Martial Arts and a Meal with TaeKwondo Master Simon Rhee and Na Yun Bae
hey I’m Alfred Hsing, film and TV actor,
stuntman, martial artist, and 2009 world
Wushu Championships gold medalist. in the
next few weeks I will be traveling to a
new destination with a local co-host to
sit down and talk to a martial arts
master about life, food, philosophy and
culture. after every meal we will learn
three self-defense techniques from our
martial arts master. welcome to martial
arts and a meal. Here I am in Los Angeles
California where I’m gonna meet up w/ my
friend, actress, and model Na Yun Bae, and we
are gonna interview master Simon Rhee at
Baroo restaurant in Hollywood. Master
Simon Rhee is a seventh degree black belt
in Taekwondo in a fourth degree black
belt in Hapkido.
alright hey guys we are here with the
privilege an honor to be with Master
Simon Rhee. one of my favorite movies
that he’s in is”Best of the Best”.
He played the character De Han where he
fights with his brother and in so much
other movies. I don’t know if you’ve seen
“Lethal Weapon 4”, but he does that fight
scene with Mel Gibson where they’re like
both struggling in the truck and
then they fall off the truck, and he’s like hanging on the freeway.
It’s amazing. Three random questions: favorite color? black. Favorite food?
green. ok and what are your interests outside of martial arts? golf.
let’s do it.
this is Chef Matthew Kim who is also
partnered up with chef Kwang Uh at Baroo
restaurant, and innovative a Korean
fusion restaurant that’s been reviewed
by Jonathan Gold as “the taste of the future.”
Best of the Best came from our heart. it felt like it,
definitely felt like it. because at that
time when all the martial arts movies were coming out, there was nothing that really really
showed what martial artists really go
through. so if you see our movie there’s
no sex. there’s no drugs.
there’s no revenge. you see true martial
artist training training hard for this
there’s a lot of heart. and true
spirit of martial art, that’s what we want
to show people. you know I go up to my brother, give him the medal, I’m supposed to
there’s a lot of heart yeah and to
spirit of emotion that’s what we want
sure you know I go up to my brother
given the medal yeah I’m supposed to
speak Korean to him
and Sally Kirkland was forced to
translate. my brother said Simon
you gonna have to do this in broken
English. finally being able
to say that broken English without even
me realizing I didn’t even try to cry
but it just came out naturally.
when I deliver
the metal back to him with you know
tears in my eyes…
I’m like, seeing that scene play out right now
so many people cried
I think we’re ready to learn some moves.
all right well we had a chance to digest
on our way over here and we are gonna
learn three super effective self-defense
moves from Master Simon Rhee and we are
actually here right over here at his
studio I am ready I’m excited I don’t
know what he’s gonna teach us but I’m
ready to do this.
you guys ready to get warmed up? yeah, let’s do it.
first thing you want to do whenever you get into
a confrontation, you don’t want to
expose your body to your opponent.
the first thing I like turn my body sideways.
if you’re a right leg kicker put your ight leg in front.
bring your right knee up
and bring your heel toward your glute
and from here you can thrust a sidekick
usually feet don’t break the guy’s leg.
if you feel something coming towards your leg
the guys gonna stop
Master Rhee what would be technique number
two number? two would be like number one
you get a chance to keep your body
sideways right your body’s not exposed
but sometimes you don’t have chance to
do that right like you’re facing your
opponent and all something’s coming at
you right right step back by creating a
distance. so what I would do is try
to distract by like…putting my hand out there.
I definitely feel like that’s an effective technique and
we’re gonna let Na Yun give it a try
because I have just the thing right here
Master Rhee–technique number three.
let’s go punch. line your knuckles up
vertically and you just go straight for the nose.
this reason why I would do that even if
they have a fighting stance like this
because if you throw like a wild
swinging punches they see it coming
that’s power right? so what is
an advanced technique that even someone
that’s been training for maybe five or
ten years could take away from you know
from this lesson? so Taekwondo is known
for their beautiful kick. so let
me show you a few kicks.
don’t be scared it’s all about using
kicking momentum, all the momentum
is going to be coming towards me this
way. first your shuffle roundhouse kick.
the shuffle roundhouse down
spinning roundhouse kick
continue with a jump spinning roundhouse kick again
and finishing up with a spinning head kick
I want you to go one, two, three, four, five
that looked way easier when you did it
I am not a Taekwondo Master
I have zero belts.
wow, that was amazing
alright, thank you Master Rhee
it was a great workout, thank you for your tips.
I had fun teaching you today
you guys are great to teach, good energy both
I guess I won’t have to work out this month.
all right, let’s grab
one final test.
are you okay?
yeah, I need that cup again
no no I was fine, I was just playing
no people were injured in the making
seriously thank you so much for being part of your show
that was awesome