Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 2

"Wait a minute! Haven't I seen this list before?"

In 2009, I used to begin compiling a cumulative list of genuine martial artists who also appeared in movies, accompanied by trivia. About two years later, an IMDb user pasted my entries into this format to create a clone list (he wasn't the first: a user on the Action Fans forum did the same thing).

"Why should I check out this list if I've seen the other one?"

Better and more up-to-date information. I regularly revised the Amazon lists, and as a result have more current entry and trivia information.


This is a list of legitimate martial artists appearing in movies, accompanied by the styles they practice(d), the recognition they've received for them, and individual trivia.

- the performer must be an actual practitioner of a martial art; simply portraying martial artists in film, no matter how well or how often, is not enough
- the martial art(s) in question must be able to be identified and verified by a source other than hearsay
- individual accomplishments (e.g. tournaments won, belts held) must likewise be verifiable
- Mixed Martial Arts, Tai Chi, and weapons-based styles can only be credited if the person in question practices another style as well (I reserve the right to make exceptions)
- Kickboxing is considered a martial art
- Tae Bo, boxing, wrestling, and gymnastics are not considered martial arts
- styles incorporating firearms usage (e.g. Systema) are not considered


NOTE: a lot of the trivia listed here did originally come from IMDb pages, but I've only included information I was able to verify from other sources as well.


**Though I have done my utmost to ensure that all information below is factual and up-to-date, I may have made mistakes and therefore make no claims about this list's infallibility**


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“ Judo, Karate, Kickboxing

Trivia: is a former pro wrestler, having performed in the FMW, AWA, AJPW, and LPWA

Best seen in PUSHED TO THE LIMIT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Krav Maga

Trivia: is a 2-time Junior Olympic Bronze medalist in hurdling

Best seen in STING OF THE BLACK SCORPION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Athena Massey
Athena Massey continues to show her range and versatility as an actress through her many roles in both film and television. Proving that she is not just a "pretty face", Massey has played roles ranging from a secret agent in the film "Termination Man" to a clairvoyant alien in the highly-acclaimed television...
“ Krav Maga

Trivia: prefers to perform her own stunts

Best seen in VIRTUAL COMBAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Yoshinkan Aikido, Kenjutsu (7-time All-Japan Target-Cutting Champion), Shinkendo (founder)

Trivia: is a direct descendent of Masamori Obata, one of the 24 generals of the Sengoku civil war

Best seen in RAGE AND HONOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Victoria Pratt
Actress, Mutant X
She graduated summa cum laude from York University in Toronto and went on to work at the University in its Human Performance Lab, testing such elite professional athletes as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets and San Jose Sharks. She was also offered a scholarship to the master's program in physiotherapy at the University of Toronto but declined...
“ Kickboxing, Shotokan Karate (blue belt)

Trivia: is a former writer for MuscleMag magazine

Best seen in MUTANT X ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; California State Champion; WTC Bronze medalist; Black Belt, PKA & Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: was awarded the title of "Master of Creative Karate" by Kick Illustrated Magazine

Best seen in THE ULTIMATE FIGHT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Darren Shahlavi
Actor, Ip Man 2
Darren Shahlavi was seven years old when he started training in martial arts in an old drama theatre in Manchester, England. Inspired by Bruce Lees films and other action movies such as Star Wars, he dreamed of being a movie actor and would show up to his Judo class at the drama hall early to watch the actors rehearsing and performing plays...
“ Judo, Kickboxing, Karate

Trivia: entered Hong Kong cinema when a Malaysian feature he was working on fell through and stunt coordinator Mark Houghton encouraged him to come to China

Best seen in BLOODMOON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: was honored by the Hong Kong press with the proclamation that "while Bruce Lee is the dragon, [she] is the phoenix"

Best seen in THE 18 BRONZEMEN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (Korean National Champion)

Trivia: is the former martial arts trainer of Yuen Biao

Best seen in THE LEG FIGHTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Karate

Trivia: was discovered for his first film role while attending martial arts class as a youth

Best seen in 3 NINJAS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Okinawa-Te & Shorin-Ryu Karate (WPK Team Champion), Judo, Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is the co-founder of World Black Belt, Inc.

Best seen in ENTER THE DRAGON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a veteran of the South Korean army

Best seen in METHOD MAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Pan Pan Yeung
Born in Hong Kong of Shanghai and Sechuan parents. Started martial arts and Chinese opera training when she was 4 year-old, and later at the Fan Kok Fa opera academy. Learned different styles from top masters, including Lee Kwan Hung, of Choy Lay Fatt kung fu; Dan Inosanto of jeet kune do; western boxing from John Ladawski; karate from Bruce Leung...
“ Choy Lay Fut, Jeet Kune Do, Karate

Trivia: frequently performed over 30 kung fu movements for indivudal shots in her fight scenes

Best seen in ANGEL TERMINATORS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: qualified for the Olympic Tae Kwon Do trials at age 19

Best seen in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Christine Rodriguez
Mrs. Bannon-Rodriguez is one of the leading female martial artists. Her skills took her to be a great WAKO Champion and member of Team Paul Mitchell. She has a 4th degree black belt in Oki-Ryu Kempo and Wushu. Her impressive stats are: 1997 KRZ Magazine's Number #1 Fighter of the '90s 1995 WAKO-PRO...
“ Oki-Ryu Kenpo, Wushu (6-time WAKO Gold medalist; Atlantic Oil Team member), Kickboxing (WAKO Bronze medalist)

Trivia: is the only martial arts competitor to have won three world titles at a single event, and performed the feat twice

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Gokor Chivichyan
Stunts, The Kingdom
Gokor grew up on the streets as an aggressive child beating up others. When Gokor was 5 years old (!!!!) a studio owner invited Gokor to train at his place in wrestling, and Gokor turned out to be a natural. Within one year, Gokor would begin training in SamBo for at least 4 hours a day. In 1971 Gokor would compete and win all matches at the Armenian Junior National Sambo Championship...
“ Sambo (2-time Armenian Junior National Champion & Gold medalist), Judo (US National & WJC Champion; Armenian Junior National Champion; Russian Junior National Gold & Silver medalist; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-0)

Trivia: is the founder of the Hayastan MMA Academy

Best seen in BLOODSPORT II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan)

Trivia: made his TV debut by giving a live-broadcast demonstration in Madison Square Garden at age 10

Best seen in THE CIRCUIT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
James Kim
Stunts, X-Men
“ Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan)

Trivia: co-owns and operates the Tiger Twins Tae Kwon Do Academy with his brother Simon

Best seen in THE CIRCUIT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Rebekah Chaney
Actress, Reach Me
Rebekah Chaney made her directorial and writing debut with the critically-acclaimed short Waste Land, starring noted film actor and Academy Award nominee Ryan O'Neal. Waste Land garnered several awards--in the Boston International Film Festival, Action on Film Festival Long Beach, and the Salento International Film Festival--including Best Short, Best Director, and Best Actor...
“ Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan)

Trivia: is the grandniece of Lon Chaney

Best seen in XTREME FIGHTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Michael Matsuda
Actor, Crooked
Michael Matsuda's training began in 1968 in Judo. Michael enrolled a Hung Gar gung fu school in 1974. Two years later he transferred to the main school headed by Vernon Rieta. Later Paulie Zink also joined the class and became friends with Michael and worked out together. When Paulie began teaching Monkey Kung Fu...
“ Tai Shing Pek War (Martial Arts History Museum Hall of Fame entry), Judo, Karate, Jujitsu, Hung Gar

Trivia: is the only active teacher of Tai Shing Pek War in the U.S.

Best seen in XTREME FIGHTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Daneya Mayid
Dan was born in Queens, New York. His mother BettyAnn Fazio was a Queens native and of Italian descent. His father Supujana Mayid was born in Bankok, Thailand and moved to New York when he was only sixteen years old. Dan's acting career started when he was discovered by Don "The Dragon" Wilson in Atlantic City...
“ Kenpo (4th Dan; Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Sanuces-Ryu Jujitsu, Kickboxing

Trivia: is a recipient of the Black Cat Kenpo Appreciate Award

Best seen in XTREME FIGHTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Chris Casamassa
Chris Casamassa is the son of Karate guru and American Martial arts pioneer Louis D. Casamassa. He is a world class Martial art expert with a 8th degree black belt in Red Dragon Karate and over 35 years of experience. Casamassa presides over the 15 Red Dragon Karate Schools in Southern California. He also holds the following titles: North American Sport Karate Forms Champion...
“ Karate (8th Dan; 4-time NASKA Champion; AKKF Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the first national competitor to have won grand champion titles in three different decades of his life - his 20s, 30s, and 40s

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kenneth Edwards
Master Kenneth Edwards has been studying and teaching Chinese Martial Arts for over 25 years. He is the chief instructor and founder of Shan Tung Kung Fu Association of USA, located in Pasadena, CA. He himself has trained in the USA and China in several styles including: Tam Toi Moon, Jow-Ga, and Northern Praying Mantis...
“ Northern Shaolin Eagle Claw (USA Martial Arts & Goshin Jutsu Hall of Fame entry), Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Tai Chi

Trivia: his Shan Tung Kung Fu School was declared "Best Martial Arts School 2009" by Pasadena Weekly magazine

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. A US Army brat, he was born in Tokyo and lived in various cities while growing up. His father was in the army, stationed at Ft. Bragg (NC), Ft. Polk (LA) and Ft. Hood (TX). His mother was an actress from Tokyo...
“ Chuu Shin (founder), Kendo, Shotokan Karate, Wing Chun, Aikido

Trivia: studied Karate at the University of Southern California

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
François Petit
Francois is a world class martial artist with an impressive background. He comes froma large family, all skilled in martial arts. He began his training at the age of 3 years, under the guidance of Japanese masters, also studied at the opera. In 1971, he was drafted into the the army in Africa, where was wounded...
“ Ninjutsu (7th Dan), Karate (7th Dan), Judo (3rd Dan), Jujitsu

Trivia: is a veteran of the French army and a former prisoner of war

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Scott Coker
Production Manager, Bellator MMA Live
Scott Coker is the founder and CEO of the Mixed Martial Arts company Strikeforce. His career in combat sports begun as a student of acclaimed martial artist and fight choreographer Ernie Reyes Sr.. Coker earned a 5th degree Taekwondo black belt and became an original member of Reyes' West Coast Demonstration Team...
“ Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan), Kickboxing, Muay Thai

Trivia: is the founder of the Strikeforce mixed martial arts promotion

Best seen in DRAGON FIGHT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kariim Ratcliff
Kariim Ratcliff was born in Brooklyn, New York to Levester and Ida Ratcliff. Kariim's early interest in the martial arts led him to an acting career. Growing up in Bedford Stuyvesant, the middle child of ten, his seven brothers showed great ability in basketball, while Kariim showed no interest, turned to martial arts after seeing a demo at the Salvation Army boy's club...
“ Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan), Kemet-Jitsu (founder), Tang Soo Do, Pan Do Kwan, Shotokan Karate, Hung Gar, Choy Lay Fut

Trivia: is a lifetime member of the United States Martial Arts Association Worldwide

Best seen in THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Fabian Carrillo
Born in South America and Raised in "Da Bronx", New York. Fabian graduated from college with two degrees: a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration/Marketing and another in Spanish. He holds five Black Belts in different disciplines of the martial arts and is a Hall of Fame inductee receiving the "Living Legend Award"...
“ Shindo-Ryu & Shindo-Kan Karate (5th Dan; Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan), Shuyokan-Ryu Aikijujutsu (1st Dan), Judo

Trivia: is a former "Instructor of the Month" of Black Belt Magazine

Best seen in LATIN DRAGON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
David Carradine
David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). He presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine and Kansas Carradine, and nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton...
“ Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Northern Shaolin, Tai Chi

Trivia: knew no martial arts prior to 1982, when he began studying with Sifu Rob Moses

Best seen in KUNG FU ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Danny Lee Clark
Dan Clark began his career as an athlete, playing football for San Jose State, going on to play for the Los Angeles Rams and in the Professional European League. From 1989-1996, Clark starred as "Nitro" on seven seasons of the smash hit game show American Gladiators series, which aired in over 40 countries...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former NFL player for the Los Angeles Rams

Best seen in SPECIAL FORCES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Xavier Declie
After serving his country at a young age of 20 with the French Foreign Legion, Xavier traveled the world from Europe (Monaco, Spain and Italy) Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia) Tahiti, Caribbean (St. Martin, St. Barth and Guadeloupe), La Réunion (Mauritius, Seychelles Islands)...
“ Shaolin Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Kickboxing

Trivia: is a veteran of the French Foreign Legion

Best seen in GANGSTER WORLD ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tai Shing Pek War, Wushu

Trivia: was injured while filming THE INSPECTOR WEARS SKIRTS, when he was hit him in the head with a battleaxe

Best seen in SIX STRING SAMURAI ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu (Hebei Pronvincial Team member; China National Champion)

Trivia: promoted the below-mentioned at the Cannes Film Festival

Best seen in WUSHU ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Cam Gigandet
Actor, Easy A
Cam graduated from Auburn High School in Auburn, Washington in 2001. His family lives in Lake Tapps, WA. His father's name is Jay, mother's name is Kim and he has one older sister, Kelsie. His father is one of the founders of a popular restaurant chain called The Rock, Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits. Cam resides in West Hollywood, California.
“ Krav Maga

Trivia: won "Best Fight" at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards

Best seen in NEVER BACK DOWN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former Malaysian National Bodybuilding Champion

Best seen in BLOODSPORT II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Mickey Hardt
Actor, Rote Rosen
Mickey Hardt was born in Switzerland and raised in Luxembourg by his Luxembourgish father, who was a professional soccer player and his Austrian mother who was a singer and theatre actor before becoming a psychologist. At the age of eight, he began training martial arts, which became one of his lifetime passions such as playing guitar and piano...
“ Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan), Savate (2-time German National Champion)

