- Posted July 8, 2012 by
Atlantic City, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
Expo Brings Hollywood, MMA and Kung Fu to Atlantic City
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
The grassroots event included autograph signings by martial artist and actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, UFC legend Dan "the Beast" Severn, and WWE icons Tony Atlas & Ox Baker. There was also an open casting call for combat athletes at Caesar's Pier, sponsored by Global Proving Ground, a start-up looking to augment the current MMA craze with "more traditional martial arts entertainment and philosophies," according to company CFO Christopher F. Sheridan. Demonstrations by martial artists such as Sifu Ruben Torres, as well as a variety of other Kung Fu, Karate, Yoga, Jeet Kune Do and other skilled practitioners, helped pique my interest, along with amazing feats of strength by fitness trainers The Bartendaz. There was a vendor fair, showcasing everything from independent action film producers like Phillywood Entertainment, all the way to authentic Chinese calligraphy. All of this surrounded by the beauty of a beachside resort city still reeling from the 2008 U.S. financial recession.
It's an interesting concept that brings together many aspects of the martial arts and the entertainment world. I'm interested to see how things develop with time and the renewed Hollywood interest in the martial arts genre.