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Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves (2004)

Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves (2004) -Kung Fu Kingdom

“Thoughts, Body & Kick Ass Moves” is a ten-episode factual television programme that was initially broadcast on BBC Three, and introduced by Brummie martial arts professional Chris Crudelli.


The show is introduced by lifelong martial artist and writer Chris Crudelli. Each episode is narrated with a voiceover from Mark Durden-Smith, a well-known presenter to followers of English-daytime television.


Introduced by Chris Crudelli the documentary collection travels across the Far East exploring totally different martial arts and learning the key expertise and information of varied Grandmasters. The collection investigates elements of every totally different martial art by filming the masters demonstrating their fashion and expertise. In this one collection of ten episodes, every episode focuses on a mixture of totally different martial arts and masters and exhibits Crudelli taking martial arts expertise and tips to the streets, in a method just like road magic. The opening narration states that Crudelli is a master of fight and esoteric energies.

Via the episodes…

Dr. Hatsumi – Last Dwelling Ninja

Episode One

Presenter Chris Crudelli performs numerous tips in an English Road market. Within the Philippines he learns how conventional dancing helps with footwork and coordination for preventing. This results in displaying British break dancers how their strikes can be used in a struggle. In Beijing he seems on the tai chi practitioners in native parks and will get thrown round on the concrete by an previous man! On the seashore at Newquay, Cornwall, Crudelli teaches lifeguards the preventing purposes of drunken fist. In Chiba, Japan, Chris meets the world’s final dwelling ninjaDr Hatsumi, who despite his years, puts the presenter by means of his paces. The descendant of a 500-year previous family line, he swings a razor sharp katana at Chris for him to dodge and uses conventional methods to disarm trendy weapons corresponding to an automated pistol. With the Nice Wall of China as a backdrop he meets qigong Grasp Zhu Min De of the Jingwumen, who channels his power into his rock-like fists and punches himself in the face!

Episode Two

This episode begins at a UK fairground with Crudelli testing his senses on the rides. He teaches a taxi driver self defence expertise which might be related to their commerce. In Osaka, Japan, Grasp Tanaka has his daughter Midori hearth arrows at him which he deflects with a katana. Back in Manila, Grasp Ernesto Presas stick fights at lightning velocity blindfolded! At a Cardiff auction home, Chris demonstrates some esoteric “No contact” expertise that spook the individuals. Returning to Japan, Crudelli learns the telepathic artwork of Shin Tai Do and endures standing beneath a freezing waterfall.

Grasp Ernesto Presas

Episode Three

Crudelli demonstrates being relaxed but with the ability to break picket chopsticks together with his throat. In Kamakura, Japan he witnesses some unimaginable conventional archery on horseback. Again in the UK at Smithfield Market, Crudelli challenges some burly butchers to comb and roundhouse kick him with little impact. In Hong Kong Chris meets Grasp Sho Dao Shi “the Fanny Cradock of kung fu cookery”, who relates food to martial arts and the elements. Carrots for sight, onions for respiration and so on. He’s additionally a feng shui and bagua grasp. Chris teaches some British pizza delivery guys self defence expertise that is perhaps useful in their line of labor. In Cebu, Philippines Crudelli has the privilege of seeing the uncommon Black Eagle Escrima utilizing reside bladed machetes for sparring on dusty floor coated in broken glass.

Episode Four

At a Glasgow hairdressers, Chris teaches the right way to use combs, brushes and even a broom as weapons. We see Filipino police commandos follow knife preventing referred to as Pekiti-Tirsia Kali. This leads into some supernatural voodoo beliefs. Filipino magical self defence consists of particular written prayers and amulets carried on the individual. Astonishingly, we see a ritual that apparently protects a practitioner from boiling scorching cooking oil. In Osaka, Japan we get to try Samurai practitioners. Chris helps someone getting a tattoo not really feel any ache through the use of a strain point and as an example the artwork of dim mak. This leads us to dim mak Master Duan in China. There are some impressive demonstrations not least when he hits Crudelli with a strike that affects him internally.

