Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 8

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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Crystal Santos
Crystal Santos was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are Antonio Santos and Cynthia Davis, her father is from Mexico and her mother is Mexican American. The first style Crystal was introduced to was boxing, her father Antonio Santos was a boxer. At the age of 18-19 she briefly trained in Muay Thai...
“ Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is a member of the Devil Dog Tactical Weaponry Team

Best seen in BARE KNUCKLES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing (IKKF Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: holds Guinness World Records for "Highest Female Martial Art Kick" and "Most Items Kicked off Peoples' Heads in One Minute"

Best seen in HE WHO DARES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jeff Wolfe
Jeff Wolfe is an action actor who can currently be seen as Bob Banks opposite Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming film, The Green Lantern as well as the movie Drive, due this September with Ryan Gosling. He has numerous film and television credits with roles on popular television shows such as The Closer...
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu

Trivia: studied acting at the Union Square Acting Theatre of San Fransisco

Best seen in ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA AND AMERICA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kickboxing

Trivia: is the CEO of

Best seen in GUARDIAN ANGEL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: was inspired to become a martial artist by watching THE LAST DRAGON

Best seen in THE UNTOUCHABLE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan; 3-time British National Champion)

Trivia: is a former physical education instructor

Best seen in GLADIATORS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Matthew Helms
In the summer of 2008, Matt attended Ballet West's summer intensive program and as a result was awarded a full scholarship to the Ballet West Academy for the 2008-2009 session. With the recommendation of Ballet West Academy's director, Matt danced lead roles of Nutcracker/Prince, Snow King and Cavalier in the California Dance Academy's 2008 production of Nutcracker...
“ Karate (4th Dan; 8-time NASKA Champion; WSKC Champion), Kobudo (3rd Dan), Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: was ranked #1 Junior Martial Artist in the USA by the SKI/NBL in 1997

Best seen in CABIN FEVER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: trained in the martial arts under Master Jun Chong

Best seen in LOVE AND A BULLET ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jung Yuen
Born Kim Won-Jun in Korea, this young taekwondo and wushu expert made a name for himself in Hong Kong. He made his debut as the supervillain in Operation Scorpio (1991). It would be the biggest role he would play. He made 2 other films afterwards and was never heard from again. Rumours said he had died of AIDS (from drugs)...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also known as Won Jin

Best seen in OPERATION SCORPIO ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
James Lee
Stunts, Blade
Originally from Madison, WI the ISKA World Champion and Film Fight Choreographer now resides in Orlando, FL. Discovery in 1993 by directors/producers Doug Schwartz and Michael Berke of Baywatch led to his notoriety as a film and television villain. Early musical aspirations at the American Academy of...
“ Tae Kwon Do (2-time Diamond Nationals Champion; 4-time ISKA Champion)

Trivia: is a member of the Kahana Stunt Team

Best seen in SHOOTFIGHTER II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate

Trivia: (?)

Best seen in KARATE WARS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate

Trivia: is the owner of the Kona Kitchen restaurant in Seattle, Washington

Bet seen in THE KARATE KID II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist

Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan; Battle of Atlanta, Kentucky Nationals & Jhoon Rhee Nationals Chamoion)

Trivia: studied the martial arts at Kim's Karate Institute in Springfield, Illinois

Best seen in THE UNTOUCHABLE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Chadwick Pelletier
Producer, For Blood
Chadwick Pelletier was born and raised in Colorado, where he grew up as a competitive downhill ski racer, before moving to Los Angeles in 1996. His work in the entertainment industry began as a voiceover for DIC Entertainment's hit cartoon series Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, which paved his way into the Screen Actors Guild...
“ Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan)

Trivia: originally pursued a skiing career

Best seen in VAMPIRE ASSASSIN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Don Thai Theerathada
Don Theerathada is one of the most exciting talents ever to grace the Thai film and TV industry. Don won the prestigious Golden Statue Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the film Fah (nominated for 22 Golden Statue awards and Thailand's highest grossing film at that time). After that, came a slew of parts in features that lead to 6 series regulars for network Thai TV...
“ Tae Kwon Do (US National Team member)

Trivia: is a former member of the Thai National Track & Field team

Best seen in DEAD OR ALIVE: FINAL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Michel Qissi
Actor, Kickboxer
When he was seven years old Michel Qissi began training in boxing. He soon met and befriended a young Jean-Claude Van Varenberg (Jean-Claude Van Damme) who was studying Shotokan Karate, and the two traded techniques in their systems. They grew up together and shared the same love of action films and dreamed of being action stars themselves one day...
“ Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai

Trivia: is also an amateur boxer

Best seen in KICKBOXER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Carlos Pesina
Carlos Pesina, a great martial artist, skilled in many forms of Kung Fu. He has over 20 years of experience and is most recently specializing in Bagua. That style can be seen in the video game: Mortal Kombat 5. Carlos has been attached to Mortal Kombat ever since the first video game. When Daniel Pesina (Johnny Cage) left after MK2, Carlos stayed as an actor, motion capture artist and animator...

Bagua Zhang, Wushu

Trivia: inspired the future MORTAL KOMBAT character Mokap

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan; 5-time ISKA Champion; AKA Champion; Diamond Nationals & New England Open Champion; SKI Hall of Fame entry), Wushu, Okinawa-Te Karate

Trivia: his role models in the martial arts include Michael Bernardo, Mike Chaturantabut, Carmichael Simon, and Jon Valera

Best seen in THE SECRET AGENT CLUB ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate, Wushu, Judo

Trivia: is a member of the Hong Kong Stuntman Association, whom he also works as a translator for

Best seen in STAR RUNNER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Lynn 'Red' Williams
Athelete-turned-actor, Lynn Williams enjoyed a career that tittered between both television and film. After his time in football, playing for the Los Angeles Rams and later the San Diego Chargers, Lynn made his next move. In 1992, he attended a try-out for American Gladiators and was selected out of the 700 hopeful participants...
“ Tang Soo Do

Trivia: is former professional football player

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Capoeira, Escrima

Trivia: is the founder of the International Eskrima Serrada Association

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
McKay Stewart
While attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, he began his professional musical theatre career, performing as a dancer in "Hello, Dolly!". McKay can be seen in shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and with projects in development like Hammer of God and Glitch his career is moving forward...
“ Wushu, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: studies the martial arts at the Sherman Oaks institute

Best seen in MINTY: THE ASSASSIN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a member of the West Coast Demo Team

Best seen in AMERICAN NINJA V ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan, Shorin-Ryu, Goju-Ryu, Shorei-Ryu & Ahorin-Ryu Karate (9th Dan; Four Seasons Champion; Canada AM Team Champion), Kenpo

Trivia: helped establish the competition rules for the PKA in 1974

Best seen in BLOODSPORT 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Igor Breakenback
Igor Smiljevic, a method actor and all-round trained stuntman, started on the Austrian television at the age of 15. Soon he went on to act in movie projects in the USA, Asia, Europe, and Australia. As he is more and more getting recognized by the industry not just as an actor, but as a stuntman, writer...
“ Goju-Ryu Karate (1st Dan), Jujitsu (1st Dan), Igoryu Jiu-Jitsu (founder), Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: owns and operates the IgorMMA school in Sydney, Australia

Best seen in ULTRAVIOLET ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Matthew G. Taylor
Matthew G. Taylor is a Canadian born Actor who has been a part of the Television and Film industry since 1998. He grew up in a Toronto suburb and attended College in Hamilton, Ontario, graduating in 1994. Matthew is an ex-police officer and has often been able to use his experiences on the force when performing...
“ Karate

Trivia: has practiced the martial arts for over 25 years

Best seen in EXIT WOUNDS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate (3rd Dan), Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Kenpo, Hapkido

Trivia: his dream is to star in a movie with Gary Daniels

Best seen in BLACK MASK ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Tony Schiena
Tony Schiena got his start in the film business with the role of Leonardo in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. He quickly followed that with a starring role in the action thriller "Wake of Death", theatrically released in Europe, Asia and various other territories, Tony garnered great revues for his dramatic and action skills a like...
“ Karate (3rd Dan; WTKO Champion; Black Belt & Air Force Open Champion; US National Team Captain; WTKO Hall of Fame entry), Kobudo

Trivia: was the captain of the US Karate Team in 2001

Best seen in CIRCLE OF PAIN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Chris Torres
Born-Janurary 7, 1970 Bakersfield Ca. Grew up in the small towns of Mcfarland and Delano Ca., before moving to Bakersfield. While living in Bakersfield he worked as a model and actor for local productions while attending Bakersfield college.But his Break in the Entertainment Industry came from the Stunt world...
“ Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Escrima, Muay Thai

Trivia: also practices gymnastics

Best seen in MAXIMUM CAGE FIGHTING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Taryn Manning
Actress, 8 Mile
Taryn Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia, to Bill Manning, a musician, and his wife Sharyn. At two months old, Manning's parents separated, and she moved with her mother and brother to Tucson, Arizona, where she was raised. Manning was active in dance, karate, and acting as a child. At age twelve, her family moved to California...
“ Karate (3rd Dan; Arizona State Champion), Kickboxing

Trivia: is also a musician and member of the band BoomKAT

Best seen in ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Melayu & Pentjak Silat (2-time EPSF Gold medalist), Tai Chi

Trivia: is the only woman to attain official mastership in both her styles of Silat

Best seen in WARRIORESS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Buster Reeves
Buster started training at the tender age of eleven in traditional Wado Ryu karate and moved into freestyle, a move which would map out his life for the better. Under the guidance of his Instructors he claimed the British junior title and a place in the "Guinness Book of Records" for the most kicks done at head height in a minute (218...
“ Gado-Ryu & Shotokan Karate (3rd Dan), Jujitsu (British National Team member)

Trivia: holds the Guinness World Record for the most high kicks performed in a minute - 256

Best seen in INTERGALACTIC COMBAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Capoeira

Trivia: (?)

Best seen in ELEKTRA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate

Trivia: is the founder of the Stunt Dynamics group

Best seen in KICKBOXER KING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bei-Dak Lai
Born in Hong Kong, Peter's father died when he was nine years-old. After attending primary school, he never commenced secondary school and started working at the age of ten. Peter was 26 when he worked as a chauffeur by day and started writing his own column in a weekly newspaper in his spare time. After writing the lyrics to a local Chinese pop song...
“ Pok Mai, Kickboxing

Trivia: is also trained in fencing and firearms

Best seen in SISTERS IN LAW ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan; 20-time NASKA Gold medalist; 2-time LA Nationals Champion; Mile High Classics, ESN & Battle of Atlanta Champion; Boston & Blue Grass Nationals Silver medalist; NASKA & US Open Silver medalist; Mile High Classics Silver medalist; AKKF Hall of Fame entry), Kickboxing, Kobudo

Trivia: owns and operates the Kickstudio in Saratoga, California

Best seen in WMAC Masters ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Carlos Lauchu
Actor, Stargate
Carlos was born in Panama and moved to Saline, Michigan when he was 8 years old. After graduating high school on the Honor Roll, he attended an elite Michigan State University Program for the highly gifted as a Pre-Med student. Carlos was Captain of the Martial Arts team for two years. He has high level black belts in Judo...
“ Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is also a science teacher

Best seen in RING OF STEEL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Glen Levy
Glen Levy was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Before moving to a small farming community south of Thames. Initially working as a Stuntman and Fight Coordinator for the beginning of his career, Glen embarked into acting in the early 2000's and has been working steadily since. Known for his parody role in 'Auckland Daze' where he plays an alter ego of himself...
“ Togakure-Ryu Ninjutsu, Tae Kwon Do, Escrima, Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 4

Best seen in NAKED SHADOWS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Gary Ray Stearns
Gary Stearns was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. He had studied martial arts since he was 10 years old. His first work as a stunt man came after he was spotted on an ESPN martial arts competition and was approached for a role in _Mortal Kombat: Conquest (1999)_. Since then he has played the part of a stunt man in many high profile films.
“ Wushu (NASKA Champion)

Trivia: is a member of the AFTRA and the SAG

Best seen in TEKKEN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Goju-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: has studied the martial arts for over 13 years

Best seen in BODYGUARD: A NEW BEGINNING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Geo Corvera
Stunts, Sicario
Since 2001 he has been featured in more than 80 film and television shows. He has been awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performances in both Iron Man in 2009 and the Pirates of the Caribbean at World's End in 2008. In 2004 he was nominated by MTV and the Taurus Award for Best Fight in the Rundown in 2004...
“ Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan; NBL & NASKA Champion), Karate, Capoeira

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Jhoon Rhee and Jeff Smith

Best seen in HOODRATS 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shoshu-Ryu Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is also trained in weapons usage, including the bullwhip

Best seen in BLOODSPORT 3 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
John Medlen
Growing up John Medlen had four loves: karate, stunts, music, and directing. Much of his early work was based on his vast martial arts background, which opened doors for him to become a stunt player and a small production company that he co-owned in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which provided plenty of trial and error learning as a director and editor...
“ Karate, Dragon Kung Fu, Wah Lum, Bando

Trivia: opened his first martial arts school at age 18

Best seen in MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira

Trivia: is the son of French kung fu pioneer Hoang Nam

Best seen in RAGING PHOENIX ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Choy Lay Fut, Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Judo

Trivia: is also an amateur boxer, and winner of two Golden Gloves titles

Best seen in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, Escrima, Capoeira

Trivia: also trains in gymnastics

Best seen in NEVER BACK DOWN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hapkido (4th Dan; WKH Champion), Karate (4th Dan), Kwal Bup (5th Dan), Kyeoktooki (4th Dan)

Trivia: is the co-creator of Action Cinema Training and a member of the Zero Gravity Stunt Team

Best seen in THE LAST EVE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Hiro Koda
Stunts, Blade II
Hiro got his first glimpse into the world of film and television when he received his SAG card at the young age of 12. By the time he was 16, he convinced his parents to let him finish high school early and move by himself across the country in order to pursue his life long dream of becoming a stuntman...
“ Yukoshai Karate (4th Dan; NASKA & USYKA Champion)

Trivia: trained Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velasquez, and Rachel Weisz in martial arts for their roles in THE MUMMY RETURNS

Best seen in GEDO ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
John Kreng
John Kreng has had a successful multi faceted career in the entertainment industry working as a Stunt Coordinator, Fight Choreographer, Stand Up Comedian, Author, Actor, Video Game Designer/Producer, and Stuntman. Born in Washington, D.C., the son of the Cambodian Ambassador to the United States, John is of Chinese and Thai descent...
“ Tang Soo Do (3rd Dan), Katana-Te Jujitsu (3rd Dan)

Trivia: is also a standup comedian

Best seen in THE MASTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a stage combat instructor

Best seen in THE CHAOS FACTOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Danielle Burgio
Danielle Burgio's diverse talents have led her down an exciting path from Broadway dancer to top Hollywood stunt woman, to up-and-coming actress of the moment, and as that path continues to wind and take its turns, the future can only be golden for this very talented young woman. At an early age, Danielle left the confines of Greensboro...
“ Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Wushu

Trivia: is a former member of Broadway's Starlight Express

Best seen in THE ELIMINATOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu (2-time Ocean State Grand National Champion; Blue Grass National Black Belt Champion; record: 48-10)

Trivia: is the martial arts trainer of Michael Chaturantabut

Best seen in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Boni Yanagisawa
The daughter of a Japanese Hawaiian Dad and Caucasian Mom from Pasadena, Boni Yanagisawa grew up in So Cal working in her parents' nursery business. No surprise Boni was a girl scout,a cheerleader, homecoming queen and Miss Lake Elsinore. Against her father's wishes, she set out to study martial arts, earning a black belt and opening her own dojo and teaching karate...
“ Shotokan & Shorin-Ryu Karate (Tiger Balm International Champion; Team Kani member; NBL & Masters Hall of Fame entry), Aikido, Kenpo, Kickboxing, Kobudo

Trivia: trained in the martial arts under Marcus Young, Richard Rabago, and Harry Ishisaka

Best seen in STEAMPUNK SAMURAI BIKER CHICK ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Fran Joseph
Miscellaneous Crew, Soldier
“ Jeet Kune Do, Hwa Rang Do, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun, Kickboxing, Escrima, Kobudo

Trivia: has taught the martial arts to police and military personnel

Best seen in STREET CRIMES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Joe Taslim
Johannes Taslim or Joe Taslim (born 23 June 1981) is an Indonesian model, actor, and former Judo athlete. He became well known in the 2012 action film The Raid: Redemption. Taslim was born in Palembang, Indonesia, to Maria Goretty and Mardjuki Taslim. He was exposed to martial arts at an early age...
“ Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Pentjak Silat, Judo (Indonesian National Gold medalist; Southeast Asian Gold medalist; ASEAN Silver medalist; Indonesian National Team member)

Trivia: was a member of the Indonesia National Judo Team for twelve years

Best seen in THE RAID ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Idris Elba
Actor, Prometheus
An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped out...
“ Kickboxing

Trivia: also enjoys playing soccer

Best seen in THOR: THE DARK WORLD ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Erica Grace
A native of Chicago, Erica has always had a passion for acting, athletics and being involved in anything that was exciting, challenging and fun. From an early age she has always been involved in some type of activity such as running track, being a majorette, playing softball and dancing on various dance teams but Erica found her true calling when she took up karate...
“ Karate

Trivia: was a first runner-up in the Ms. Fitness America competition

Best seen in BARE KNUCKLES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is an associate of the American Taekwondo Association

Best seen in EXPERT WEAPON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate (1st Dan)

Trivia: is a recipient of the Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award

Best seen in V.I.P. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tang Soo Do (1st Dan)

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Master Tom Bloom

Best seen in DOUBLE BLAST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate (6th Dan; All Japan Gold & Bronze medalist; Shoto World Cup Bronze medalist)

Trivia: began studying Karate during his first year of junior high school

Best seen in BLACK BELT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
John Saint Ryan
Born in Burnley, Lancashire, UK in 1953. Saint Ryan spent much of his earlier life in the world of Martial Arts both as a fighter and a Teacher. It was this life that led him in to the world of independent films. In 1983 he was brought on board the Brit cult action movie GBH as a fight choreographer...
“ Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: is also a professional horseman, having won the Doma Vaquera three times

Best seen in AMERICAN CYBORG: STEEL WARRIOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Scott Ly
Scott Ly was born in Houston, Texas, USA. Scott was a natural athlete. He excelled at sports and was the captain of his wrestling and basketball teams, and later studied Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. One of four siblings, his parents emigrated from Vietnam during the war. He is an actor, known for Bones (2014), Blood of Redemption (2013), Criminal Minds (2012), 1968 Tunnel Rats (2008) and Fast Money (2006).
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: also enjoys wrestling and archery

Best seen in BLOOD OF REDEMPTION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan & Goju-Ryu Karate, Sanuces-Ryu & Vee-Anis Jujitsu, Kickboxing, Kobudo, Tai Chi

Trivia: went to college and performed in school theater productions alongside Ving Rhames

Best seen in BLADE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hung Fut, Northern Shaolin, Hung Gar, Southern Praying Mantis, Wushu (IWC Bronze medalist; US National Team member)

Trivia: is the founder of the United States of America Wushu-Kung Fu Federation

Best seen in HONOR AND GLORY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate (1st Dan)

Trivia: also enjoys scuba diving, ultralight aircraft, parachuting, motorcycling, power boating, and water skiing

Best seen in PASSENGER 57 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: refuses to work for Thai television, citing its supposed lack of organization

Best seen in NINJA: SHADOW OF A TEAR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: was hand-picked by Panna Rittikrai to form a new eight-man stunt team from a hundred applicants

Best seen in BANGKOK KNOCKOUT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Panna Rittikrai
Stunts, On-Bak 2
Panna Rittikrai is the man behind Thai action star Tony Jaa, whose work in Ong-Bak, astounded viewers across the globe. Panna Rittikrai was born in the small village of Khon Kaen in Thailand. At a young age, he was a fan of martial arts films and he knew it would be his dream to become involved in the martial arts industry...
“ Muay Thai

Trivia: was a childhood fan of ULTRAMAN, and would memorize fight sequences which he would then direct his friends to act out

Best seen in SPIRITED KILLER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Morgan Benoit
Morgan has been involved in the Chinese martial arts for 15 years. Following his passion, at age 18 he moved to China to study at the Beijing Sports University where he mastered Long Fist Kung Fu. Once ascending to the top of his class in just a couple of years, he was admitted to the prestigious Shi Cha Hai sports academy...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Wushu

Trivia: is a former acrobat for Cirque du Soleil

Best seen in BARRIO BRAWLER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hapkido, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (blue belt), Aikido

Trivia: began his career as a filmmaker by producing independent short films and submitting them to public access television stations

Best seen in CONTOUR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hapkido, Escrima, Okinawa-Te Karate, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: teaches at the Hapkido Institute with Dennis Ruel

Best seen in CONTOUR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hapkido, Escrima

Trivia: also works as an EMT

Best seen in DEATH GRIP ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Shaolin Kung Fu, Escrima

Trivia: has studied the martial arts for 11 years

Best seen in CONTOUR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a gymnastics instructor

Best seen in DEATH GRIP ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu

Trivia: is a member of the Stunt People stunt group

Best seen in CONTOUR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former wildland firefighter

Best seen in WAKE UP JUICE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Shaun Finney
Visual Effects, Unlucky Stars
“ Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, Judo, Hapkido

Trivia: has provided stuntwork for music videos by Say No More and Angels & Airwaves

Best seen in DEATH GRIP ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Iaido

Trivia: taught Tae Kwon Do to Stunt People founder Eric Jacobus

Best seen in CONTOUR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu (San Francisco Team member), Aikido, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: also enjoys lion dancing and break dancing

Best seen in DEATH GRIP ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Ken Zen Do

Trivia: is also a certified personal trainer

Best seen in DEATH GRIP ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Isshin-Ryu Karate, Hapkido

Trivia: has played a Ninja Turtle in an NBC promo

Best seen in OWNED ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Danton Mew
Stunts, Sense8
1st generation Chinese American born & raised in San Francisco. He was the youngest of four siblings. His father worked in Import trading and his mother worked in a sewing factory. Danton was introduced to Hung Sing Choy Li Fut Kung Fu at the age of 14, and went on the learn many other systems including Buk Sing Choy Li Fut...
“ Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Northern & Southern Shaolin, Tai Chi

Trivia: is also a referee and trainer for the ISKA and USMTA

Best seen in KILL JANE DOE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Jung Sim Do (6th Dan; Keystone State Gold medalist; Central PA, Battle of Harrisburg & Breath of Nature Open Champion; World Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Hapkido (3rd Dan), Kyokushin Karate, Escrima

Trivia: owns and operates the West Shore Academy of Martial Arts

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Conan Stevens
A 7 foot tall extremely muscular and fit Australian of English/German ancestry, Conan is possibly the only Professional Wrestling Champion title holder to concurrently work in the Ballet, in Graeme Murphy's "Berlin" with Sydney Dance Company for not only the full season but also an additional five return seasons at the prestigious Sydney Opera House...
“ Karate, Muay Plam

Trivia: is an Australian army veteran

Best seen in BANGKOK ADRENALINE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kuk Sool Won

Trivia: lives in Waveland, Mississippi

Best seen in FULL IMPACT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate

Trivia: is the creator of the H.I.G.H. K.E.Y. F.I.T.N.E.S.S. Karate program

Best seen in AMERICAN STREETFIGHTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt)

Trivia: is also an instructor for the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program, having trained over 200 Marines

Best seen in VATOS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin is a Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer. Earlier in his career he was known as Noodle Cheng, though he has now reverted to a more conventional-sounding first name. Sometimes he uses Dior (because that was what it sounded like when his younger sister tried to call him) as a first name but usually Ekin is the name used...
“ Mizongquan, Wushu

Trivia: began studying the martial arts at TVB's stunt school

Best seen in THE STORM RIDERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Rener Gracie
Rener Gracie is a 3rd degree black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and a head instructor at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy and co-creator of Gracie University, the world's largest online jiu-jitsu training program. He is the grandson of Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and the second eldest son of Rorion Gracie...
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (3rd degree black belt)

Trivia: is an instructor of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, California

Best seen in HONOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: also practices boxing and trains with Chinese weapons

Best seen in DRAGONWOLF ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist

Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: trains at the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Eve Torres
Actress, WWE Raw
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing

Trivia: is a spokesperson and head instructor for the Gracie Women Empowered Self-defense program

Best seen in THE SCORPION KING 4 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Vanessa Motta
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, but grew up in Miami, Florida. Danced ballet her whole life and professionally, but moved out to Los Angeles to act and do stunts. After a few years in the stunt industry, Vanessa was nominated for Best Fire at the Taurus Awards 2010 for the Film Friday the 13th. In connection to stunts...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Simon Rhee

Best seen in BARE KNUCKLES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Chun Kuk Do (9th Dan; 14-time UFAF Champion; 3-time Open National Champion; IFC Champion; Trans World Oil National Karate Team member; Black Belt & UFAF Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: coaches the Chun Kuk Do National Team

Best seen in WALKER: TEXAS RANGER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shaolin Kung Fu, Capoeria, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wushu

Trivia: is a member of the Zero Gravity Stunt Team

Best seen in UNLUCKY STARS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Chris Villa
Actor, Mango Kiss
The Fitness Guru is a fitness trainer and Medation , Recovery, instructor who also makes diet plans for his clients based in , Palm Springs Ca. All his exercise programs come with personal instruction on how to "eat your way to a better life." He integrates a variety of exercises in his weight-loss program...
“ Capoeira

Trivia: is also a stage combat instructor

Best seen in ROPE-A-DOPE 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate, Wushu

Trivia: also practices with the sword, spear, chain whip, and staff

Best seen in ROPE-A-DOPE 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate (WKC Bronze medalist; IKC Champion; Long Beach Internationals & California State Champion)

Trivia: is the only fighter to have defeated Chuck Norris in competition without losing in a later rematch

Best seen in SCORPION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kupigana Ngumi, Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi (US National Karate Team member)

Trivia: competed in the Oriental World of Self Defense tour - the first martial arts event to gross over $100,000 in the United States

Best seen in PAYING MR. MCGETTY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist