Celebrity Martial Artist

BRUCE LEE

Bruce Lee

I had to start with the most famous Martial Artist of our time – The little dragon himself, Bruce Lee.  There’s no simple ‘style’ here, as many know this man with the ‘style of no style’ has lots of styles under his belt…. (what?).

He first learned a little Tai Chi  from his father, some fencing from his older brother the fencing champion, and of course the background in Wing Chun that established his base before moving to America and picking up various arts from other practitioners.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • Jeet Kune Do (founded)
  • Jun Fan Kung Fu (founded)
  • Wing Chun under Ip Man (or Yip Man for the purists)
  • Boxing, he was a highschool boxing champion in Hong Kong, furthered his study in the US
  • Fencing
  • Karate – trained with Karate fighters, knows the movements but not formerly ranked.
  • Judo  (learned from Judo legend Gene Lebell)
  • Kali/Escrima from Dan Inosanto
  • Endless Various arts through research and reading.

CHUCK NORRIS

Chuck Norris

He mastered the art of concealing his deadly fist within his beard (that’s why I grew my beard) and he destroys everything in his path – well, this is all after 1972 when Bruce Lee kicked his ass in Way of the Dragon and of course the small parts he had in other movies. 

But Chuck Norris is no slouch, he is one of the greatest martial artists of our time holding world titles in Karate and several belts aswell as his own style of martial arts.  More than that he has been a shining example and role model for everyone who looks up to him – spawning a movie about a kid who is obsessed with Chuck Norris called Sidekicks. He’s the freakin man.

Here’s the credentials he has under his belt:

  • Chun Kuk Do (aka Chuck Norris System) 10th Dan Black Belt (founded)
  • Tang Soo Do 10th Dan Black Belt – grandmaster
  • Taekwondo 8th Dan Black Belt
  • Karate 5th Dan Black Belt
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 3rd Dan Black Belt under the Machados
  • Judo Black Belt
  • Jeet Kune Do learned from Bruce Lee

Chuck’s list is inspiring and perhaps the most impressive I think I’ve ever seen.

JASON STATHAM

Jason Statham

Expendables, Transporter, Crank…

Yeah, the Stathe-man has some moves and some movies.  He may not be the world class martial artist we all come to expect from mainstream martial arts actors these days but he’s still got a solid background and well and truly beyond what the ‘average’ martial artist achieves in his time.

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
  • Wing Chun
  • Karate
  • Kickboxing/Muay Thai

JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME

Jean Claude Van Damme

You know him from Bloodsport, Kickboxer and Universal Soldier (among a heap of other movies) and he is apparently a former Karate World Champion.  It’s one of Hollywood’s most ever popular martial arts stars Jean Claude Van Damme!

He’s a skilled man, despite what some people may think, he fought in 19 full contact kick boxing fights being defeated only once and winning the other 18 by knockout.  Damn!

He’s a man to be taken seriously…

  • Shotokan Karate 2nd Dan Black Belt
  • Kickboxing

MICHAEL JAI WHITE

Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White is another martial arts star who really has some other worldly skills and credentials that has even UFC fighters and commentators like Joe Rogan stating quite boldy “Michael Jai White is no joke“.

This guy has been in the movies, has high ranks in a handful of arts and still competes in bare knuckle Kyokushin Karate Kumites.  He’s as real as they get when you take martial artists from the movies and put them alongside guys who can really fight. He has won 26 martial arts titles, including U.S. Open, the North American Open, and he was the New England Grand Champion.

Here’s a look at Michael Jai White’s crazy impressive background:

Note: I don’t have his exact ranks but he is a highly ranked black belt in some of these arts.

  • Kyokushin Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Shotokan Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Goju Ryu Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Superfoot system 8th Dan Black Belt
  • WTF Taekwondo Black Belt
  • ITF Taekwnodo Black Belt
  • Kobudo Black Belt
  • Tang Soo Do 1st Degree Black Belt
  • MMA, trained in.
  • Japanse Jiu Jitsu, trained in.
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, trained in

MIKE CHAT

The founder of XMA is a talented martial artist who appears behind and in front of the camera.  Chat has some impressive credentials himself!

  • Karate Black Belt
  • Taekwondo 6th Degree Black Belt
  • Wushu Practitioner

JIN ZHANG

Jin Zhang

This guy is one of favorite up and comers.  He starred across Donnie Yen in Ip Man 3, was an imposing villain in SPL 2 across from Wu Jing and Tony Jaa and continues to impress in his roles and fight scenes.  He studies an art which translated perfectly to the screen – Wushu.

  • Wushu

KAREN SHEPERD

Karen Sheperd

Karen Sheperd is another incredible force in martial arts as she currently holds the rank of 7th degree Black Belt in the art of Wun Hop Kuen Do.

  • Wun Hop Kuen Do 7th Degree Black Belt

JEFF IMADA

Jeff Imada

Jeff Imada has been in the martial arts film industry for years and has some extensive expertise which have helped to create some exciting fight scenes over the years.  He’s a close friend to the late Brandon Lee and studied up Guru Dan Inosanto – who continued the Legacy of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do after his death.

  • in Jeet Kune Do
  • Eskrima
  • Taekwondo
  • Tang Soo Do
  • Karate
  • Shaolin Kung Fu
  • Kendo
  • Boxing.

WESLEY SNIPES

Wesley Snipes

This guy is so cool, I mean he was Blade after all!

Wesley Snipes has been training since he was a child and is a very serious martial artist with some killer credentials, just check them out!

  • Shotokan Karate 5th Dan Black Belt
  • Taekwondo 3rd Dan Black Belt
  • Hapkido 2nd Dan Black Belt
  • Kung Fu
  • Eskrima
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    JACKIE CHAN

    Jackei Chan Legend Drunken Master

    The world’s greatest stuntman, Jackie Chan, is no one to be messed with!  If falling from crazy heights and nearly killing himself on a regular basis isn’t enough to take him seriously, here’s what else he’s trained in:

    • Peking Opera Stunt Academy
    • Hapkido Black Belt
    • Wing Chun
    • Taekwondo
    • Shaolin Kung Fu (Northern and Southern)
    • Judo
    • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    MARK DACASCOS

    Mark Dacascos as Kung Lao

    Mark is as serious a martial artist as any.  He grew up with a father who was a high ranking martial artist and has (obviously) built a portion of his career around his martial arts skills and has won several tournaments in his younger years. Don’t mess with Mark!

    • Wun Hop Kuen Do 8th Dan Black Belt
    • Muay Thai
    • Capoeira
    • Black Tiger Northern Dhaolin KungFu
    • Boxing

    JIMMY WANG YU

    Jimmy Wang Yu

    The one armed Swordsman himself is very well known in Hong Kong cinema, very much disliked by most of his co-stars for being an A-grade dickhead (putting flies in his mouth for kissing scenes?) and he was charged with murder in 1981 – but released for lack of evidence.

    Jimmy Wang Yu definitely has a colorful background.

    The totality of Jimmy’s training is numerous street brawls and his swimming training – but he’s go no formal training.  Not bad for one of Hong Kong’s most famous Martial Arts stars.

    • No formal training

    DOLPH LUNDGREN

    Dolph Lundgren

    Dolph is the man! He’s fought Stallone’s Rocky, Van Damme’s Luc Deveraux and has even popped up in the background of an earlier James Bond film.  He’s a tall, built and powerful guy with a strong background in martial arts.

    Dolph has won several full contact Karate tournaments almost defeating one world champion, a second degree black belt when he was still only a green belt! Crazy.

    • Kyokushin Karate 3rd Dan Black Belt
    • Goju Ryu Karate
    • Judo

    ALEXANDER FU SHENG

    Alexander Fu Sheng

    Taken tragically a young a young, Fu Sheng was a big star in on the Hong Kong Kung Fu scene. He had the ability and charisma to go a lot further in his career, he also had some training to back it up having trained in Judo and Karate.

