Scenic Fights (YouTube Channel, USA):

Fattaah, a life-long martial arts practitioner of Wing Chun and Kali, discusses how being bullied in Harlem, New York during his childhood in the 1970s led him to taking up traditional martial arts, overcoming adversities, and allowing him to be happy.

Scenic Fights (YouTube Channel, USA):

In the first visually poetic episode of Scenic Fights, My Fight series, the martial arts production company, tells the story of a Wing Chun and Kali practitioner named Fattaah (52) — a Harlem, NY resident that began martial arts out of necessity in the late 1970s.

The video begins with Fattaah practicing Siu Lum Tao in the dark with his voiceover describing his childhood.

Fattaah (a retired police officer, actor and martial arts practitioner in both Wing Chun and Filipino Martial arts):

“I grew up in fear.”

Are the first five words he uses to describe how he felt being raised in Harlem, NY.

He was a abandoned by his parents, raised in an environment filled with drugs, gangs and violence as well as bullied for being seen as weak among his Harlem neighbors.

However, there was a glimmer of hope when he discovered a box of old martial arts magazines that introduced him to Bruce Lee and Wing Chun.

It was in that moment that he was motivated to overcome his fears and find his way in life.

The profile video flashes blue and red and it’s a representation of him being in the police force as well as the police sirens he was used to seeing around his crimeridden neighborhood. Yet, he was no longer distracted by his environment due to practicing Sil Lum Tao, Chum Kiu and Biu Jee.

Fattaah (a retired police officer, actor and martial arts practitioner in both Wing Chun and Filipino Martial arts):

The visuals become intense as the rhythm of the edit increases pace and the lights turns darker red. This artistic decision is a visual metaphor of his intense martial arts training in both Wing Chun and now Filipino Martial Arts.

As he trains, he wants to know why his parents abandoned him, why those bullies attacked him and why he was treated differently throughout his life, was it because he was African-American, was it because he was seen as physically weak?

Fattaah (a retired police officer, actor and martial arts practitioner in both Wing Chun and Filipino Martial arts):

He soon realizes that the answer to the questions do not matter. Martial arts isn’t about being physically stronger or seeking revenge on those who has attacked you in the past, it’s about self-improvement, and being able to turn any bad situation into a learning experience.

The video ends with him doing Tai Chi and no longer holding a grudge on those who have wronged him, instead, he chooses to recognize what he has accomplished throughout his life.

Fattaah (a retired police officer, actor and martial arts practitioner in both Wing Chun and Filipino Martial arts):

Because of Wing Chung, he discovered the self-confidence to no longer live in fear. It also allowed him to be a protector of his community by being a police officer. Furthermore, he became the father he never had by raising two wonderful children.

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