Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 3

"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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Zoë Bell
As an established and extremely talented stunt double and actress, Zoe Bell has made a name for herself through her unparalleled dedication, skills, and focus. Zoe Bell was born on Waiheke Island, New Zealand, to Tish, a nurse, and Andrew Bell, a doctor. She has a background in gymnastics and martial arts...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Wushu

Trivia: began her stunt career after she acquired the phone number of an injured stuntman being treated at her father's emergency room

Best seen in ANGEL OF DEATH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Dan Pesina
Born 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, Danny Pesina has been studying martial arts since 1972. He began his formal training with Master Guo Jianhua in 1989 studying both external and internal Wushu. He has also studied under many other Chinese living instructors including Hu Jianqiang (the former Chinese National Champion), Lo Minghan (former Hubei Wushu Team member), and Lin Jianhua to name just a few...
“ Wushu, Bagua Zhang (AAU & NASKA Champion)

Trivia: has studied under Masters Guo Jianhua, Hu Jianqiang, Zhu Bao Jian, and Lin Jianhua

Best seen in BOOK OF SWORDS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Katalin Zamiar
Born 1973 in Chicago, Illinois. She holds 3 black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Goju Karate and Shorin Ryu Karate with 21 years of experience in martial arts and 14 years of experience with boxing. She has the title 'Sifu', and is a national and international fitness presenter. She's a certified trainer with ACE...
“ Shorin-Ryu & Goju-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is also a writer for sports and fitness publications, including Black Belt Magazine, Women's Sports and Fitness, and Chicago Boxing

Best seen in BOOK OF SWORDS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bradley James Allan
BRAD ALLAN: Born with an inherent fascination of all things Chinese, Brad Allan started studying martial arts, boxing, gymnastics and Chinese circus arts from the age of 10 years. At age 15 years, Brad met two of China's greatest wushu athletes Liang Chang Xing and Tang Lai Wei of the renowned Beijing Wushu Team (the same team as Jet Li)...
“ Wushu, Aikido, Karate, Kickboxing

Trivia: is first non-Asian member (and subsequent leader) of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team

Best seen in WHO AM I ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Ron Balicki
Before Ron Balicki got his start in the entertainment field as a stuntman and a fight / stunt coordinator, he grew up in the windy city of Chicago. Ron has trained the Martial Arts for over 35 years. After an in-depth study of the subject, Ron sought out the legendary martial artist, Dan Inosanto. After many years of study...
“ Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Silat, Muay Thai, Savate, Wing Chun, Shooto, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: has taught martial arts to the French Secret Service, the French Anti-Terrorist Team, and the DEA

Best seen in THE PRODIGY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Osric Chau
Actor, 2012
Osric Chau was born in Vancouver, Canada, to a father from Hong Kong and a mother from Malaysia. He had spent years training martial arts with aspirations to work in stunts when he landed his first leading role alongside the late David Carradine in Kung Fu Killer that was shot in Hengdian, China. The following year Osric played Nima...
“ Wushu (Canadian National Team member)

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 13

Best seen in KUNG FU KILLER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former stunt double of Jackie Chan

Best seen in US SEAL 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (9th Dan; Black Belt & Tae Kwon Do Times Hall of Fame), Tang Soo Do

Trivia: taught martial arts to the Army Special Forces of Korea and India

Best seen in BLOODSPORT 3 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Ilram Choi
Ilram's parents are from Korea. But Ilram himself was born in the U.S. As soon as he learned to walk, he began training in Tae Kwon Do. Besides the regular training, Ilram would learn by imitating the better martial artists and athletes, including his father. Ilram would soon make his way into making movies with Homevideo Movies...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Judo, Tai Chi, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Ninjutsu, Capoeira

Trivia: began training in acrobatics by imitating his father

Best seen in UNDISPUTED 3 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Fu Jow Pai, White Crane, Leopard & Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Trivia: started his stunt career at age 12

Best seen in THE MATRIX RELOADED ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Sophia Crawford
Sophia Crawford was born in Hammersmith, London, and is one of Triplets. She left England in 1986 and took an incredible journey on a bus overland from London to India. After spending some time in India and Nepal, Sophia headed to Thailand, where she began her movie career. At first she was an editorial model and an extra in American productions such as: Kickboxer and Around the World in 80 Days...
“ Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: has doubled over 45 different actresses during her stunt career

