Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 4

"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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Marjean Holden
Actress, stunt woman, dancer and martial artist Marjean Holden was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Vail, Colorado. She started acting from the age of 9, well being from the family of entertainers, she already knew her profession. As a youngster, she showed multiple skills in her school plays...
“ Wun Hop Kuen

Trivia: prefers to do her own stunts

Best seen in BALLISTIC ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Aikido

Trivia: studied with Rorian Gracie

Best seen in AMERICAN NINJA 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate (WKF Champion)

Trivia: is an Aquarius

Best seen in BLACK BELT II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Honor Blackman
Actress, Goldfinger
Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure over the years cannot be denied. One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End to a statistician father employed with the civil service and a homemaker mother...
“ Judo

Trivia: left home after fighting back when her father struck her for wearing lipstick

Best seen in THE AVENGERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Lauro Chartrand
Director/Producer Lauro Chartrand has followed an unusual path into his film career. It's not surprising that Lauro has been a prominent figure in the world of action films since 1989 when he transitioned from Martial Arts competitor and instructor into the world of cinema. Being mentored through the Martial Arts by legendary Master Fumio Demura...
“ Karate, Aikido, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo

Trivia: is a member of the Bullseye Stunts Team

Best seen in NINJA TURTLES: THE NEXT MUTATION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bren Foster
Australian actor Bren Foster started acting in high school. His mother was of Cypriot heritage and his father of English/Irish heritage. After High school Bren studied Film and Video production, but felt the need to move toward his artistic development as an actor.Bren then traveled to New York to study...
“ Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan; Blitz Hall of Fame entry), Hapkido (1st Dan), Hwa Rang Do (1st Dan), Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is a former Australian national bodybuilding champion

Best seen in FORCE OF EXECUTION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Judo (record: 8-11)

Trivia: is the former personal stunt double and stand-in for Steven Seagal and Dolph Lundgren

Best seen in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Professor Toru Tanaka
Built like the proverbial Patton tank, Professor Toru Tanaka was arguably the successor to Harold Sakata as the archetypal Asian henchman who possessed incredible strength, and clobbered those foolish enough to tangle with him. Born Charles Kalani, he was a successful wrestler and served for over ten years in the US Armed Forces attaining the rank of sergeant...
“ Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu, Judo

Trivia: was also a college football player, an Army sergeant, a martial arts instructor, a professional boxer (record: 3-2), and pro wrestler with the then-WWWF, winning 4 tag team championships

Best seen in THE PERFECT WEAPON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Cynthia Khan
After studying Chinese and jazz dance from elementary school, at 17 years old Yeung won a national contest to find new talents, organized by the Taiwainese TV, and shortly after she made several appearances on TV and a bit part in the Taiwanese film of 1985 "Taipei Story", directed by Yang De-Chang...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: claims that she does not enjoy performing action scenes; a stunt wherein she had to run on top of a moving vehicle resulted in her having nightmares for weeks

Best seen in IN THE LINE OF DUTY 4 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: in 2010, was reportedly one of only two certified stunt performers in Australia

Best seen in THE LAST EVE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Lauren Mary Kim
Stunts, Star Trek
Lauren Mary Kim is the faceless action hero that brings adrenaline to films and television. Lauren has a strong handle on acting, combat training, and stunt work. She is known for her work on Star Trek (2009), Furious 7 (2015) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and recently doubled as Elektra on Netflix's hit series Daredevil...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Muay Thai

Trivia: is a former NBA dancer

Best seen in BACKLASH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kristin Kreuk
Actress, Smallville
Kristin Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Deanna Che, who is of Chinese ancestry, and Peter Kreuk, who is of Dutch descent. Her parents are landscape architects. She attended and graduated from Eric Hamber High School. Although she did some stage work in school, she focused more on her studies. She described herself as shy and boring...
“ Karate (purple belt)

Trivia: also practices gymnastics

Best seen in STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN LI ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate, Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Trivia: is a member of the Hong Kong Stuntman Association

Best seen in UNLEASHED ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
David Lea
Stunts, Batman
Imported from London, England, Dave Lea has worked with the 'A' list of stars across the globe as an action fight choreographer/coordinator. Some of the top action stars he has worked alongside include: Sylvester Stallone, Ashley Judd, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Love Hewitt...
“ Shotokan Karate, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, Silat, Wing Chun, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: is also a Hollywood stunt instructor

Best seen in BATMAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; Olympic Silver medalist; 4-time Pan-Am Champion)

Trivia: trained Hayden Christensen in martial arts in preparation for THE CLONE WARS

Best seen in ATTACK FORCE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Dustin Nguyen
Dustin Tri Nguyen, after moving to the US from Vietnam in 1975, went on to establish himself as one of Hollywood's premiere Asian-American actors coming out of the martial arts world, having starred on such hit TV shows as "21 Jump Street," "Seaquest DSV," "VIP," as well as feature films like MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS 2...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: was jobless for approximately four years because he refused to accept poor film roles based only on martial arts performances

Best seen in 3 NINJAS KICK BACK ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
David William No
David No started in the film industry while studying Physiotherapy at University. Although he completed his degree, his involvement in the industry never waned. His first attraction was acting, which he has studied for many years at various institutions including the esteemed NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney...
“ Tae Kwo Do, Judo

Trivia: is the son of Australian martial arts pioneers Ke-Hyung No and Robin Marchment

Best seen in THE MATRIX RELOADED ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Chris Penn
Christopher Shannon Penn was born on October 10, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the third son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director, actor, and writer Leo Penn. His siblings are musician Michael Penn and actor Sean Penn. His father was from a Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish family, and his mother is of half Italian and half Irish descent...
“ Karate

Trivia: was friends with kickboxer Don 'the Dragon' Wilson, whom he co-starred in four movies with

Best seen in BEST OF THE BEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (10th Dan; Black Belt & Taekwondo Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the founder of the Congressional Tae Kwon Do Club; in 1975, he hosted nationally-aired Democrat vs. Republican sparring matches

Best seen in WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Karate

Trivia: formerly taught the martial arts at the USA Freestyle Karate school in San Diego

Best seen in A DANGEROUS PLACE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing

Trivia: also practices boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling

Best seen in HIGH VOLTAGE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Catya Sassoon
Actress, Angelfist
Daughter of English hair stylist Vidal Sassoon and American actress Beverly Adams, she was born and lived her tender years in Manhattan, New York, then in Los Angeles, California. At 14, she dropped out of Beverly Hills High School to pursue a modeling career in New York, due to the persuasion of talent agent John Casablancas...
“ Karate (WKA Champion)

Trivia: was also a model and a rock singer

Best seen in ANGELFIST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate

Trivia: has a degree in Film and Television Production

Best seen in SHOWDOWN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bo Svenson
An award-winning writer, actor, producer and director, Bo Svenson has worked with over one hundred Academy Award winners and/or nominees, including Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino. He is a prolific writer in addition to being an accomplished actor. His first novel, "For Love and Country", was published in December 2015 and is on Amazon's "Recommended Read" list...
“ Judo (4th Dan; USJA & US Armed Forces Far East Champion; Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame entry), Karate, Aikido

Trivia: is a former bodyguard to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Best seen in BREAKING POINT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Antony Szeto
Antony Szeto is an award winning film director based in Hong Kong. Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, a specialist in action, he has amassed tremendous experience behind the camera. On top of co-directing and being shoot director for various films, he directed Hong Kong's first CGI animated feature film...
“ Wushu (Australian National Team member)

Trivia: has a Master's Degree in Business Administration

Best seen in AMERICAN SAMURAI ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Actor, Gladiator
Born in Denmark, Sven-Ole Thorsen has a remarkable sporting background as a champion bodybuilder, champion power-lifter, and karate black belt that made him an obvious choice for movies roles as "muscle for hire." The hulking 6' 5" actor first came to attention as one of Thulsa Doom's bodyguards... The hammer wielding Thorgrim...
“ Shotokan Karate

Trivia: is also a bodybuilder, having won Denmark's "Verdens Stærkeste Mand" competition

Best seen in DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Dux-Ryu Ninjutsu

Trivia: formerly was Bruce Willis' personal stunt double

Best seen in LIONHEART ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Will Yun Lee
Will Yun Lee was born in Arlington, Virginia, to Jung Ja Lee and Soo Won Lee, who had recently emigrated from Korea. He was raised by both immediate and extended family and moved often, exposed to life on the tough Bronx streets and idyllic Hawaiian beaches. By his teens he was living in the San Francisco area with his father...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: won an athletic scholarship to the University of California at Berkley, based on his martial arts abilities

Best seen in ELEKTRA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Louis Paquette
Stunts, 300
A Quebec-born actor, stunt performer and fight choreographer now residing in Toronto ON. Louis trained in martial arts from the age of ten. He fell in love with the stage while in private school and went on to study Actuarial Sciences at Laval University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree and an ASA...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Wing Chun, Capoeira, Shotokan Karate (green belt), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido

Trivia: is the co-founder of the Team Ryouko stunt team

Best seen in DEATH WARRIOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a model

Best seen in BORN TO FIGHT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist

Isshin-Ryu & Shotokan Karate, Kenpo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Escrima, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: was ranked #70 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 2001 list ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Robert Baker
Amongst martial arts film fans, Robert Baker's claim to fame was portraying the Russian strong man / martial artist named "Petrov" in the cult Bruce Lee movie The Chinese Connection (aka "The Chinese Connection" aka "Fist of Fury"). Baker was a student in Lee's martial art fighting style (Jeet Kune Do) and was recruited by Bruce...
“ Jeet Kune Do, Judo, Karate, Kenpo, Kajukenbo

Trivia: was a friend and frequent guest of Bruce Lee, who referred to him as his bodyguard

Best seen in THE CHINESE CONNECTION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Nijel Binns, also known as "Nijel", Nigel Binns, and Nijel BPG was born in Battersea, England on July 1,1956. In addition to his work as an actor and a stuntman, Nijel is an accomplished portrait sculptor and martial arts practitioner. He is also the author of three books and multiple magazine articles about the martial arts.
“ Kenpo

Trivia: is also a sculptor and author, having sculpted the bronze "Mother of Humanity" in 1996 and having co-written "Championship Kenpo" in 1983, among other works

Best seen in CHINA O'BRIEN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Art Camacho
Award-winning action film Director/Fight choreographer/stunt performer Art Camacho has a vast experience in the entertainment industry. He is in production of Final Payback 2, a sequel to one of his successful action films, and in development of a Latino Vampire film called "The Crossing". Camacho recently...
“ Wun Hop Kuen (4th degree black belt), Karate, San Soo, Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing (Martial Arts History Museum Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is a member of the Martial Arts History Museum's board of directors

Best seen in TIGER HEART ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Vincent Cassel
Actor, Black Swan
Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine, the young actor, actually coming from upper classes...
“ Capoeira

Trivia: speaks English, Portuguese, Italian, and Russian

Best seen in BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Sin Moo Hapkido (founder), Sam Rang Do

Trivia: trained the bodyguards of the Korean President Park Chung Hee in martial arts

Best seen in LADY KUNG FU ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Judo

Trivia: is a 22-time 1st place winner in bodybuilding competitions, including the WBPF Championships, Asian Championships, and Mr. Thailand Championships

Best seen in RAGING PHOENIX ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jillian Kesner
Actress, Firecracker
Sunny, dynamic and beautiful slender blonde actress Jillian Kesner was born on August 9, 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia and grew up primarily in Denver, Colorado. Her father was a Navy officer. Jillian received a B.A. in business from a Colorado university in 1967. In 1969 Kesner moved to Los Angeles...
“ Karate

Trivia: she and her husband pieced together footage the latter shot for Orson Welles' unfinished film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, which they intended to eventually release

Best seen in OPERATION COBRA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Conan Lee
Actor, Mulan
“ Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Northern Shaolin, Wing Chun

Trivia: is the founder of the "Realistic Fist" fighting style

Best seen in NINJA IN THE DRAGON'S DEN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Julian Lee
Julian Lee was born in South Korea where he began his training in the martial arts very young to overcome his shyness. At the age of 14, he became the Gold medalist of the first Korean National (Junior) Taekwondo Championship organized by Chang Hun Ryu, aka General Choi Hong Hi (founder of Taekwondo) before moving to the United States...
“ Tae Kwon Do (Korean National Junior Gold medalist; Korean All Star Team member)

