Yesterday we briefly examined the strange history of contemporary bear wrestling. But in the 1950s, Kyokushinkai Karate pioneer — and trainer of such luminaries as actor Sonny Chiba — Masutatsu Oyama took his training to insane man-versus-wild levels. How absurd did it get? Two words: bare-knuckle bullfights.
You've seen Kill Bill's five-finger death punch, and watched Spock perform the Vulcan nerve grip a million times. Are these techniques merely fiction — or could someone mysteriously subdue an attacker with a single skilled blow?
There are plenty of godawful ninja battles out there, but this scene from Female Ninjas 3: The Magic Chronicles takes the cake. Two ninjas are enjoying astral projection whoopee, when a bubble from the netherworld emerges from someone's nether regions.
How can a doughy mortal hand, vulnerable to hangnails, over-heated bags of popcorn, and razor-sharp pieces of potato chip wedged between the keys of an ordinary computer keyboard, go through concrete blocks and wooden boards?
Science fiction and martial arts totally belong together. After all, they both involve a deep introspection and awestruck contemplation of our place in the universe. Oh, and nothing improves a story about robots and aliens more than people kicking each other in the head. Yet, shockingly enough, scifi and kung-fu only…