Best seen in US SEALS 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Michael Depasquale Jr.
Producer, stunt coordinator, actor, publisher, and world renowned martial artist, Michael DePasquale Jr, is the creator of the Action Film Academy which was held at several different locations including Burbank, Atlanta, New York State, Ohio, and Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina. As an actor...
“ Yoshidune-Waza Jujitsu (9th Dan; AAU Champion), Judo, Karate, Aikido

Trivia: is a trained security and law enforcement professional

Best seen in CHINA HEAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bruce Fontaine
Canadian martial arts expert Bruce Fontaine had trained extensively in Chinese martial arts most notably Choy Lee Fut and Wushu, before moving to Hong Kong to work as an actor and stuntman in the late 1980s. Fontaine made a name for himself with his remarkable flexibility and kicking ability, and became one of the most prolific actor/fighters during the "gwailo" bad guy boom of Hong Kong cinema...
“ Wushu (Canadian National Team member; IWUF Bronze medalist), Choy Lay Fut, Bajiquan, Nan Quan

Trivia: is the founder of the West Coast Chinese Martial Arts school

Best seen in ARMOUR OF GOD ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Summer Glau
Actress, Serenity
Summer is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She's been a ballerina most of her life. Her debut was in various commercials and a guest appearance on the WB's Angel. She has gone on to star on the TV series Firefly as well as its follow-up movie Serenity and the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
“ Wushu, Kickboxing

Trivia: was formerly a dancer, until an ankle injury began her acting career

Best seen in SERENITY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (9th degree black belt; Black Belt Hall of Fame)

Trivia: is the founder of the UFC

Best seen in AMERICAN TIGERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Roy Horan
Roy Horan, presently CEO and founder of Innovea Ltd., began his career as a martial arts student of renowned Korean taekwondo master and popular Hong Kong movie super-villain "lord of the super kickers" Jang Lee Hwang. American-born Roy had emigrated initially to Taiwan and finally Hong Kong after graduation from the University of Rhode Island...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Eagle Claw

Trivia: trained under Hwang Jang Lee

Best seen in SNAKE IN THE EAGLE'S SHADOW ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Dan Inosanto
Noted Filipino-American martial arts practitioner, who studied "jeet kune do" from fellow martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. Always seeking to improve his knowledge, Inosanto holds numerous belts in various martial arts including Asian, American & Brazilian disciplines such as Muay Thai, Pentjak Silat & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu...
“ Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Kuntao, Pentjak Silat, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shooto, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is the only person to be granted full instructorship of Jeet Kune Do during founder Bruce Lee's lifetime

Best seen in GAME OF DEATH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Diana Lee Inosanto
Diana Lee Inosanto is the daughter of legendary martial artist, Dan Inosanto and Sue Ann Reveal. She is also the goddaughter of global icon, the late Bruce Lee. Dan was such close friends to the late Bruce Lee, that in honor of his friend, he named his daughter, and first child, "Diana Lee". Born in Torrance...
“ Jeet Kune Do, Wushu, Escrima, Muay Thai, Pentjak Silat, Savate

Trivia: is the goddaughter of Bruce Lee and childhood friend of Brandon Lee

Best seen in THE SENSEI ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
John Koyama
Stunts, Preacher
John got his start in the film business as a stunt man and then quickly began landing acting roles as well. He continues to set himself apart from the rest by providing the director the rare ability for an accomplished actor to truly perform his own stunts. Koyama has worked with several top industry directors in this way including: James Wan...
“ Kickboxing, Escrima

Trivia: is a student of Dan Inosanto

Best seen in ULTIMATE TARGET ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Peter Kwong
Peter Kwong is a veteran of film, television and stage, best known for his roles as Rain in Big Trouble in Little China and as Tommy Tong in Eddie Murphy's Golden Child. He just finished filming Cooties, starring Elijah Wood, and has appeared in more than 100 film and television roles. Other favorite films include roles in The Presidio...
“ Northern Shaolin, Sil Lum, Tai Chi

Trivia: currently teaches Tai Chi in Pasadena, California

Best seen in BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (California State Champion; Choi's Institute Team captain), Dan Kyu Choi, Kickboxing

Trivia: is also a boxing and kickboxing trainer and cornerman, having worked with the likes of Ricardo Mayorga, Tony Tucker, and Benny Urquidez

Best seen in FINAL IMPACT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (5th degree black belt), Sambo (2-time Pan American Champion)

Trivia: operates martial arts academies in Culver City and Torrance, California

Best seen in BRAZILIAN BRAWL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Judson Mills
Judson Mills was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in northern Virginia in a house built by George Washington. Washington was a young surveyor in the area and the home is a historical landmark. Mills grew up hunting and fishing, and was most interested in sports, particularly football. Judson attended High Mowing in Wilton...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: grew up in a house built by George Washington

Best seen in WALKER, TEXAS RANGER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu

Trivia: is a former lawyer, certified by the California Bar

Best seen in STREET FIGHTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Geoff Meed
Geoff began as a stuntman working in the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour, where he worked in the "Wild West Stunt Show", "The Adventures of Conan", and "The Miami Vice Action Spectacular." Using that as a springboard, Geoff has performed almost all of his own stunts as an actor, from going through glass windows...
“ Shaolin Kenpo, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Kyokushin Karate, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is also a stuntman, motorcyclist, and horseback rider

Best seen in KICKBOXER 5 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Ray Park
Actor, X-Men
Raymond Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved with his parents, younger brother and sister to London, England. He was raised in London from the age of seven. His father introduced him into Martial Arts from a young age. Ray always wanted to be in the movies, or be like the heroes in movies but he was most inspired by martial arts...
“ Hapkido, Nam Pan Chuan, Northern Shaolin, Kickboxing, Wushu (IWUF Gold [2x] & Silver medalist; British National Team member)

Trivia: was allowed to choreograph his own fights in THE PHANTOM MENACE

Best seen in THE PHANTOM MENACE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Barry Prima
Barry Prima (real name Bertus Knoch) was born in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. His father was a Dutch physician, his mother Indonesian. They had four children (three boys, one girl), with Bertus being the oldest. His sister graduated from Pajajaran University in Bandung with a medical degree and is a doctor, but Bertus only got his high school degree from Aloysius High School in Bandung...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: was born as Humbertus Knoch

Best seen in THE DEVIL'S SWORD ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Dan Southworth
Dan Southworth is an accomplished actor with wide experience in feature films, television shows, motion capture, voice over, and commercials. Power Ranger fans know him as Eric Myers, the Quantum Ranger from Power Rangers Time Force. Mortal Kombat fans enjoyed his portrayal of Kenshi in the popular web series Mortal Kombat Legacy 2...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, Judo, Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: also studies wrestling and gymnastics

Best seen in BROKEN PATH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Chad Stahelski
Stunts, 300
He came from a kick-boxing background; he entered the film field as a stunt performer at the age of 24. Before that, he worked as an instructor at the Inosanto Martial Arts Academy in California, teaching Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan. After doing numerous roles in low budget martial art movies like Mission of Justice...
“ Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Shooto

Trivia: entered filmmaking by accident, by attending auditions to assist his martial arts instructor

Best seen in BLOODSPORT 3 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Philip Tan
Stunts, Inception
Phil Tan was born in Singapore where he spent his childhood and then at the age of five moved to the UK. Phil started off his athletic career as a gymnast where he became the British Youth Tumbling champion and a member of the British squad for many years. Years later after getting into martial arts, Phil also became the Men's British Tae Kwon do Champion...
“ Tae Kwon Do (Britain National Champion)

Trivia: is also a former British Youth Tumbling Champion

Best seen in MARTIAL LAW ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Brian Thompson
Actor, Joe Dirt
Brian Earl Thompson was born on August 28, 1959 in Ellensburg, Washington. Raised on the Columbia River in Longview, he learned the value of academics and athletics, as the son of two teachers and the second of six siblings. His interest in acting was first sparked during his senior year of high school with the role of the Russian ballet instructor...
“ Hapkido

