Martial Artists In Movies: The Real Deal - Volume 14 (All Kickboxing Edition)

by The_Phantom_Projectionist | created - 27 May 2015 | updated - 17 Nov 2018 | 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.

This particular list EXCLUSIVELY includes individuals whose primary activities in the realm of martial arts include Kickboxing competition. Individuals who have competed in Kickboxing but are more authoritative in other sectors can be found in other lists.


  • 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


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.


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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1. Bridgett Riley

Stunts | Jumper

Bridgett Riley was born on May 13, 1973 in Oakville, Missouri, USA. She is known for her work on Jumper (2008), Star Trek Beyond (2016) and Watchmen (2009).

Kickboxing (ISKA, WKBA, WKA, UKF & IKBF Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry; record: 26-2), Karate (1st Dan)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 15-3) and former IFBA Champion

Best seen in TRIPLE IMPACT

2. Gary Daniels

Actor | The Expendables

Gary Edward Daniels (born 9 May 1963) is an English actor, a martial arts artist, a former World Light-heavyweight Kickboxing Champion (P.K.A.), a martial arts action film star, a producer, and a fight coordinator. At a young age, Daniels started to train in the martial arts. At seventeen, Daniels ...

Kickboxing (WKBA & PKA Champion; record: 22-5), Tae Kwon Do (record: 12-3), Sillum Wong Gar Kune, Muay Thai, Karate, Aikido, Judo

Trivia: was disqualified repeatedly from Tae Kwon Do tournaments in England for knocking out his opponents, moving him to compete in Kickboxing instead

Best seen in BLOODMOON

3. Olivier Gruner

Actor | Nemesis

Olivier Gruner was born on August 2, 1960 in Paris. His father was a successful surgeon with his own surgery practice. One of his brothers also became a surgeon and his younger brother became an engineer. When he was 18 years old, he joined the Marine Nationale, volunteering for their Commando ...

Kickboxing (French National Champion; WAKO Silver medalist), Shotokan Karate, Savate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is France's first-ever national champion in Kickboxing

Best seen in SAVATE

4. Jerry Trimble

Actor | Heat

Jerry Trimble was born in Newport, Kentucky. He was an insecure, fearful and bullied kid. At age 14 he was inspired by Bruce Lee and began studying Taekwon-Do. In six months he began teaching the art. At 15, Jerry earned the rank of first-degree black belt and became the number one point fighter in...

Kickboxing (PKA & PKC Champion; Kentucky State Champion), Tae Kwon Do (6th Dan)

Trivia: is one of the fastest kickers in the world, with a hook kick reportedly clocking 118 MPH

Best seen in THE MASTER

5. Don Wilson

Actor | Batman Forever

Don "The Dragon" Wilson is considered the greatest kick-boxing champion in the sport's history. A native of South Florida, Wilson began fighting in the late 1970s. In a career which spanned 4 decades, he won 11 world kick-boxing championships, among them the WKA, STAR, WKC, PKO Lightheavyweight ...

Muay Thai, Kickboxing (3-time WKA Champion; 2-time PKA Champion; 2-time ISKA Champion; 2-time STAR Champion; IKF, WKC, PKO & KICK Champion; record: 72-5-2; Black Belt, Official Karate, American Karate, Martial Arts & WKL Hall of Fame entry), Pai Lum, Goju-Ryu Karate

Trivia: producer Roger Corman proposed a fight between Wilson and Jean-Claude Van Damme when Wilson disputed Van Damme's claim to have occupied a Kickboxing championship held by another fighter

Best seen in BLOODFIST II

6. Hakim Alston

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Hakim Alston is a Kickboxing champion with over 30 years of martial arts experience. He started his training in Tae Kwon Do when he was 10 and has a 4th degree black belt. He also trained in Karate. His skills brought him to be a member of the USA Karate Team from 1984-1990.

After becoming a world ...

Kickboxing (ISKA, PKL & WUKO Champion), Karate, Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan; 4-time NASKA Champion; US National Karate Team member)

Trivia: is also a personal trainer, certified by the WKA

Best seen in US SEALS 2

7. Billy Chow

Actor | Shu dan long wei

Billy Chow was born on August 24, 1958 in Canada. He is an actor, known for High Risk (1995), Future Cops (1993) and Robotrix (1991).

Kickboxing, Muay Thai (2-time WKA Champion; record: 43-8)

Trivia: won 30 of his Kickboxing matches by KO

Best seen in FIST OF LEGEND

8. Dale Cook

Actor | Eternal Fist

Dale Cook was born on November 24, 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He is an actor, known for Eternal Fist (1992), Blood Ring (1991) and Blood Ring 2 (1995).

Tae Kwon Do, Karate (7th Dan), Kickboxing (5-time WKA Champion; UKF Champion; record: 94-4-1)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 19-2-1)

Best seen in TRIPLE IMPACT

9. Joe Lewis

Actor | Jaguar Lives!

Blond, muscular, tall, handsome, and the greatest heavyweight point-fighter and kick-boxer of the 1960s and 70s, Joe Lewis coined the phrase,"American Kickboxing". He fought in the first kick-boxing heavyweight title fight in 1970. Had one of the greatest point-fighting careers in history. Lewis is...

Shorin-Ryu Karate (10th Dan; 7-time US National, WPKC & PAWAK Champion), Kickboxing (USKA & PKA Champion; record: 17-4), Jeet Kune Do

Trivia: won the first "official" international martial arts tournament, winning the prize of $1

Best seen in FORCE: FIVE

10. Kathy Long

Actress | Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Kathy Long was kick-boxing first "sex Symbol". The Mia St. John of kick-boxing. Looked more like a blond surfer girl from southern California then a champion kick-boxer. Dominated women's kick-boxing in the 1980s. Retired with a 18-1 kick-boxing record. Fought briefly as a professional boxer with ...

