Coach Daniel Wu is an actor, director and former Wushu competitor best known for his role as Sunny in AMC’s Martial Arts show, Into the Badlands.
Coach Daniel Wu – Episode 171
Fighting against somebody and you’re backed into the corner it’s up to you to figure out how to get out of there. You can give up, you can get knocked out, or you can fight your way back out. And, eventually, you figure out how to fight your way back out, and you learn from that. That is a direct correlation to life in general.
Listeners know I’ve been a fan of Into the Badlands since it aired. In fact, prior to even airing, I was excited. Based on what I’d seen in trailers I was talking about on this very show. Here we are, a couple years later and Season 2 is about to air. As part of the promotional efforts for the show, AMC reached out to us and asked us to host Miss Emily Beecham (who plays The Widow) and Mr. Daniel Wu (who plays the lead character, Sunny) on the show. We said yes, of course, and here we are.
Coach Daniel, as he asked me to call him when I explained our traditions and etiquette for the show, didn’t shy away from any subject that came up. We had some great conversation about martial arts philosophy and about how martial arts training changes as you age (which was fairly consistent with how we presented it on Episode 160)
Our conversations range from his upbringing to his admiration for the likes of Jet Li, Jackie Chan & Bruce Lee. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Movies – Once Upon a Time in China, Enter the Dragon, The Chinese Connection
You can watch the fight scene in the rain that we discussed from Season 1 below.