Trivia: began studying the martial arts along with his son, who got interested as a result of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
JeeJa Yanin
Actress, Chocolate
Yanin "Jeeja" pronounced "ChiCha" Vismitananda was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Her mother is Prasita Vismitananda and her father, Pawadol Borirak, was a businessman who died when his daughter was 17, she has an older brother, Nantapong "Jeed" Vismitananda. She is mainly of Thai descent with some English and Burmese ancestry...
“ Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Muay Thai

Trivia: won an award for choreography at the 1999 Thailand Taekwondo Championships

Best seen in RAGING PHOENIX ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Melvin Wong
Melvin Wong grew up in San Francisco, California, where he attended Lowell High School. He studied as an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley, before transferring to the San Francisco Medical Center campus, where he graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In 1996, he obtained a law degree from the University of London...
“ Tae Kwon Do, White Crane & Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Hung Gar

Trivia: is a certified lawyer, called to the bar following his film career in 1997

Best seen in RIGHTING WRONGS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu

Trivia: was taken out of school at age 12 to study the martial arts

Best seen in THE BLADE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Richard Branden
Rich Branden grew up in a tough neighborhood. His first hobby was to draw paintings. Not being very rich, he used the paintings to get free martial arts lessons. Richard now has over 25 years of martial arts experience beginning at the age of 10. He started training under Lou Hopkins, in Lynn, Massachessets...
“ Wushu (6-time WAKO Champion; 7-time IWUF Gold medalist; 35-time AAA Champion; Diamond Nationals, International, Ocean State, Black Belt & PKL Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: has released a series of instructional videos on stretching, general training, the monkey staff, and the Chinese broadsword

Best seen in WARRIORS OF VIRTUE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Hien Nguyen
Hien Nguyen is a young man of extraordinary skills. His discipline is Kung Fu, but he also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo Karate, and knows Judo, which he has practiced for over 15 years. Now he teaches martial arts and weapons to the next generation. Besides that he's an accomplished athlete with skills such as tumbling...
“ Kenpo (6th Dan), Aikido, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Escrima

Trivia: currently teaches the martial arts at various schools, including in his curriculum junior stunt-fighting classes ("Fight like a Power Ranger")

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a certified Doctor of Engineering

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (Olympic Gold medalist; US National Bronze medalist; US National Team captain; 3-time Pan-American Champion; Taekwondo & Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: helped rebuild the postwar Olympic Sports Program in Afghanistan

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shorin-Ryu Karate (4th Dan; 8-time Alabama State Champion; 2-time Battle of Atlanta Champion; 2-time Bluegrass National Champion; Texas Challenge Champion; US National Team member), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (3rd degree black belt), Tang Soo Do (3rd Dan)

Trivia: is officially the first Alabaman to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Best seen in WMAC Masters ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Clayton J. Barber
Stunts, Creed
Clayton J. Barber grew up with movies from Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, whom inspired him to do martial arts. He chose, when 10 years old, Tae Kwon Do, for its acrobatic nature and its speed, and has achieved a black belt. Other skills of his are gymnastics and dance. Unfortunately, he lost his first 6 tournaments...
“ Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan; US National Team member; US Open Gold medalist; 4-time US National Champion; North American Championships Gold medalist)

Trivia: was inspired to take up martial arts by the movies of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee

Best seen in AMERICAN TIGERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Mer-Mer Chen
Mer-Mer Chen started her martial arts training in 1984 and began teaching in 1990. Mer-Mer has specialized in martial arts and weapons for more than 10 years. She started training with the famous wushu teacher Eric Chen, and now continues to train with Keith Cooke. With him she teaches and manages at the Champions Martial Arts school led by Keith Cooke...
“ Wushu (Los Angeles Team member)

Trivia: operates the Champions Martial Arts School with Keith Cooke

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Lynnette Love
Miscellaneous Crew, Seoul, U.S.A.
“ Tae Kwon Do (Olympic Gold & Bronze medalist; 6-time Pan-American Champion; 10-time US National Champion)

Trivia: set a 1989 Guinness World Record for "Most National & World Titles in Taekwondo"

