce was always learning, always experimenting, always changing.”

Bolo Bruce Lee
Bolo Bruce Lee

Bolo would comment years later on their friendship, saying, “There will never be another Bruce Lee, and I am privileged to have had the honor of calling him friend.”

Bolo Enter the Dragon
Bolo Enter the Dragon / Bolo Bruce Lee

Bolo on Bruce Lee’s Fight on the Set of Enter the Dragon

During the filming of Enter the Dragon, an extra challenged Bruce Lee to a real fight. Bolo, who witnessed the incident, had the following to say about the incident:

“On the set of Enter The Dragon, a Hong Kong contract extra challenged Bruce Lee. This extra wanted to test out Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do and see if it was any good. Bruce accepted the challenge. They began to fight and hit each other a bit. Then Bruce Lee kicked him up high. Bruce’s speed was too much for the extra. After he kicked the extra, the fight was stopped. His speed was just incredible.”

Chong Li Bloodsport

Following Yeung’s role in Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee, he appeared in countless other martial arts movies throughout the 1970s and 1980s. However, he is best known for his work with Jean-Claude Van Damme. In 1988, Bolo played the role of Chong Li in Bloodsport. Shot on a relatively low budget of $1.5 million, Bloodsport became a huge hit in the United States.

Chong Li Bloodsport
Chong Li Bloodsport

In the film, a young Frank Dux (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme) and a group of his friends break into ninjutsu expert Senzo Tanaka’s home (played by Roy Chiao) to steal a katana. However, Frank Dux is caught by Tanaka when breaking back into his home to return the weapon. Impressed by Frank Dux’s integrity, Senzo decides to train him alongside his son, Shingo (played by Sean Ward). Following Shingo’s death, Senzo Tanaka trains Frank Dux in the ways of ninjutsu .

Chong Li Bloodsport
Chong Li Bloodsport

Years later, Frank Dux is invited to participate in the Kumite, an illegal martial arts tournament in Hong Kong. After arriving in Hong Kong, Dux becomes friends with an American fighter named Ray Jackson (played by Donald Gibb) and their guide Victor Lin (played by Ken Siu). On the first day of the Kumite tournament, Frank Dux finds himself in the crosshairs of Yeung’s character, Chong Li, after Dux breaks Chong Li’s record for the fastest knockout in Kumite history.

Chong Li Bloodsport Fight Compilation

Ultimately, Dux defeats Chong Li to become the Kumite champion. Of all the roles Bolo has played in his legendary career, Chong Li (Bloodsport) is his most iconic.

Chong Li Bloodsport
Chong Li Bloodsport

Van Damme and Yeung formed a strong friendship during the filming of Bloodsport, and this led to Yeung’s role opposite Van Damme in 1991’s Double Impact.

Chong Li Bloodsport
Bolo Double Impact

Bolo Yeung Later Career

Following Bolo’s work in Enter the Dragon, Bloodsport, and Double Impact, he continued to appear in successful martial arts and actions films like Tiger Claws, TC 2000 and Tiger Claws II. However, by the late 1990s, Bolo’s film activity significantly declined.

Bolo Yeung Tiger Claws II

In 2007, after nearly a decade of inactivity, Bolo made a rare appearance in the film Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter. And although Bolo didn’t appear in another film until 2017, his legacy continues to impact the martial arts world. For example, in the 2019 Cinemax series Warrior, actor Rich Ting portrays a Hong enforcer named “Bolo,” which is clearly a tribute homage to Bolo Yueng’s role in Enter the Dragon. Warrior, which was developed from Bruce Lee’s initial writings for the series, features the fictional Bolo as a rival to Ah Sahm, who is a character based on Bruce Lee.

Bolo Yeung Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter

Bolo Yeung Now

Despite the fact that he is in his 70s, Bolo Yeung now still looks great, and he still regularly trains at his local gym. Bolo Yeung now lives in California, and martial Arts and bodybuilding clearly remain an integral part of his life.

Bolo Yeung now
Bolo Yeung now
Bolo Yeung now