Wah Lum Kung Fu: Hacking Cosplay at San Diego Comic Con
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Wah Lum Kung Fu: Hacking Cosplay at San Diego Comicon

Every once in awhile the InSecurity Podcast takes a walk with the word “hack” to other parts of existence.


Yeah yeah… hard to believe that there are actual things out there besides cybersecurity…


In this special episode,  Matt Stephenson will be talking with some folks who are hacking what could already be considered a hack. If we know our audience, it is a fair bet to say that there are plenty of folks who know the names Chun-Li (No… not the Nicki Minaj song, but that’s an interesting point) or Chen Zhen.


For those not on a first name basis… you definitely are familiar with Mortal Kombat or Double Dragon.


Okay… do we really have to resort to The Matrix? Kung Fu Panda?


We hope not


The point is that for the last 50 years, you would be hard pressed to look in a corner of American culture and not find the influence of Kung Fu.


Whether it is the greatest hip-hop collective ever The Wu-Tang Clan or Cirque Du Soleil’s KA… Maybe it is Kato from the Green Hornet or Morpheus or Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One… Kung Fu has evolved to a place where fight choreographers and stunt workers are getting billing nearly equal to writers and directors in film and television.


What does any of this have to do with Cylance or cybersecurity? Take a walk with us…


Cylance’s own Hiep Dang is a Sifu of Wah Lum Kung Fu and this week will be part of an amazing teaching session at San Diego Comicon!


Cosplayers, Ready your Swords!


Did you spend months making your costume? Ready to learn how to properly wield and pose with your sword, hammer, or lightsaber? 


Cosplayers will learn how to bring their characters to life from Hollywood stunt performers and martial arts experts. Mimi Chan (model and martial arts reference for Disney’s Mulan) andChristopher Leps, (Pirates of the Caribbean, Daredevil) will partake in a discussion moderated by martial arts expert, Oscar Agramonte about their action experience and how it relates to cosplay.


Learn how to bring authenticity to your character from the panel and a team of martial arts experts. Be ready for action!


In todays’ special San Diego Comic Con episode of InSecurity, Matt Stephenson welcomes Sifu Mimi Chan and Sifu Hiep Dang to talk about a very different kind of hack. Kung Fu has been hacking Western culture for nearly 50 years. Cosplay has been hacking culture for nearly as long. It’s time the two got together. That’s exactly what is happening at SDCC. Find out more on this week’s InSecurity!


As a special treat for our listeners, you can get a one year 10 device subscription of Cylance Smart Antivirus for 50% off during the month of Comic Con. Click here to find out how!


About Mimi Chan


Mimi Chan (@SifuMimiChan) has been a Wah Lum kung fu instructor for the past 25 years, and was chosen as the model and inspiration for Disney’s cartoon Mulan. At 17, she won her first of many kung fu Grand Championship titles and retired from competition undefeated. After working as a stunt performer for several years, in 2012, she produced and directed the award-winning documentary: Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer. Mimi is also the host of Culture Chat Podcast. Culture Chat Podcast explores a variety of topics including: social issues, film, comics, martial arts, traditions, food, pop culture, music, or anything inspiring and thought-provoking.  


About Hiep Dang


Hiep Dang (@Hiep_Dang) is Director of Product Management & Marketing for Cylance where he is responsible for driving the vision and strategy of its Consumer products. During the day, Hiep geeks out on building innovative security products at Cylance-Blackberry and on nights and weekends, he teaches Kung Fu in Portland, OR. The recurring theme that persists in both his personal and professional lives is his passion for helping others learn how to keep themselves safe and secure in both the virtual and physical world.


About Matt Stephenson

Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Security Technology team at Cylance, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and host of CylanceTV


Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Matt to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come


Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, Matt interviews leading authorities in the security industry to gain an expert perspective on topics including risk management, security control friction, compliance issues, and building a culture of security. Each episode provides relevant insights for security practitioners and business leaders working to improve their organization’s security posture and bottom line.


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