Siit's Top 10 People - Martial Art Icons

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1.
Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris is familiar to fans worldwide as the star of action films such as The Hitman, The Delta Force and Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection. He also starred in Missing in Action and its sequels, Firewalker and Sidekicks. He was an executive producer of Walker, Texas Ranger as well as the star. Chuck Norris was born in Ryan...
“ How can Chuck Norris NOT be Number 1?!?!

Movies, TV shows... and websites dedicated to the 'Chuck Norris is so tough..."

Just watch out for his roundhouse and more importantly; the hidden fist in his beard ;) ” - siit
 
2.
Jackie Chan
Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry. Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on Hong Kong's famous Victoria Peak on April 7...
“ Would be Number One... but... there is no comparison.... ” - siit
 
3.
Jet Li
Actor, Ying xiong
Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens, he was already a national coach...
“ Anything to be said? ” - siit
 
4.
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Actor, Ip Man 2
Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age of 12...
“ Even had his own prime time American TV show ” - siit
 
5.
Biao Yuen
Yuen Biao is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately, he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as well...
“ part of the Jackie Chan trio. Biao rocks. ” - siit
 
6.
Shô Kosugi
Miscellaneous Crew, Black Eagle
Easily the best known actor/martial artist during the 1980s ninja cinema craze, Kosugi was a proficient martial artist & skilled weapons performer which was highlighted in his several starring roles. Kosugi grew up as the youngest child and only son of a Tokyo fisherman, and began his martial arts training at the age of five studying karate at a local dojo...
“ This 80's actor is THE iconic ninja ” - siit
 
7.
Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and European cinema and audiences the way it has over the past four decades...
“ No where near the best actor, but what he did (along with Chuck Norris) was bring the arts from tip-tap-crap to 'some' semblance of reality. Died too young. ” - siit
 
8.
Tony Jaa
Actor, Ong-bak 2
Japanom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Jaa watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li. Jaa studied martial arts...
“ Just has not made enough movies to be iconically higher on the list. ” - siit
 
9.
Al Leong
Actor, Die Hard
Asian American actor & stuntman has picked up a cult fan following based around his numerous appearances in high voltage action flicks from the mid-1980s onwards. Al nearly always turns up as a bad guy with his lean muscled physique, incredible agility, amazing martial arts skills, wispy black hair...
“ I love this guy. You may not recognise the name, but see the pic and you'll immediately know him.

Al Leong ” - siit
 
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“ This guy could have been magnificent, seriously magnificent.... maybe he needed acting lessons or something...


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Heads up... This is as close as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal gets to my list! ” - siit