2013 Taizhou International Shuai Chiao Tournament

Matt LaBorde is making a documentary about his trip to compete in an annual Chinese wrestling tournament in China!
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Matt LaBorde
Film
Columbia, South Carolina
United States
1 Team Member

My Project: A Story of Persistence and Shuai Jiao

Hello, stranger! I'm Matt LaBorde!

I recently graduated from the University of South Carolina's Media Arts program, with a focus in video production, and I want to share my journey studying the Chinese martial art, Shuai Jiao(wikipedia link).

It's a story about leaving your comfort zone and challenging yourself. In the short year and a half I've studied the art, I've learned more about confidence, bravery, and self expression.

I've overcome several personal hurdles in the process, and I want to share my story. 

I began training physical wellness four years ago. I started because I had body image concerns and self esteem issues. I worked like that for two and a half years, and it was unhealthy. I went to the gym because I felt guilty about my body and wanted to change it.

However, that motivation soon changed. I ventured out and explored climbing, yoga, dance, and gymnastics, and empowered myself through exploring positive outlets for strength and coordination. I finally realized how insignificant the body's appearance is relative to its ability.

Essentially, you are what you can do, not how you look. I changed my motivation from escaping my negative past to training for the future with a positive mindset! That's when I started studying shuai jiao. I was terrible. It was difficult. But I loved it! Little by little, I noticed improvements in spatial awareness, balance, and coordination. And finally, my peers had a harder time throwing me. 

I did not imagine, when I started, that I'd achieve what I have physically, mentally, and spiritually. And I'm continually surprised as I keep  training! 

I want to show everyone what is possible when you pursue a goal with absolute faith in yourself.

 

Your Involvement!

I am competing in this tournament regardless of my campaign's success. Your contributions will lighten the financial burden of the trip and help me share my project through effective digital distribution, spreading it's reach to people beyond my Facebook friends' news feed. 

Where your contributions go (in order of importance):

  1. Airfare and lodging in China
  2. Editor and graphics assistance in post production
  3. Digital media storage
  4. A new lens
Most importantly, I need assistance getting to China before I can produce a documentary about anything. After airfare, contributions support the project's production needs. I already have a camera and lens kit so your funds will support ancillary production needs (memory cards, hard drives) and post
production services.
 
Should I not receive full funding, the available funds support items at the top of the list first. 

[Important note!]
Anything raised beyond the original goal helps support the 13 other members of my school go on this trip too! You stand to help more than one person by contributing to this project!

 

Your Incentives!
***You will receive all rewards priced equal to and under the amount you pledge barring the availability of limited rewards.

 I've designed all my rewards to make you feel as involved in the process as possible, and, of course, I want it to be fun! Here are my favorites! 

 
$40 You are My Photo Companion!I'll carry a photo of you with me on my trip and take pictures of "us" in China! Be sure to send me a picture of yourself! Or you can send me a picture of anyone else you want. Your dog, Bruce Willis, Ronal Reagan. Whomever you wish!
 
$50+ Fitness Extravaganza!
For every dollar you contribute equal to or exceeding $50, I will do that many reps of whatever exercise you wish. I will produce of video for each backer recording the whole process. In regards to excises that don't have marked reps (static holds, running, climbing, juggling, etc) we can decide on a metric to use for dollar-to-repetition conversion.
 
$75 Video Special Thanks!
I'll record a personalized "Thank you" message from a gorgeous vista in China. Your message will play in the credits of the documentary and you'll receive a stand alone version to show to your friends! Yes! You are cool, and they will recognize!

$100 Souvenir from China!
You will receive a special gift from my journey abroad! Please be sure to include a personal message about yourself so your gift will be relevant and meaningful!

 

Other Ways You Can Help

Blow this up in your social media circles! Online exposure is a valuable contribution!

Show this to your friends who aren't internet savvy: grandparents, pets, monks, babies, spirit animals, etc.

Send me some positivity! Messages! Support! Cool pictures of your dog! All are welcome addition to my inbox!!!

 

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

-Matt LaBorde

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This campaign ended on March 15, 2013
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    The Whole Movie

    You receive a digitally delivered, digital copy of the film (DRM FREE) in 480p. Digital. Thank you!

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    You receive access to this exclusive blog and twitter that will fill in the gaps when the camera isn't rolling and satiate your need for info before the film is out. Thank you!

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    You are thanked in the credits along with a genuine compliment in regards to how awesome and lovely you are! Thank you!

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    $40USD
    You are My Photo Companion!

    I'll carry a photo of you with me on my trip and take pictures of "us" in China! Be sure to send me a picture of yourself! Or you can send me a picture of anyone else you want. Your dog, Bruce Willis, Ronal Reagan. Whomever you wish! Thank you!

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  • $50USD
    Fitness Extravaganza

    For every dollar you contribute equal to or exceeding $50, I will do that many reps of whatever exercise you wish. I will produce of video for each backer recording the whole process. In regards to excises that don't have marked reps (static holds, running, climbing, juggling, etc) we can decide on a metric to use for dollar-to-repetition conversion. Thank you!

    3 out of 15 claimed
  • $75USD
    Souvenir from China!

    You will receive a special gift from my journey abroad! Please be sure to include a personal message about yourself so your gift will be relevant and meaningful! Thank you!

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  • $100USD
    Video Special Thanks

    I'll record a personalized "Thank you" message from a gorgeous vista in China. Your message will play in the credits of the documentary and you'll receive a stand alone version to show to your friends! Yes! You are cool, and they will recognize! Thank you!

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    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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    Quarter Pounder

    You just filled 25% of my goal. You're 25% percent responsible for this movie. You get a producer credit, a spirited high five, AND a copy of Jackie Chan's First Strike on DVD! Whoa! So cool! Thank you!

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    Half Pound Burger

    You're quite the big kahuna! An Executive Producer credit to you, a very spirited hug, and a copy of The Raid: Redemption of DVD! What! SO SUPER DOUBLE COOL!

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    A Pound of Beef

    ......I'm speechless. You're so generous! Your reward shall be great. You get an Executive Producer credit, creative input on the final edit and graphics, AND I will send you flowers, chocolate, and a handwritten card five times in the next year. Thank you!

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