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VIDEO: Afghani Bruce Lee Lookalike Catapults To Internet Fame

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From the ruins of a bombed-out palace above Kabul, a young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation.

Videos and photos of Abbas Alizada, 20, posted on the Facebook page “Bruce Hazara” show him performing back flips and striking Lee’s famous poses. They blazed through Afghanistan’s small Internet community this week, part of a publicity burst he hopes will catapult him to broader fame.

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“I want to be a champion in my country and a Hollywood star,” Alizada said at Kabul’s desolate Darulaman palace, where he trains twice a week, swirling nunchakus and sporting a Lee-like bowl haircut.

Alizada is from a poor family of 10 children. His parents could not afford the fees at an academy of Wushu, a Chinese mixed martial art, but the trainer took him under his wing.

And for those who consider Abulfazl Abbas Shakoory just a knockoff, it’s worth mentioning that his martial arts prowess is genuine. In a recent Wushu tournament held in Kabul, the Afghan Bruce Lee ranked at the top of his category. Talking to Ruptly about his ambitions, he said “”I would like to be a sportsman and a champion for Afghanistan.”

“The only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war … I am happy that my story is a positive one,” Alizada said.MYNEWSHUB

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