San Soo, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing (2-time KICK Champion; WKA, ISKA & WMAC Champion; record: 18-1; Black Belt & Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame entry), Aikido (1st Dan), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 2-0)

Trivia: is also a self-defense instructor and bodyguard

Best seen in KNIGHTS

11. Benny Urquidez

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

Benny Urquidez was raised in a very athletic family. His mother was a professional wrestler and his father a professional boxer, with all of his siblings black belts. He has earned black belts in nine different martial arts and trained in other styles.

The Jet decided to pursue full-contact karate ...

Kickboxing (3-time WKA Champion; 3-time STAR Champion; 2-time WSMAC Champion; MTBN, PKA, WPKO & NKL/IKL Champion; record: 62-1-2; Black Belt, Martial Arts & Official Karate Hall of Fame entry), Ukidokan Karate (founder; 9th degree black belt), Judo, Kenpo, Kajukenbo, Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Lima Lama, White Crane Kung Fu, Jujitsu, Aikido

Trivia: was the WKA Champion for a record of 8 years

Best seen in WHEELS ON MEALS

12. Dennis Alexio

Actor | Kickboxer

Dennis "The Terminator" Alexio is considered to be one of, if not the, greatest heavyweight kick boxing champion in the sport's history. His record is an outstanding 70-2, with 65 wins by way of knockout. Alexio developed a strong friendship with Jean-Claude Van Damme and the two made the highly ...

Kajukenbo, Tang Soo Do, Kickboxing (IKF, SKA, PKA, PKF, ISKA, KICK, WKA & FFKA Champion; IKF Hall of Fame entry; record: 68-2-1)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 7-1)

Best seen in KICKBOXER

13. Curtis Bush

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

World Champion kickboxer Curtis Bush was born on May 26, 1962 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Bush's fighting career lasted from 1979 to 1999. He participated in 75 fights altogether and has 54 wins to his credit, with 40 knockouts which include fifteen first round knockouts. Bush fought twenty-two ...

Kickboxing (6-time ISKA Champion; 2-time Virginia State Champion; FFKA, WKKO & WKA Champion; record: 42-10-2), Tang Soo Do (1st Dan), Karate

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 12-5-2) and 2-time USBA Champion


14. Peter Cunningham

I Spy

Peter Cunningham is known for his work on I Spy (2002), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and The Human Stain (2003).

Shito-Ryu & Ukidokan Karate (1st degree black belt), Muay Thai, Kickboxing (WKA, KICK, IMF, WMAC & ISKA Champion; ISKA Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the first-ever inductee into the ISKA Hall of Fame


15. Hector Echavarria

Actor | No Way Out

A Martial Arts champion in his native Argentina, Hector Echavarria, brings to the Hollywood film industry a background of business success, acting experience, and martial arts expertise.

In addition to producing and starring in his own films, Hector has become an industrial force- with his own ...

Vale Tudo, Kickboxing (USKA, WKFA, VTKA, All South American Martial Arts & Argentina National Champion; record: 28-0-1; US Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Shorin-Ryu Karate (7th Dan; AMKA Champion; 3-time USKA Silver medalist), Kenpo (7th Dan), Tae Kwon Do (5th Dan), Jujitsu (2nd Dan), Judo (2nd Dan), Tai Chi

Trivia: began competing in professional Kickboxing at age 14

Best seen in LOS BRAVOS

16. Fredia Gibbs

Actress | Knockout

Fredia Gibbs was born in Chester, PA. USA . Multi Sport Champion. Billed as the Most Dangerous Kickboxing Women In the World after knocking out Frances Champion. Gibbs is a 3x World Kickboxing Champion. She is known for her work on The Roseanne Barr ( 2002) The World Toughest Women. She was ...

Muay Thai, Kickboxing (ISKA Champion; record: 15-0), Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: is the first African-American woman to hold the ISKA Championship

Best seen in KNOCKOUT

17. Sam Greco

Actor | Scooby-Doo

Tall, fearsome looking and powerfully built Sam Greco is internationally famous as one of the key fighters in the illustrious K

  • 1 martial arts tournaments held around the globe and culminating in
the Grand Prix final in Japan. Greco recently retired from tournament fighting, but is still revered in ...

Kyokushin Karate (6-time Australian National Champion; 4-time Commonwealth Champion; Karate World Cup Champion) , Muay Thai, Kickboxing (WAKO & WKA Champion; record: 19-9-2), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 3-1-1)

Trivia: is also a former professional soccer player

Best seen in UNDER THE GUN

18. Ian Jacklin

Producer | Small Town Bands

Ian Jacklin is a great martial artist and former Kickboxing champion, mostly popular for the martial arts genre. He started playing bad guys, but turned good later. In 1994 he was the hero in "Death Match". A great action movie in which he starred alongside WMAC-Masters' Michele 'Mouse' Krasnoo. ...

Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing (2-time WKA Champion; record: 14-3-1)

Trivia: began competing in the United States when athletic associations began restricting Kickboxing in his native Canada

Best seen in DEATH MATCH

19. Rob Kaman

Actor | Maximum Risk

Rob Kaman is an actor, known for Maximum Risk (1996), Legionnaire (1998) and Bloodfist (1989).

Muay Thai, Kickboxing (4-time WKA Champion; 2-time ISKA Champion; IKBF & IMF Champion; record: 98-12), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-0)

Trivia: is the creator of the Kaboa exercise program

Best seen in BLOODFIST

20. Vince Murdocco

Stunts | The Incredible Hulk

Vince Murdocco gained fame in the kickboxing world when he was the North American Cruiserweight Champion. He soon made the transition from kickboxing to film, like many world champions back in the 1990s. However, Vince made his film debut in a softcore porn comedy, Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic ...

Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing (WKA & JSBA Champion)

Trivia: Don "the Dragon" Wilson was so impressed by Murdocco's skills that he personally requested him to be his partner for martial arts demonstrations

Best seen in RING OF FIRE

21. Samart Payukaroon

Actor | Khon fai bin

Samart Payukaroon was born as Samart Tiptarmai. He is an actor, known for Dynamite Warrior (2006), Thai Police Story (1986) and The 400 Bravers (2018).

Muay Thai

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 21-2)


22. Nicholas Pettas

Actor | Â! Ikkenya puroresu

Nicholas Pettas was born on January 23, 1973 in Mykonos, Greece. He is an actor, known for Â! Ikkenya puroresu (2004), Yaru Onna - She's a Killer (2018) and Siberian Express 5 (2005).

Kickboxing (K-1 GP Champion; record: 9-10), Kyokushin Karate (10th Shin Karate World Champion)

Trivia: is the first non-Japanese martial artist to endure the 100-day Uchi Deshi training program


23. Ernie Reyes Jr.

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Ernie Reyes Jr. was born on January 15, 1972 in San Jose, California, USA as Ernest E. Reyes. He is an actor and producer, known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), The Rundown (2003) and Red Sonja (1985). He has been married to Lisa Reyes since November 11, 2009.

Tae Kwon Do (4th Dan), Muay Thai (record: 3-0)

Trivia: joined the West Coast Demo Team at age 6

Best seen in SURF NINJAS

24. Lucia Rijker

Actress | Million Dollar Baby

Lucia Rijker was born on December 7, 1967 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands as Lucia Frederica Rijker. She is an actress and producer, known for Million Dollar Baby (2004), Star Trek (2009) and Rollerball (2002).

Kickboxing (IWBA, WKA & ISKA Champion; record: 36-0)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer with a record of 16-0, making her combined record 52-0 with 39 KOs


25. Dominiquie Vandenberg

Stunts | Mortal Kombat

Starring in the award winning indie film The Honorable (2002) served to win Vandenberg the lead role in a series of Timex spots for director Tim Burton. Shortly afterward he was hired to train and teach Leonardo Di Caprio in antique knife fighting techniques for Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York ...

Judo, Skyleko-Kundokan & Kyokushin Karate, Savate, Lethwei (record: 10-0), Krav Maga, Bando, Muay Thai (European Junior Champion; record: 35-0), Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: claims to have fought in "iron circle" freestyle matches in Thailand

Best seen in THE PIT FIGHTER

26. Jason Yee

Actor | The Girl from the Naked Eye

Jason Yee is an actor, director and producer who transitioned from an acclaimed career as a professional martial artist. He was born and raised in Boston's inner city by his single mom and grandparents. In his early 20s Jason won numerous martial arts championships and became the first American to ...

Wushu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Sanshou (IWF Champion & Silver medalist; US National Team member; WKF & Inside Kung Fu Hall of Fame entry)

Trivia: is the first American to have won a medal in international Sanshou competition


27. Taimak

Actor | The Last Dragon

Taimak was born on June 27, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Taimak Guarriello. He is known for his work on The Last Dragon (1985), Dreamers (1999) and Repeat Offenders: Jamais Vu (2011).

Kickboxing (New York State Champion; Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Goju-Ryu Karate, Chinese Goju, Jujitsu, Shaolin Kung Fu

Trivia: initially competed in point-fighting but switched to Kickboxing for its heightened physicality

Best seen in THE LAST DRAGON

28. Maurice Smith

Actor | Blood and Bone

Maurice Smith was born on December 13, 1961 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is known for his work on Blood and Bone (2009), Sci-Fighter (2004) and Gutshot Straight (2014).

Kickboxing, Muay Thai (ISKA, WKA & WKC Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry; record: 53-13-1), Mixed Martial Arts (UFC & EFC Champion; record: 14-14)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 0-2)

Best seen in BLOODFIST II

29. James Warring

Actor | Qualcuno pagherà

James Warring is an actor, known for The Opponent (1988), Bloodfist II (1990) and World Combat Championship (1996).

Kickboxing (KICK, PKC, FFKA & 2-time WKA Champion), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 2-1)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 18-4-1) and former IBF Champion

Best seen in BLOODFIST II

30. Richard Hill

Actor | Fu sheng

Richard Hill is an actor, known for Floating Life (1996) and Bloodfist II (1990).

Kickboxing (3-time KICK Champion; ISKA Champion)

Trivia: headlined the largest Kickboxing event ever held in Moscow, with 35,000 fans attending

Best seen in BLOODFIST II

31. Bill Wallace

Actor | A Force of One

Bill "Superfoot" Wallace is a living legend in the world of martial arts and professional kickboxing. A pioneer in the sport, he began his martial arts career as a Karate point-fighter. He competed along with such immortals as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis, and Skipper Mullins. After an ...

Shorin-Ryu Karate (10th Dan), Kickboxing (PKA Champion; record: 23-0; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry), Judo

Trivia: is capable of kicking at 60 MPH

Best seen in A FORCE OF ONE

32. Michael M. Foley

Actor | Lionheart

Michael Foley's training started with Jiu-Jitsu on High School. After graduating he'd train in Omega Systems of Karate and Kempo Chuan Fa. At that time Mike would start acting in college and would later graduate with an acting degree.

He joined the army in 1976 and was stationed in Hawaii. There he ...

