Saving Troubled Youth with Dance Fighting One Day at a Time

Only the strong learn Capoeira

Alexander Razin
SH0TGUN

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Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

One day when I was four years old, binging my favorite Barney VHS. My father comes home with a mysterious tape. He said it’s a movie about fighting that I knew I’d love.

I asked Dad where he got the VHS from. I can’t get a straight answer. He only says, “he got it from some guy selling it.”

Regardless of the vague answer, I rushed towards the television, dejected Barney, and played Only the Strong.

It’s a save-the-troubled youth film with martial arts I can’t recount, no matter how many times I watched it as a kid. Young Razin, however, does remember liking it. I knew it was a matter of time when adult me viewed Only the Strong.

Does it have the same wonder watching it 23 years later?

Yes and no.

Yes, given the fight choreography and no to the plot.

Famous martial artist and actor Mark Dacascos is our lead. He plays Green Beret Louis Stevens, who returned…

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Alexander Razin
SH0TGUN

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