    • Judo
    • Karate

    YUKARI OSHIMA

    Yukari Oshima

    This kick-ass martial arts actress isn’t just an accomplished martial artist but also trained at Sonny Chiba’s stunt school way back when.  She started in Goju Ryu Karate and also learned a decent amount of weapons work.

    • Goju Ryu Karate

    ZARA PHYTIAN

    Zara Phytian

    Take a deep breath, this woman has some of the most impressive credentials on this list and she’s only in her 30’s.  She’s been training since the age of 6 so she has wasted no time!

    The following has been taken directly from the Spirit2Power website:

    Achievements and Awards

    • 4th Dan Freestyle Karate  / Kickboxing
    • 3rd Dan Tae Kwon Do
    • 2nd Dan Shotokan Karate
    • 1st Degree Yi Tung Shaolin
    • WSA Stunt Fighting Certification
    • TCFS Level One Instructor
    • CSD Level One Instructor
    • 3rd Dan San Ryu Do

    As a Competiting Martial Artist

    • 13 Time World Martial Arts Champion
    • Triple Womans World Grand Champion (Germany)
    • Double World Champion & Grand Champion (Spain)
    • 4-time US National Title Belt Champion
    • over 50 British Open Championships
    • World Point Fighting Champion
    • World Traditional Kata Champion
    • World Poomse Champion
    • World Creative / Musical Forms Champion
    • World Traditional Weapon Champion
    • 10 European Grand Champion Titles
    • WUMA European Champion
    • 8 Gold Medals at the Battle Of Champions, USA  2007
    • World Weapon Combat Champion
    • 6 World Champion Rings

    Special Achievements and Awards

    • IKK Hall of Fame 2006
    • WOMAA Female Martial Artist Hall of Fame 2008
    • WOMAA International Instructor Hall of Fame 2010
    • OMAC Instructor of the Year Award
    • Sports Personality of the Year Award

    STEVEN SEAGAL

    Seagal knows guns

    This ex CIA, ex KGB ex tough guy turned cook or peaceful nobody will use his skills to kill you and you’re entire posse if you mess his shit up.

    Well, this fits the characters Steven Seagal plays, but he’s really just another actor with a strong background in traditional martial arts:

    • Aikido 8th degree
    • Kenjutsu Black belt

    JET LI

    Jet Li as Chen Zhen

    Jet Li is one of the biggest names in martial arts cinema and one of the top handful of Hong Kong martial arts actors.

    It’s funny though, he doesn’t have as varied a background as those alongside him, but his credentials are still very impressive:

    • Wushu performer on Beijing Wushu team 15 Gold Medals one Silver Medal

    DONNIE YEN

    Donnie Yen in Killzone (aka SPL)

    You can’t have a list like this without including Donnie Yen – who is one of the all time best in the martial arts movie industry.

    Donnie has a strong background and is known for expressing different styles of fighting and martial arts in his movies.  Donnie’s really done his fans justice by bringing his training experience to film.

    • Tai Chi
    • Taekwondo 6th Dan Black Belt
    • Judo Black Belt
    • Wing Chun studied under Ip Man’s son Ip Chun
    • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
    • Wushu Gold Medalist
    • Parkour
    • Wrestling
    • Muay Thai
    • Mixed Martial Arts

    YANIN JEEJA

    Yanin jeeja

    The star of Chocolate also has a strong Martial Arts background. She’d have to in order to pull off some of the moves she does!

    Here’s what this Thai actress has up her sleeve:

    • Taekwondo 3rd Dan Black Belt
    • Muay Thai

      WILL YUN LEE

      Will Yun Lee

      A familiar face one America’s screens, the Witchblade star had a Taekwondo Grandmaster as a father, so guess which style he’s proficient in?

      • Taekwondo

      LEE BYUNG-HUN

      Lee Byung-hun

      This South Korean actor is also  a credible martial artist, training in Taekwondo to stay in shape.

      • Taekwondo

        CHUCK JEFFERYS

        Chuck Jefferys

        A fight Coordinator, stunt man and veteran of Martial Arts movies, Chuck Jefferies has a solid foundation Shaolin Wushu.

        • Shaolin Wushu 5th Dan Black Belt

          RONDA ROUSEY

          Ronda Rousey

          I’m not sure I need to tell you Ronda Rousey’s background! But hey, I won’t let you down (just in case).  She may be more MMA star than movie star, but she qualifies for the number of small roles she had in action films.

          She’s best known for her UFC career and her Judo career (her mother is also a 7th degree Black Belt!).

          So here we go:

          • Pan American Judo Champion
          • Olympic Bronze Medal in Judo
          • Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion
          • Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion
          • 6th Degree Black Belt (Red and White Belt) in Judo (received in 2018 – check out this video)
          • Trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under 10th Planet Jiu jitsu and Gracie Academy

            BRANDON LEE

            Brandon Lee

            Seems Obvious, the son of Bruce Lee would have some martial arts experience right? I shouldn’t need to say more than that but he trained quite heavily into his adult years before his tragic death at 28.

            Here’s what Brandon had knowledge in:

            • Jeet Kune Do
            • Muay Thai
            • Boxing
            • Shoot Wrestling
            • Kali / Escrima
            • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

              TONY JAA

              Tony Jaa

              “Where are my elephants!?”

              A man who needs no introduction and has to some degree brought martial arts back to life in 2003 with Ong Bak.  You know this guy is legit. His father was a Thai boxer and Tony Jaa himself has had several Thai fights at Thai camp he grew up in and was undefeated in all of them.

              • Muay Thai
              • Taekwondo Black Belt
              • Muay boran
              • Aikido
              • Judo
              • Wushu

                MICHELLE YEOH

                Michelle Yeoh

                Michelle Yeoh is one of the biggest names in martial arts film, if not the biggest name in female martial arts film.  So you’d expect she has some abilities!  Well, She has a tiny amount of training Taekwondo and the rest was learned as she worked on films…

                • Michelle Yeoh has no formal training or rank!

                JACKY WU JING

                Wu Jing

                Holy shit this guy had potential, until he recently suffered a severe career threatening injury (get well soon brother!).  Let’s hope it all pans out because Jacky Wu Jing has a solid background with Fatal Contact and SPL: Killzone under his belt. Lucky we have Wolf War and SPL 2 on the way 

                Jacky Wu Jing’s training is mainly:

                • Wushu Beijing team

                SAMMO HUNG

                Sammo Hung

                Sammo is a legend of Hong Kong cinema and one of the 3 dragons (Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Sammo) who helped raise the bar in terms of intensity and quality of martial arts choreography. Here’s his background:

                • Bak Pei Peking Opera School
                • Lam Kuen
                • Pak Mei
                • Hung Kuen
                • Karate
                • Hapkido
                • Wing chun

                YUEN BIAO

                Yuen Biao

                The third dragon and perhaps the most physically capable of the 3, Yuen Biao is one of the most underrated martial arts actors of all time.  He’s been through the same grueling upbringing as Jackie and Sammo. Black Belt Magazine called him “one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever”.

                • Bak Pei Peking Opera School

                PHILLIP KWOK

                Phillip Kwok

                You’d be surprised to know that Phillip Kwok was originally a circus acrobat. But according to this interview in 2002, he “doesn’t do Kung Fu” but trained in an onscreen style of fighting for cinema. With his fan following from his rich history of Shaw Brother films, I do find this quite surpising!

                • Acrobat – no official Martial Arts credentials

                LO MENG

                Lo Meng

                The Shaolin Hercules, known for his muscular physique (achieved without weight training) is one of the popular Venoms actors from Shaw Brothers.  He has an extensive background in Tai Chi and  Chu Gar Tong Long Southern Praying Mantis, having studied for almsot 15 years before starting his film career.