Kickboxing (2-time KICK Champion; 2-time WKA Champion; CASK & Atlantic Canadian Champion), Kenpo (5th Dan; WPKA, Canada Cup & CBN Open Gold medalist; Canadian National Bronze medalist), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (purple belt), Judo (orange belt), Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is the president of Kickboxing Newfoundland & Labrador

Best seen in WMAC MASTERS

33. Stan Longinidis

Actor | Trojan Warrior

Australian heavyweight kick boxing champion (of Greek lineage) who went on to defeat some of the best kick boxers in the world including Branko Cikatic, Arthur "Mr C" Charlie, Grant Barker and Hawaiian Dennis Alexio

Stan came from a humble background in Melbourne's outer northern suburbs, and first ...

Muay Thai, Kickboxing (2-time WKA Champion; 2-time ISKA Champion; KICK, ISKA, WKBF, WMTC & WMC Champion; record: 82-8-4)

Trivia: set a WAKO record by knocking out Melvin Cole in 15 seconds, and also set a Guinness World Record by knocking out Dennis Alexio in 7 seconds


34. Paulo Tocha

Actor | Bound by Honor

Paulo Tocha is a Hollywood actor and producer living in Los Angeles , California. Tocha grew up internationally all over the world and speaks various languages. From Portuguese-Italian parents, first growing up in Mozambique during the colonial era then South Africa and later living in Hong Kong ...

Muay Thai

Trivia: is the Senior Vice President of the United States Muay Thai Association

Best seen in BLOODSPORT

35. Sherman 'Big Train' Bergman

Actor | La discoteca del amor

Sherman Bergman was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He was the only child of Polish born actress, Anne G. Sterling and war hero Hank Bergman As a child, he appeared on the South Florida television shows, The Skipper Chuck Show, Jumpn Jack, Banjo Billy, and Charlie Baxter's Big Top Circus



Trivia: is also an amateur boxer (record: 17-4)


36. Branimir Cikatiæ

Actor | Skyscraper

Branimir Cikatiæ was born on October 4, 1955 in Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He was an actor and producer, known for Skyscraper (1996), K-1 Grand Prix '93 (1993) and K-1 Grand Prix '94 (1994). He died on March 23, 2020 in Solin, Croatia.

Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan & Kyokushin Karate (4th Dan), Judo (blue belt), Muay Thai, Kickboxing (2-time WKA Champion; K-1 World GP, IAMTF, WAKO, IKBF & WMTA Champion), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-2)

Trivia: is the founder of the TIGAR security and protection agency

Best seen in SKYSCRAPER

37. Dida Diafat

Actor | Chok-Dee

Dida Diafat was born on April 24, 1970 in Alger, Algeria. He is an actor and writer, known for Chok-Dee (2005), Spiral (2005) and Legionnaire (1998).

Muay Thai (record: 76-10-1)

Trivia: is a recipient of the Songh Shai Vase, Thailand's most prestigious award in Muay Thai

Best seen in CHOK DEE

38. Hong Man Choi

Actor | Goemon

Hong Man Choi is an actor, known for Goemon (2009), Eiga Kaibutsukun (2011) and Mr. Tadano's Secret Mission: From Japan with Love (2008).

Ssireum, Kickboxing (K-1 GP Champion; record: 12-7), Mixed Martial arts (record: 3-4)

Trivia: is the tallest competitor ever to fight in K-1, standing 7'2"

Best seen in GOEMON

39. Somrak Khamsing

Actor | Kerd ma lui

Somrak Khamsing is an actor, known for Born to Fight (2004), Bangkok Revenge (2011) and Soi Cowboy (2008).

Muay Thai (Kitakyushu Japan Champion; record: 68-8)

Trivia: is also an Olympic boxer, having won the first Gold medal for Thailand in any event

Best seen in FEARLESS

40. Jérôme Le Banner

Actor | Babylon A.D.

Jérôme Le Banner was born on December 26, 1972 in Le Havre, France. He is an actor, known for Babylon A.D. (2008), Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008) and Blessures.

Muay Thai, Kickboxing (2-time K-1 GP Champion; WKN & ISKA Champion; PSMA Hall of Fame entry; record: 75-18-1), Judo, Karate, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 3-1-1)

Trivia: is also a professional wrestler and former IGF Champion

Best seen in SCORPION

41. Sasisa Jindamanee

Actress | Kerd ma lui

Sasisa Jindamanee is an actress, known for Born to Fight (2004), Muay Thai Giant (2008) and Force of Five (2009).

Muay Thai

Trivia: is a junior Muay Thai competitor in Thailand

Best seen in MUAY THAI GIANT

42. Graciella Casillas

Actress | Fire in the Night

Graciella Casillas was born on August 22, 1956 in Oxnard, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Fire in the Night (1986), Full Impact (1993) and The Camacho Experiment (2020).

Muay Thai, Kickboxing (IWBA & WKA Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry; record: 31-0), Shen Chun Do (founder), Escrima, Kenpo (3rd Dan), Kodenkan Jujitsu (3rd Dan), Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, Tae Kwon Do, Hwa Rang Do

Trivia: is the president of the United States Sport Jujitsu Association and former vice president of the International Sport Jujitsu Association

Best seen in FIRE IN THE NIGHT

43. Dewey Cooper

Self | Sci-Fighter

American Muay Thai fighter, boxer and Kickboxer who fought under Pride FC and K-1.

Sanshou, Muay Thai, Kickboxing (WKC & WKF Champion; record: 49-17-2), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 2-1)

Trivia: is also a pro boxer (record: 19-3-3)


44. Remy Bonjasky

Actor | Honor

Remy Bonjasky was born on January 10, 1976 in Paramaribo, Suriname. He is an actor, known for Honor (2006), Kill Zombie! (2012) and Expeditie Robinson (2000).

Muay Thai (3-time K-1 World GP Champion; Black Belt Hall of Fame entry; record: 90-15)

Trivia: is the recipient of two Medals of Honor from the Dutch government

Best seen in HONOR

45. Zak Lee

Actor | Live by Night

Zak Lee was born in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Live by Night (2016), Red Notice (2021) and Judas and the Black Messiah (2021).

