Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 10

by The_Phantom_Projectionist | created - 22 Jan 2014 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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


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I have begun crediting stunt performers for doubling others in fight scenes. I justify doing this for cases wherein the stunt performer is performing significant parts of the action themselves and is displayed on the screen as prominently or more than the actor or actress.

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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.

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**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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1. Marissa Labog

Stunts | Logan

Marissa Labog, nicknamed "Mighty" by her peers, is committed to her strong belief in the transformative power of storytelling. Indicated by her nickname, as an actor, dancer, and stunt woman, Marissa is fearless and powerful in her pursuit for creative adventure earning her awards such as the ...

Wushu, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, Karate

Trivia: is also a stage actress, having won the Lester Horton Award in 2010

Best seen in RAZE

2. Justin Eaton

Stunts | Deadpool

Justin Eaton is known for his work on Deadpool (2016), American Horror Story (2011) and Banshee (2013).

Tae Kwon Do, Aikijujutsu, Bojutsu

Trivia: also practices gymnastics

Best seen in BUNRAKU

3. Lisa Howard

Actress | Moonstruck

Lisa Howard was born on November 24, 1963 in London, Ontario, Canada. She is an actress, known for Moonstruck (1987), The War of the Roses (1989) and Highlander (1992). She has been married to Daniel Cerone since December 17, 1994. They have two children.

Tang Soo Do (3rd Dan)

Trivia: is also an instructor at the PKSA Karate school of Dearborn, Michigan

Best seen in EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT

4. Stella Angelova

Stunts | Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Stella Angelova is a World & Europe champion Rhythmic Gymnast from Bulgaria. She was given a Political Asylum and immigrated to the USA. Stella began working in Hollywood very soon after her arrival. She's known for her work with Ricky Martin, Madonna, Prince and her modeling campaigns for various ...

HONORARY ENTRY

Kendo, Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Bojutsu

Trivia: has won a total of 265 medals as a member of the Bulgarian National Gymnastics Team

Best seen in METAL GEAR SOLID 4

5. Aaron Toney

Stunts | Black Panther

Aaron Toney is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

Capoeira

Trivia: is a member of the Amax Motion Capture team

Best seen in KAMEN RIDER: DRAGON KNIGHT

6. Chris Brewster

Stunts | Daredevil

Chris has been doing martial arts since he was four years old and grew up wanting to be a Ninja Turtle or Jackie Chan. He competed for several years and won 13 world titles and traveled around the world doing martial arts competitions and that brought him into the world of performance.

Chris was ...

Tang Soo Do (2nd Dan; Warrior Cup Champion; Team AKA member)

Trivia: is the co-founder of the Sideswipe performance team

Best seen in BLOODFIST 2050

7. Ben Seton

Actor | The Vanquisher

Ben started acting from an early age in theatre and first appeared on the Australian TV Drama Series Water Rats (1996). Seton was born in Sydney, Australia. He was raised in Sydney's Western Suburbs then moved with his family to Wombeyan Caves located in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales where ...

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Capoeira, Aikibojutsu, Kendo

Trivia: has studied the martial arts for over 25 years

Best seen in THRILLSEEKERS THE INDOSHEEN

8. Travis Wong

Stunts | Pacific Rim: Uprising

Inducted into the "Inside Kung Fu: Hall of Fame" at the age of 14, Travis Wong has been featured in 30+ international ad campaigns, choreographed for artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, & Miley Cyrus, coordinated NBA Halftime shows, and performed on stages from Universal Studios to the red...

Bai Ling Ga (Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame entry), Wushu, Tai Chi

Trivia: is an instructor at the JAM Facility gym

Best seen in SUPAH NINJAS

9. George Crayton

Stunts | Ant-Man

George Crayton is known for his work on Ant-Man (2015), Rampage (2018) and Sleepless (2017).

Luang Foo Pai, Kickboxing, Wushu, Hung Gar

Trivia: has appeared in promotional material for Carlsberg Beer and Selma Optique Eyewear

Best seen in FIST OF THE WARRIOR

10. Efka Kvaraciejus

Stunts | Logan

Efka Kvaraciejus is known for his work on Logan (2017), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Kickboxing

Trivia: immigrated from Lithuania to the United States to pursue a stunt career

Best seen in GAME OF DEATH

11. Mehdi Merali

Actor | Shooter

Mehdi Merali was born on November 9, 1985 in Miami, Florida, USA. He is known for his work on Shooter (2016), The Night Shift (2014) and S.W.A.T. (2017).

Tae Kwon Do, Karate

Trivia: is also trained in firearm usage

Best seen in HOUNDZ FROM HELL

12. Ken Lally

Actor | Heroes

Ken Lally is the son of a spy and a child of the Cold War. His father was recruited by the N.S.A. as a teen, served in China and Berlin, where he met Ken's mother. His father raised him to follow in his footsteps, but his first love was Shakespeare; and he tackled the hardest role of his career, ...

Kickboxing

Trivia: joined the Benny Urquidez Stunt Team while training at Urquidez's gym

Best seen in AMBUSHED

13. Wayne Dalglish

Stunts | Wonder Woman

Wayne Dalglish was born on September 12, 1990 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA as Wayne Richard Dalglish. He is known for his work on Wonder Woman (2017), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).

Tae Kwon Do, Shorei-Ryu Karate, Ninjutsu, Wushu (4-time ISKA Champion; 7-time NASKA Champion; 2-time Diamond Nationals Champion; 2-time Ocean State Grand Nationals Champion; 2-time US Open Champion; 2-time Compete Nationals Champion; NASKA Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the youngest ISKA Champion ever to win the title

Best seen in KICKIN' IT

14. Theo Kypri

Stunts | Tomorrow Never Dies

Theo Kypri was born in London, England. He attended Highbury Grove Secondary School in Highbury, a stone's throw from Arsenal Football Club. A Former World Class Trampolinist turned stunt professional he has worked on some of Hollywood's biggest grossing movies and has stunt doubled some of the ...

Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is a former British National Trampoline Champion

Best seen in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN - DEAD MAN'S CHEST

15. Jessen Noviello

Stunts | Divergent

Jessen Noviello is known for his work on Divergent (2014), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).

Karate (Sport Karate Hall of Fame entry), Kickboxing, Tang So Do (5th Dan), Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (blue belt), Muay Thai

Trivia: is also a dance choreographer

Best seen in RULES

16. Jaylen Moore

Actor | Six

If talent takes you far in life then Jaylen Moore is a world-class traveler. A true triple threat known for his perilous acrobatic stunts & fighting style, versatile acting chops and comedic timing Moore is the epitome of today's "Action Hero and Renaissance Man" all in one.

Moore currently stars in...

Kickboxing, Judo, Wushu, Kumite-Ryu & Atemi-Ryu Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Tae Kwon Do, Escrima, Kendo

Trivia: studied tumbling at the Olympic gymnastics facility

Best seen in AZTEC WARRIOR

17. Linda Jewell

Stunts | Furious Seven

Linda Jewell is known for her work on Furious 7 (2015), The Last Ship (2014) and The Fate of the Furious (2017).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Capoeira, Northern Shaolin, Kickboxing, Kobudo

Trivia: is a former competitive swimmer

Best seen in MASK OF THE NINJA

18. Roberto Gutierrez

Actor | Manhattan Chase

Roberto Gutierrez is an actor, known for Manhattan Chase (2000).

Wushu

Trivia: also practices boxing

Best seen in MANHATTAN CHASE

19. Paul Anthony Scott

Stunts | Ford v Ferrari

Paul Anthony Scott is known for his work on Ford v Ferrari (2019), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Race to Witch Mountain (2009).

Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, Escrima

Trivia: is Nathan Fillion's personal stunt double

Best seen in CROSS

20. Bjørn Olsen

Actor | Titanic

Bjørn Olsen is an actor, known for Titanic (1997), Night Hunter (1996) and Sworn to Justice (1996).

Aikido (6th Dan)

Trivia: is the leader of the Norwegian Aikido Federation's technical committee

Best seen in SWORN TO JUSTICE

21. Ronnie Cea

Actor | Sworn to Justice

Ronnie Cea is an actor, known for Sworn to Justice (1996).

Wun Hop Kuen (Masters Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is a recipient of the Silver Life Achievement Award

Best seen in SWORN TO JUSTICE

22. Scot Conway

Stunts | Return of the Killer Tomatoes!

Scot Conway is known for his work on Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988) and Sworn to Justice (1996).

Kajukenbo (7th degree black belt), Hoshin-Ryu & Kindai-Ryu Jujitsu (3rd & 2nd Dan), Kenpo (1st Dan), Chuan Shu

Trivia: also works as a business communication agent

Best seen in SWORN TO JUSTICE

23. John Corcoran

Writer | American Samurai

John Corcoran is known for his work on American Samurai (1992), The Squeeze (1987) and The Protector (1985). He died on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Shorin-Ryu Karate

Trivia: is also a publicist specializing in martial arts content, and paid for his initial Karate classes by writing advertisements for his instructor

Best seen in BLACKBELT

24. Robn Meeks

Writer | Thump

Robn Meeks (Actor/Singer/Writer/Producer), started acting at the early age of 6, and has many stage credits under his name. In his hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, he has portrayed such characters as: Oliver Twist in the Hit Musical "Oliver!" (1976), Little Tim, and later Bob Cratchett in "A ...

Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Krav Maga, Kendo

Trivia: head instructor of the Meeks Martial Arts school in Kentucky

Best seen in FLIGHT TO DANGER

25. Manuel Sanchez

Actor | Final Payback

Manuel Sanchez is known for his work on Final Payback (2001), Street Crimes (1992) and Firepower (1993).

Hang Ling Do, Wun Hop Kuen (6th Dan), Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Bagua Zhang

Trivia: practices sports medicine, herbalism, and shiatsu massage

Best seen in DEADLY BET

26. Casey Tabura

Actor | Deep Cover

Casey Tabura is an actor, known for Deep Cover (1997), Sworn to Justice (1996) and Little Ninjas (1993).

Lima Lama, Iaido (Masters Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the son of Sensei Ted Tabura

Best seen in 3 LITTLE NINJAS AND THE LOST TREASURE

27. Mitchell Bobrow

Actor | Coneheads

Mitchell Bobrow is an actor, known for Coneheads (1993), Blackbelt (1992) and Max Monroe (1990).

Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan; US Marine Corp Champion; Open Karate US Champion; US National Team member; Taekwondo Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: competed in the first-ever Tae Kwon Do World Championships in Japan

Best seen in BLACKBELT

28. Troy Augborne

Actor | Deadly Bet

Sifu Troy Augborne was born in Los Angeles, California. He has been involved in the Chinese Martial Arts since his childhood, however it was not until he met his Master, Mr. Hui Ho Kwong (Kenneth H. Hui) that he embraced and became a specialist in the Traditional Northern Shaolin Style of Chinese ...

Northern Shaolin

Trivia: represented the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Association in competitive point fighting

Best seen in BLACKBELT

29. Tommy Bull

Assistant_director | Final Justice

Tommy Bull is known as a A-List DGA Director #021625(3107), 2nd Unit Director, SAG-Aftra Actor, Writer, Producer, Fight choreography and coordinator, stunts and stunt design. Tommy Bull is an 86 time undefeated World Champion, full-contact kickboxing. Tommy won two Golden Glove Awards at age 17 and...

Wa Lu, Kickboxing, Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo, Jeet Kune Do, Bagua Zhang, Shotokan Karate, Tai Chi, Wushu, Hapkido, Chin Na, Northern Shaolin, Aikido, Judo, Muay Thai, Eagle Claw, Fu Jow Pai, Dragon & Praying Mantis Kung Fu

Trivia: is also a boxer, having become a Golden Gloves Champion at age 17

Best seen in KARATE WARRIOR 2

30. Emmanuel Yarborough

Actor | Oz

Emmanuel Yarborough was born on September 5, 1964 in Rahway, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor, known for Oz (1997), Paranoia (1998) and Dirty Movie (2011). He died on December 21, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

Sumo (4th Dan; ISF Champion; US National Team member; US Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Judo (brown belt; US National Champion), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-2)

Trivia: holds the Guinness World Record of "World's Largest Athlete," having stood 6'8" and weighing 700 lbs.

Best seen in MR. AND MRS. KHILADI

31. Abdullah the Butcher

Actor | I'm Going to Get You... Elliot Boy

Known throughout the annals of professional wrestling as "The Wildman from the Sudan," Abdullah the Butcher was born Lawrence Shreeve in Windsor, Ontario, on January 1, 1936. Wrestling at over 400 lbs through his career, Abby became a legend for bloodying opponents and was one of the first ...

Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan), Judo, Karate

Trivia: at age 79, he is one of the oldest professional wrestlers to still compete

Best seen in ROARING FIRE

32. Kam Yuen

Actor | Kung Fu

Kam Yuen is known for his work on Kung Fu (1972), The Red Kid (2005) and Circle of Iron (1978).

Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi

Trivia: was reportedly the inspiration for the KUNG FU television show

Best seen in KUNG FU

33. Shellie Blanks Cimarosti

Actress | Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Shellie Blanks Cimarosti is known for her work on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) and Double Dragon (1994). She is married to Mark Cimarosti. They have two children.

Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan; Junior Olympic Gold medalist), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (WJJC Junior Champion)

Trivia: has been the personal trainer of Shaquille O'Neal, Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Brooke Shields, Robert Downy, and Queen Latifah, among others

Best seen in MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS

34. J.D. Rifkin

Stunts | Airheads

With a background in Karate, Kickboxing, and Aikido, J.D. Rifkin has worked both behind and in front of the camera, from fight choreographer and trainer to stunt player, stunt double and actor in numerous films, large and small and has been featured on the covers and pages of various international ...

Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan; Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Kickboxing, Aikido

Trivia: was nominated for the 2011 Freedom Award by the US Secretary of Defense

Best seen in THE ULTIMATE GAME

35. Maja Aro

Stunts | Once Upon a Time

Maja Aro was born on January 1, 1984 in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada as Maja Kristiane Stace-Smith. She is known for her work on Once Upon a Time (2011), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) and The Cabin in the Woods (2011). She has been married to Jeffery Aro since July 13, 2013.

Tae Kwon Do (red belt), Budo Taijutsu (red belt), Escrima

Trivia: finished in second place at the 2002 Women's Big Air Competition

Best seen in TRUE JUSTICE

36. James Robinson

Actor | Here Comes the Boom

James Robinson is known for his work on Here Comes the Boom (2012), Dishonorable Vendetta (2012) and Nomad (2010).

Judo, Tai Chi, Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: is a member of the Triple Threat Seminars team

Best seen in HERE COMES THE BOOM

37. Stephen Oyoung

Actor | Spider-Man

Stephen Oyoung is known for his work on Spider-Man (2018), Jupiter's Legacy (2020) and For All Mankind (2019).

Wushu (Beijing National Team member), Tae Kwon Do, Kendo, Kobudo

Trivia: also practices fencing and boxing

Best seen in 47 RONIN

38. Henrik Sprechler

Actor | Ud af mørket

Henrik Sprechler is an actor, known for Through Darkness (2012).

Wing Chun, Sanshou

Trivia: is a former police officer and member of the German military

Best seen in THROUGH DARKNESS

39. Sam Medina

Actor | Venom

Sam Medina

When not in front of the cameras, Actor Sam Medina also lends his talent as a director for Episodic Television Shows. This fall, Medina will make his Feature Film directorial debut in the upcoming action/thriller UNTITLED SAM MEDINA PROJECT in Europe and Morocco. It will begin production ...

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Kenpo, Muay Thai

Trivia: also practices boxing

Best seen in LOCKED DOWN

40. John Bernecker

Stunts | Black Panther

John Bernecker was born on March 2, 1984 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as John Hagen Bernecker. He is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), The 5th Wave (2016) and Looper (2012). He died on July 13, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Aikijutsu, Ninjutsu

Trivia: is a member of the Filming Louisiana movie team

Best seen in KNUCKLEHEAD

41. Kage Havok

Venom

Kage Havok is an upcoming Actor. A Florida native with the ethnicity of Irish and Native American Indian. Former sports athlete in multiple sports including being raised in a boxing family. He was trained as a Pro Wrestler by Dwayne Johnson's Uncle, the WWE Hall of Famer Afa Anoai. Model print work...

Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is a state-certified military combat instructor

Best seen in KNUCKLEHEAD

42. Shawn P. Flanagan

Assistant_director | Point Doom

Shawn P. Flanagan was born on October 30, 1964 in Rochester, New Hampshire, USA. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Point Doom (2000), Bloodmoon (1997) and The Watering Hole (2011).

Yoshi-tune Waza & Kai No Kenson Jujitsu, Kenpo, Kickboxing

Trivia: is the lead instructor of the Karate International Martial Arts Center

Best seen in THE CUTOFF

43. Mike Genova

Stunts | The Annihilators

Mike Genova is known for his work on The Annihilators (1985), Bloodmoon (1997) and No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990).

Karate (Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: was declared the second best defensive Karate fighter of all time by Black Belt Magazine

Best seen in NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER 3

44. John Maynard

Actor | Bloodmoon

John Maynard is an actor, known for Bloodmoon (1997).

Kickboxing, Karate (6th Dan; 5-time UFAF Champion), Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: the only person to achieve certified instructorship under Chuck Norris, Bill Wallace, and Joe Lewis

Best seen in BLOODMOON

45. Robb Buckland

Actor | Anatomy of the Tide

Robb Buckland is known for his work on Anatomy of the Tide (2015), CHANCE (2017) and The Coward Home for the Holidays (2020).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Karate

Trivia: is the lead instructor of the FEARS Ltd. MMA school

Best seen in ANATOMY OF THE TIDE

46. J Schaefer

Camera_department | The Crow

J Schaefer is known for his work on The Crow (1994), Blood Was Everywhere (2011) and Die You Zombie Bastards! (2005).

Fei Hu Quan, Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Tieh Kuai Li, Suang Hu Jian

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor, having taught over 1300 students

Best seen in BLOODMOON

47. Verdy Bhawanta

Actor | Merah Putih Memanggil

Verdy Bhawanta was born on June 17, 1980 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia as I Made Verdy Bhawanta. He is an actor, known for Merah Putih Memanggil (2017), Jack Noland and Mortal Enemies (2011).

Capoeira

Trivia: is the founder of the Negaca Capoeira community of Indonesia

Best seen in MORTAL ENEMIES

48. Don Crenshaw

Actor | Bloodmoon

Don Crenshaw is an actor, known for Bloodmoon (1997).

Karate

Trivia: is the owner of the USA Karate studio of Germantown, Tennessee

Best seen in BLOODMOON

49. Keith Chatham

Actor | Bloodmoon

Keith Chatham is an actor, known for Bloodmoon (1997).

Aikido, Karate, Kickboxing, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu

Trivia: is the founder of the Academy of Martial Arts of Alpharetta, Georgia

Best seen in BLOODMOON

50. Manuel Taningco

Actor | Superfights

Manuel Taningco is an actor, known for Superfights (1995).

Kenpo (8th Dan; 3-time USKA Champion; 2-time US Open Champion; National Martial Arts Federation Martial Arts, Filipino Martial Arts & World Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry; Martial Arts Gallery of Fame entry), Doce Pares, Shotokan Karate, Pentjak Silat, Icho-Ryu Aikijutsu (3rd Dan), Hakko-Ryu, Danzan-Ryu & Tama-Ryu Jujitsu (founder), Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, Tien Shan Pai, Chin Na, Tai Chi, Dumog, Kendo, Iaido, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: has coached three national martial arts teams

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS

51. Mike Jones

Stunts | Native Son

Mike Jones is known for his work on Native Son (2019), Facing Trauma (2011) and Domestic Disturbance (2001).

Goju-Ryu, Komakai & Shorin-Ryu Karate (7th, 6th & 7th Dan), Dentokan Goshinjutsu (7th Dan), Ryukyu Dento Kobudo (7th Dan), Yanagi-Ryu & Dentokan Aikijujutsu, Seidokan Karate

Trivia: is the Vice President of the Sekai Dentokan Bugei Renmei, the Pan-American Director and Vice President of the International Gojuryu Karate Association, and the North American President of the Gojuryu Okinawakan Karate-do Kyokai

Best seen in SUPERFIGHTS

52. Paul Mormando

Actor | Bound by Debt

Brooklyn native Paul Mormando is an internationally recognized martial artist. Proving himself as a child prodigy he became an expert in Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu and Kung Fu, and developed his own style called Cha Ki Do. Paul's particular set of skills were recognized by the prestigious World ...

Chan Ki Do (founder), Tae Kwon Do (10th Dan), Shotokan Karate, Jujitsu, Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai

Trivia: set a world record by breaking 56 wooden boards in 58 seconds

Best seen in AMERICAN SHAOLIN

53. Ocean Hou

Actor | Man of Tai Chi

Ocean Hou is known for his work on Man of Tai Chi (2013), The Blood Bond (2011) and Attrition (2018).

Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Wushu

Trivia: was trained as a bodyguard in secondary school

Best seen in MAN OF TAI CHI

54. Tyler Williams

Stunts | All-In

An Honours BFA from Ryerson University, independent filmmaker, actor and stuntman, Tyler's largest success has come from the advertising world as a director for Untitled Films. His accolades include: Molson Canadian "Project Indonesia", which aired during the 2014 Winter Olympics and gained nearly ...

Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Escrima, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Kobudo, Shinto-Ryu Kendo, Capoeira

Trivia: also practices parkour and gymnastics

Best seen in TAPPED

55. Ashley Sixx

Actor | Tapped Out

Ashley Sixx is known for his work on Tapped Out (2014) and Sweet Daddy Siki (2017).

Wado-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: trained with the Canadian Olympic Tae Kwon Do Team

Best seen in TAPPED

56. Ritch Cruz

Stunts | Tapped Out

Ritch Cruz is known for his work on Tapped Out (2014).

Muay Thai, Karate, Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Escrima, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is the lead instructor of the Pound 4 Pound MMA Training Centre in Canada

Best seen in TAPPED

57. Allen Rubin

Producer | American Tigers

Allen Rubin was born on August 25, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for American Tigers (1996), Broken Bars (1995) and ZK: Elephant's Graveyard (2015).

Ji Do Kwan Karate (5th Dan; Masters Hall of Fame, United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame & Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors entry), Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Escrima, Muay Thai

Trivia: is the founder of the Dragon-Ear jewelry company

Best seen in BREATHING FIRE

58. Rubén González

Director | Encuentro sangriento

Rubén González is an assistant director and director, known for Encuentro sangriento (1994), Comando M-5 (2002) and El perro más perro (2003).

Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Kickboxing

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Chuck Norris and Hector Pena

Best seen in GARRA DE TIGRE

59. Frank Dux

Stunts | Bloodsport

Frank Dux is a Martial Arts legend surrounded in both fame and controversy. In the early 1980s, Dux was the center of a now-famous article in a well-known martial arts magazine, highlighting his career as an underground fighter for a secret organization located in Asia. A number of years later, ...

Kenpo, Hapkido, Kajukenbo, Jujitsu, Dux-Ryu Ninjutsu (founder; USA Martial Arts, Action Martial Art, Golden Globe International Martial Art & World Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the developer of the FASST/Dux Ryu combat system

Best seen in GET THE TERRORISTS

60. Mark Calaway

Actor | Suburban Commando

Born on March 24, 1965. Best known as "The Undertaker" from World Wrestling Entertainment. He first came to the WWF in 1990 as Ted DiBiase's mystery partner at The Survivor Series (1990). At first, he was a heel, but later turned face, around WrestleMania VIII (1992). He has held the WWF World ...

HONORARY ENTRY

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: also practices boxing

61. Carrie-Anne Moss

Actress | The Matrix

Carrie-Anne Moss was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. At age 20, after studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she moved to Europe to pursue a career in modeling. While in Spain she was cast in a regular role in the TV show Dark Justice which was produced in Barcelona for its first ...

Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: trained in screen fighting under Yuen Woo-Ping for four months

Best seen in THE MATRIX

62. Mel Gibson

Actor | Braveheart

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is ...

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tai Chi

Trivia: prepared for his role in LETHAL WEAPON by accompanying LAPD officers on field assignments

Best seen in LETHAL WEAPON

63. James Caan

Actor | The Godfather

A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred.

He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) ...

Gosuku-Ryu Karate (6th Dan)

Trivia: has trained under Tak Kubota for over 30 years

Best seen in THE GODFATHER PART

64. Elitsa Razheva

Stunts | The Legend of Hercules

Elitsa Razheva is known for her work on The Legend of Hercules (2014), World War Z (2013) and The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017).

Sambo (World Championships Silver [2x] & Bronze medalist)

Trivia: competes in Sambo the in 56 kg division

Best seen in THE LEGEND OF HERCULES

65. Mark Zacharatos

Actor | No Retreat, No Surrender

Mark Zacharatos was born as Gerassimos Theodore Zacharatos. He is an actor, known for No Retreat, No Surrender (1986) and Full Contact (1993). He is married to Jamie Benaziz. They have one child.

Tang Soo Do (7th Dan; 5-time IKC Team Champion; Sherman Oaks Raiders Team member), Kickboxing (WKA & PKA Champion)

Trivia: is a former semi-pro soccer player

Best seen in NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER

66. William Washington

Stunts | Dolemite Is My Name

William Washington has worked in the motion picture industry for 30 plus years and counts among his credits over 400 Film projects. Television Shows, Commercials and Music Videos. Washington's career began when he was hired as a stuntman on the feature film "Marked for Death", starring Steven Segal...

Hapkido (4th Dan), Kenpo (3rd Dan)

Trivia: formerly competed in rodeo

Best seen in BLOOD AND BONE

67. Barry Gordon

Actor | Disco Godfather

Barry Gordon is an actor, known for Disco Godfather (1979).

Kenpo (10th Dan)

Trivia: is the grandmaster of the Black Kenpo Karate Association

Best seen in DISCO GODFATHER

68. Tom Bloom

Actor | Bad Blood

Grand Master Tom Bloom holds an 8th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do, the primary system taught at his Southern California studio. He also holds the rank of 6th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Shi Pa Gi.

Grand Master Bloom has trained thousands of Southern California residents. ...

Tang Soo Do (9th Dan; 5-time Long Beach International Champion; US National Karate Team captain), Tae Kwon Do (7th Dan), Hapkido (7th Dan), Ship Pal Gi (7th Dan)

Trivia: is also a martial arts instructor, having awarded more than 300 black belt degrees and having personally trained over 27 world champions

Best seen in MIDNIGHT MAN

69. Cynthia Prouder

Stunts | Million Dollar Baby

Cynthia Prouder is known for her work on Million Dollar Baby (2004), Man on the Moon (1999) and Under Lock and Key (1995).

Kenpo (USA Black Belt Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 8-12-1)

Best seen in PUSHED TO THE LIMIT

70. Juan Bofill

Actor | Iron Man Three

As an experienced expert in the field of stunts & special effects, Juan C. Bofill is not your average Stunts & FX coordinator. With both his skills and training combined in multiple fields, Juan has extensive knowledge that sets him apart from many in the business. With 44 years under his belt in ...

Goju-Ryu Karate (6th Dan; 3-time USKA Champion; 9-time Florida State Champion), Judo (3rd Dan), Kendo (3rd Dan), Kobudo

Trivia: has also won championships in police department sniping, archery, and paintball

Best seen in MORTAL CONTACT

71. Max Thayer

Actor | S.W.A.T.

Max Thayer was born on June 18, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on S.W.A.T. (2003), The Retrievers (1982) and Planet of Dinosaurs (1977).

Hapkido

Trivia: trained in the martial arts under Master Bong-Soo Han

Best seen in THE RETRIEVERS

72. Caitlin Dechelle

Stunts | Wonder Woman

Caitlin Dechelle was born in Miami, Florida, USA. She is known for her work on Wonder Woman (2017), Furious 7 (2015) and Teen Wolf (2011).

Karate (60-time NASKA Champion; 12-time ISKA Champion; 5-time WSKF Champion; 2-time WAKO Champion; 3-time AKA Champion), Kendo

Trivia: was personally cast by Jackie Chan in the below-mentioned film after he saw her compete on television

Best seen in CHINESE ZODIAC

73. Tyler Weaver Jr.

Actor | Champions of the Deep

Tyler Weaver Jr. is known for his work on Champions of the Deep (2012), Midnight Show (2016) and Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine (2017).

Karate (2nd Dan; Hyper Performance Team member; 14-time NASKA Champion; 4-time PKA Champion; 8-time NBL/SKIL Champion; 7-time WSKF Champion; 2-time ISKA Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Kenpo, Ninjutsu, Escrima

Trivia: began competing in the martial arts at age 7

Best seen in UNDERDOG KIDS

74. Dayna Huor

Actor | Champions of the Deep

Dayna Huor is an actor, known for Champions of the Deep (2012).

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan; 23-time NASKA Champion; WKA Gold medalist; ISKA Champion), Karate (1st Dan)

Trivia: studies the martial arts under her father

Best seen in CHAMPIONS OF THE DEEP

75. Allen Keng

Actor | Bulletproof Monk

Allen Keng began his journey into the world of martial arts at the early age of seven. Unfortunately for Allen, his Karate instructor was mean and made him cry, and he vowed never to go back. Years passed and Allen rediscovered martial arts through the legendary Bruce Lee, who portrayed a Chinese ...

Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Wushu, Karate

Trivia: swore off martial arts at age 7 because of poor experiences in Karate class, but began training in kung fu three years later

Best seen in TRUE JUSTICE

76. Mando Reyes

Actor | Shootfighter: Fight to the Death

Mando Reyes is an actor, known for Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993).

Karate

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Louis Casamassa

Best seen in SHOOTFIGHTER

77. Reese Madigan

Actor | Elementary

A theatrical actor from New York, Reese Madigan will be forever known as the "American Shaolin" to martial arts film fans as he earned the titled role of the movie in 1991. Reese is a blackbelt in the art of Shotokan Karate and was fascinated by the Chinese culture - it was both his skills and ...

Shotokan Karate

Trivia: is also a stage actor, having finished a production of Henry VI when auditioning for the below-mentioned film

Best seen in AMERICAN SHAOLIN

78. David Sakurai

Actor | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

David Sakurai was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the age of 18, he moved to Japan where he received his theatrical training and honed his skills in the indie film scene in Tokyo.

After relocating back to Denmark in 2008, Sakurai proved himself a strong, versatile actor having been cast in a variety...

Wing Chun, Karate, Aikido, Jujitsu

Trivia: trains in the martial arts under Sifu Jung-Soo Park

Best seen in THROUGH DARKNESS

79. Rick Kahana

Stunts | Club Dread

Rick Kahana is known for his work on Club Dread (2004), Predator 2 (1990) and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988). He died on July 24, 2012 in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Seki-Ryu Jujitsu, Kahana-Te Karate

Trivia: is a US Army veteran

Best seen in LONE TIGER

80. Keith Rosary

Actor | Space: Above and Beyond

Keith Rosary is known for his work on Space: Above and Beyond (1995), Trained to Kill (1989) and Chinatown Connection (1990).

Tae Kwon Do (7-time Massachusetts State Champion; USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Shotokan Karate, Wing Chun, Aikido, Tang Soo Do, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: opened his first martial arts studio at age 15

Best seen in PRIVATE WARS

81. Thomas Hacikoglu

Stunts | The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Thomas Hacikoglu is known for his work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015), The Three Musketeers (2011) and Cloud Atlas (2012).

Wushu (German National Champion; German National Team member)

Trivia: is a member of the International Wushu Federation

Best seen in ARENA OF THE STREET FIGHTER

82. Nicole Bilderback

Actress | Last Summer

Nicole "Nikki" Bilderback grew up in Dallas, Texas as an all-American girl. She was born in Seoul, Korea but is a mix of Korean, Japanese and Chinese, giving her a versatile Asian-American look. Nikki was adopted as a newborn by Jim and Lois Bilderback. Being the youngest child and only daughter, ...

Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: performs her own stunts

Best seen in DARK ANGEL

83. Franco Guerrero

Actor | Warriors of the Apocalypse

Franco Guerrero was born on February 3, 1947 in Laguna, Philippines as Francisco Almodovar Liwanag. He is known for his work on Warriors of the Apocalypse (1985), The Return of the Bionic Boy (1979) and The One Armed Executioner (1981).

Kickboxing

Trivia: was encouraged to begin acting by his father, who owned a chain of movie theaters

Best seen in THE KICK FIGHTER

84. Peter Iacangelo III

Stunts | The Last Airbender

Peter Iacangelo III was born on August 2, 1977. He is known for his work on The Last Airbender (2010), NCIS (2003) and Birds of Prey (2002).

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan; Junior Olympic & National Team member; 2-time Jun Chong Tournament Gold medalist), Hapkido, Wushu, Kobudo

Trivia: is the only student to successfully test for the 3rd Dan under Simon Rhee

Best seen in HONOR

85. Ronn Surels

Stunts | The Expendables

Ronn Surels is known for his work on The Expendables (2010), Knight and Day (2010) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009).

Kenpo

Trivia: studies at the Lynchburg Kempo school of Virginia

Best seen in DAREDEVIL

86. Greg Fitzpatrick

Actor | The World Without You

Greg is an actor and a stuntman originally from NYC. He studied English Lit, and philosophy in college and upon graduation studied Sanford Meisner's Method in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of two Taurus World Stunt Awards for his work as a stuntman in film. He continues act and perform stunts ...

HONORARY ENTRY

Karate, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: also practices acrobatics, sword-fighting, and firearms usage

Best seen in REAL STEEL

87. Kyle Shapiro

Actor | Tian jiang xiong shi

Kyle Shapiro is known for his work on Dragon Blade (2015), Europe Raiders (2018) and The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011).

Wushu, Sanshou, Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: is also a coordinator for Shanghai Parkour and Free Running League

Best seen in WOLF WARRIOR

88. Tomer Oz

Actor | Mechanic: Resurrection

Tomer Oz born in Israel where he started his martial art experience since he was a young boy, he start practicing at his hometown and later on after his army service he traveled around the world pursuing his professional martial art dream! Tomer trained 3 years in NYC and then moved to Thailand ...

Muay Thai, Capoeira

Trivia: opened the first professional Muay Thai club in Shanghai

Best seen in CHINESE ZODIAC

89. Byung-Hun Lee

Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng

Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His ...

Tae Kwon Do

Trivia: trained for 5 days in preparation of his final fight scene in the featured film

Best seen in G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA

90. Thayr Harris

Stunts | Deadpool 2

Born and raised on The Farm, an alternative community in southern Tennessee.

Member of Hollywood based Martial Arts stunt teams; Reel Kick, and 87eleven.

Thayr excelled in the circus arts under the expert tutelage of performers from the Romanian State Circus. With five years touring he has performed ...

Tae Kwon Do, Wushu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is a member of the Reel Kick stunt team

Best seen in NEVER BACK DOWN 2

91. Gary Toy

Actor | The Time Machine

Gary Toy is known for his work on The Time Machine (2002), Battleship (2012) and Blade (1998).

Eagle Claw, Zui Quan

Trivia: taught kung fu to Sifu Ray Copeland

Best seen in MARTIAL LAW

92. Darrin Dewitt Henson

Actor | Tekken

Biography April 2019

Darrin Henson is a three - time award nominated actor , one time award nominated author and MTV choreography award Winner. Henson won the coveted MTV choreography award for NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye."

Henson can be seen in such films as "THE EXPRESS" in the role of "Jim Brown" TEKKEN ...

Jujitsu

Trivia: also practices boxing

Best seen in TEKKEN

Tae Kwon Do (8th Dan; PKA & ATA Champion; PKA Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is a co-author of the Scrolls of Songahm, which standardized Taekwondo curriculum in the 1970s

Best seen in PRIVATE WARS

94. Mel Novak

Actor | Game of Death

Martial arts legend and quintessential action movie villain Mel Novak has battled a who's who of legendary Hollywood heroes and is best known as the iconic Stick the Assassin in Bruce Lee's Game of Death. Through his appearances in several highly regarded martial arts films, Mel quickly gained a ...

Tang Soo Do

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Pat E. Johnson

Best seen in EXPERT WEAPON

HONORARY ENTRY

Sumo (record: 235-169)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler

96. Micheal DePasquale Sr.

Actor | The Cutoff

Micheal DePasquale Sr. is an actor, known for The Cutoff (1998).

Sekiguchi-Ryu, Kito-Ryu, Jigen-Ryu, Hakko-Ryu & Yoshidune-Waza Jujitsu (10th Dan; Black Belt & Jujutsu America Hall of Fame entry), Goshindo Kenpo, Hepi-Ryu Hanbojitsu

Trivia: is the founder of the International Federation of Jujutsuans

Best seen in THE CUTOFF

97. Yothin Udomsanti

Actor | Mechanic: Resurrection

Yothin Udomsanti is known for his work on Mechanic: Resurrection (2016), Skin Trade (2014) and Mystic Blade (2014).

Capoeira, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is also a Capoeira instructor

Best seen in MYSTIC BLADE

98. Catherine Dao

Actress | Symphoria

Catherine Dao was born on January 12, 1961 as Catherine Jah Fong Dao. She is an actress and writer, known for Symphoria, Contact (1997) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). She is married to David Lamont. They have one child.

Karate (brown belt)

Trivia: is also a stage actress

Best seen in FEMME FONTAINE: KILLER BABE FOR THE C.I.A.

99. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Actor | Airplane!

Legendary US NBA basketball player with the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989), the 7' 2" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Lew Alcindor) has made numerous guest appearances on US TV shows including Man from Atlantis (1977), 21 Jump Street (1987), Tales from the Darkside (...

Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: studied the martial arts under Bruce Lee

Best seen in GAME OF DEATH

100. Chip Post

Actor | Blackbelt

Mr. Post trained in Pai Lum Kung Fu and kickboxing with the world's greatest martial arts Kickboxers including Herbie Thompson, Steve Shepherd, Don Wilson, Rocky Richardson, Ernest Simmons, David Duquallo, Richard Hill, Tony Ortiz. After attending law school, Mr. Post returned to Florida and ...

Pai Lum, Kickboxing

Trivia: is also a martial arts promoter and manager

Best seen in BLACKBELT



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