Trivia: is the former director of the US National Tae Kwon Do Team, leading them to 2nd place during the 9th World Championships

Best seen in DRAGON AND THE HAWK ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
James Lew
Stunts, Luke Cage
Raised in South Central Los Angeles, James Lew's destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular Kung Fu television series. He went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, Young Dragon. He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John Carpenter handpicked him as the Martial Arts Choreographer for 20th Century Fox's now cult film...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, Southern Shaolin, Muay Thai, Escrima, Bak Mei, Wushu, White Lotus & Southern Dragon Kung Fu, Fu Jow Pai, Shen Quan, Choy Lay Fut, Bai He Quan, Bao Quan (US Karate Champion; Martial Arts History Museum & Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: was voted "Favorite Action Star" by Inside Martial Arts magazine

Best seen in RED SUN RISING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Jeet Kune Do, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Choy Lay Fut, Northern Shaolin

Trivia: is a certified practitioner of Oriental medicine and acupuncture

Best seen in THE DEADLY CURE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Vincent Lyn
In Chinese, Yong means forever or always and Sheng means winning. Born to a Chinese father and a British mother, Master Vincent Lyn's Chinese name is Yong Sheng. When asked whether he felt the pressure to excel in life, he smiled and said no. In reality, Vincent Lyn is like a Renaissance man and his diverse talents allow him to shine in several distinctive careers...
“ Ling Gar, Kickboxing, Tai Chi (Action Martial Arts, Black Belt & US Kido Federation Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: in his autobiography, Jackie Chan listed his fight with Lyn in OPERATION CONDOR as among his very favorites

Best seen in OPERATION CONDOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Steven McMichael
Stunts, X-Men
Steven McMichael was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado and lived there for 19 years. At the age of 19 he joined the US Marine Corps and graduated Platoon Honorman with Platoon 1003 'C' Company, Marine Corps Recruting Depot, San Diego, California. Yes, he was a Hollywood Marine. He was stationed in Aiea...
“ Wushu, Mixed Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira

Trivia: is a survivor of a broken neck

Best seen in BLADE: TRINITY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hung Fut (NACMAF Champion)

Trivia: crafted several of his own weapons to be used in competition when traditional models kept breaking during his rigorous training

Best seen in UNDEFEATABLE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Michael Miller
After taking up Taekwondo & Hapkido in his native Australia, martial artist/stuntman and action actor Michael Miller found a steady diet of both American and Asian action movies inspired his training and his eventual relocation to Hong Kong in the early 1990s. Miller quickly found work as an actor/stuntman making his debut in Tsui Hark's "Once Upon A Time In China 2"...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido

Trivia: is a former member of the Hong Kong Stuntman Association

Best seen in KNOCK OFF ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Brad Morris
Brad Morris knows exactly when he was first bitten by the acting bug. At age six, he went to see "Dr. No" at a theater in his hometown of Johannesburg. Sean Connery's screen debut as James Bond so mesmerized the boy that he decided, right then, that acting would be his dream job. But first, there were other obligations...
“ Kickboxing

Trivia: pursued acting as a means to find (or be found by) his children, who had been taken out of the country as infants by their mother

Best seen in AMERICAN KICKBOXER 1 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Daniel O'Neill
Of Italian-Irish stock, Daniel Patrick O'Neill the youngest of three brothers was brought up in a family owned restaurant in a small village on the outskirts of Cambridge, England. A world away from the glitz and glamor that his career was to take him. After watching hundreds of Hong Kong action movies...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Muay Thai, Capoeira

Trivia: moved to Hong Kong on his 19th birthday to pursue a career in stuntwork, modeling, and acting

Best seen in BANGKOK ADRENALINE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kim Penn
Actress, Knock Off
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, she is a former undefeated kumite fighter and 1988 World Karate Champion. She participated in state, national, and international tournaments, receiving the Most Outstanding Competitor Award at the World Karate Championships in Japan. Her martial arts skills also include Tae Kwon Do...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Wushu, Shaolin Eagle Claw (WKC Champion)

Trivia: is the director of Signal 8 Security in China and Hong Kong

Best seen in FUN AND FURY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Roddy Piper
Actor, They Live
Roddy Piper was born Roderick George Toombs on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a pro wrestler from 1973-1987 in the NWA, Pacific Northwest, California. He was a longtime mainstay in the WWF, and was one of the biggest "bad guys" in the WWF during the early '80s, before becoming a fan favorite in the late '80s...
“ Judo

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Gene LeBell

Best seen in TERMINAL RUSH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bobbie Phillips
Bobbie Phillips is an actress, animal advocate, and a true Chameleon; both on screen and off. Bobbie has portrayed a variety of characters in various genres throughout her career. Widely recognized for her award winning role as sexy entomologist, Dr. Bambi Berenbaum on War of the Coprophages; Phillips...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: was trained in martial arts by Billy Blanks while filming TC 2000

Best seen in CHAMELEON 3 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Hiroyuki Sanada
Actor, Life
Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada first became famous as an action star for his role in The Shogun's Samurai...
“ Shorinji Kenpo, Kyokushin Karate, Kendo

Trivia: studied stuntwork under Sonny Chiba

Best seen in NINJA IN THE DRAGON'S DEN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Aikido (4th Dan), Kenjutsu (1st Dan)

Trivia: is the founder of the Tenshin Aikido Club

Best seen in DEATH TRANCE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Iko Uwais
Iko Uwais was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Maisyaroh and Mustapha Kamaluddin. His grandfather, H. Achmad Bunawar, was a master of silat, an Indonesian traditional martial art, and founded a silat school. Iko himself has been learning silat since he was 10 years old. He became National Champion in 2005 in Silat Demonstration category...
“ Pentjak & Berantai Silat

Trivia: is a former student of Persatuan Pentjak Silat Indonesia

Best seen in THE RAID ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu

Trivia: is a student of Bruce Fontaine

Best seen in ROMEO MUST DIE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Jeet Kune Do, Hung Gar, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: venerated by Jackie Chan for his ability to imitate any martial arts movement presented to him

Best seen in KUNG FU HUSTLE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
César Carneiro
Actor, The Quest
Mestre Cesar started taking Capoeira at the age of 9. He trained with Mestre Carlinhos for 2 years. Than he trained with Mestre Alabama and finally became a Mestre himself. Cesar participated in many tournaments and became part of "Bale Folklorica da Bahia", a privileged group. One year later he joined "Oba-Oba"...
“ Capoeira

Trivia: appeared in his film roles while touring the United States with the Oba-Oba performance group

Best seen in SHOOTFIGHTER 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shaolin Eagle Claw

Trivia: is the co-founder of Bedrin Media

Best seen in TECHNO WARRIORS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kickboxing, Muay Thai (2-time WKA Champion), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ Sydney Gold medalist; Australian Open Gold & Silver medalist), Zen Do Kai (5th Dan), Judo, Mixed Martial Arts (South Pacific Shootwrestling Champion)

Trivia: has over 250 students and over a dozen amatuer and professional fighters in his stable

Best seen in THE QUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Sumo (JSA record: 348-184-24), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-2)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler, having been a WAR Six-Man Tag Team Champion

Best seen in THE QUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate, Aikido, Ninjutsu

Trivia: five years prior to appearing alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in THE QUEST, had met Van Damme during a martial arts gala

Best seen in THE QUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jen Sung
Stunts, Star Trek
Jen Kuo Sung, whose father hails from Shanghai, China and mother who is one quarter aboriginal Taiwanese, was born and raised in Taiwan till he reached his teens. As a child, he was besotted with Bruce Lee after sneaking into a cinema to watch Bruce's The Big Boss and has been a student of kung fu ever since...
“ Muay Thai

Trivia: also practices fencing, boxing, and wrestling

Best seen in THE QUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Abdel Qissi
Actor, The Quest
Imposingly large, 6' 2" Abdel Qissi was born in Morocco on 20 January 1960 and he is best known for playing some of the leading bad guys to Jean-Claude Van Damme. He grew up in Brussels, where he was trained in boxing at sports center in Ixelles, there he also met Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Damme, Abdel and his younger brother Michel Qissi (later best known as another Van Damme bad guy...
“ Savate

Trivia: is the brother of Michel and Youssef Qissi

Best seen in The QUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Takis Triggelis
Born in 1964, in Athens, Takis grew up in Munich. At a young age he already knew that martial arts were his passion. He trained in Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, and Thai Boxing. When he was 28, he traveled to Los Angeles to work as a personal trainers. He worked with many celebrities, including martial artist actor Michael Jai White...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is the creator of the Q-Power training system

Best seen in THE QUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Sanshou, Wing Chun

Trivia: is a member of the Sunny Tang Martial Arts Center

Best seen in THE QUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Brandon Gaines
A 3rd degree karate black belt, Brandon Gaines starred only in one film! Before his only major movie role, Brandon was an instructor who did a tape called Karate for Kids 2. In 1994, after a worldwide search was done, he was chosen to star in the Seasonal Films production of "Superfights". In the film...
“ Karate (3rd Dan)

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor, appearing on the KARATE FOR KIDS DVD

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Isshin-Ryu Karate

Trivia: was praised by fellow martial artist Chuck Jeffreys for her superior kicking ability

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: founded the Lenderman Academy of Martial Arts in Tacoma, Washington

Best seen in AMERICAN SHAOLIN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Goju-Ryu Karate

Trivia: operates the Olympic Karate studio in Louisville, Kentucky

Best seen in SUPERFIGHT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Northern & Southern Shaolin, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Zui Quan, Wushu, Chin Na

Trivia: created the Chinese competition and demonstration forms for the Millennium Training program

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Eric Bischoff
Actor, WWE Raw
Eric Bischoff was born on May 27th, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a minor in radio, television and film. He ran a successful construction company and pitched low-level marketing ideas to buyers until joining the American Wrestling Alliance in the late 80s...

Tae Kwon Do, Karate

Trivia: to date, Bischoff's World Championship Wrestling was the only pro wrestling organization to financially surpass Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Oleg Prudius
Oleg Prudius was born on April, 27, 1979 in Ukraine, SSR, of the USSR (now Ukraine). He grew up in the old Soviet Union with a love for sports and everything martial arts. He started at an early age competing in Sambo and Judo, which he immediately dominated and the rest of the country took notice. At just 17 years old...

Kickboxing, Sambo (USA Open & USKBA Grappling Champion), Judo, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is a former member of the Ukrainian National Football Team ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist


Trivia: refused to undergo surgery to treat a broken neck, and cured himself in a year utilizing only rest and physical therapy ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist


Trivia: owns and operates the Wrestling New Classic organization in Japan ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Sedina Balde
Actor, Unleashed
Born and raised in Paris, based in Canada, Seydina BALDÉ has worshipped his passion for the movie industry since his childhood. Indeed he started at the age of 10, to attend theatrical classes and managed to be noticed while performing. After reaching the highest level in his career as a Karate athlete by winning 5 world champion titles...
“ Karate (WKC Silver [2x] & Bronze medalist; EKC Gold [3x], Silver & Bronze [3x] medalist)

Trivia: nicknamed "the black pearl of karate"

Best seen in UNLEASHED ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Shaolin Kung Fu, Changquan

Trivia: studied at the Shaolin Monastery and the Shichahai Sports School in China

Best seen in MERANTAU ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a veteran of the Taiwan military

Best seen in THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
George Chung
Producer, Hawkeye
“ Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kickboxing, Wushu, Kenpo, Kobudo (3-time Battle of Atlanta Champion; 3-time LAMA Champion; 2-time Diamond Nationals Champion; US Grand Open, PKA, NKC & Fort Worth Pro Am Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the first male competitor to have been nationally ranked highest in both forms and weapons in the same year

Best seen in FIGHT TO WIN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Sumo

Trivia: competes in and referees American Sumo wrestling

Best seen in SUMO JOE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Sumo

Trivia: competes in Sumo wrestling as a middleweight

Best seen in SUMO JOE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Andrea VanEpps
Stunts, In Too Deep
Andrea VanEpps was born in Salem, Oregon, but as a toddler she moved with her family to a small town in Montana where she was first introduced to the stage and all of the physical activities that shaped her future in entertainment. As small as the town may have been it had a lot to offer. She practiced martial arts...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Judo

Trivia: trained under Geo Corvera, Arnold Chon, Chad Stahelski, Koby Azarly, and Esteban Cueto

Best seen in SHADOWS IN PARADISE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kyokushin Karate, Kendo

