A tai chi master, Wei Lei who accepted mixed martial arts fighter Xu Xiaodong for a duel got flattened in about 15 seconds.
According to China media reports, for weeks, mixed martial arts fighter Xu Xiaodong had been taunting masters of the traditional Chinese martial arts, dismissing them as overly commercialized frauds, and challenging them to put up or shut up.
Probably fed up of Xu boastful taunt, Wei Lei, a practitioner of the “thunder style” of tai chi — accepted the challenge – see video below.
Wei Lei was no matched for Mr. Xu, flattened in less than 15 seconds.
Mr. Xu may have proved his point, but when the video went viral in China, he cowered, under a tirade of criticism from various parties and went into hiding ever since.
“I’ve lost everything, my career and everything,” he said in a message circulating online. “I think many people misunderstand me. I’m fighting fraudulence, but now I’ve become the target.”
The state-run Chinese Wushu Association posted a statement on its website saying the fight “violates the morals of martial arts.” The Chinese Boxing Association issued similar criticism.
An article by Xinhua, the state news agency, called Mr. Xu a “crazy guy,” saying that the fight had caused people to question whether Chinese martial arts were of any use and even to ask,
Tai chi, while a martial art, is viewed by many today as a spiritual breathing and balance exercise enjoyed by people of all ages, usually performed in slow motion in a quiet park instead of a fight ring.
Mixed martial arts, or M.M.A., is a “no-holds-barred” fighting style developed over the last century from fighting styles around the world.
It began to gain popularity in the United States in the 1980s. While it is violent, it does have rules — including no biting, spitting or gouging.