Sensei Kuroda Tetsuzan – Samurai

Episode Five

At a builder’s retailers within the UK, Chris sets hearth to a stack of ceramic tiles earlier than smashing by means of them together with his fist. It leads to Hong Kong Master Leung Ting, who explains how apparently superhuman feats are often just “vagabond tips” for road performers to earn cash. He does level out the irony that if the tips are usually not performed accurately by a highly educated martial artist, there may be critical injuries. Again at the builder’s yard, Chris pounds a board while holding an egg in his clenched fist. Remarkably the egg doesn’t break. Qigong Master Tu Jin Sheng performs some spectacular “onerous” feats but in addition stands on a tray of eggs whilst portray a soothing picture for stability. Most astonishingly he drags a truck loaded with seven or eight disciples along a street with a rope hooked up to his “iron penis”! In Japan we meet Grasp Sasaki, a “Kiai” master who uses his shouts as a weapon.

Grasp Leung Ting Vagabond Tips

Episode Six

Chris exhibits some nightclub bouncers methods to defend themselves towards punters armed with a garrote wire, tent peg or baseball bat. Sticking with the theme, we see a crazy Taiwanese Battle Membership in a nightclub the place punters truly queue as much as field one another. In China it is illustrated that regardless that it’s only for the films, the stunt performers have to be highly-skilled martial artists to make the choreography convincing however protected. A parallel is drawn with ring wrestling. In fact Chris teaches two very robust woman wrestlers how traditional martial arts can be used in their sport. There is a fantastic take a look at Ip Man‘s son Ip Chun’s Wing Chun expertise on The Peak in Hong Kong.

Ip Man’s Son Ip Chun

The 80 year-old Master even throws Chris round with ease. At Grasp Leung Ting’s Wing Chun faculty he provides some very entertaining but sensible analogies explaining why his fashion is logical and effective. Hong Kong legend Sammo Hung even pops in to discuss the difference between display preventing and real preventing.

Sammo Hung pops into Master Leung Ting’s Wing Chun Faculty

At a Filipino taekwondo fitness center frequented by native TV actors and models, Crudelli should battle an Olympic champion.

Episode Seven

Grasp Pan Sheng De’s Taiwanese onerous qigong faculty performs numerous unimaginable feats together with bending iron rods with their eyeballs. Chris teaches a “Huge Women Night time Out” numerous self-defence methods. We see Doce Pares Escrima, which includes doing a sticky hands-style drill with reside blades. An astonishing 85% of deaths on the streets of the Philippines are because of knife injuries. Grandmaster Ip Chee Kung runs a Dit da clinic and practices Chow Gar and Praying Mantis kung fu. As well as utilizing historic therapeutic expertise to deal with martial artists he’s also capable of retract his testicles inside his body, as confirmed by Chris’ hands-on examination!

Master Pan Sheng De’s Onerous Qiqong Faculty

Episode Eight

Chris teaches Property Agents how you can defend themselves. He examines an archive of secret ninja and Samurai weapons. This evokes Crudelli to teach how on a regular basis gadgets resembling keys, an umbrella, a belt and even a cell phone can be utilized as weapons. On a Filipino seashore, canes stand in for machetes as Chris goes via some lethal preventing drills with Grasp Presas. He also learns tips on how to use a whip and throw nails right into a tree trunk. We get a take a look at customized machetes which are handled with spider venom, a few of which escape through the remedy process! Ninja professional Dr. Hatsumi returns to crush Chris’s head with picket poles. Chris additionally appears at the influence of animals on martial arts types. Sifu William Wan demonstrates his Fut Gar 5 animals type and impressively continues to talk with the point of a sword pressed into his windpipe.

Dr. Hatsumi Ninja Dying Tips

Episode Nine

There’s some spectacular special forces training using knives towards weapons. Chris turns his kung fu training into consuming games for a rugby club and demonstrates how Filipino arts can be used in a snooker corridor. Master Kuroda performs some silky sword expertise and has a captivating finger-wrestling duel with Crudelli. Just by tugging on Crudelli’s fingers he can isolate motion in specific elements of the physique. In Hong Kong, Chris explains the relationship between traditional lion dancing and kung fu. At a petrolhead’s storage Chris exhibits how even gadgets corresponding to tyres can be used as a useful training device. Grasp Yang Sheng Li performs his distinctive animal-style tai chi type and particular “Chi sounds”. A Taiwanese special police unit incorporates Chinese martial arts into their SWAT coaching.

Taiwanese SWAT Training

Episode Ten

In the ultimate episode Crudelli investigates the position that belief in supernatural spirits play in martial arts training. Sifu Cho practices a Daoist type that “invites gods” to own the body. It permits practitioners to leap on and even eat damaged glass without any apparent damage. Master Cho states that it has nothing to do with the follow of qigong, which may take years to grasp, however insists that anyone can invoke this “spirit power” in simply a couple of days. Sensei Oshiro exhibits his effective old-style arduous Okinawan karate “ki” strikes.