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hapkido

Trivia: is the sister of Akihiro Noguchi

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Rey-Phillip Santos
Miscellaneous Crew, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Born on the island of Guam in the Pacific, Rey-Phillip Santos is from a military family, his father was a U.S. naval officer. Before moving to the Seattle area, he lived in Chicago and Memphis before moving to Tacoma, Washington where he grew up. Rey got his start in acting as an extra and behind the scenes in a few feature films before becoming a stunt performer which led to acting.
“ Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan; Junior Olympic Bronze medalist; IFC & ProFC Champion), Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: was injured while filming BLADE II

Best seen in BLADE II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate, Tang Soo Do, Kobudo, Escrima

Trivia: operates Webster's Karate in Decatur, Alabama

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jon Foo
Actor, Tekken
Jon Foo Born Jonathan Patrick (Griffin) Foo is of Irish and Chinese Heritage From London England. As a natural athlete Jon was able to find work performing acrobatic feats and demonstrating Martial arts weaponry at events, Festivals (Glastonbury) Commercials, National Idents (BBC) and Film (Shadow warrior/ Batman begins)...
“ Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: joined the circus as an acrobat at age 15

Best seen in TEKKEN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Capoeira

Trivia: competed in the 1997 Senior Men's All-Around Gymnastic Championships, placing in 24th

Best seen in UNDISPUTED 3 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu

Trivia: is also a professional photographer, famous for his incorporation of martial art-related subjects

Best seen in EPOCH OF LOTUS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (Great Britain National Champion), Wushu

Trivia: was featured in a fight scene against Tony Jaa in TOM YUM GOONG that was cut prior to release

Best seen in BRAVE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Gary Busey
A blond-haired, fair-complexioned actor with a toothy grin and capable of an unsettling glint in his eyes, Gary Busey was born in Goose Creek, Texas, and was raised in Oklahoma. He is the son of Sadie Virginia (Arnett), a homemaker, and Delmar Lloyd Busey, a construction design manager. He has English...
“ Jujitsu, Hapkido, Capoeira, Kendo

Trivia: is a practitioner of Zen meditation

Best seen in LETHAL WEAPON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Northern Shaolin, Muay Thai

Trivia: was a former Triad member in his youth; he was kicked off of the Hong Kong police force when his background became known

Best seen in THE DEADLY BREAKING SWORD ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate

Trivia: is a member of the Freemasons

Best seen in WUSHU WARRIOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jean Frenette
Stunts, 300
“ Shito-Ryu, Sanku-Kai & Goju-Ryu Karate (8th Dan; 12-time Canadian National Champion; US Top 10 National & Boston National Champion; 3-time WAKO Champion; Bermuda Invitational Champion), Judo

Trivia: is one of the first forms competitors to have incorporated music into his performances

Best seen in FEARLESS TIGER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Jeet Kune Do, Ninjutsu

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 12

Best seen in STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN LI ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate (NASKA & Atlanta National Champion)

Trivia: is the president and co-founder of the XL Action Team

Best seen in DRAGON FIGHT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jeff Imada
Stunts, Fight Club
Jeff Imada was born and raised in Inglewood, California, USA, where he began studying martial arts at the age of fifteen. At El Camino College and UCLA, he majored in pre-med and minored in music. While in college, he started working as a movie "extra," which led to his becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild...
“ Jeet Kune Do, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kendo, Escrima

Trivia: is a member of the Stunts Unlimited stunt team

Best seen in BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ To Shin Do (7th Dan), Shorin-Ryu (4th Dan), Kobudo (2nd Dan), Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Kenpo (1st Dan)

Trivia: is one of the few To Shin Do practitioners to be awarded the title of To Shi - Warrior Knight of the Lightning Bright Blade

Best seen in NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER 3 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tang Soo Do (9th Dan; Chuck Norris Black Belt Team captain; Black Belt & NASKA Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is a recipient of the Golden Fist Award for his contributions as a karate referee

Best seen in THE BIG BRAWL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Shah Rukh Khan
Sharukh Khan was born on 2 November 1965 in New Delhi, India. He married Gauri Khan on 25 October 1991. They have three children, son Aryan Khan (b. 1997), son AbRam (b.2013) and daughter Suhana (b. 2000). Khan started out his career by appearing in several television serials during 1988-1990. He made his film debut with the commercially successful Deewana...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: has received an honorary black belt from the Korean government