Trivia: is a member of the Luxemburg Taekwondo Association

Best seen in THE VAMPIRE EFFECT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kelly Hu
Actress, X2
On February 13th, 1968, a girl of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian ancestry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Herbert, was a salesman and her mother, Juanita, worked many odd jobs to help support the family. She has one older brother, Glenn. She is a former Miss Teen USA, and modeled in Japan and Italy for several months before deciding to relocate to L.A...
“ Karate

Trivia: as a child, her older brother would organize fights between her and neighborhood boys

Best seen in THE TOURNAMENT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Willie Johnson
Willie "The Bam" Johnson is a master WuShu practisioner and UMAC World Champion. His wife, Kimber Johnson is a Tae Kwon Do champion. Willie himself holds a 7th degree black belt in Karate / Kang Du Kwon, a 5th degree black belt in Shaolin Wushu Kung Fu and a 1st degree black belt in Karate / Death Ke Do. Willie has now over 25 years of experience...
“ Kang Duk Kwan (7th Dan; WAKO, NASKA & NBL Champion; 2-time All-American Champion; Martial Arts & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Wushu (Triple Crown Champion), Sanshou, Jujitsu, Tai Chi, Muay Thai, Kickboxing

Trivia: is the founder of the Stronger Than Drugs Foundation

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Marco Johnson
The Bam's son Marco, a great martial artist, grew up in Baltimore in a neighborhood filled with violence. With the help and guidance of his father, Marco became a rising star and is now a junior black belt. Marco won the World Championship Title in Junior Traditional Forms and was named Best All-Around Athlete by NASKA...
“ Wushu (4-time NASKA Champio; PIMA Champion), Chin Na, Muay Thai, Jujitsu, Tai Chi, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is also an entertainer, and runner-up to Steve Harvey’s Big Time Contest

Best seen in DEADLY GAME OF DEATH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kimber Johnson
A twenty-plus year veteran of the martial arts and 2-time Gold Medalist (Olympic Style Fighting USTU and AAU), Kimber holds a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is recognized as one of the most powerful women fighters and forms champions in the world. Kimber was also a featured performer on Wesley Snipes TNT special...
“ Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan; AAU & USTU Gold medalist)

Trivia: is the author of "Women's Street Combat"

Best seen in DEADLY GAME OF DEATH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Northern Shaolin, Shui Jow, Lohan Quan, Praying Mantis & Eagle Claw Kung Fu, Choy Lay Fut

Trivia: was a martial arts instructor of the Chin Woo Association in Shanghai

Best seen in THE YOUNG MASTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kane Kosugi
Born in California, he is half Japanese and half Chinese. He began his training in martial arts at the age of one and a half. Since moving to Japan at the age of 18, he has done numerous movies and TV shows becoming one of the nation's most popular and recognizable talents. He has worked with some of the action movie greats including Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
“ Karate, Judo, Kendo, Kobudo, Ninjutsu, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu

Trivia: is trained in SWAT training and tactics

Best seen in NINJA: SHADOW OF A TEAR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Martin Kove
Martin Kove was born on March 6, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Strong-featured, narrow-eyed actor who has portrayed a mixed bag of both good guys and bad guys! First turned up on screen in several minor roles, and got himself noticed as the villainous Nero the Hero in the low-budget road race Death Race 2000...
“ Okinawa-Te Karate, Kenpo, Kendo

Trivia: is an honorary marshal of Tarzana, California

Best seen in THE KARATE KID II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Akshay Kumar
Actor, Hera Pheri
A long road traveled; from a waiter in Bangkok, to the most successful actor in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar has come a long way. As an instructor in martial artist, Rajiv Bhatia always dreamed of making it big in that field but when a student suggested that with his good looks and a good built, he should take up modeling...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: is the organizer of the annual Akshay Kumar International Invitational Karate-do Championship in India

Best seen in ELAAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kara-Ho Kempo

Trivia: is the daughter of Sam Kuoha, the only grandmaster of Kara-Ho Kempo

Best seen in BLACK BELT ANGELS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Danny Lee
Actor, The Killer
Danny Lee Sau-Yin, was born in 1952 in Shanghai. Lee did not do so well in school and sometimes dropped out to help support his family by working. While growing up, he held policemen in high regard and so, upon graduating high school, he tried entering the police academy, but could not complete the courses...
“ Judo

