Part of a minority that adhered to the dress code, this group from the U.S. Embassy enjoyed a photo op with the requisite barely dressed xiaojie.
Last night in Beijing, China's newest martial arts event producers put on their first bouts, a night of Muay Thai fighting at the China World Hotel. Battlefield X1 Supremacy was billed as a black-tie event (though attendees interpreted the meaning of "black tie" quite loosely) benefiting the China Children and Teenagers Fund. The clinking of wine glasses and fine silverware mingled with the sounds of fists on flesh, and a good time was had by all except the 10 unfortunate men and one woman who came up on the losing end of their matchups.
The night featured 11 five-round, two-minute fights, with all but two going the distance. Nations represented included China, the Philippines, France, Thailand and Germany. Guests chose between a beef tenderloin, roast chicken breast and pan-fried sea bass for the entrée to go with their high kicks, leg sweeps and elbows to the head.
The Battlefield X series is put on by Black Tiger Hero Club, a martial arts club in Beijing's Central Business District. Their future plans include more black tie events, as well as some more casual shows. Like their major Beijing competitor, Art of War, Black Tiger uses a training facility and highly respected trainers to grow grass roots support between events.
Here are some more photos from the night:
One of the 11 fights was a mixed martial arts bout
Some sweat and blood with your cheesecake?
The winner of the night's one female fight observing the pre-fight Muay Thai ritual
A silent auction also benefited charity.
, Black Tiger Hero Club
, mixed martial arts
, Muay Thai