Kickboxing (Pro-International Champion), Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Escrima

Trivia: has trained in the martial arts under Hirokazu Kanazawa, Toshio Yamada, Dev Barrett, Benny Urquidez, Peter Cunningham, and Dan Inosanto

Best seen in RULES

Seido-Kaikan Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing (WAKO Champion; 4-time K-1 GP Champion; record: 49-30-5)

Trivia: was trained in boxing by WBA Champion Frankie Liles

Best seen in GOD SPEED LOVE

47. Don Nakaya Neilsen

Actor | Eternal Fist

Don Nakaya Neilsen was born on July 4, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Eternal Fist (1992), Blood Ring (1991) and Blood Ring 2 (1995). He died on August 15, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tang Soo Do, Kickboxing, Muay Thai (2-time WKA Champion; UKF Champion), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-1)

Trivia: was also an amateur boxer and Golden Gloves Champion

Best seen in BLOOD RING

48. Louis Neglia

Actor | One Down, Two to Go

Louis Neglia is an actor, known for One Down, Two to go (1982), Double Vision (2020) and Sun Dragon (1979).

Goju-Ryu Karate (8th Dan), Kickboxing (3-time WKPO Champion; Karate Hall of Fame entry; record: 34-2), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Trivia: has managed to defeat all Kickboxing opponents within 3 rounds, following his first world championship win in 1980

Best seen in SUN DRAGON

49. Gerry Blanck

Stunts | Future Kick

Gerry Blanck became interested in martial arts at age of 14. He started training in Yoshukai karate at the age of 18 under 7th degree black belt Mike Foster and 5th degree black belt Bob Bunning. Gerry received his brown belt under them while in college. Blanck received his black belt in 1977 under...

Yoshukai Karate, Kickboxing (WKA & IKA Champion)

Trivia: is the West Coast director of Yoshukai Karate Institutes

Best seen in FULL CONTACT

50. Mike Cole

Actor | Triple Impact

Mike Cole is an actor, known for Triple Impact (1992).

Kickboxing (UKF Champion)

Trivia: was the first fighter to take on fellow kickboxer Bob Handegan at the end of his retirement

Best seen in TRIPLE IMPACT

51. Alex Van Hagen

Actress | Sunland Heat

Alex Van Hagen is known for her work on Sunland Heat (2004).

Kickboxing (California State Champion)

Trivia: has been featured on the cover of Fighter Magazine

Best seen in SUNLAND HEAT

52. Bob Handegan

Actor | Consumed

Bob Handegan began his quest to capture the hearts of audiences everywhere in 1980 when he started his career as a professional kick boxer. Bob trained proficiently in various fields of the martial arts and soon after his hard work, dedication and training paid off. He secured the title for the WKA...

Kickboxing (WKA Champion)

Trivia: is also a standup comedian

Best seen in THE SHOWDOWN

53. Saskia Van Rijswijk

Actress | Gwang tin lung fo wooi

Saskia Van Rijswijk is known for her work on China White (1989), Fatal Mission (1991) and Final Run (1989).

Muay Thai, Judo

Trivia: currently works as a psychologist

Best seen in FATAL MISSION

54. Randall 'Tex' Cobb

Actor | Raising Arizona

Former Heavyweight boxing contender Randall "Tex" Cobb has had 3 highly colorful careers; kickboxer, pro boxer, and movie actor. Born in Bridge City, Texas on May 7, 1950, the 6'3", 225 pound Cobb excelled in high school football and martial arts. Enjoying "extreme" sports to the max, Cobb launched...

Karate, Kickboxing

Trivia: is also a pro boxer (record: 42-7-1)

Best seen in BLIND FURY

55. Earnest Hart Jr.

Stunts | Mortal Kombat

Earnest Hart Jr. is known for his work on Mortal Kombat (1995), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993).

Karate (10th Dan), Judo, Jujitsu, Kickboxing (PKA World Champion), Tae Kwon Do, Savate, Kenpo

Trivia: is the only non-Japanese martial artist to have ever been invited by the Emperor of Japan to teach self-defense to the imperial guards


56. Dino Homsey

Actor | Shootfighter: Fight to the Death

Dino Homsey was born on November 22, 1958 as Mitchell Homsey. He is known for his work on Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1993), Maximum Force (1992) and Full Contact (1993).

Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kickboxing (WKA Champion)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 11-15-1)

Best seen in DEADLY BET

57. Andy Hug

Actor | Urutoraman Zeasu

Phenomenal Swiss full contact karate champion who secured numerous European, Japanese & World full contact titles before suddenly succumbing to leukemia. He was born on September 7th, 1964 and was placed up for adoption as a baby and raised in an orphanage until the age of three, when his ...

Kyokushin & Seidokaikan Karate (3-time Ibutsu Cup Champion), Kickboxing, Muay Thai (2-time WKA Champion; K-1 World GP, UKF & WMTC Champion; record: 38-9-1), Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi

Trivia: was the first non-Asian to become world champion in full-contact Karate in Japan

Best seen in ULTRAMAN ZEARTH 2

58. Rod Kei

Actor | L.A. Task Force

Rod Kei is known for his work on L.A. Task Force (1994), Dragon Fire (1993) and Blind Vengeance (1994).

Kodokan Judo (3rd Dan; Metro Champion), Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Kickboxing (2-time WKA Champion; KICK Champion), Muay Thai, Savate (World Boxe Francaise Champion), Sil Lum, Hung Gar

Trivia: is the first American to have beaten a French opponent in Savate during a world title fight


59. Danny Lopez

Stunts | Mortal Kombat

Danny "Little Red" Lopez was the World Featherweight Boxing Champion from November 13, 1976 to February 2, 1980. Lopez was born in Utah, but raised in Los Angeles, California. He was the younger brother of world welterweight contender Ernie "Indian Red" Lopez. "Little Red" began his pro boxing ...

