Laidback Luke isn't just some international EDM superstar. He's also a kung-fu master.
But like all truly dangerous martial artists (and genuinely famous DJ-producers), he prefers to undersell his neck-snapping and ass-kicking skills.
"I'm not really a master yet," Luke insists, modestly. "But I am practicing at a high level, yes."
Despite this show of humility and grace, the Dutch DJ does readily acknowledge his superiority among Planet Earth's 35- to 40-year-old kung-fu fighters.
"It's true," he admits, "that I actually won five medals, four gold and one silver, at the championships of kung-fu in Hong Kong. And this is like the Olympics of kung-fu. There's like 10,000 competitors. So it was a dream come true."
But how does one become an expert at both beat-matching and Tiger Claw-ing?
Well, Luke explains, you learn to fight, beginning at the age of 8. "I definitely come from the Karate Kid generation."
You become obsessed with dance music as a teen. "The first track that inspired me was Technotronic's 'Pump Up the Jam'!"
And you practice and teach these sacred disciplines. "I basically train for kung-fu about one and a half hours per day, and I'm also a trainer. Oh, and I've also got a new Pioneer DJ tutorial on YouTube right now."
Obviously, though, it isn't the medals or the money or the glory that's the goal. It's balance and well-being and self-empowerment.
"The kung-fu and the DJing really adds up for me," Luke explains. "It helps me feel energized and it helps me deal with stress.
"Basically, when I come out of a kung-fu session," and presumably a DJ sesh, "I feel like I can take on the world!"
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Laidback Luke's Musically Driven Bus Tour. With D.O.D. Friday, October 18, at Story, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 11 p.m. and tickets cost $35 to $45 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-538-2424 or visit storymiami.com.