Yes, it’s true. Dutch DJ and producer Laidback Luke, or known in the world of kung fu as Lucas van Scheppingen, will be competing professionally at the Kung Fu World Championships in Hong Kong from March 17th to 19th.
While this may come a huge surprise to the many that only know him as chart-topping producer and explosive mainstage DJ, the Filippino national has been humbly sidelining martial arts for many years and won several medals at championships across the world. At the 2013 world championships, he won a total of four gold medals and one silver in various forms of the discipline.
At the championships this March where over 10,000 competitors from around the world will take part, he will be participating in three tai chi sections and three kung fu sections including Straight-Sword, Fan and Bo-Staff. He will be competing with the Hong Ying International Pro-Team and be supported by his coach Mark.
How he balances the rigorous training involved with his hectic touring schedule as one of the world’s top DJs and becomes an expert at both is beyond us, but we intend to find out.
[images via Ruud Baan]