Kickboxing (2-time IKBA Champion)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 42-6) and former WBC Champion

Best seen in RING OF FIRE II

60. David Ismalone

Stunts | Fast & Furious 7

Dave fell in love with martial arts after watching Bruce Lee movies. He started boxing at the age of 14 and had his first Thai Boxing match also at the age of 14, and turned pro when he was 18. In 1997 he came to Thailand and continued training and fighting there. In total, he had 68 fights before ...

Muay Thai (record: 62-6)

Trivia: began competing professionally in Muay Thai at age 18

Best seen in ONG-BAK

61. Nick Kara

Actor | Ong-bak

Former WMTA Light Heavyweight World Thaiboxing Champion 'Special K' Nick Kara has been a force within the martial arts and fitness industry for over a decade. Specializing in fitness boxing, Thaiboxing and weight loss through martial arts, Nick is the Manager of Malvern Martial Arts and head ...

Muay Thai (2-time WKBF Champion; VABL, ISKA & WMTA Champion)

Trivia: is the manager of the Malvern Martial Arts school

Best seen in ONG-BAK

62. Parinya Charoenpol

Actress | Mercury Man

Parinya Charoenpol is an actress, known for Mercury Man (2006) and Lady Bangkok Boy.

Muay Thai (record: 24-0)

Trivia: is the only transsexual to have competed openly in professional Muay Thai

Best seen in MERCURY MAN

63. Frank Trejo

Actor | The Neighborhood

Frank Trejo is known for his work on The Neighborhood (2004), Pushed to the Limit (1992) and Beyond Fear (1993).

Kenpo (10th Dan; 2-time Long Beach International Champion; Budweiser National Team member), Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing (California State Champion; record: 21-1), Judo

Trivia: has instructed or been a bodyguard of Van Halen, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lauren Tewes, Billy Idol, and David Lee Roth, among others


64. Alex Desir

Stunts | On Deadly Ground

Alex Desir is known for his work on On Deadly Ground (1994), Automatic (1995) and Future Kick (1991).

Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Ukidokan Karate (1st degree black belt), Tae Kwon Do (Venezuela National & Pan-American Champion)

Trivia: operates the Pro Thai Boxing center in Florida

Best seen in BLOODFIST VI

65. Scott Sheeley

Actor | A Certain Justice

The Midwest is commonly known as a quiet, low key part of the United States. When it comes to martial arts though, the region has made quite a bit of noise with its talent. State, National and World kickboxing champion Scott Sheeley has been tearing up the Martial Arts & fight scene for the last ...

Shaolin Iron Tiger Kung Fu, Shuai Chiao, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sanshou (US National Team member; record: 30-9), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 2-1)

Trivia: was nominated for the Most Courageous Athlete title during the World Kickboxing Championships in Italy for finishing his fight with a broken arm

Best seen in DRAGON EYES

66. Justice Smith Jr.

Actor | Thor

Justice Smith Jr. is an actor, known for Thor (2011), Blood and Bone (2009) and 35 and Ticking (2011).

Tae Kwon Do (3rd Dan), Pradal Serey, Kickboxing (record: 1-2), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-1)

Trivia: set a Guinness World Record for delivering the hardest recorded kick to the groin against "Combat Ki" specialist Kirby Roy during a controlled test - kicking him with 1100 lbs of force

Best seen in BEYOND THE RING

67. Karl Adhihetty

Actor | Twin Dragon Encounter

Karl Adhihetty was born on August 21, 1959 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is an actor, known for Twin Dragon Encounter (1986) and Dragon Hunt (1990). He was previously married to Natasha Adhihetty.

Kickboxing (New York State Champion; Eastern Canadian Black Belt Champion; record: 28-3), Judo, Karate, Hung Gar, Chin Na

Trivia: owns and operates the Iron Dragon Kung Fu and Kickboxing Club


68. Jean Claude Leuyer

Stunts | Game Night

Jean Claude Leuyer was born on November 30, 1970 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He is known for his work on Game Night (2018), Fearless (2006) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).

Shotokan Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing (ISKA, USMTA, IFCA, WKA & IKBA Champion; record: 39-11-1)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 3-4)

Best seen in FEARLESS

69. Cathy Brown

Actress | Intergalactic Combat

Cathy is a combat performance artist and is a specialist in movement/psychological choreography. She has spent 16 years in the martial art and professional boxing industry as a fighter of which she was ranked number 3 in the World and held both English and European title and a professional boxing ...


Trivia: is also a professional boxer (record: 13-8) and the first woman to hold the BBBofC title


70. Erik Markus Schuetz

Actor | Ong-bak

Erik Markus Schuetz was born in 1973 in Germany. He is known for his work on Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003), The Protector (2005) and Big Game (2014).

Karate, Muay Thai

Trivia: competed professionally in Muay Thai in Thailand, Spain, and the United States


71. Maurice Travis

Fists of Iron

Maurice Travis is known for his work on Fists of Iron (1995), Firepower (1993) and Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991).

Kickboxing, Sanshou, Savate, Muay Thai (2-time ICHKA Champion; 2-time IMTO Champion; 2-time WMTF Champion; California & Hawaii State Champion; Mas Oyama Open Champion; ECC, WKF, ABIC & IKKC Champion; record: 56-6-2), Mixed Martial Arts (Super Brawl Champion; record: 2-2)

Trivia: set a record at the Mas Oyama Open tournament by knocking out his opponent in 13 seconds

Best seen in BLOODFIST IV

72. Joseph Sayah

Actor | Yat goh ho yan

Joseph Sayah is an actor, known for Mr. Nice Guy (1997), Chick Street Fighter (2003) and Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997).

