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  • Homage to the BMW 2002
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    Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 5:18PM / Standard Entry

    Video: http://vimeo.com/26410231


    When I was in high school, three of my closest friends had the BMW 2002. I wanted one too but my Dad was afraid that an old car wouldn't be safe so I got a '84 318i instead. Although it was newer than my friends' cars, I was jealous because the 2002 was just so much cooler. I remember spending countless hours with my friends fixing them up with new exhaust pipes, shocks, springs, sway bars etc. Although my 318 is long gone, those guys still have their 2002's. This video is a true story about a man and his 2002. Beautifully shot and edited it really gives you insight on a man's love affair with his car.


  • Happy 50th B-day to The Most Beautiful Car In The World
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    Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 3:09PM / Standard Entry

    The Jaguar E-Type has been my favorite car since the first time I saw one as a kid back in California. Enzo Ferrari called this car "the most beautiful car in the world" upon it's release back in 1961. Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear gives the E-Type a nice birthday tribute in the video below. Does anyone know of one for sale in Hong Kong?

    Youku.com link - http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjg5OTU4MDg4.html


  • The practical application of a butterfly kick.
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    Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 3:12PM / Standard Entry

    Although I'm a big martial arts fan, I'm not too much of a MMA fan. Don't get me wrong, I fully respect the "style-less" form of fighting that Bruce Lee helped push into the mainstream but as an athlete it's a bit too close for comfort. Just like wrestling, I don't really like how you have to be all over your opponent with his sweat dripping all over your face or much worse someone's crotch in your face. I would rather tap out than have to deal with that. Which is why I stick to stand up fighting like boxing or Muay Thai. I used to like watching MMA especially in recent years where their sport has really evolved, but after breaking my own leg, the sight of people getting their arms or legs broken in submission holds started to make me feel ill. The fight below however is worth an examination.

    Video: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjY3NTM5NDM2.html

    That has to be the first time I've seen the practical use of the "butterfly" kick that I used to practice over and over again while training in Wushu. Although it was my favorite move, I could never really figure out it's real practical application...until now. Although the Chinese fighter didn't actually kick his opponent with the move, he used it creatively to literally go over his opponents' guard to find another angle and deliver a smashing round kick to the face. Nice move. Now that more Chinese are fighting MMA, I wonder how many traditional techniques will be unearthed in the future? Will we see the "monkey steals peach" move soon?


  • Kayaking Sri Panwa
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    Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 2:02PM / Standard Entry

    It's hard for me to go on holiday and do nothing. The work-a-holic in me can not allow me to just lay down and do nothing. I have to be doing something. Whether it's an adventure or simply reading a book, something has to have my attention. My wife on the other hand, prefers to just relax. She has no problems laying out in the sun for hours. To compromise we chose one activity to do together every time we go on holiday. Since Lisa does not have a diving license, we usually go kayaking and usually we get ourselves into trouble. One time in Australia, we kayaked down the river after being told for sure we would be able to kayak back. Not the case, the current got strong and when we tried to paddle back upstream we got stuck in the same place for over half an hour. A fisherman saw us struggling and towed us back to where we started. Last year in the Maldives, we decided to kayak around the island we were staying on. A storm picked up and we had to deal with big waves slamming up into us.

    On a recent trip to Sri Panwa resort in Phuket, Thailand, while hanging out in our infinity pool I noticed a small island about a kilometer away(the left side of picture). I also knew the resort had kayak for use, so I put two and two together and another kayak adventure was born! This time however, it was nothing but smooth sailing. Although it was a long journey, it went smoothly and we got an entire deserted beach to ourselves. The whole trip took 3 hours but it was lots of fun and great exercise too.

    That's us half way through our journey. See that little bit of beach on the island? That's where we were headed for. Thanks to head of F&B at Sri Panwa for taking this photo of us and making sure we didn't get into too much trouble! I recently saw a documentary about two boys who kayaked from Syndey, Australia to New Zealand. It took them 62 days to complete the trip. Those kids had serious balls, this three hour trip was good enough for me.

    I have been going to Phuket for holidays for over ten years now. The friendliness of the Thai people, the beautiful environment and it's close proximity to Hong Kong make it an ideal vacation spot. I've stayed in many places but I think I've just found my favorite spot in Sri Panwa Resort. 


  • and now...Rex Tso
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    Saturday, Jul 23, 2011 3:54PM / Standard Entry

    Rex is another coach at DEF gym. He is a quick and spritely young fellow whom I have lots of trouble trying to hit when I get in the ring with him. He fast feet make it impossible to track him on the ring. He is having his professional debut on September 22nd. Here's more info on him:

    The Professional Boxing Debut of DEF Boxing's Very Own Rex TSO

    If you sit next to him on a bus or walk past him on the street, you’d never guess that Rex Tso, 24, is a boxing champion. He looks like a typical guy his age: shy, his head buried in his PSP, and headphones in his ears. But behind his teenaged looks and his humble manner is a champion – he has the belts and trophies to prove it. In fact, he has been so dominant in the Hong Kong amateur boxing circuit that there’s no one left to challenge him.
    On Thursday, September 22nd, Rex will make his professional boxing debut.
    The first time I got into the ring with Rex, I foolishly thought that it’d be an easy fight for me. After all, I outweigh the guy by nearly 50 kilos (110 lbs). Boy was I wrong. When I jab, Rex slips them easily, moving his head just a couple of centimeters. More jabs, double jabs, one-twos – my punches hit nothing but air. My signature jab-left hook combo, which never fails me, is answered with a quick bob-and-weave, plus a solid gut shot. I keep pushing forward, chasing him around the ring, getting him into a corner, but before I know it, I’m the one in the corner. Then comes flurry after flurry, five, six, seven punches at a time, each combination thrown with blinding speed. I went into the ring a heavyweight, but I walked out a heavy bag.
    I know firsthand that Rex can most certainly punch above his weight.

    It Runs in the Family

    Rex comes from a family of great boxers. His dad, Tso Shu-Yan (曹樹仁), was a seven-time Hong Kong champion even before Rex was born. His elder brother, Ralf (age 32), has been dominating his weight category and aspires to fight at the Olympics.

    Something that may surprise you is that until recently, Rex didn’t even really like boxing. When he was just five or six years old, his father taught him and his elder brothers (Rex is the youngest of four) how to box in a parking garage near their home. “I wasn’t learning how to fight,” Rex explains. “I was just spending time with my dad and my brothers.” He had no notions of becoming a boxer himself, let alone of becoming a champion or a professional boxer.

    Being Lazy Has Its Consequences

    Soon after beginning his formal boxing training at the age of 15, Rex began to fight in local competitions. Even then, he didn’t really take boxing very seriously and didn’t train very hard: “I was lazy. Boxing is hard work! Why put yourself through so much pain?”

    But Rex found that being lazy has its consequences: he lost his very first match. While he did win the next one, he lost his next two. Rex won some and lost some and soon compiled a mixed record. He was cruising along on his talent. His brother Ralf has always said that Rex has the most natural talent among the four Tso brothers, but that he was also the laziest.

    It didn’t help that Rex was trained by his father. Some fathers can yell at their sons, but Tso Shu-Yan couldn’t yell at his. He wanted to believe that Rex was already working as hard as he could, and that he was gifted enough to win on talent alone.

    Jay Lau, owner and head coach at DEF Boxing and a former student of Rex’s father, knew that Rex could do better. A lot better. He knew that Rex could truly excel if he were pushed harder. In 2003, Jay began to train Rex’s brother Ralf, who has been unstoppable since working under Jay’s tutelage. In 2007, Rex joined his brother at DEF – after compiling a 5-2 record in 2007, Rex has won every single one of his fights in Hong Kong since 2008.
    The year 2007 marked a turning point in Rex. Not only did he start to train with a tough coach, but he also came to the realisation that he could do better.
    That year, Rex competed in an international competition for the first time. His success in Hong Kong made him think that he was hot stuff. Losing to his Malaysian opponent in Taiwan made him realise that he still had a long way to go.
    Boxing began to make more sense to Rex. “The first few times I fought, my mind would go blank the entire time I was fighting,” Rex recalls. “I would have no memory of the fights at all. But after a while, I was able to concentrate. I started to use my brain, and boxing became a game. I could decide the outcome if I think and analyse what’s going on.”

    Jay, who is promoting Rex’s bout on September 22nd, will not give Rex an easy fight. If Rex doesn’t train hard, he’ll most certainly lose to his very tough opponent. To better prepare for his fight in September, Rex will spend his final month of training in the Philippines to work with some of Manny Pacquiao’s trainers.
    Rex has already been training to fight like a pro boxer, and he has been seeing results: he won three of his recent fights by knockout, two of them in the first round. Then again, these were amateur opponents. How will Rex fare against a professional? We shall find out on September 22nd.

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      About the Author

    Ken Ho
    (PhD – HKU; BA, MA – UBC) is a boxing and Muay Thai fan, a freelance writer and editor, and Event Manager and Writer at DEF Promotions. [email protected]



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