Saturday, August 1, 2015

Flix of Fury presents "The Sensei"

UPDATED August 5, 2015: Inaccurately entered the wrong day for this event. It will take place on Saturday, August 8, 2015. Will post a reminder then. Apologize for the error. 

[VIDEO] Two years ago I had posted about an event that took place at the now SMG Chatham (then Chatham 14 Theaters) @ 210 W 87th St which celebrated the life and career of the late Jim Kelly. Kelly was a martial artist turned actor who had been in such movies as Black Belt Jones & Enter the Dragon. BTW, I hope you find those movies both were very good and Jones was very fun in a 1970s sense even if it was a bit "campy".

There were a series of movies shown on that day two years ago, those were just two that I had the chance to view. After each film concluded there was a brief program that often included a martial arts demonstration. In addition a brief presentation where a martial artist talks about Jim Kelly's career and how martial arts were important to the Black community.

This leads me to promote this year's similarly themed event promoted by Flix of Fury. It will be held outside of our community at the Logan Theater - located at 2646 N Milwaukee Ave. The Sensei to put simply is a film about bullying a martial artist helps a young bullying victim.

To put this into perspective, over the years many of us have heard many unfortunate stories about young people teenaged comitting suicide because of bullying. It's really sad that a person who really hadn't started their lives have starting thinking their lives are over because peers decided to engage in imtimidating conducts towards another person for whatever reason. Even worse the classic physical intimidation has been replaced by usage of social networking whether YouTube, facebook, instagram, twitter, etc. This is why I hope you'd consider attending this event at the Logan.

That event at the Chatham two years ago and the coming event underscores why martial arts has a role in our communities. For example the speakers at the event honoring Jim Kelly spoke about how it wasn't about teaching a flashy style of fighting, but how martial arts was about life. It's about mentoring and insuring that the young people who were learning martial arts were also doing well in school. It essentially taught them to become better people and this is exactly what we need in our communities.

BTW, also expect a reminder post about this event anytime before next Wednesday' Saturday's event!

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