Black Sash

Season 1 Episode 2

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2003 on The WB
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Framed and wrongly incarcerated in Hong Kong, undercover narcotics cop Tom Chang was stripped of his career, his wife and the right to see his daughter. Intent on restoring his life and relationship with his now pre-teen daughter, Tom returns to San Francisco to take over a martial arts school from his mentor, and meets a group of students who desperately need his guidance. Tom finds his hands full as Tory plots to find her father's killer, Trip tries to defend himself against his abusive father and Allie tries to make a move on an oblivious Bryan.moreless

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    Chang Tsang

    Chang Tsang

    Li Pao

    Guest Star

    Sean Amsung

    Sean Amsung

    Hip Guy

    Guest Star

    Jamie Bell

    Jamie Bell

    School Jock

    Guest Star

    Mako

    Mako

    Master Li

    Recurring Role

    Ona Grauer

    Ona Grauer

    Beth Rodgers

    Recurring Role

    Valerie Tian

    Valerie Tian

    Claire Rodgers

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      • Tom: (to Bryan,Tory,and Trip) Now, Master Li says that to learn our art, you have to move the way life moves. What does that mean? Life does not move in straight lines. It stretches, it bends, it moves in ways that we just don't expect it to. So we have to learn to be flexible. In here. And perhaps in your own life. Flexible.

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Tom: The Art of 8 hand Palm Changes.
        Ba Gua is one of the three major schools of Internal Martial Arts (the other two being Tai Chi and Hsing-I).
        You almost never see any of the Soft styles anywhere. Hard styles are near-ubiquituous in the tv/movie martial arts world, partially because the majority of styles are hard, primarily because virtually all the United States "fighting" styles are ancient 50-year-old traditional Korean aerobics, or Tai Bo, or Kardio Kickboxing, all of which are hard and linear. Soft, circular styles take decades to learn, which explains why
        Americans don't like them, which explains why you never see them.
        Of the soft styles on display, Tai Chi was only demonstrated in 2 Jet Li movies (Evil Cult Master, Tai Chi Master) and one Donnie Yen movie (Drunken Tai Chi). Hsing-I is never shown in pure form, only in the punch-resistant form of the Iron Robe (Once Upon a Time in China 1) or Cotton Belly (Wing Chun), but never as a fighting form except for one move from Drunken Monkey.
        But Ba Gua...only the "good" version of Jet Li in The One used it, and only briefly, and half those techniques, anyway, were more of his variation of Tai Chi. So, what Black Sash showed off was pretty rare, particularly since all modern-day tv "fighting" shows (Alias, the WB vampire pieces of drek) are pretty much pure-American Kickboxing-choreographed.

      • Tom: This isn't Mortal Kombat.
        Mortal Kombat is a video games series, 2 feature movies, an animated series and live action series that features martial arts. It is extremly violent, which makes it a cult favorite.

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