Sensei Oshiro Okinawan Karate

In the Philippines we see how essential amulets are to martial arts practitioners, and how some even have them implanted into their our bodies. This follow is particularly well-liked with troopers and cops.

Filipino Martial Arts Amulets

Chris performs a few of his qigong expertise for a mystical investigator in Newquay. Sensei Oshiro returns to inflict numerous degrees of pain on Crudelli utilizing some very efficient strain point strikes.


When this collection first aired, I keep in mind watching the primary episode and considering, “Eventually! A show that isn’t about men in pyjamas shouting ‘Hiya!’, that even my mum can perceive and be entertained by” (she did and was incidentally). And that is the crucial key to the success of this collection; it entertains. Correctly slicing between all kinds of temporary sections, even the shortest of attention spans will deal with every episode and be slightly wiser by the top of them.

Throughout the collection, Chris Crudelli typically challenges friends or passers-by to some demonstrations of his martial arts expertise. Boards are broken over limbs and ribs, wine glasses are shattered with a flick of the fingers, and groins are kicked. A few of Crudelli’s street-stunts are exactly that – fairground tips which were replicated by non-martial artists. Nonetheless, they’re entertaining sequences. Alongside these nevertheless, Crudelli does exhibit some genuine martial arts methods and impressive sensible expertise. These are often accompanied by some smart advice with regards to everyday self-defence. He even performs the practical purposes of drunken fist for some Cornish seashore lifeguards, I additionally loved his ideas for taxi drivers and nightclub bouncers!

There is a notably spooky instance of a number of the extra esoteric arts as Chris increases his “sixth sense” rating of detecting “killer intent” from 47% to 81% having showered in a freezing cold waterfall! There are some distinctive contributions, such because the Daoist chef who relates food to the 5 parts. Witnessing some artists bend iron bars with their throats and eyeballs, or a person pulling a truck along together with his male member (truthfully!), is fascinating and wince-inducing in equal measure. It’s borderline circus entertainment but Crudelli persistently relates these expertise again to conventional and sensible martial arts. A few of the demonstrations are just a little too dressed-up in mysticism and the supernatural, but narrator Mark Durden-Smith often shortly brings proceedings back to Earth with a chopping or witty remark. It will have been good to see just a little more “science” behind the talents although.

The collection could be very nicely filmed and edited with an entertaining voiceover from Mark Durden-Smith. Some elements do seem like they’re making an attempt to movie a nineties pop video, however it retains a sure type with its Kill Bill-style theme tune. What I like about presenter Chris Crudelli is that he will get caught in and is ready to become involved in no matter fashion is being introduced. He ceaselessly suffers for the artwork whether or not it’s a 70 year-old Grasp jabbing him in a strain point, getting a sweat on in sparring, or consuming deep-fried scorpions!

That is arguably one of the best television show to make martial arts accessible to a mainstream viewers because the BBC’s 1983 documentary collection “The Approach of the Warrior”. The DVD can readily be discovered to purchase on-line and is nicely value looking for out. Crudelli has spoken on social media about the potential for reviving or rebooting the show. If it maintains the format of the original, with the large variety of arts and masters, combined with Crudelli’s partaking kung fu tips and ideas, that is one thing I for one can be very completely satisfied to see!


  • When Chris Crudelli was 17 years-old, he moved to China, the place he spent 10 years creating his expertise in numerous temples with numerous masters.
  • The collection was considered one of BBC Three’s most successful and common, having been broadcast in at the very least 119 nations worldwide.
  • Crudelli would go on to make “Kick Ass Miracles” and “Kick Ass in a Crisis”, which have been also aired on BBC Three.
  • Crudelli is fluent in each Mandarin and Cantonese.
  • Crudelli performed numerous “kung fu idents” for BBC Two’s legendary “Kung Fu Night time” in 1997.
  • Favorite Quotes

    • “The right sword strike is like making like to a phenomenal lady.”
    • “No marvel they call him the dwelling treasure, he’s all the time going for the family jewels.”
    • “You close that windpipe for a couple of seconds, and no one needs to know.”
    • “The sparrow never lands the place the tiger roams. It took me 14 years to determine what that meant.”
    • “It’s not recognized how effective the bench was, but there are not any recognized recorded horse-bench massacres.”

    Movie Score: eight/10

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