                • Tai Chi
                • Chu Gar Tong Long Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu

                CHEN KUAN TEI

                Chen Kuan Tei

                This poplar Shaw Brothers Star isn’t just training in martial arts but hold several Kung Fu Championship titles. Unfortunately I cannot find any information on what style he studies.  (if you know – please tell me in comments below!)

                • Kung Fu Champion

                  GORDON LIU

                  Gordon Liu Arm Strengthening

                  This Shaw Brothers star has had a life of training in Kung Fu, and it shows in his movies.

                  • Hung Gar Kung Fu

                  BOLO YEUNG

                  Bolo Yeung

                  Training since the age of 10, adding a few more squats, bench presses and deadlifts than the average martial artist (that’s a bad joke BTW) and Mr Hong Kong (bodybuilding champion), Bolo Yeung is an instantly recognizable icon of martial arts cinema – especially since he played the role  ‘Bolo’ in Enter the Dragon across from Bruce Lee.

                  • Tai Chi
                  • Shotokan Karate
                  • Several Forms of Kung Fu

                  JEFF SPEAKMAN

                  Jeff Speakman

                  Jeff Speakman is another truly serious martial artist who carries the torch in his style. He’s the perfect weapon, and is insanely high ranked!

                  • American Kenpo Karate 9th Dan Black Belt
                  • Goju Ryu Karate 9th Dan Black Belt

                  SONNY CHIBA

                  Sonny Chiba

                  The Street Fighter himself, Sonny Chiba trains in several styles when he’s not ripping the abused genitals of movie rapists straight from their groin. He’s every bit the knowledgable and deadly martial artist we’ve come to see him as in his movies.

                  Seriously? Damn:

                  • Kyokushin Karate 4th Dan Black Belt
                  • Ninjutsu 4th Dan Black Belt
                  • Goju-ryu karate 2nd Dan Black Belt
                  • Shorinji Kempo 2nd Dan Black Belt
                  • Judo 2nd Dan Black Belt
                  • Kendo 1st Dan Black Belt

                  CHENG PEI PEI

                  Chin Pei Pei

                  Cheng Pei Pei is one of the true Pioneers of Hong Kong cinema with her performance in the 60’s classic Come Drink with Me, she came full circle when she appeared in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon almost 40 years later.

                  • Studied Northern Style Kung Fu

                  CHOW YUN FAT

                  Chow Yun Fat & The Green Destiny

                  Chow Yun Fat has been a modern leading man in Martial Arts movies from Hong Kong and the USA.  He’s made his mark as a martial arts hero despite the fact he looks pretty ordinary in his fight sequences.

                  • Chow Yun Fat has little no formal training.  Not really a surpise. 
                    (there’ll be no more of these “has no training” entries I promise!)

                  TOMISABURO WAKAYAMA

                  Lone Wolf and Cub

                  He’s the Lone Wolf who travels with his Cub. He’s a big name in Japanese martial arts film and he’s got some solid skills!  Tomisaburo Wakayama earned himself a 4th Degree Black Belt in Judo!

                  • Judo 4th Dan Black Belt

                  STEPHEN CHOW

                  Stephen Chow

                  He’s the master of Kung Fu comedy, without a doubt one of the funniest guys in the action genre.  But Stephen Chow isn’t just a comedic actor, he’s actually a formally trained martial artist.

                  He started by teaching himself, watching TV but eventually followed the steps of his idol, Bruce Lee, and started studying Wing Chun and has good level of training, although he proclaims himself that “I’m not good at kung-fu at all. I have been learning, but obviously I am not an expert.

                  • Wing Chun

                  HIROYUKI SANADA

                  Hiroyuki Sanada

                  The protege of Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada has become a sought after Japanese martial arts actor in both Japan and in the United States.  Being the protege of Chiba, he also studied Shorinji Kempo before sinking his teeth into Kyokushin Karate.

                  • Shorinji Kenpo
                  • Kyokushin Karate

                  JOE TASLIM

                  Joe Taslim

                  Joe Taslim is the Indonesian actor best known for leading the squad of cops into the terrible tower in ‘The Raid‘ alongside Iko Uwais. He’s got a very solid background and career in martial arts and shows a lot of promise for future roles in film. He already made his way into the US by starring in Fast & Furious 6.

                  This guy is worth keep an eye on!

                  • Judo Gold & Silver Medalist
                  • Pencak Silat
                  • Wushu
                  • Taekwondo
                  • Shotokan Karate

                  ANGELA MAO

                  Angela Mao

                  Angela Mao, star of the film Hapkido, has trained in the art of Hapkido from a young age!

                  • Hapkido ‘Honorary’ 2nd Dan Black Belt (is actually quite proficient)

                  YASUAKI KURATA

                  Yasuaki Kurata

                  You may recognize this guy from a few big martial films throughout the last 5 decades, including a prominent role in Jet Li’s Fist of Legend.  Yasuaki Kurata (also known as Shoji Kurata) has always been know as one of the most authentic martial artists in film holding a number of Black Belts.  This includes:

                  • Kenpo Karate 7th Degree Black Belt
                  • Judo 3rd Degree Black Belt
                  • Aikido 2nd Degree Black Belt

                  TI LUNG

                  Ti Lung (full name Tommy Tam Fu Wing) is a prominent Shaw Brothers actor and martial artist with a very diverse range of roles over the past 50 years. He learned Wing Chun early on under Jiu Wan.

                  • Wing Chun

                  COLLIN CHOU

                  Collin Chou

                  Collin Chou has been training in martial arts since the age of 5! The main art he has mentiond in interviews though is Taekwondo alongside “movie martial arts”.

                  • Taekwondo

                  VINCENT ZHAO

                  Vincent Zhao

                  Vincent is another big name in modern kung fu cinema, having starred in a number of films and proving himself to be decent leading man. He started martial arts at 5 years old, quit and started again at 8! He then dedicated himself to Wushu and Tai Chi.

                  • Wushu
                  • Tai Chi

                  YUEN WAH

                  Wah Yuen

                  Another veteran of Kung Fu films, Yuen Wah is quite the accomplished martial arts actor. Like Jackie Chan, he learned a lot of his skills from a Peeking Opera school under Yu Jim yuen.

                  • Yu Jim Yuen’s Peking Opera School

                  SHO KOSUGI

                  Sho Kosugi

                  The Ninja himself! Sho Kosugi has a very extensive martial arts background which it seems has been somewhat passed onto his son Kane Kosugi (Ninja 2). Check out this list!

                  • Shindō Jinen-Ryū Karate
                  • Kendo
                  • Judo
                  • Iaido
                  • Kobudo
                  • Aikido
                  • Ninjutsu

                  KANE KOSUGI

                  Kane Kosugi

                  Kane Kosugi; the son of Sho Kosugi obviously has a great role model to learn from, he start training before he was 2 years old!  Below is what he has been training in since then:

                  • Wushu
                  • Ninjutsu
                  • Taekwondo
                  • Karate
                  • Judo
                  • Kendo

                  CYRIL RAFFAELLI

                  cyril rafaelli

                  Cyril started his Martial Arts journey at 6 years old. He has an extensive background and obviously a high level of skill since he’s been showing up in martial arts films for the last 15-20 years.

                  Cyril trains in:

                  • Shotokan Karate
                  • Wushu
                  • Sanda (1998 France Champion)

                  BENNY ‘THE JET’ URQUIDEZ

                  Benny ‘The Jet’ Urquidez

                  Benny the Jet can be seen fighting Jackie Chan in a few of his films form the 80’s.  If you didn’t already know, the guy is a legend in martial arts! He’s considered to be the greatest kickboxer of all time!

                  Here’s what the ‘The Jet’ has to his name – count these Black Belts!

                  • Ukidokan Karate founder / Black Belt
                  • Judo Black Belt
                  • Jujutsu Black Belt
                  • Shotokan Karate Black Belt
                  • Taekwondo Black Belt
                  • Kajukenbo Black Belt
                  • Kendo Black Belt
                  • Kickboxing Black Belt / former World Champion
                  • Lima Lama Black Belt
                  • White Crane Kung Fu Black Belt
                  • Aikido Black Belt

                  CYNTHIA ROTHROCK

                  Cynthia Rothrock

                  Another legend of Martial Arts Cinema with an outstanding background in her training.  She’s gotta be one of the most deadly women on the planet!

                  • Tang Soo Do 8th Dan Black Belt awarded by Grand Master Robert Kovaleski
                  • Taekwondo Black Belt
                  • Karate Black Belt
                  • Eagle Claw Black Belt
                  • Wushu Black Belt
                  • Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Black Belt
                  • Pai Lum Tao Kung Fu Black Belt

                  CUNG LE

                  Cung Le talks about Bruce Lee

                  A top notch Martial Arts movie star and a powerful force in the UFC, Cung Le  is every bit the weapon he portrays in the movies and perhaps one of the most proven fighters to star in Martial Arts film (come on, he competed in the UFC!).

                  • Sanshou 5th Degree Black Sash
                  • Taekwondo 1st Dan Black Belt
                  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
                  • Vovinam – 1st Degree Red Belt
                  • Professional Mixed Martial Artist and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion

                  RANDY COUTURE

                  Randy Couture

                  Randy Couture is fresh from the UFC and stepped into action and martial arts films.  But his background isn’t really a mystery!

                  • 5 Time UFC (MMA) World Champion
                  • Greco Roman Wrestler
                  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
                  • Boxing
                  • Muay Thai

                  DON ‘THE DRAGON’ WILSON

                  Don the Dragon Wilson

                  This US Martial Arts film star is another powerful force in the ‘real world’ of Martial Arts. Here’s what he has under his belt:

                  • White Dragon Kickboxing 5th Dan Black Belt / former World Champion
                  • Boxing – former Professional
                  • Goju Ryu Karate
                  • Pai Lum Kung Fu

                  JIM KELLY

                  Jim Kelly

                  “Man, you come right out of a comic book”

                  Jim Kelly was a cool dude in Enter the Dragon, and if only John Saxon’s agent didn’t throw a little tanty over Saxon’s character being killed, Williams would have survived the film’s plot!  Anyway, I’m whining, here’s what Jim Kelly has experience with in his training.

                  • Shorin-Ryu Karate Middleweight Champion

                  BILLY BLANKS

                  Billy Blanks

                  Whenever I hear the name “Billy Blanks” I think of the Tae Bo infomercial! But this guy is a serious martial artist with a solid foundation with 6 black belts to his name, check it out:

                  • Taekwondo 8th Degree Black Belt
                  • Kung Fu 4th Dan Black Belt
                  • Tang Soo Do Black Belt
                  • Boxing Golden Gloves Champion
                  • Tae Bo (duh)

                  (more information about Billy Blanks’ martial arts history is quite difficult to find – he actually has more Black Belts than mentioned above)

                  LOUIS FAN

                  Riki Oh

                  Louis fan has been training since the age of 14 and, if you saw him in The Story or Ricky, you’d know he was a beast in his younger years! Here’s what he knows:

                  • Kung Fu
                  • Gymnastics
                  • Taekwondo

                  BOB WALL

                  Bob Wall

                  Bob Wall is as serious a martial artist as they get.  He was O’Hara in Enter the Dragon and a Karate World Champion.  In reality, he’s one of the most accomplished martial artists out there, here’s his credentials:

                  • Tang Soo Do 9th Dan Black Belt
                  • Chun Kuk Do 9th Dan Black Belt
                  • Taekwondo 8th Dan Black Belt
                  • Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate Black Belt
                  • Okinawan Okinawa-te Black Belt
                  • Judo Black Belt under Gene Lebell
                  • MNA Black Belt under Gene Lebell
                  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under the Machados

                  ROBIN SHOU

                  Robin Shou as Liu Kang

                  No, he’s not a Shaolin Monk, that’s Liu Kang.  Robin Shou is a well trained martial artist though, with a decent enough background to break into the Hong Kong movie industry when he was young.

                  Here are the styles Robin has trained in:

                  • Kenpo Karate
                  • Wushu

                  DARREN SHAHLAVI

                  Shahlavi

                  The (unfortunately) late action Star Darren Shahlavi was an exceptional actor and, if you’ve ever watched Ip Man 2, played an awesome and almost crazed villian quite convincingly.

                  An awesome martial arts actor, his background consisted of:

                  • Shotokan Karate
                  • Boxing
                  • Kickboxing
                  • Muay Thai

                  NICHOLAS TSE

                  Nicholas Tse

                  I’m not super impressed by Nicholas tse’s abilities on screen and I never thought he’d even trained in martial arts.  Guess I was wrong, he has training in Wing Chun and has learned from Jackie Chan, Phillip NG and Chung Chi Li.

                  • Wing Chun 

                  JOHNNY NGUYEN

                  Johnny Nguyen points his gun

                  Here’s a guy who is impressive.  Johnny Nguyen has some serious gravity defying moves and a solid background.  See below!

                  • Wushu – US Wushu Team
                  • Tai Chi
                  • Aikido

                  DAN INOSANTO

                  Dan Inosanto

                  His appearances are few and far between, but his notable fight against his friend and fellow martial arts practitioner Bruce Lee in Game of Death puts him out there. He has an astonishing background and they don’t call him the “martial arts guru” for nothing, check it out:

                  • Jeet Kune Do – world’s foremost expert and the first qualified by Bruce Lee
                  • Eskrima, teaches
                  • Silat, teaches
                  • Jun Fan Gung Fu, teaches
                  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under the Machados
                  • Muay Thai, teaches
                  • American Kenpo Karate ‘Shodan’ Black Belt
                  • Shoot Wrestling

                  DIANNA LEE INOSANTO

                  Diana Lee Inosanto

                  The daughter the above-mentioned  Dan Inosanto, Dianna Lee Inosanto is an American Martial Arts actor and has an extensive background in the arts.  Her father is one of the world’s foremost experts so that makes sense!

                  Dianna Lee has a background in:

                  • Jeet Kune Do
                  • Jun Fan Gung Fu
                  • Eskima
                  • Muay Thai
                  • Savate

                  GINA CARANO

                  Gina Carano

                  She’s a looker and a top notch martial arts actress.  Gina Carano is doing well for herself by transitioning from the professional fighting circuit to Hollywood.  Here’s her highly decorated experience:

                  • Muay Thai Professional Fighter
                  • MMA World Champion
                  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu White Belt

                  MAGGIE Q

                  Maggie Q

                  She is Nikita and has played many roles where she’s had to use martial arts to take apart her enemies.  Maggie Q has experience in a handful of styles, mostly for her movie career:

                  • Wushu
                  • Qi Gong
                  • Wing Chun

                  BILL ‘SUPERFOOT’ WALLACE

                  Bill Wallace

                  He fought Jackie Chan in the early days and has appeared in many other martial arts films.  Bill Wallace is a legend of Martial Arts, here’s his credentials:

                  • The Superfoot System 10th dan “Soke” Black Belt
                  • Shorin-ryu Karate Black Belt
                  • PKA Kickboxing former champion
                  • Boxing
                  • Judo
                  • Wrestling

                  AL LEONG

                  al leong

                  Al Leong has appeared a numerous Hollywood action/martial arts films and is incredibly skilled in the martial arts.  Check out what he trains in below:

                  • Northern Shaolin Kung Fu
                  • Taekwondo
                  • Kali
                  • Jujutsu

                  ANDY ON

                  Andy On

                  Donnie Yen seems to think that Andy On will be the guy to carry the torch when he steps down as the king of modern Hong Kong action films, yet he has very little training outside of his training with Chung Chi Li.

                  Let’s see what Andy brings to the table:

                  • Wing Chun 
                  • Muay Thai