Best seen in DON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Gosuku-Ryu Karate (10th Dan; founder), Judo, Aikido, Kendo, Iaido

Trivia: is the director of the International Karate Association

Best seen in THE HUNTED ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Paul Logan
Actor, The Horde
Paul Logan, an accomplished martial artist, stuntman and actor may be one of the hidden jewels in the treasury of action cinema to not [yet] hit superstar status. Born in the state of New Jersey on October 15, 1973, Paul Logan attended SUNY Purchase (State University of New York) completing a degree...
“ Goju-Ryu Karate, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: originally studied chiropractic medicine

Best seen in THE ULTIMATE GAME ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wing Chun

Trivia: is a student of Sifu Chu Wan

Best seen in FIVE DEADLY MASTERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Peter Malota
Peter Malota was born in Malesia, Albania. He is from the very small village called Lofka. He moved to Detroit, Michigan and then Los Angeles to train and to be in movies. In the last 18 years he has worked as a martial arts fight coordinator, actor, 2nd unit director, and stunt coordinator. Malota has 30 plus years of experience in martial arts...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Judo, Hapkido

Trivia: owns and operates the Birmingham Martial Arts studio

Best seen in THE QUEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kely McClung
Actor, Kerberos
Kely McClung is an Award Winning Director/Writer/Actor who was launched into the movie industry after winning the brutal World Championship in Full Contact Stick-Fighting. Known for his expertise in nearly every aspect of filmmaking, McClung is also an accomplished artist and photographer with both drawings and photographs appearing in various exhibits around the country...
“ Wing Chun, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Tai Chi, Escrima

Trivia: was recruited by Mike Stone to star in a 1990 film which Jean-Claude Van Damme had turned down; the movie was never made, but the meeting led to McClung's casting in AMERICAN NINJA IV

Best seen in AMERICAN NINJA IV ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate, Do Pi, Choy Lay Fut, Kickboxing

Trivia: is the co-owner of the Twin Dragons Kung Fu and Kickboxing Club

Best seen in TWIN DRAGON ENCOUNTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate, Do Pi, Choy Lay Fut, Kickboxing

Trivia: along with his brother Martin, he sued Miramax and other film companies for the promotion if Jackie Chan's film TWIN DRAGONS, claiming copyright infringement of the title

Best seen in TWIN DRAGON ENCOUNTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Sasha Mitchell
Sasha Mitchell is a model, actor, and kick-boxer, who will forever be known for two roles. From 1990 to 1993, he took over for Jean-Claude Van Damme in the Kickboxer series, ending it with the fourth installment, Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor. A black belt in tae kwon do, Sasha was once an amateur kickboxing champion, and it helped him land the role of a boxer in 1988's Spike of Bensonhurst...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Trivia: also enjoys weightlifting and boxing

Best seen in KICKBOXER 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wing Chun

Trivia: studied martial arts under Hawkins Cheung

Best seen in TOUGH AND DEADLY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hung Fut (NACMAF Silver medalist), Choy Lay Fut, Kickboxing

Trivia: taught martial arts to the Cleveland Browns football team

Best seen in UNDEFEATABLE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Michiko Nishiwaki
Michiko Nishiwaki is a multi-talented lady. An actress, martial artist, stunt woman, fight choreographer, and Japan's first Woman's Bodybuilding and Power lifting Champion. She held these titles for three consecutive years. While still keeping her femininity and not bulking up with the aid of anabolic steroids or other drugs...
“ Goju-Ryu Karate, Wushu

Trivia: is Japan's first National Woman's Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Champion

Best seen in IN THE LINE OF DUTY III ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Andy On
Actor, San taam
Andy On was born on May 11, 1977, in Providence, Rhode Island. A non-martial artist, Andy had always loved Jackie Chan movies and emulated his moves from flips and kicks at his home. In early 2000, while working as a bartender in Rhode Island, someone suggested he should become an actor. Andy, who didn't like the bartending job anyway...
“ Wushu, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: trained at the Shaolin Temple for a month in preparation of his first film role

Best seen in TRUE LEGEND ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Nia Peeples
Nia Peeples was born in Hollywood, California, on December 10, 1961. Her family moved to West Covina, California, where she and her two sisters, Paula and Cynthia, grew up. At eight years old she began performing with her family, giving concerts for community groups and conventions and doing dances of different cultures...
“ Tang Soo Do, Shito-Ryu Karate, Wushu

Trivia: has studied the martial arts under Bruce Fontaine, Fumio Demura, and Chuck Norris, among others

Best seen in HALF PAST DEAD ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Stephen Quadros
Acting came to Stephen Quadros almost by default. He originally moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a drummer, where he achieved local success and radio airplay with the band SNOW, which featured Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot, Ratt) on guitar. Stephen was even flown to New York to audition for the group KISS...
“ Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Hapkido, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: claims to have had a physical confrontation with Steven Seagal on the set of EXIT WOUNDS

Best seen in BLOODFIST VII ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Brandon Rhea
Brandon was born in the German town of "Geislingen an der Steige" on February 18th 1971. Scholasticly Brandon excelled from an early age, completing his primary education in just three years rather than the normal four. He completed his secondary school education with majors in Business, Economics, Mathematics and honors for literature...
“ Wing Chun, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Kendo

Trivia: is the only non-Asian instructor accredited with master status and instructorship of Leung Ting-style Wing Chun

Best seen in FEARLESS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
T.J. Storm
If you ask three time "Martial Art Masters Hall of Fame" inductee TJ Storm how his action career started, you might not expect to hear that his Mother forced 8 year old Storm to take Karate because he was "hyperactive and clumsy". However, hardly anything about Storm is as it appears. Storm was born...
“ Arashi-Ryu & Shito-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ninjutsu, Jujitsu, Northern Shaolin

Trivia: is also an instructor of Cardio Kung Fu

Best seen in BLACK COBRA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: served as a stand-in for Bruce Lee

Best seen in NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Nicholas Tse
Nicholas was born in Hong Kong, China. He attended school in Vancouver, Canada. He also attended school for a short time in Phoenix, Arizona before moving back to Hong Kong with his parents Patrick Yin Tse and Deborah Dik, and his sister, Jennifer (Ting Ting). Nicholas started his singing career around 1997.
“ Wing Chun

Trivia: trained under Chung Chi Li, leader of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team

Best seen in DRAGON TIGER GATE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Burt Ward
Actor, Batman
Actor Burt Ward had to endure one of the toughest setbacks ever to befall a TV star once his camp-styled antics as the "Boy Wonder" superhero ended on the one-time hit series Batman. Irreparably typecast, he was out of commission for much of his "post-Robin" career with the cult star eventually becoming a frequent participant at TV nostalgia conventions...
“ Karate

Trivia: claims to have sparred with Bruce Lee to a standstill during a crossover between BATMAN and THE GREEN HORNET

Best seen in BATMAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Forest Whitaker
Actor, Arrival
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
“ Escrima, Karate

Trivia: is a student of Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo

Best seen in REPO MEN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Tai Chi

Trivia: studied under the mother of Donnie Yen, Master Bow Sim Mark

Best seen in TIGER CAGE II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shorin-Ryu Karate (9th Dan), Kobudo (9th Dan), Sui-Kendo (founder)

Trivia: is president of the US Shorin-Ryu Karate Association and the Zen Okinawan Kobudo Association

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

Trivia: was named Inside Kung Fu's “Today’s Woman of Tomorrow” in 2005

Best seen in ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY TAO ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate (2-time WAKO Champion; WKA Champion)

Trivia: began teaching the martial arts at age 15

Best seen in NX FILES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is the youngest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner to receive the honorary title of Renshi

Best seen in NX FILES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Joey Ansah
Joey Ansah was born in 1982 in Hammersmith, London, England, 2nd in line to an older brother, Ryan, 3 years his senior. He is of mixed ethnicity, with his mother Nicola, originating from Plymouth, Devon, England and his father Kofi, originally from Ghana, west Africa. Joey grew up and spent the first 10 years of his life in Streatham...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Ninjutsu, Capoeira

Trivia: is also a hip-hop dancer and motocross rider

Best seen in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Micke Spreitz
Mikael Spreitz has a multifaceted career, on his resume he can write actor, television personality, bodyguard and special lecturer. Spreitz is well known for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and The Girl Who Played with Fire where he portrayed Ronald Niederman. Spreitz has a background as a martial artist competing for Sweden...
“ Kickboxing, Karate (Sweden National Champion)

Trivia: trained under Benny Urquidez

Best seen in THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Fudokan Karate (Yugoslavia National Team member)

Trivia: trained under Prof. Vencislav Nedev, co-founder of Fudokan Karate

Best seen in WARRIOR OF JUSTICE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Sumo (5-time US National Champion; 5-time Shunbun Champion; 7-time California State Champion; 6-time Shuubun Champion; 3-time Goltz Champion; 2-time Georgia State Champion; 2-time Idaho State Champion; 2-time Snake River Champion)

Trivia: won his first national championship after only two years of training

Best seen in SUMO DAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Sumo (Shunbun Champion)

Trivia: is a runner-up of the 2011 Muscle Beach Sumo Classic

Best seen in SUMO JOE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Capoeira

Trivia: also practices fencing, wrestling, and boxing

Best seen in MAX HAVOC: CURSE OF THE DRAGON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Manel Soler
Manel Soler is an actor, martial artist and writer from Barcelona, Spain. A first-dan black belt in Hapkido and TaeKwonDo with a specialty in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts, Manel has been an aspiring martial artist since the age of 11. For ten years of his life, Manel's training eventually led him in the company of some very important people...
“ Hapkido (1st Dan), Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is a licensed bodyguard

Best seen in BAADSHAH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Tom Hardy
With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception, English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut in the miniseries Band of Brothers...
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: trained under Richard Norton

Best seen in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Capoeira

Trivia: is affiliated with Dragon Phoenix Entertainment

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Laurent Plancel
Law is a Movement Artist, Stuntman, Actor, Instructor. Law, aka Laurent Plancel, was born in the Caribbean, in Guadeloupe. At five years old, his mother and father decided to move to France to find work in Paris. At 8 year old, during school holidays he discovered Martial arts movies such as Jackie Chan...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Wushu

Trivia: trained with the French National Taekwondo Team and the French National Wushu Team

Best seen in GREEN STREET 3 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Capoeira, Tang Soo Do

Trivia: was inspired to train in Capoeira by watching a performance by Amen Santo

Best seen in BLOOD AND BONE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Philip Michael
Actor, Mamma Mia!
British Born raised in USA, England, Ireland and Nigeria . 1st generation Actor who theatrically trained at the prestigious Italia conti academy of dramatic art in London. A multi World champion martial artist in Taekwondo, Shenchido and belt holder in Full-contact kickboxing. Theatrically has won multiple awards and continues to work in the FILM/TV industry
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former member of the Sideswipe performance team

Best seen in BATTLE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Eric Watson
Eric Shamm Watson as he is known to his friends has had a decent stunt career and has added acting to his list of skills. Bronx native, accomplished martial artist, college grad with degrees in Computer Science and Commination Media, the life experiences that Eric has had is what he relies on when he plays roles such as the non-dorky sarcastic computer hacker...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is certified by the American Tae Kwon Do Association

Best seen in DIE FIGHTING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jay Hawkins
Stunts, Divergent
Jay Hawkins was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 19, 1988. During his early childhood, he became the leading male figure in his family's household: mother Sonya , aunt Marge and sister Lisa. Upon the start of his high school career, Hawkins began practicing Ai-Mute Shotokan Karate at Mejishi Martial Arts where he later attained the rank of "Shodan" or 1st degree black belt...
“ Shotokan Karate (1st Dan)

Trivia: trained in stage combat by Peter Malotta

Best seen in SUPAH NINJAS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kinyumba Mutakabbir
Actor, The Catch
After taking a improvisation and scene study classes, Mutakabbir began to land minor roles. His first break came when he landed the lead in Keri Hilson's Turnin Me On music video and later landing a minor role in Tyler Perry's House of Payne and I Can Do Bad By Myself. After moving to LA in order to further pursue his acting career...
“ Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: studies at the SWAM Martial Arts Academy in New York

Best seen in BLACK SALT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Judo, Karate, Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

Best seen in SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist