An MMA fighter destroys a self-proclaimed Tai Chi master who challenged him to a duel to prove his kung fu is not a scam.
Now, the former has declared a challenge to all traditional Chinese martial arts masters and boasted it online.
Xu Xiaodong, an MMA coach from Beijing, had a match against Tai Chi master Wei Lei after having an argument online.
Prior to the fight, about six months ago, Xu made a comment on Wei’s Weibo account, claiming that Tai Chi was a scam and that the style had no actual fighting purpose.
Mr. Wei, from Chengdu, who claimed to have invented the ‘thunder-style’ martial arts was offended by Xu’s insulting remarks. He then challenged the ‘Mad Man’ Mr. Xu to a fight.
However, the Tai Chi master was instantly destroyed by Xu in seconds.
Apparently, Xu Xiaodong used to be a professional MMA fighter. In 2007, he retired and became an MMA coach.
Meanwhile, the Tai Chi master blames his slippery shoes after the humiliating loss.
Here’s the MMA vs Tai Chi footage:
During an interview with Legal Evening News, Mr. Wei said: “He didn’t hit me when I was standing. I only got hit when I fell on the floor, and I didn’t get hurt.”
But he also admitted to his defeat: “I have to agree that what we teach does not match up with modern, competitive fighting, but we (Tai Chi masters) are not fraudsters.”
Because of his victory, Xu issued a challenge to other Kung fu masters to fight him and prove ‘they are not just all about style with no substance.’
To encourage the traditional Chinese martial arts master to take on Xu’s challenge, multi-billionaire beverage and food magnate Chen Sheng, the founder of the ‘Tiandi No. 1 drinks empire’ has promised to give 10 million yuan divided into five matches.
According to Chen, “I want him to understand, he used this kind of extreme method to provoke Chinese traditional culture, and will need to pay the price.”
The winner will get 1.2 million yuan while the loser will receive 500,000 yuan. If the MMA fighter wins all of the matches, he will walk out proud with 7.5 million yuan.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Wushu Association wants nothing to do with the event, saying that “arranged private fights” are a violation of the law as well as “Tai Chi morality.”
On the other hand, several Kung Fu masters have already agreed to take up the challenge. —Shanghaiist