After missing the first 27 games of the season with a quad injury, Kawhi Leonard is (finally) expected to make his debut against the Dallas Mavs tonight. And from the looks of this too good to be true video of Kawhi showing off his Klaws of Fury in a Dojo saying, “Stay tuned, we got stuff cooking up in here. Going to chop y’all up. Look at all of us. Karate styyyyyle!” Leonard is going to come back with a vengeance like Sonny Chiba in the Street Fighter trilogy, Jimmy Wang Yu in the underrated Master of the Flying Guillotine and Uma Thurman in Tarantino’s classic Kill Bill films.
Besides thinking this video of Kung-Fu Kawhi will go down in the Kawhi Hall of Fame — right next to the ‘How to make Kawhi laugh‘ video with Jonathon Simmons saying you just need to talk about music and women — the other thought I had (around the 10th viewing) is I wish that clumsy ass Zaza Warrior would try his sweep the leg Johnny technique on him again. It would be a Game of Death.
RISE OF THE LEGEND
Karate isn’t anything new to Kawhi. He’s been known as the Kawhi-Te Kid ever since he learned the art of fighting as a child from the Drunken Master himself, Jackie Chan. Here’s some rare footage of their training sessions during Kawhi’s time in Beijing. He ended up there when his mother had to relocate because of her job at a car factory.
Besides learning from Mr Nice Guy, Kawhi also did a lot of training with his brother, Huey. Together, they had some memorable battles with evil, including Hateocracy and Stinkmeaner.
But all of this is just foreplay for the challenge that lies ahead. The challenge of defeating the Snake and his Warrior teammates: The Chef, China Klay and that clumsy ass Turkish Warrior.
In the meantime, let’s revisit Master Popovich talking about the incident between Kung Fu Kawhi and Zaza and then check out two of my favorite scenes from the great Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2.
THE RAID 2