An aged tai chi “grasp” has change into the newest of his cohort to not final lengthy within the ring in opposition to a extra trendy martial artist.
The combat staged on Sunday within the Shandong metropolis of Zibo pitted a 50-year-old MMA and kickboxing hobbyist named Wang Qingmin in opposition to 68-year-old Ma Baoguo (马保国).
Ma claims to be a grasp of Hunyuan Tai Chi. He additionally claims to have a ball of power in his hand and to have defeated a British MMA “champion” a number of years in the past.
His combat in opposition to Wang, nonetheless, didn’t fairly go so nicely. He was knocked to the bottom 3 times in 30 seconds after being repeatedly punched within the face.
Happily, Ma was okay after the match and suffered no vital accidents. It’s unclear if the combat promoter will face any bother for organizing a match the place a senior citizen was KO-ed.
Regardless of appearances, Ma has gone on to assert victory, claiming that he stopped the match earlier than breaking his opponent’s nostril.
Right here’s how his face appeared whereas making that argument:
The development in China of unmasking self-proclaimed kung fu masters by knocking them out was began by MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong who infamously beat one such tai chi “grasp” to the ground in 10 seconds in 2017.
Xu went on to concern a problem afterward to any conventional Chinese language martial arts masters who believed that they might take him down in a no-holds-barred combat. He even bragged that he was keen to tackle two or three “masters” on the similar time to show to the world that they’re nothing however frauds.
Ma Baoguo was a type of to just accept Xu’s problem. Nonetheless, their match was stopped by police in Shanghai simply minutes earlier than it was set to happen again in 2017.
Ma has all the time been outspoken about his personal talents. He has bragged that he would have the ability to beat Chinese language MMA champion Zhang Weili with out hurting her and even breaking a sweat.
He has additionally claimed to have crushed British MMA fighter Peter Irving in a match.
As proof, Ma has showcased footage of the 2 sparring. Irving says that he was paid to be an actor within the video, which he understood as some kind of vainness challenge for Ma.
Right here’s some extra footage of Ma in motion:
And right here he’s exhibiting off the “ball of power” in his hand: