Thursday, May 22, 2014

Beijing Youths - when hip hop meets martial arts

The Beijing Youths book is my version of hip hop meets martial arts in my second book of The Beijing Family book series.  It is blended into a heart-warming story about cultural norms, family disapproval and having friends that are different from our own upbringing can sometimes save us from ourselves.  



I was inspired to write The Beijing Youths when I saw televised martial arts performances in China where young people experimented with new kinds of martial arts that included hip hop dancing on China's Got Talent, talent shows and even street perfomances.   The young generation took an old historical art form and blended in modern creativity and rendered a new kind of entertainment never seen before and the audience loved it!  So often in life, we sometimes have to look away from the old and look to the new.  This is what gives life a new meaning. 



"China's Got Talent Season 2: Kung Fu Hip Hop Dance" 


In The Beijing Youths, young Greg is the Chinese billionaire’s son attending a privileged private high school in Beverly Hills.  He has been practicing in traditional martial arts for many years.  Soon, Greg is introduced to Tayshawn Jackson who is a very talented and gifted street dancer from a poor neighborhood and a broken family and they develop a friendship.  Together, they form Revolution6 with four other dancers and is comprised of of Black and Asian dancers.  As a team, they blend martial arts and street dancing into an impressive show of East West hip hop dancing that street dancing has never seen before.  Unfortunately, Simon, the Chinese billionaire father, greatly disapproves of Greg's friendship with Tayshawn, their dancing, Revolution6 and everything about hip hop altogether.  Besides riveting dance battles that entertain, the father and son conflict is the main “battle” in the book that eventually affects everyone. 


Jabbawockeez: America's Best Dance Crew Champions.  This Black and Asian dance group are who I was thinking of when I developed Revolution6 in the book. 



Step Up 2 Movie: Last Dance 





This girl is only 6 years old! She is killing it! Watch her perform


For the East West dance performances, I specifically chose Wu Shu for its more aerobatic and stage-like movements than the other martial art forms that are more combative and stationary one and one fighting.  Wu shu also uses weapons in a more theatrical fashion and their movements are more expressive and expansive.        


Best of Wu Shu



Beijing Wu Shu Team 2012


World Wu Shu Champion - Jade Xu.  She is badass lightning fast! 


Jet Li Wu Shu Competition 1978