23 Replies to “Canadian Guy Challenges Xu Xiaodong At His Old Gym”

  1. Update 3/8/19: The challenger, named William (last name removed at his request), reached out to me through email to share his side of the story, so I wanted to be objective and give him a chance to explain himself. According to William, the Chinese websites labeled it incorrectly. He's not actually a rich Chinese person, a fuerdai, so to speak, as I explained in the video. He's actually a Canadian Taiwanese person who grew up in the US and Canada. He's now an amateur fighter, but at the time of this video, according to William, he was training Muay Thai once a week or two. A friend of his in Beijing at the the time (a troublemaker, according to William) got him into this sparring session. Will didn't know what trouble it would bring.

    "At the time everything was so new to me, to be honest I was just happy to be there. I still at that time had a false sense of belief that all people that practice marital arts believed in honour and integrity. It was very 'Disney like' mindset as I was still accustomed to my very sheltered gym back home[.] I guess [Xiaodong] wanted to become famous and planned for as much exposure as possible. I felt set up and taken advantage of. It took quite some time to get over it but one thing came out of this, I never gave up on martial arts."

    If you guys want to see more, I'll add more to this soon!

    Also, this took place at a dojo in Beijing called 元武道 (Yuan Wu Gym).

  2. Traditional martial arts are only good for health awareness, not for fighting. From the video the young challenger did appear he try to go all out so quit all your stupid lies when you got kick in your ass for your retribution.

  3. Here the original email guys, sorry in advance if its too much content, i tried to break it down as much as i can.
    I am the "spoiled rich guy” in your popular video. My name is Will and I am glad you've posted this video. Im writing to you to tell you my side of this tale because I feel like theres a lot people can take from this. First off Im really want to say I am not at all rich or a “Fueradai”. Also I’m actually of Canadian Taiwanese or maybe American Taiwanese decent, since I was born in Los Angeles. I've mostly lived in Canada throughout the years so I identify myself as a Canadian. Although I wish my father was a high ranking government official or a tycoon of some sort I come from a modest middle class immigrant family (my dad a retired english professor and Mom a housewife). Im sorry you fell for the “click bait” as many have before us. The title I recall changed many times from “Muay Thai VS Chinese Kung Fu” all the way to “Gangsters challenge master at dojo” At the time of the video I was on an expired China tourist visa illegally working as a substitute teacher in a Beijing university. (Not at all glamorous). Xiao Dong must of assumed I had money because he later learned I was from Canada. I obviously looked like them and I spoke Mandarin. The families of Chinese exchange students are at least upper middle class and/or above. Colleges demand 2-3X the normal tuition rate for international students.

    So lets start from the beginning..

    At that time I was training Muay Thai once a week or two, inconsistently and randomly around a year. I have been in fights before (20-30 second school yard fights) but never with a trained fighter. Like I would sometimes fool around with my coach and do some very light contact sparring with him but it was always controlled (meaning he was always in control). I haven’t got to the point where my the gym would be comfortable allowing me to do some live sparring. As you know most gyms wouldn't want inexperienced members to start sparring so early (to avoid situations exactly like this video). I’ve always had a great passion for martial arts and its always been an interest of mine. At the time I had an incredible coach that was both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He was one of the top amateurs in Canada at that time and later on turned pro. He taught me to believe in my technique and gave me confidence that I can knock anyone out.
    So we all have at some point of our lives have a friend named “Kimmy”(name altered). You see, Kimmy is that the guy who would always get you in trouble but you forgave him (every time) because it was Kimmy (and he doesn’t know any better). My reason for visiting Beijing at the time was just to see him. We are childhood friends when he was at that time living in Canada. He asked me what I was doing all these years and i’ve mentioned this awesome thing I’m doing called Muay Thai. He asked me if I was any good, and of course I said I was amazing. He said he knew a few local gyms and wouldn’t mind taking me to check it out. Few days later he brought me to the gym in the video. At that time everything was so new to me, to be honest I was just happy to be there. I still at that time had a false sense of belief that all people that practice martial arts believed in honour and integrity. It was very “Disney like” mindset as I was still accustomed to my very sheltered gym back home. After a few introductions Kimmy asked me if I would like to spar. All this time i’ve been begging my coach to let me jump in and heres my chance. Like i mean.. what can go wrong?

    Now to the “Exhibition”

    In the beginning we were going through what we can do or not. If you have the original cut and understand Mandarin it was actually me that suggested no elbows (If I knew he was able to kick me in the face while I was down I would have suggested otherwise). When I held his shoulders and demonstrated a knee to the belly I was suggesting the impact I was comfortable with. He agreed and so we started. So after a meagre push kick attempt and a new technique I learned in class he stopped and told me me to use full force. I paused and looked to my friends confused and unsure of whats happening. He egged me on while Kimmy urged me to use full force. (Kimmy actually organized this whole thing for his entertainment) Me being young and dumb (mostly dumb) and not so young just went with it. Assuming that he was at a high level I’d thought I couldn’t (really) hurt him and he was always in control. To my surprise and maybe his I actually clipped him clean a few times at which each point I just stopped.(Three times) Each pause he kept egging me on to keep going. (little did I know what his real intentions were) I really didn’t want to hurt anyone and I wasn’t my intention to get into a real fight. The point of no return was when I bloodied his nose. I knew that moment I wasn’t going to just get free shots at some “master” at a dojo and make him lose “face”. After two hard leg kicks and a blitz I hit the floor after seeing some stars. There was no referee in this “exhibition” its was actually Kimmys cousin that saved me from the onslaught. My friends helped me up and I cleaned myself in the washroom. To be honest I didn’t think much of it at the time. I just got beat up. Everyone gets beat up at one point or another. I took a picture with him, shook his hand and left. One or two weeks later the posts came out. It really took me by surprise as I thought we left on good terms. I guess he wanted to become famous and planned for as much exposure as possible. I felt set up and taken advantage of. It took quite some time to get over it but one thing came out of this, I never gave up on martial arts. In fact it gave me more drive, more resolve to push myself even further.

    Nowadays..

    Its been 7 years now. I’ve started competing since 2015. So far Ive amassed a 4-2 (3 k.o.) record only losing to national champions by decision in the finals at TBA. Ive recently sustained a knee injury that put me out for most of the year but Im learning to trust it again. I hope you consider changing your title of "Spoiled Rich Guy”. I also hope you re-analyze the clip and try to look at it again. Thank you for reading. If you want to talk or have any other questions feel free to contact me via email or facebook

  4. Do people in the comments know what sparring is? The Muay Thai guy obviously wasn´t going all out. If you morons knew anything about fighting you would know you don´t go all out in a sparring match because the point is not to hurt the other guy its to practice. Chinaman mma dude probably got mad the muay thai gut tried to knee his face and he went for the kill. This was never intended to be a real fight.

  5. What ounces the gloves he was using? They looked so big , and those punches he landed shouldn’t be that strong to knock out a guy when his opponent did hold his gloves up to block .

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