Trivia: also studies boxing and wrestling

Best seen in FALCON RISING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kimberly Estrada
Kimberly Estrada is an American actress known for playing a wide range of roles, from professional boxer to vixen. Estrada is an ethnic blend of primarily Chinese, Spanish and Native descent and has an extensive background in martial arts and combat including Shaolin Kempo, Jeet Kun Do Kung Fu, Jiu-jitsu...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kun Do, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shaolin Kenpo

Trivia: studied under Dave Lea and Ed Monaghan

Best seen in DISTURBANCE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Lee Lollio
Lee Lollio is an actor, stuntman, producer and also filmmaker originally from Detroit, MI who is now based in southern California. He has worked predominately in action and thriller films playing complex characters doing all his own stunts and stunt riding, which makes him very appealing for films that's physically demanding...
“ Isshin-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, Aikido, Bagua Zhang, Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Zu Wei Zhu, Escrima, Muay Thai, Muay Boran, Bokator, Silat, Wei Kuen Do, Bo Jin Do (founder)

Trivia: is a certified instructor of Leo Fong's Wei Kuen Do and Chi Fung

Best seen in THE SHADOW BOXER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Simon Northwood
Simon Northwood considers himself to be a well-travelled and adaptable individual. He was born in Wimbledon, England. His family moved between the United States and Canada before settling down in Burlington, Ontario in 1980. With his father being a Carnival Cruise Director for over 20 years, travelling and entertaining are in his blood...
“ Wado-Kai Karate (4th Dan; Canadian National Team member)

Trivia: trained under the Wado-Kai Karate Federation of Canada

Best seen in LOST GIRL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Jujitsu, Vo Viet Dao, Wushu

Trivia: studied at the Shaolin Monastery and the Shi Cha Hai Sports School

Best seen in DIE FIGHTING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu

Trivia: is the co-founder of the martial arts Z Team

Best seen in DIE FIGHTING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Capoeira

Trivia: also studied animation and comic illustration

Best seen in TKO ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (4th & 2nd Dan under different masters; CKA Champion; WKA National Team member)

Trivia: is the owner and operator of the Helix Martial Arts studio of Colorado

Best seen in BLACK COBRA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Tai Chi

Trivia: is the chief trainer of CCTV's "Practical Ladies Self-Defense" program

Best seen in NINJA MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kickboxing, Karate (3-time WKF Champion; Rhode Island Invitational Champion; Bluegrass National Champion; ISKA Champion; Atomic Freestyle Champion)

Trivia: taught Karate to WCW owner Eric Bischoff

Best seen in BLOOD AND BONE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: was Jackie Chan's personal bodyguard

Best seen in DRUNKEN MASTER II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt; IBJJF Gold & Silver medalist)

Trivia: is ranked by the IBJJF as the 30th best Jiu-Jitsu competitor in the women's black belt division

Best seen in SUNLAND HEAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kickboxing, Capoeira

Trivia: is a regional instructor for the PKA

Best seen in GREEN STREET 3 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former member of the C.A.S.C.A.D.E. demonstration team

Best seen in RAGING PHOENIX ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Capoeira

Trivia: also practices boxing and gymnastics

Best seen in POWER/RANGERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Krav Maga, Capoeira

Trivia: also practices fencing and wrestling

Best seen in THE MARTIAL ARTS KID ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Karate

Trivia: is also proficient with Chinese weapons

Best seen in DOGFIGHT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Devin Reeve
Producer, The Horde
With over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry Devin Reeve has combined all of his talents and experience to become one of Hollywood's fastest growing Actors and Producers. Born and raised in Atlanta, Mr. Reeve began his acting career at the early age of 10, when he was cast as Oliver Twist in a theatre production of Oliver...
“ Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 11

Best seen in BOOK OF SWORDS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Sergio Kato
Sergio Kato is an Brazilian/American actor. Sergio moved around a lot to many countries. He also has attended several acting trainings. Has done quite a lot in a short time. He has also been a fashion model, ballet dancer, and finally of course, actor. He got the audition for his first role as "Portuguese Cab Driver" in "Brenda Starr" with stars: Brooke Shields and Timothy Dalton...
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (3rd degree black belt)

Trivia: also practices fencing

Best seen in STUNT GAMES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist