Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 7

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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Michelle Yeoh
Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, she moved to London...
“ Wing Chun, Kickboxing

Trivia: knew no martial arts prior to entering film and relied on her background in dance to convey her physicality

Best seen in YES MADAM! ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Scott Shaw
Born in the filmmaking capital of the world, Hollywood, California, Scott Shaw spent the early part of his youth growing up in South Los Angeles. He then returned to Hollywood for his teen years. Though living at the center of the film industry, Shaw was not drawn to acting or directing in his early years...
“ Hapkido (8th Dan), Tae Kwon Do (8th Dan), Kum Do (7th Dan), Aikijutsu (7th Dan)

Trivia: is the first non-Korean ever to be awarded the 7th Dan by the Korea Hapkido Federation

Best seen in MAX HELL: FROG WARRIOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Thorsten Nickel
Thorsten Nickel was born in Gifhorn, Germany. After school he went to the air force and completed a profession as a forwarding agent. Following this he moved to London to go to acting school but also studied Homoeopathy for several years. Thorsten trained in Karate (2nd Dan), boxing and thai- boxing and keeps himself in shape working the bags and running...
“ Shotokan Karate (2nd Dan), Muay Thai

Trivia: is trained in homeopathic practice

Best seen in TECHNO WARRIORS 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Soon-Tek Oh
Actor, Mulan
Born in Japan but raised in Korea, actor Soon-Teck Oh (or Soon-Tek Oh or Soon-Taik Oh) is of Korean heritage. He came to the United States as a teenager in 1959, studied at UCLA and trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Long associated with the versatile Los Angeles' East-West Players theatre company...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Kendo

Trivia: founded the Lodestone Theater Ensemble in response to the 1992 Los Angeles riots

Best seen in MISSING IN ACTION 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Michael O'Hearn
If you want to meet a real-life super hero, Michael O'Hearn is the closest human alive that fits that description.. A Four-time Mr. Universe, O'Hearn has graced the covers of over 470 magazines worldwide earning him the title of 7-time Fitness Male Model of the Year and putting that title in retirement...
“ Tae Kwon Do (California State Champion), Judo (2-time California State Champion)

Trivia: is a 4-time Mr. Natural Universe winner

Best seen in BARBARIAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate (9-time KUGB Champion; 13-time KUGB Team Champion; WKC Team Champion; KUGB International Squad & British All-Styles Squad member), Judo

Trivia: is the founder of Fight Arts International magazine

Best seen in CONAN THE DESTROYER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tang Soo Do (8th Dan; Koreab Olympic Team member; Korean National Champion; LA & Simon Rhee Open Champion; Ed Parker International Champion)

Trivia: is a former Korean and American military combat instructor

Best seen in BEST OF THE BEST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Ryan Potter
Actor, Big Hero 6
Ryan Potter is a U.S. actor, director, martial artist, photographer and philanthropist. He was born in Portland, Oregon but spent much of his childhood in Tokyo. At the age of seven, he moved back to the United States. Ryan started acting at the age of fifteen, after seeing a leaflet looking for candidates for a martial arts-themed Nickelodeon series...
“ Bak Fu Pai

Trivia: also enjoys snowboarding, skating, airsofting, skateboarding, long-boarding, and playing the drums

Best seen in SUPAH NINJAS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Matt Schulze
Matt grew up in St. Louis and spent a good deal of time in the rough neighborhoods of East St. Louis. At age 16, he moved to Atlanta, where he studied guitar at the prestigious Atlanta Institute of Music. He moved back to St. Louis at age 17 and taught guitar for a year. He moved to Los Angeles in 1992 to be a studio musician...
“ Mixed Martial Arts, Kendo

Trivia: lost 40 pounds to play the villain in THE TRANSPORTER, doing so by fasting for two weeks

Best seen in OUT OF REACH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Darren E. Scott
A native of Richmond, BC Canada Darren began studying Karate at the age of 8 and received his black belt at the age of 11. He pursued his training through out his high school and college/post college years and became a Canadian National Champion in both forms and point sparring. The 1995 feature film "The Hunted" was his first on set experience where he played a ninja along side the stuntmen...
“ Goju-Ryu Karate (4th Dan; NKA Champion), Capoeira

Trivia: earned his first black belt at age 11

Best seen in MORTAL CHALLENGE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: has also worked uncredited as a voice-over artist

Best seen in THE ULTIMATE NINJA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
William Smith
William Smith is probably best known for his portrayal as "Falconetti" in Rich Man, Poor Man. He first came to the screen as a child actor in films such as Going My Way and The Song of Bernadette, before entering the service during the Korean War. There, his fluency in five languages landed him in the N.S.A...
“ Kenpo

Trivia: is also a boxer and USAF Light-Heavyweight Champion

Best seen in C.C. AND COMPANY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
David Stevenson
Stunts, X-Men
Director, Producer, Actor, Stunts performer/coordinator David Stevenson's life has been enriched with an the intimate experience of music from the beginning of his birth and is no stranger to the entertainment industry. As an accomplished actor, musician, stunt director, and choreographer, he has been able to fulfill his career goals in many ways...
“ Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Wushu, Choy Lay Fut, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: owns and operates the Future Dragons kung fu studio

Best seen in TIGER CLAWS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Aikido, Shorin-Ryu Karate (2-time Jhoon Rhee National Champion; 2-time IKC Champion; US National & Western Open Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry; US National Team member; record: 91-0)

Trivia: is the first professional light heavyweight world champion in Karate kumite

Best seen in AMERICAN NINJA 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Praying Mantis & Eagle Claw Kung Fu, Tai Chi

Trivia: was nominated twice by the Hong Kong Film Awards

Best seen in THE BUDDHIST FIST ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan; 5-time All American Open Grand Champion; Canadian National Champion; Puerto Rico National Champion; NTKD Gold Medalist)

Trivia: is the president of the New Jersey Tae Kwon Do Association

Best seen in COLLEGE KICKBOXERS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Stan Schmidt
South African born Shotokan practitioner Stan Schmidt, is one of the world's most famous and internationally recognized Karate Masters. Sensei Stan is a founding fellow of the International Karate Society (IKS) and the founder of the College of the Open Hand. Schmidt was born in Kokstad, Transkei on October 6...
“ Shotokan Karate (8th Dan; South African Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Judo (1st Dan)

Trivia: is the co-founder of the International Karate Society and founder of the College of the Open Hand

Best seen in KILL AND KILL AGAIN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shotokan Karate (8th Dan; South African Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Judo

Trivia: was forced to begin his martial arts training by his father, a Judo practitioner

Best seen in KILL AND KILL AGAIN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
James Ryan
Ryan James originally burst onto the movie scene as a sinewy and lean martial arts hero via two low budget South African financed martial arts movies titled Karate Killer, and the sequel Kill and Kill Again. Both films were rather shoddy, mechanical productions...however the acrobatic Ryan had a certain appeal...
“ Karate

Trivia: is also a writer and professor of play-writing at the Actor's Studio School of Drama

Best seen in KILL AND KILL AGAIN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist


Trivia: has won 16 world championships throughout his pro wrestling career ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kickboxing, Karate (4-time WAKO Champion; NASKA & WKA Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: claims to have fought in more professional karate tournaments than any other competitor, averaging upwards of 50 annually

Best seen in KILLPOINT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Robert Chapin
Visual Effects, American Beauty
Born in Miami, Florida, to a family of puppeteers, Leonora and Gerald Chapin (who was confined to a wheelchair after being stricken with polio), Robert Chapin (Bob) grew up making movies with his brother Stuart. He attended drama and music classes throughout junior high and high school, and in 1982...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Silat, Wushu

Trivia: is also a professional stage combat and fencing instructor

Best seen in RING OF STEEL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate, Sumo, Isshin-Ryu Jujitsu

Trivia: is the founder of the M.A.G.I.K. (Martial Arts for Guidance, Inspiration and Knowledge) program

Best seen in EXPECT TO DIE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Escrima, Eskrido

Trivia: is a 5-time Mr. Philippines bodybuilding champion

Best seen in KICK TO THE HEAD ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kyokushin, Shotokan & Goju-Ryu Karate, Kickboxing

Trivia: is Wesley Snipes' personal stunt double

Best seen in DRAGON FURY 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Northern & Southern Shaolin, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a model with the L.A. Models agency

Best seen in BLACK COBRA ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet, and the Resident Evil franchise. Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17...
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: performs many of her own stunts

Best seen in ULTRAVIOLET ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kendo (7th Dan; Mumeishi Team, Beikoku All US National & IKC Champion), Iaido

Trivia: is the Kendo coach of the University of Florida and Columbia University in New York City

Best seen in BLOODMOON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (Grandmasters' Society Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is chairman and founder of Martial Arts World schools, as well as the publisher and editor-in-chief of Martial Arts World magazine

Best seen in MIAMI CONNECTION ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Judo (brown belt), Northern & Southern Shaolin, Tai Chi, Silat

Trivia: is also a stage actor, having been nominated four times by the Life! Theater Awards

Best seen in KUNG FU KILLER PART 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; Portuguese National Champion; Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Karate (Brazilian State Champion; WPKO Champion), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt)

Trivia: has been featured on over 500 magazine covers

Best seen in BEYOND THE RING ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Slocki-Ryu & Bipi-Ryu Karate (6th Dan; founder; World Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Kickboxing

Trivia: is the director of the PKC and the regional director of the USKA of Canada

Best seen in TIGER CLAWS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu, Kajukenbo

Trivia: studied martial arts at the Beijing University of Physical Education

Best seen in FIGHT THE FIGHT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Muay Thai, Pentjak Silat, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Dlala 'Nduku

Trivia: is the personal trainer of UFC competitor Chris Leben

Best seen in ONE PERCENT FULL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Yayan Ruhian
Yayan Ruhian was born in Tasikmalaya (West Java) on October 19, 1968. He found his passion in Pencak Silat and other martial arts, becoming a professional martial arts instructor. Ruhian is also known as an instructor of an inner breathing technique designed to condition of the body to withstand any impact...
“ Harimau & Pentjak Silat, Judo

Trivia: is an instructor at the Perguruan Silat Tenaga Dasar in Indonesia

Best seen in THE RAID ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bill M. Ryusaki
Bill Ryusaki was born in Kamuela on the big island of Hawaii. He had total of ten siblings, many of whom, as well as his father are martial arts masters. Bill started training in two types of karate at the tender age of 8, and later added Kenpo Karate to his arsenal. His teachers would later include William Chow, Bill Chun Sr., and Marino Tiwanak...
“ Kenpo, Karate, Judo (5th Dan), Aikido, Kajukenbo

Trivia: is the founder of Hawaiian Kenpo Karate

Best seen in DEADLY TARGET ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shorin-Ryu Karate (6th Dan; UKA Champion), Kobudo, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: owns the Togisala Karate & Fitness school in Torrance, California

Best seen in FIREPOWER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Escrima

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Ron Balicki, Larry Lam, Dewey Cooper, Jun Chong, and Bong Soo Han, among others

Best seen in TIGER HEART ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Edwin Villa
Stunts, Beowulf
Born in (Ponce) Puerto Rico, Raised in Burke Virginia, Edwin Villa has traveled a long way to the west shores of California in pursuit of his God given dreams. He is a master of the martial arts, holding 15 years of experience. Thanks to his talents he was given the opportuninty to work first as a stuntmen in films and gradually worked himself as a fight coordinator...
“ Capoeira

Trivia: has studied the martial arts for over 15 years

Best seen in TKO ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Garrett Warren
Stunts, Avatar
Garrett Warren has taught Martial Arts and Fight Choreography to such celebrities as Jessica Alba, Jada Pinkett Smith, Casper Van Dien, Alexa Davalos, Jaime Pressly, Clancy Brown, John Travolta, "The Rock" and Michael Biehn. He is responsible for getting such celebrities as Jaime Pressly...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: survived being shot four times by a burglar

Best seen in BEST OF THE BEST 4 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate

Trivia: is a former member of the US Junior Wrestling Team

Best seen in KARATE WARS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wun Hop Kuen (3rd Dan), Capoeira, Arnis

Trivia: trained Marjean Holden in the martial arts

Best seen in HEATSEEKER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Ian Whyte
Actor, Prometheus
Ian Whyte was born in Bangor, North Wales and brought up in Brighton. He received athletic scholarships to Iona College in New York and Clarion University in Pennsylvania as a basketball player and later distinguished himself with 80 caps for England over a nine year international basketball career...
“ Sanshou, Tai Chi

Trivia: is a former professional basketball player for the Newcastle Eagles

Best seen in ALIENS VS PREDATOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shaolin Kung Fu, Hung Gar, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Wushu (10-time Liban Free Fight & Taolu Champion)

Trivia: is a member of the Z Team - the first foreign martial arts troupe to be based in China

Best seen in LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a veteran of the Taiwanese army

Best seen in DRAGON FIGHT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Karl Yune
Actor, Real Steel
Karl Yune portrays Maseo Yamashiro (mentor and friend to Oliver Queen) on the hit show Arrow. Karl's character Maseo is a DC Comics character who has had a strong presence throughout season 3 in the flashback story line, as well as in the present day story as Maseo's alter ego Sarab (2nd in command of the League of Assassins and ally to DC character Ras Al Ghul)...
“ Karate, Kendo, Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Judo

Trivia: is the brother of Rick Yune

Best seen in FORBIDDEN WARRIOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate

Trivia: is the founder of the Greatest Hits Martial Arts Action and Stunts organization in Orlando, Florida

Best seen in LOS BRAVOS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kaizen-Ryu & Shotokan Karate (WSKAC Gold medalist; Shotokan Cup Gold & Silver medalist)

Trivia: is a member of the Makenki Shotokan Karate Club

Best seen in THE ELIMINATOR ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist


Trivia: successfully recovered from paraplegic paralysis following a pro wrestling accident in 2001 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin was the director of the Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, and host of Animal Planet's series The Crocodile Hunter. The son of naturalists Bob and Lyn Irwin, he spent his entire life studying, living and working with animals. He grew up at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, where he took part in the daily feeding...
“ Gaidojutsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: trained under Greg Jackson and Rorion Gracie

Best seen in THE CROCODILE HUNTER: COLLISION COURSE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Michael Jackson
Thanks, This Is It
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together...
“ Goju-Ryu Karate (5th Dan [honorary]), Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: was granted honorary chairmanship of the United World Karate Association by Master Daikaku Chodoin

Best seen in YOU ROCK MY WORLD ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Christian Bale
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
“ Wing Chun, Krav Maga

Trivia: was trained in the martial arts under Sifu Eric Oram

Best seen in BATMAN BEGINS ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Matt Damon
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. His father is of English and Scottish descent...
“ Krav Maga, Shotokan Karate, Escrima

Trivia: was trained in Escrima by Jeff Imada

Best seen in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan), Ninjutsu (1st Dan)

Trivia: is a certified firearm instructor

Best seen in DRAGON AND THE HAWK ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: trained under Master Shi Yan Ming

Best seen in THE PROTECTOR 2 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business. Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and filmographer Robert Downey Sr. and actress Elsie Downey (née Elsie Ann Ford)...
“ Wing Chun

Trivia: studies the martial arts at the LA Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in West Los Angeles

Best seen in SHERLOCK HOLMES ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of half Russian Jewish and half Hungarian Jewish descent. Eating in a local restaurant...
“ Tae Kwon Do (1st Dan), Kickboxing

Trivia: earned her black belt within five years of training

Best seen in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Mark Steven Grove
Mark Steven Grove is a professional filmmaker and martial artist who lives in Denver, Colorado. A lifelong practitioner of Ninjutsu, Mark used his physical prowess to enter the film industry as an actor and stuntman. Since that time he has worked as a fight choreographer, stunt coordinator, special fx supervisor...
“ Ninjutsu (Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors entry), Kenjutsu, Kurai Kotori (founder)

Trivia: is the founder of the Chambara Action FX Team

Best seen in MY SAMURAI ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ Krav Maga

Trivia: is among the highest-paid film performers in the world, earning up to $15 million per role

Best seen in LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Jennifer Lopez
Actress, Out of Sight
Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of The Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez, a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11. Jennifer always dreamed of being a multi-tasking superstar...
“ Krav Maga

Trivia: trained in the martial arts by Master Wade Allen

Best seen in ENOUGH ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Zui Quan (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is a student of Eric Lee

Best seen in DRAGON FIRE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Judo (7th Dan; 3-time US Division Champion; AAU Champion; Pan-American Gold medalist; British-Columbian Champion), Shotokan Karate (1st Dan)

Trivia: is the chairperson of the Teacher’s Institute Committee for the United States Judo Federation

Best seen in DEADLY BET ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Adrian Paul
With over 30 films and 200 hours of television experience, versatility, discipline and a solid work ethic have been the underpinnings of Adrian's very successful 30-year acting career. Internationally recognized for his role as Duncan Macleod, in Highlander-The Series", Adrian has also produced and directed both film and television projects...
“ Choy Lay Fut, Hung Gar, Tai Chi

Trivia: is a student of Master Vernon Rieta

Best seen in HIGHLANDER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Brad Pitt
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club. However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball, and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, also loom large in his filmography...
“ Krav Maga

Trivia: sold the rights to the first photographs of his children for a record $14 million

Best seen in FIGHT CLUB ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Choy Lay Fut, Hung Gar

Trivia: was uncredited as a fight choreographer in HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE

Best seen in KICKBOXER 4 ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
John Saxon
John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You and George Cukor's A Star Is Born. Born Carmine Orrico on August 5...
“ Shotokan Karate, Judo, Tai Chi

Trivia: performed with such vigor during his first fight scene in ENTER THE DRAGON that he tore his hamstring

Best seen in ENTER THE DRAGON ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Todd Senofonte
Todd has been in the movie business for two decades, he is an actor/stuntman/athlete and a man of many talents. He always dreamed of being in movies. With his drive and persistence he was hired on the film Sudden Death in 1994 to be Jean-Claude Van Damme's stand-in/photo double. After a few films he also became Van Damme's stunt double...
“ Tang Soo Do, Sambo

Trivia: served in the military for six years, earning the Physical Fitness Patch for doing 124 push-ups in 2 minutes, 85 sit-ups in two minutes, and running 2 miles in 12:34 minutes

Best seen in FIST OF LEGEND II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Desi Singh
Desi Singh grew up in a showbiz family. His mother, known as Jean Brazil, was a descendant of renowned New Orleans voodoo queen, Marie LaVeau, and was a member of the Katherine Dunham dance company, and later became a well known psychic on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Desi's father, Desragh C...
“ Ukidokan Karate, Kickboxing

Trivia: is a former member of the Jet Away stunt team

Best seen in THE CIRCUIT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Christian Slater
Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night in 1976 at the age of 7. He went on to star in many Broadway shows in the early-1980s...
“ Kenpo (green belt), Krav Maga

Trivia: began acting professionally at age 9

Best seen in ALONE IN THE DARK ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Ron Smoorenburg
Ron Smoorenburg is mainly known for the end fight in Jackie Chan's 'Who am I?', 1998, and his record highest kick in 1997 (11 feet) Ron worked with a lot of the well known action stars and directors and developed himself in the last 20 years as an actor which with a versatile and experienced action background...
“ Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing, Aikido, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: set a record for the world's highest standing kick, at 11 feet

Best seen in WHO AM I? ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: also studies ballet and modern dance

Best seen in HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Wushu (Chinese National Team member)

Trivia: despite a recurring character quirk, he is not cross-eyed

Best seen in TAI CHI MASTER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Hilary Swank
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish...
“ Krav Maga

Trivia: has also studied boxing

Best seen in THE NEXT KARATE KID ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Shido-Ryu & Kyokushin Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: also performs international martial arts exhibitions

Best seen in KILLZONE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu (6th Dan)

Trivia: was allowed by fight choreographer Pat Johnson to choreograph his own fights in THE KARATE KID because of his experience

Best seen in THE KARATE KID ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bruce Wen
Actor, Commerce
Bruce Wen whose Chinese name Wen Xiao Long grew up in the holy monastery of Shaolin. As a child, he started martial arts training at the age of three under his father, uncle, and many other martial arts masters in Fujian South Shaolin Temple. Later, Long was taken to Northern Shaolin Temple in Henan to further his study in martial arts by his father and uncle...
“ Southern Shaolin

Trivia: is the grandson of a legitimate Shaolin monk

Best seen in THE FORGOTTEN JEWEL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Réal Andrews
Réal Andrews is a Husband, Father, Motivational Speaker and Success Coach who loves to fish, a lot. Born and Raised in North Vancouver , B. C. Réal now resides in Valencia , California. Réal attacked the elements of Hawaii and can proudly say he is a 2X'S Hawaii Ironman Finisher As a kid his 1st dream was to make the 84 Olympics as a sprinter...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: studies the martial arts under Billy Blanks

Best seen in SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, INC. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Dean Cochran
Born and raised in New Orleans he holds black belts in both Kung Fu and Kenpo along with many regional championship belts. Dean got his start in the Celine Dion music video "(If There Was) Any Other Way". After graduating from Tulane University with a degree in Theatre, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting...
“ Kenpo, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi

Trivia: also practices axe-throwing, fencing, and wrestling

Best seen in AIR MARSHAL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kris Van Damme
Kristopher van Varenberg (aka "Kris Van Damme") is the first son of martial arts/action superstar, Belgian-born actor Jean-Claude Van Damme with fitness expert/actress Gladys Portugues. Kristopher has a younger sister, Bianca Brigitte VanDamme and another brother with Van Damme's ex-wife Darcy LaPier, named Nicolas...
“ Tae Kwon Do, Karate

Trivia: began practicing the martial arts at age 5

Best seen in ENEMIES CLOSER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Karate

Trivia: is of Mexican-Japanese descent

Best seen in HIGH KICK GIRL ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Aikido (4th Kyu), Lau Gar, Kickboxing, Kobudo, Bartitsu

Trivia: also practices various forms of European swordplay

Best seen in INTERGALACTIC COMBAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Ian Pead
Stunts, Spectre
“ Ninjutsu, Jujitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Chin Woo

Trivia: is a member of the Extreme Horse Riding Association

Best seen in INTERGALACTIC COMBAT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Kendo, Vale Tudo

Trivia: began studying the martial arts as a means of countering attempts by aggressive wrestlers to injure him during professional matches

Best seen in MIL MASCARAS VS THE AZTEC MUMMY ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Ju Kun
Stunts, Fearless
“ Wushu, Wing Chun, Baguazhang

Trivia: was set to work on MARCO POLO at the time of his disappearance

Best seen in MAN OF TAI CHI ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
C.M. Punk
Actor, WWE Raw
Born in 1978, Phil Brooks had a hard life growing up on the streets where he was confronted by drugs and alcohol. Instead of giving into them, he turned away from them and decided to join the Straight Edge movement of being Alcohol, Drug and Cigarette free. In his teen years, Brooks become a highly disciplined fighter in kick boxing and karate...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai

Trivia: is a long-distance student of Rener Gracie ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Capoeira, Dlala 'Nduku

Trivia: has also studied quarterstaff- and sword-fighting

Best seen in FIGHT NIGHT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan; 3-time Belgian National Champion; Belgian National Team member), Hapkido (1st Dan), Jujitsu, Kickboxing, Kobudo

Trivia: is a former fitness instructor to the Flemish parliament

Best seen in ROX ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Max Ortiz Jr.
Actor, MacGyver
Throughout the years as a Medieval enthusiast and action Junkie, Max dedicated himself to experience several activities including, other Martial Art Disciplines, Traditional Fencing in Foil- Epee and Saber, Sky Diving, volunteer Search and Rescue, Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Hang Gliding, Firearms Training...
“ Capoeira

Trivia: also practices archery

Best seen in THE MARTIAL ARTS KID ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Judo, Goshin-Ryu Jujitsu, Yau Kung Mun, Tai Chi, Jow Ga, Kobudo

Trivia: was uncredited as the motion actor for the characters General Grievous and Magnaguard in STAR WARS: EPISODE III

Best seen in STAR WARS: EPISODE II ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Aikido

Trivia: is a student of Steven Seagal

Best seen in MISSION OF JUSTICE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a jazz musician and dancer

Best seen in FIGHTING WITH ANGER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Gosuku-Ryu Karate

Trivia: is a student of Master Tak Kubota

Best seen in MARTIAL LAW ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt), Muay Thai

Trivia: trains under Renzo Gracie and Nestor Marte

Best seen in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Bokeem Woodbine
Actor, Ray
Bokeem Woodbine grew up in Harlem New York. At the age of 19, he secured the lead role in the HBO production of Forest Whitaker's directorial debut Strapped. Bokeem moved to Los Angeles shortly after completing the film Jason's Lyric, and has pursued his dream of becoming a noteworthy film actor while balancing a passion for musical expression...
“ Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: studies the martial arts under Master Shi Yan Ming at the USA Shaolin Temple

Best seen in THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
“ Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Trivia: was a child actress, having appeared in over 30 commercials by age 13

Best seen in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Patrick Swayze
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982...
“ Kickboxing

Trivia: trained in the martial arts under Benny Urquidez

Best seen in ROAD HOUSE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Kylie Minogue
Actress, Moulin Rouge!
Kylie Ann Minogue was born on 28 May, 1968. The eldest of three children, Kylie's acting career began early, but it was her role as "Charlene" in the Australian soap, Neighbours, which established Kylie as an international star. Her singing career began, purely by accident, when a record company executive heard Kylie's rendition of Little Eva's 1962 hit...
“ Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a survivor of breast cancer

Best seen in STREET FIGHTER: THE MOVIE ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Peter Mensah
Actor, Avatar
Peter Mensah has been doing martial arts since he was 6 years old, growing up in St. Albans, England, just north of London. A former engineer, Mensah came to Canada 11 years ago. He'd worked for British Gas developing gas fields at Morecomb Bay and had done theatre in school. He comes from an academic family...
“ Judo, Wushu

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 6

Best seen in SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
The legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with his paternal aunt after the death of his father while he was in the sixth grade; his mother had died earlier when he was in the third grade. His aunt lived in the South Los Angeles district of Crenshaw...
“ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: also practices boxing

Best seen in SURVIVING THE GAME ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist
Halle Berry
Actress, Cloud Atlas
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry...
“ Capoeira

Trivia: is also trained in use of the bullwhip

Best seen in CATWOMAN ” - The_Phantom_Projectionist