Wing Chun (US Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: has trained American police personnel in martial arts


73. Ray Sefo

Actor | Gojira: Fainaru uôzu

Ray Sefo is a semi-retired New Zealand kickboxer, boxer, mixed martial artist, fight promoter and former actor. He was born of Samoan descent on February 15, 1971 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a six-time Muay Thai World Champion and eight time K-1 World Grand Prix Finals tournament participant. ...

Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Kickboxing (2-time WMTF Champion; 2-time ISKA Champion; WKA Champion; record: 56-21-1), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (record: 2-2)

Trivia: is also a pro boxer (record: 5-1)

Best seen in BAD GUYS

74. Masato

Actor | Izo

Masato was born in March 1979 in Japan. He is an actor, known for Izo (2004), Buyûden (2003) and Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000).

Muay Thai, Kickboxing (4-time K-1 MAX Champion; ISKA & AJKF Champion; record: 55-6-2)

Trivia: is the captain of the Silver Wolf kickboxing team

Best seen in DEAD OR ALIVE 2

75. Peter Aerts

Actor | New Kids Turbo

Peter Aerts was born on December 25, 1970 in Netherlands. He is an actor, known for New Kids Turbo (2010), New Kids Nitro (2011) and De Familie Slim (2017).

Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Kickboxing (3-time K-1 World GP Champion; 2-time WMTA Champion; IKBF Champion; record: 105-34-2), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-2)

Trivia: set a K-1 record by winning a tournament in 6:43

Best seen in NEW KIDS TURBO

76. Carter Wong

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

Carter Wong was born on March 22, 1947 as Chia-Ta Huang. He is known for his work on Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Rambo III (1988) and Kung Fu Arts (1978).

Chung Hop Kuen (World Cup International Champion), Goju-Ryu Karate (7th Dan), Muay Thai (WMTC Champion; record: 30-4-2), Shaolin Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido

Trivia: has taught martial arts to the Royal Hong Kong Police, the Marine Corp of California, the Hungarian national police, and the Sao Paulo police

Best seen in THE 18 BRONZE MEN

77. Malaipet Sasiprapa

Actor | Opium

Malaipet Sasiprapa is an actor, known for Opium (2009), Bellator Kickboxing (2016) and Legendary (2009).

Muay Thai (Rajadamnoen Champion; 2-time IKKC Champion; 2-time IMTO Champion; IKBA Champion; record: 136-27-5); Mixed Martial Arts (record: 3-4)

Trivia: has studied the martial arts since age 8


78. Michael McDonald

Actor | Scary Movie 4

Michael McDonald was born on February 6, 1969 in Birmingham, England. He is known for his work on Scary Movie 4 (2006), Arrow (2012) and Peep World (2010).

Muay Thai, Kickboxing (2-time K-1 GP Champion; WKA & WKC Champion; record: 52-24-1), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 1-1)

Trivia: trained in Kickboxing under Billy Chow and Andy Hug

Best seen in THE HARD CORPS

79. Marshall R. Teague

Actor | Road House

Marshall R. Teague has appeared in over 130 film & tv shows. He is retired U.S. Navy, a former Deputy Sheriff in Memphis, TN. His acting career has cumulated various portions from his military & law enforcement background to his firearms training to integrate & mold into his characters for the most...

Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Kickboxing (NATO Champion)

Trivia: is a former US Navy Commander and Memphis deputy sheriff

Best seen in ROAD HOUSE

80. Ernie Jackson

Stunts | Reindeer Games

Ernie Jackson is known for his work on Reindeer Games (2000), Romeo Must Die (2000) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).

Kickboxing (7-time WKA Champion)

Trivia: is also a boxer (record: 24-1) and a bare knuckle competitor

Best seen in TC-2000

81. Gaston Morrison

Stunts | I, Robot

Gaston Morrison is known for his work on I, Robot (2004), The Smurfs 2 (2013) and Romeo Must Die (2000).

Kickboxing, Muay Thai (2-time WKA Champion; WKC, IFK, ISKA & CMTA Champion)

Trivia: is also a professional boxer

Best seen in ROMEO MUST DIE

82. Duncan Airlie James

Actor | Tomb Raider

Duncan Airlie James was born on May 23rd, in Glasgow, Scotland. From a young age, Duncan found a love for sports, that took him through football (soccer), rugby, and eventually led him into the Martial Arts.

Displaying a strong "creative / artistic" streak in the 80s he spent most of the decade as a...

Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai (2-time WKA Champion; WKO, WPKA, WKF, WAKO, WKN & ISKA Champion; record: 32-14-2), Mixed Martial Arts

Trivia: is officially the first Scotsman to win a world Kickboxing title

Best seen in PERFECT SENSE

Seidokaikan Karate, Kickboxing (record: 11-8-1)

Trivia: is a 2-time runner-up of the Satojyuku POINT and KO Japan Open tournaments

Best seen in ULTRAMAN ZEARTH 2

84. Travis Johnson

Actor | Dragon Eyes

Travis Johnson is an actor, known for Dragon Eyes (2012).

Kickboxing (3-time ISKA Champion; California State Champion; record: 18-2), Mixed Martial Arts (record: 0-1)

Trivia: has competed in the ISKA, WCL, Strikeforce, and Dragon House promotions

Best seen in DRAGON EYES

85. Freddie Poole

Stunts | Ant-Man

Freddie Poole is known for his work on Ant-Man (2015), Time Trap (2017) and Geostorm (2017).

Karate (7th Dan; US National Champion; Texas State Team captain; US Martial Arts Hall of Fame entry), Kickboxing (KICK Champion; US National Team member), Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (brown belt)

Trivia: owns and operates Freddie Poole's Martial Arts school in Dallas, Texas


86. Hailong Liu

Stunts | The Great Wall

Hailong Liu is known for his work on The Great Wall (2016), Time Raiders (2016) and Police Story: Lockdown (2013).

Sanshou (IKF Champion; record: 50-4)

Trivia: is nicknamed "the King of Sanda" and "Conqueror of Muay Thai" for the many Thai boxers he defeated in competition

Best seen in POLICE STORY 2013

87. Kurt Roland Petersson

Actor | Bruce Lee's Dragons Fight Back

Kurt Roland Petersson was born on January 21, 1958 in Luleå, Norrbottens län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Bruce Lee's Dragons Fight Back (1985) and Born to Defense (1986). He died on July 12, 2003 in Barcelona, Spain.

Karate, Kickboxing

Trivia: was one of the first Kickboxing competitors of Sweden

Best seen in BORN TO DEFENSE

88. Brad Hefton

Actor | Blackbelt

Brad Hefton is an actor, known for Blackbelt (1992).

Kickboxing (ISKA & PKA Champion)

Trivia: has been featured on the cover of Official Karate magazine

Best seen in BLACKBELT

89. Ernest Simmons

Actor | Only the Strong

Ernest Simmons is an actor, known for Only the Strong (1993) and Blackbelt (1992).

Karate, Kickboxing (WKA & KICK Champion; record: 20-2-1)

Trivia: won his first amateur Kickboxing championship in only his second match

Best seen in BLACKBELT

90. Jim Graden

Actor | Blackbelt

Jim Graden is an actor, known for Blackbelt (1992).

Kickboxing (PKO & IKL Champion), Karate (US National Team member)

Trivia: is the founder of the Cardio Karate fitness program

Best seen in BLACKBELT

91. Jeff Gripper

Stunts | One Missed Call

Jeff Gripper is known for his work on One Missed Call (2008), Hannibal (2001) and Fled (1996).

Kickboxing (IKF Champion), Karate (WKC Champion)

Trivia: is the first world Karate champion to come from Atlanta, Georgia

Best seen in BLOODMOON

92. Alvin Prouder

Actor | Full Contact

Alvin Prouder is an actor, known for Full Contact (1993).

Karate (8th Dan), Kickboxing (21-time PKC Champion)

Trivia: survived being shot in the head at age 25

Best seen in FULL CONTACT

93. Mo Chow

Actor | Expect No Mercy

Mo Chow is known for his work on Expect No Mercy (1995), Relic Hunter (1999) and The Final Goal (1995).

Shaolin Kung Fu, Choy Lay Fut, Sanshou (3-time North American Kung Fu Open Champion; Ontario Open Champion)

Trivia: is one of the first kung fu stylists of North America to participate in open competition during the mid-70s

Best seen in TIGER CLAWS

94. Pixie Elmore

Stunts | Street Crimes

Pixie Elmore is known for her work on Street Crimes (1992) and Ninja Academy (1989).

Chung Do Kwan, Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai

Trivia: is the only Kickboxing competitor to fight Kathy Long to a split decision

Best seen in STREET CRIMES

95. Takeshi Caesar

Actor | Izo

Takeshi Caesar is an actor, known for Izo (2004), Fudoh: The New Generation (1996) and Shinjuku Triad Society (1995).

Kickboxing (2-time APKF, JSBA & WSBA Champion)

Trivia: is the founder of shoot boxing

Best seen in THE WAY TO FIGHT

96. David Huey

Producer | Hyper Space

David Huey is a producer and writer, known for Hyper Space (1989), Power Elite (2002) and Full Impact (1993).

Muay Thai, Sanshou (record: 5-1-4)

Trivia: is a certified judge and referee of the World Muay Thai Council and the WBC

Best seen in ENJOY PARIS

97. Dick Kimber

Actor | Mr. X

Dick Kimber is an actor, known for Mr. X (1995), Diagnosis Murder (1993) and Mass Destruction (2002).

Kickboxing (IKF Champion; Action Hall of Honor entry; record: 24-3)

Trivia: is a former member of the Massachusetts Special Tactical Patrol Force

Best seen in MR. X

98. Valérie Hénin

Actress | Unleashed

Valérie Hénin was born on February 3, 1986 in Nancy, France. She is an actress, known for Unleashed (2005) and Élection de Miss France (1986).

Muay Thai, Kickboxing (2-time ISKA Champion; record: 32-2)

Trivia: is also a pro boxer (record: 2-0-1) and a former WIBF Champion

Best seen in UNLEASHED

99. Cheryl Wheeler Duncan

Stunts | They Live

Cheryl Wheeler Duncan was born on August 18, 1960 in Pensacola, Florida, USA as Cheryl Marie Wheeler. She is known for her work on They Live (1988), Demolition Man (1993) and The Relic (1997). She was married to Robert Reed Sanders, Robert Lindsey Duncan and Shane Dixon. She died on February 12, ...

Yoshukai Karate (2nd Dan; Black belt Hall of Fame entry), Kickboxing (3-time WKA Champion; US National Team member), Judo, Aikido

Trivia: was awarded the WKA Championship in 1981 after defeating Graciella Casillas, but the title reverted due to a discrepancy

Best seen in LETHAL WEAPON 3

100. Mike Mitchell

Actor | Shanghai Noon

Mike Mitchell was born on December 28, 1968 in Wichita, Kansas, USA. He is known for his work on Shanghai Noon (2000), Elysium (2013) and Timecop (1994). He is married to Angela Uyeda.

Kickboxer (2-time WKA Bronze medalist), Karate (CDN Champion), Judo

Trivia: is a former professional dancer

Best seen in FINAL ROUND

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