Trivia: entered filmmaking after failing the police academy entrance exams

Best seen in SUPER INFRAMAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kristanna Loken
Kristanna Sommer Loken was born in Ghent, New York, to Rande (Porath) and Merlin "Chris" Loken. She is of half Norwegian and half German descent. She began her modeling career at the early age of 15. Encouraged by her mother, who was a model prior to her daughter's birth, Kristanna's modeling career...
“ Krav Maga

Trivia: also practices Bikram yoga

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT: CONQUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Louis Mandylor
Recently reprising his role in, my big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the 400 million dollar- grossing history-making comedy sequel, Mandylor's latest movies / Daylights End playing Lance Hendrickson's son in a Post apocalypse zombie infested world/ Mandylor also leads his expendable type crew through a high Octane action drama Titled HUNTED"...
“ Muay Thai, Tai Chi, Sepaki, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is also an amateur boxer and former soccer player

Best seen in MARTIAL LAW ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
J.J. Perry
Stunts, Warrior
J.J. Perry started his martial arts training in 1975 and began with stunt-work in the late 1980s when he got out of the army. He has had over 24 years of martial arts training and has a 5th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 2nd-degree on Hapkido and has experience with all kinds of weapons. He got his black belt for Tae Kwon Do at the age of 12 and competed from the age of 7 till 24...
“ Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan; Army & Armed Forces Team member), Hapkido (2nd Dan), Jujitsu, Sambo, Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun

Trivia: initially received martial arts instruction in return for janitorial services at his master's school

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Qingfu Pan
Miscellaneous Crew, Talons of the Eagle
An orphan, Pan began to study kung fu at age six. He later became one of China's youngest national champions, and a professional martial arts team in Liaoning Province later invited him to join them. He eventually become team coach. In the mid-1960s, gangsters in China were a major problem. Pan was asked to capture Triad leaders and ended up nabbing 23 of the worst...
“ Wushu (Chinese National Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Judo

Trivia: was hired by the Chinese government during the Cultural Revolution to capture troublesome gang leaders without the use of weapons

Best seen in IRON AND SILK ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate (7th Dan; Masters Hall of Fame entry), Kobudo, Judo, Aikido, Kenpo

Trivia: was a reserve sheriff's deputy for the county of Los Angeles from 1984 to 1990

Best seen in POCKET NINJAS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Paul Rapovski
Paul Rapovski, is an entrepreneurial film and TV producer, actor and a video-game mo-cap action specialist who first came into the international film and television arena by building on his reputation as a highly respected fight and stunt director. Paul established a home base in Hong Kong before becoming a bona fide marquee star in Pacific Rim (and world stick-fighting champion)...
“ Wing Chun, Choy Lay Fut, Wushu, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Escrima (World Full Contact Stick Fighting Champion)

Trivia: co-owns FAST Motion Studios, one of the few motion capture establishments in Canada

Best seen in EXTREME CHALLENGE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Eric Roberts
One of Hollywood's edgier, more intriguing characters running around and about for decades, Eric Anthony Roberts started life in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is the son of Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights. His siblings are actors Lisa Roberts Gillan and Julia Roberts...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu

Trivia: survived a near-fatal car accident after spending three days in a coma

Best seen in BEST OF THE BEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
John Salvitti
Stunts, Blade II
John Salvitti is a long time friend of Donnie Yen, and they have been together in movies several times. He is also a former student of the Chinese Wushu Research Institute in Boston and is now an expert in martial arts and weapons. He was a student of Master Louis Hopkins, a great martial artist and teacher at the East Coast Karate Academy...
“ Wushu (Masters Hall of Fame entry), Shotokan Karate (5th Dan; New England & AAU Champion; 2-time National Bronze medalist), Judo, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wah Lum

Trivia: is a certified US Marine Corp contractor and personal security specialist

Best seen in TIGER CAGE II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Brenda Song
Brenda Song was born in Carmichael, California. Her father is Hmong and her mother is Thai-American. Brenda, her parents, and her younger brothers Timmy and Nathan now live in a suburb of Los Angeles. Brenda was named an All-American Scholar in ninth grade and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She stars as London Tipton...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: was pressured into studying the martial arts by her mother, who wouldn't let her take dance lessons

Best seen in WENDY WU: HOMECOMING WARRIOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bong Soo Han
Miscellaneous Crew, Billy Jack
Grand Master Bong Soo Han was the world's foremost practitioner of Hapkido, and is referred to as the "Father of Hapkido" in the Western World. As one of the original senior students to the Founder of Hapkido, Yong Sul Choi, he led a dedicated effort in the development of Hapkido as it is known today...
“ Hapkido (9th Dan; Martial Arts History Museum, Black Belt & Taekwondo Times Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: trained under the founder of Hapkido, Young Sul Choi

Best seen in FORCE: FIVE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum was born in a small town, Cullman, Alabama, 50 miles north of Birmingham. He is the son of Kay (Faust), an airline worker, and Glenn Matthew Tatum, who worked in construction. Growing up, he was full of energy and somewhat troublesome, so his parents decided to enroll him in different sports such as track and field...
“ Wu Zu Quan, Karate

Trivia: was cast as Gambit in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND before the role was eliminated

Best seen in FIGHTING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Russell Wong
Russell Wong has earned a reputation as a sexy, charismatic leading man whose good looks are matched by his skills as an actor. The sixth of seven children, Russell Wong was born in Troy, New York; the son of restaurateur William Wong and Dutch-American artist Connie Van Yserloo. When Russell was seven years of age...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Shoji-Ryu Karate, Fu Jow Pai

Trivia: is a recipient of the Image Award, given by the Organization of Chinese Americans

Best seen in VANISHING SON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hung Gar, Karate, Wing Chun, Wushu (Chinese International Bronze [2x] & Gold medalist)

Trivia: is the co-founder member of Yellow Earth Theatre

Best seen in BELLY OF THE BEAST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Roger Yuan
Actor, Skyfall
Roger Yuan's career in the film industry has seen him wear many hats. As a martial arts fight trainer, action coordinator, actor, writer and producer, he has gained much acclaim. Having worked in US, UK, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Indian "Bollywood" and Vietnam productions, he has cultivated a global...
“ Chun Kuk Do (UFAF Champion), Tang Soo Do, Wing Chun, Kyokushin Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Tai Chi, Shaolin Kung Fu, Escrima

Trivia: trained under Chuck Norris, Benny Urquidez, and Renee Nolte

Best seen in SHANGHAI NOON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kickboxing

Trivia: the only performer to have worked with all of fellow martial artists Matt Mullins, James Lew, Mark Dacascos, Keith Cooke, Dale Cook, Richard Norton, Jerry Trimble, Don "the Dragon" Wilson, and Chuck Norris in his career

Best seen in BLOODFIST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate (3rd Dan; IKA Champion; JKA US Team member), Aikido (2nd Dan), Mushindo (2nd Dan)

Trivia: appeared as a character witness in the trial against Jean-Claude Van Damme regarding the injuring of Jackson Pinckney, claiming that Van Damme had repeatedly injured him while filming a scene for NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER

Best seen in BLOODFIST II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Monsour Del Rosario
Monsour started his Martial Arts training at the age of 9 years old which was sadly inspired by being bullied in school. At the same time, he was fascinated by Chinese Kung Fu movies, most especially by Bruce Lee. His first Martial Arts instructor was Joe Lopez-Vito, a Tang Soo Doo/Moo Duk Kwan practitioner...
“ Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan; Philippine National & Olympic Team captain; 8-time National Champion; 2-time Southeast Asian Games Gold Medalist; Asian Games Bronze Medalist; Taekwondo Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: reached the quarterfinals in Tae Kwon Do competition at the 1988 Olympics

Best seen in BLOODFIST II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Harold Hazeldine
Harold is a great martial artist skilled in Kung Fu. Harold was a Sifu at the Harmonious Fist Institute, where people can learn Northern Shaolin. A great teacher there and good friend of his is Sifu Kisu. Both are great instructors and actors in action movies. Harold's coolest role was with Kisu in the movie Dragonfire...
“ Northern Shaolin, Tai Chi

Trivia: was awarded a certificate of outstanding citizenship by the city of Los Angeles for teaching the martial arts at a senior center

Best seen in DRAGON FIRE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Miscellaneous Crew, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Kisu was raised by his mother in a troubled neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri and had to fight at school to keep his lunch money. He started his martial arts training there at the age of 6. When he left school he would join the military and special forces for 6 years. Meanwhile Kisu became very skilled in Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do...
“ Northern Shaolin, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Hung Gar, Bagua, Southern Praying Mantis

Trivia: provided all martial arts reference and input to AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER

Best seen in DRAGON FIRE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Gosuku-Ryu Karate (7th Dan; 7-time AKKF Champion; IKA Champion; World Karate Union Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: produced his own "Karate Sweeps" instructional DVD

Best seen in DRAGON FIRE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (US National Champion)

Trivia: was featured twice on the cover of Taekwondo Times magazine

Best seen in DRAGON FIRE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jeffrey Meek
Actor, Raven
A Northern California native, Jeff Meek is the youngest of four children. His father, James Meek, retired as a Chief Master Sergeant; his mother was a junior high teacher. She taught English and music. As a child, Jeffrey moved around a lot and lived in Fairfield, CA, Zweibrücken (Germany), and Marquette...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Kendo

Trivia: is a trained pain management and sports rehabilitation therapist

Best seen in RAVEN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jon Valera
Stunts, 300
“ Karate (2-time ISKA Champion; Otomix, NASKA & WAKO Champion; Paul Mitchell Team member), Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Kenpo, Kickboxing

Trivia: despite having featured them liberally in his competitive performances, he has never formally studied acrobatics

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT: CONQUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Dana Hee
Dana Hee is also a television color commentator (local, national, and int'l Taekwondo events). A master of ceremonies (U.S.O.C. Olympic Academy, Olympic Sports Festival, San Francisco-Seoul Sister City Fund raiser, National Educational seminars for CAPHERD and AAHPERD. A motivational speaker (over 86 engagements) IBM...
“ Tae Kwon Do (US Olympic Team member; Olympic Gold medalist; 2-time US National Silver medalist), Shotokan Karate (brown belt), Capoeira, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Schui-Jow

Trivia: was a Master of Ceremonies at the 1988 Olympics, in which she also competed

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT: CONQUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Spitfire Brown
Born and raised from the rugged and tough streets of the south side of Chicago, Percy "Spitfire" Brown has overcome many obstacles to become an inspiration real life super hero and catalyst for change. He is a multiple Master of Martial Arts Hall Of Fame award winner and world famous TV Ninja with several television and film roles under his belt...
“ Shorei-Ryu Karate (5th Dan; NBL World Champion; Masters Hall of Fame entry), Tae Kwon Do, Wushu

Trivia: began practicing martial arts after viewing THE BIG BOSS

Best seen in AFRO SAMURAI: FLESH AND BONE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tu-Thân, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Tai Chi, Capoeira

Trivia: is the founder of Roundhousefilm GmbH

Best seen in THE CHALLENGE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tu-Thân

Trivia: is also a stunt performance team member

Best seen in THE CHALLENGE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, Tu-Thân

Trivia: is a friend of Matthis Landwehr, who introduced him to Tu-Thân

Best seen in THE CHALLENGE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Mike Möller
Stunts, Cloud Atlas
Mike Möller grew up in a small village in East Germany. Since his childhood days he was very interested in various kind of sports and was always a huge movie fan. Especially martial arts and action films influenced and motivated him the most. At the beginning he started to train martial arts on his own and creating his own workouts for strength and conditioning...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Karate, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: has been filming independent movies since childhood

Best seen in THE CHALLENGE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Walter Jones
Walter is an actor, dancer and singer. Walter is internationally known for his creation of the character Zack The Black Ranger from the Children's Action Adventure Phenomenon Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He has been featured as a series regular or guest star in over 150 episodes of various shows and has been featured in several films...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a professional dancer, having performed at the 1992 Olympics

Best seen in MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Austin St. John
Austin St. John was born on September 17, 1974, in Roswell, New Mexico, to his parents Steve and Sharon Geiger, becoming brother to Stephen. Austin has been practicing martial arts since he was five and now holds a second-degree black belt in Tae-Kwon Do, a first-degree black belt in Judo, and he also practices Shenkito and Kenpo...
“ Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan), Judo (1st Dan), Chen Ki Do, Kenpo, Muay Thai, Jujitsu, Judo, Vale Tudo

Trivia: was inspired to begin studying the martial arts by his brother, a US Marine

Best seen in MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Thuy Trang
Thuy Trang was born on December 14th of 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon in 1975 to Communist forces, her father who had fought in the Vietnam War, traveled to America to seek political asylum. However, his entire family, unable to follow, were left behind. In 1979, Thuy and her family boarded a cargo ship with other refugees to travel to America...
“ Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: was urged by her father to study the martial arts for self-defense

Best seen in MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Phillip Ahn
Director, The Hinder Play
Dr. Phillip Ahn, MD. holds a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He and his brother Eun both trained under their father Grand Master Sung Kie Ahn. both have over 30 years of training experience and over 20 years of teaching experience. Besides practicing he enjoys teaching many people. He has also taught athletes from the Chicago Black Hawks and others...

Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan)

Trivia: along with fellow performers Elizabeth Malecki and Katalin Zamiar, sued Midway and related video game companies for publicity infringement regarding the performers' contributions to the below-mentioned game

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bill Shaw
Stunts, Grimm
“ Han Foo Wa (founder; Masters, IMAA & World Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Jeet Kune Do, Jujitsu, Wing Chun, Judo, Kenpo, Karate, Escrima,, Muay Thai, Kajukenbo, Tae Kwon Do, Pentjak Silat, Silambam

Trivia: is the creator of the Hi-Impact Training program

Best seen in SHOOTFIGHTER 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Qi Kwan Do

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 14

Best seen in FREEMAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Cole Horibe
Actor, Precision
Cole was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1985. He is an actor and martial artist. From a very young age, Cole aspired to become a film actor. He trained since childhood under many different disciplines of martial arts and decided at a later point in his life to take up dancing to increase his opportunities for acting work...
“ Tae Kwon Do (Junior Olympic Silver medalist), Sil Lum

Trivia: has played Bruce Lee onstage

Best seen in DRAGONFLY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Sil Lum, Northern & Southern Shaolin, White Lotus Kung Fu, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Wing Chun

Trivia: was "discovered" by a Hollywood casting agent while performing in a tournament

Best seen in TIMECOP ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Daisy Lang
Before she started making movies, Daisy Lang became famous as the World Champion in the USA in karate and kick-boxing in 1995. She is one of the first women pioneers in women's' professional boxing. She has 3 world titles in three different categories in Germany: Junior Bantam (1999), Bantam (2003) and Super Bantam Weight (2003)...
“ Karate, Kickboxing

Trivia: is also a boxer (record: 19-3-1) and a WIBF and GBU Champion

Best seen in US SEALS: DEAD OR ALIVE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Brad Thornton
Actor. Martial Artist. Producer. Motorcyclist. These are just a few titles one can ascribe to action and adventure hero Brad Thornton. Brad tackles any challenge that presents itself, from leaping off a 250-foot railroad trellis to documenting the plight of the homeless to trekking across the High Sierras in search of tranquility and the perfect fishing hole...
“ Escrima (EWC & Babakan Champion)

Trivia: is also a bodyguard

Best seen in KICKBOXER 4 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Xiang Dai (7th degree black belt; founder; AMA Hall of Fame entry), Wun Hop Kuen

Trivia: at one time was the only woman to operate martial arts schools in America and Germany

Best seen in SIDEKICKS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Angela Meryl
Veteran stunt woman and actor. Year after year, Meryl reaps rewards of acknowledgment including a historical two-time, Taurus Award nomination for her performance in the opening scene of Quentin Turentino's blockbuster-- Kill Bill; A Taurus Award for "Best Overall Stunt By A Woman," for the movie Obsessed...
“ Karate

Trivia: trained under Marcus Salgado

Best seen in KILL BILL VOL. 1 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors entry), Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Gurkha Kukri, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: began studying the martial arts when doing so was outlawed by the Nepalese government

Best seen in JANBAAZ ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu (WWC & East Asian Games Gold medalist; Asian Games Silver medalist; Hong Kong Wushu Team member)

Trivia: is the youngest Hong Kong Wushu champion in history

Best seen in THE LEGEND IS BORN: IP MAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Mason Sharrow
Mason Sharrow was born in Orlando, FL. He grew up from age 5 training in American Kenpo till he was 16. He fought in tournaments and was a state champion 3 years in a row. He was very interested in sports as well. He also played Football, Hockey, Baseball, Wrestling, and Weight lifting. He received a gold medal in Olympic style lifting at the age of 17...
“ Karate

Trivia: is a veteran of the US navy

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu

Trivia: is also a digital modeler, animator, and graphic artist

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Kobudo

Trivia: trained in XMA under Mike Chat

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is affiliated with Dragon Phoenix Entertainment

Best seen in BULLET WITH BUTTERFLY WINGS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu (3-time International Kung Fu Gold medalist)

Trivia: is a coach at the Golden Dragon Chinese Kung Fu Institute in San Diego, California

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai

Trivia: also creates martial arts tutorials

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jessie Graff
One of the top competitors on American Ninja Warriors, Jessie Graff is quickly becoming known as a modern day Wonder Woman, breaking stereotypes as she continues to break records. Graff made national headlines in June 2016 during the Los Angeles qualifier when she became the first woman to make it up the new...
“ Capoeira, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Muay Thai, Kobudo

Trivia: is an NCAA scholarship athlete

Best seen in CHUCK ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan), Kun Gek Do

Trivia: is an instructor at Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do in Santee, California

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Nicky Naudé
Son of a Cotroni mafia gangster/government rebel/veteran soldier of WWII and Indochina. Nicky Naudé's father, half-French, half-Italian, escaped to Mexico after robbing a bank, where his wife (Nicky's mother) became a successful model and actress. After a few years they fled to Montreal in Canada, where Nicky was born...
“ Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Escrima

Trivia: also practices boxing

Best seen in THE CRIMSON RIVERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Tai Chi

Trivia: claims Jackie Chan as his idol

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Tom Hiddleston
Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory school...
“ Capoeira

Trivia: began his training at the request of director Kenneth Branagh

Best seen in THE AVENGERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist