Chuck Norris was inspired to pursue his craft by legendary actor Steve McQueen. The action star used to be a martial arts trainer for various celebrities, and that's how he met McQueen.
The movie has one of his best fight scenes which involves him battling the gangster Crawley Wilkes. The scene plays off like that of a Spaghetti Western complete with Sergio Leone-esque music but instead of guns, the two men opt for kicks and punches.
In Slaughter In San Francisco (or Yellow Faced Tiger in China) Wong Tao is a police officer looking to revenge the death of his partner at the hands of notorious San Francisco drug dealer named (wait for it) Chuck Slaughter. In one scene, Major Scott McCoy trains a team of Delta Force cadets on how to kick ass.
In Top Dog, a cop named Jake Wilder (Chuck Norris) gets paired up with a police dog named Reno to fight crime because cute animal sidekicks were the norm in '90s family movies. In this sequel to what is arguably Chuck Norris' most famous movie, Braddock gets captured and locked up in a brutal camp in Vietnam where he is tortured and threatened.
He finally breaks free as expected and goes on to fight Colonel Yin inside a wooden shed. Despite having the advantage of being the only one with a gun, Braddock drops the weapon to ensure the fight is fair.
For this movie, Chuck's brother Aaron promoted himself and did the directing instead of just the fight choreography. Rick has belts in the Tang Sew Do and Chen UK Do martial arts disciplines, but he didn't quite bring his best here.
The fight scene includes the famous roundhouse kicks but is ruined by some basic one-liners as McCoy. Ranger Walker normally made a meal out of his opponents, but things were not so easy when he faced off against the assassin Lazarus (Roger Yuan).
Chuck Norris is now the vengeful cop looking to get payback for his partner's death at the hands of ruthless drug lord portrayed by Christopher Lee. He ends up fighting Lee's henchman Prof. Tour Tanaka who has been able to beat up everyone so far due to his intimidating size.
Kane manages to beat him but there's nothing unique about it because 'David Vs Goliath' scenes have been seen so many times in action movies, and they've been done a lot better than this. The setting was a Colosseum in Rome, a nod to the gladiatorial battles of ancient times.
Barry is also keen on learning martial arts so that he can defend himself against bullies who just so happen to be followers of the evil Kung Fu master Kelly Stone. As a scout for Captain Jesse Willingly, he fought against Well and his Mexican troops in San Antonio.
On October 9, 1847, Walker was killed while leading a charge into Samantha, Tlaxcala, Mexico. Samuel Walker's remains were later returned to Texas and buried with honors at San Antonio.
Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history) played by Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”), while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances of his wife’s death. In 1823, only two years after Anglo-American colonization formally began in Texas, empresarioStephen F. Austin hired ten experienced frontiersmen as “Rangers” for a punitive expedition against a band of Indians.
The organization had a complement of fifty-six men in three companies, each office red by a captain and two lieutenants, whose immediate superior and leader had the rank of major and was subject to the commander-in-chief of the regular army. Officers received the same pay as United States dragoons and privates-$1.25 a day; however, they supplied their own mounts, equipment, arms, and rations.
As settlers fled east to escape advancing Mexican armies after the fall of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, the Rangers retrieved cattle, convoyed refugees across muddy trails and swollen streams, and destroyed produce or equipment left behind. Nor did their situation improve appreciably over the next two years because President Sam Houston favored government economy as well as friendship with the Indians.
In December 1838, however, Mirabeau B. Lamar succeeded to the presidency and immediately changed the frontier policies of the republic as well as the role of the Rangers. Sam Houston, upon being reelected to the presidency in December 1841, realized that Ranger companies were the least expensive and the most efficient way to protect the frontier.
John Coffee “Jack” Hays figured prominently in helping repel the Mexican invasions of 1842 and in successfully protecting Texans against Indian attacks over the next three years. Hays initiated Ranger traditions and esprit de corps by recruiting and training a tough contingent of men skilled in frontier warfare.
After acquitting themselves admirably during the battles of Palo Alto and Reach de la Palma on May 8–9, 1846, they became Gen. Zachary Taylor's “eyes and ears.” Superbly mounted, “armed to the teeth” with a large assortment of weapons, and obviously at home in the desert wastes of northeastern Mexico, they found the “most practical route” for the American army to Monterrey.
Late in September the Rangers rashly set the tempo and style for Taylor's successful storming of the city. Although furloughed in October after a brief armistice, they returned early in 1847 in time to provide the general enough military information to help win the battle of Buena Vista in February.
But after the appointment of John S. “Rip” Ford as senior captain in January 1858 the Rangers briefly upheld their fighting traditions. Late in the spring they moved north of the Red River to “chastise” a large band of “hostiles,” in the process killing the noted Comanche chief, Iron Jacket.
Then in March 1859 Ford and his men were assigned to the Brownsville area, where, together with the United States Army, they gained only limited success against the “Red Robber of the Rio Grande,” Juan N. Corina. Texas was “overrun with bad men,” with Indians ravaging the western frontier, with Mexican bandits pillaging and murdering along the Rio Grande.
In the spring of 1875 they moved into the Nieces Strip (between Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande) to combat Corina's “favorite bravos.” In 1875 the Special Force enhanced its fearful reputation by stacking twelve dead rustlers “like cord wood” in the Brownsville square as a lethal response to the death of one Ranger ; McNally also precipitated the “Las Cuevas War,” wherein he violated international law by crossing the Rio Grande, attacking Mexican nationals, and retrieving stolen American cattle.
Composed of six companies (with seventy-five Rangers in each) under Maj. John B. Jones, the battalion participated in fifteen Indian battles in 1874 and, together with the United States Cavalry, destroyed the power of the fierce Comanches and Kiowas by the end of 1875. For the next three decades the Rangers retreated before the onslaught of civilization, their prominence and prestige waning as the need for frontier law enforcement lessened.
Violence and brutality soon increased along the Rio Grande, however, where the Rangers continued to participate in numerous bloody brush fights with Mexican nationals. In 1914, early in World War I, problems in the border country focused on Mexican nationalism, German intrigue and sabotage, and American draft dodgers.
In January 1919, at the insistence of Representative José T. Canals of Brownsville, the legislature overhauled the force in order to restore public confidence. As a result, Texas lawmakers decided to maintain the four companies but reduce the number of recruits from twenty to fifteen per unit.
They protected federal inspectors from bodily harm in the so-called “tick war” in East Texas, prevented both individual injury and property damage in labor flare-ups or Ku Klux Klan demonstrations, and tamed the lawless oil boomtowns of Miranda City, Desdemona, Media, Wink, and Border. Texas consequently became a haven for the lawless-the likes of Raymond Hamilton, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.
All appointments were now through examinations and recommendations (not by political patronage); each applicant must be between thirty and forty-five, stand at least 5'8”, and be “perfectly sound” in mind and body. Although the commission established no educational provisions, each Ranger had to take a written examination and submit an “intelligent” weekly report of his activities.
But late in September 1938, with the appointment of Colonel Homer Garrison, Jr., as the new director, the Rangers regained their high status. Over the next thirty years-the Garrison era-the Rangers became the plainclothesmen of the DPS: they were the detectives, and the Highway Patrol officers were the uniformed state police.
In World War II, they rounded up enemy aliens and instructed civilians and local police in the latest defense techniques to protect generating plants, dams, factories, and industries from sabotage, while carrying out their regular duties. Recruits had to be between the ages of thirty and fifty, have at least eight years of on-the-job police experience, and have an intermediate certificate signifying 400 to 600 hours of classroom instruction.
During the Garrison era such captains as Manuel T. “Lone Wolf” Gonzales, Alfred Y. Allen, Bob Crowder, Johnny Klevenhagen, Eddie Oliver, and Clint Peoples were instrumental in maintaining Ranger tradition and performance. Subsequently, captains Bill Wilson, J. L. “Skippy” Randell, H. R. “Lefty” Block, and Maurice Cook continued to improve the force.
The training was intensified, the weaponry and crime-detection equipment became even more sophisticated, and, despite increasing case loads, the applicant list for Ranger service grew. In recognition of the Rangers' toughness against the criminal element and their dedication to state law enforcement, the legislature enlarged the overall complement to ninety-nine officers (including two women) in September 1993 and again increased salaries and fringe benefits.
The Battle of Walker Creek lionized the Rangers and established the usefulness of repeating pistols in close combat. During this relationship, Walker suggested changes to the design of the popular Colt Paterson that made the weapon easier and faster to reload.
The six-gun’s heft made impractical the common practice of stuffing a pistol into the waistband of the bearer’s pants, or into a cloth sash tied around the waist or hips meant to secure pistols, knives and other means of self-defense. Belts were not in common use at the time as pants were high-waisted and tightened with a cinch at the back, or supported with suspenders over the wearer’s shoulders.
The belt features contrast double-stitched edges and a hand-tooled basket weave pattern overlay that tapers down to three-quarters of an inch; $59. Teddy’s ($300) is shown with a four-piece Travis 1843 Sterling silver buckle set by Clint Arms ($1,730).
(Top) The Trinity River buckle set is made out of a hand-engraved, antiqued Sterling silver base and is accented with hand-cut, 14-karat gold fills scroll work and a fine-twisted Sterling silver rope edge ($819) on a hand-tooled black leather strap ($84). (Middle) The New Yorker buckle set provides a contemporary look with hand-polished Sterling silver ($399) on a black calf strap belt with a skived edge ($79).
(Bottom) The Engraved New Yorker set is made out of hand-engraved, antiqued Sterling silver ($584) and is seen on a hand-tooled black leather strap ($84).