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    What movie inspired you to start your martial arts training?
    I was inspired by many movies (i.e. Bruce Lee, etc.). However, the ones that really stick in my mind are the Seven Samurai and some of the old dubbed Kung Fu movies (esp. the movies with Gordon Liu).

    As a kid, I always loved martial arts movies where it was good fighting evil and where hardwork & dedication overcame training difficulties.

    Will
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      Lil Sarnt It wasn't a movie that inspired me initially. My first inspiration was the old TV show "Kung Fu." I used to watch this as a child and then go outside and reenact the episodes. I was a strange little kid.
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki Karate cowboy? Far off. Billy Jack was a Hapkido expert and of Navaho indian background! :)

      Will
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      Barry Whisnant Billy Jack had to be my favorite and my first inspiration. I'm of Indian descent and btw, I have the box set.
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    Martial Arts in Motion Picture
    As a bit of a fluke, it appears I have an opportunity to appear as a close quarter combat fighter in a motion picture. I have a dual career as an attorney and a writer. Recently, I wrote a book about a Jewish Resistance fighter in WWII Poland. One of the main characters is a fellow who studied Krav Maga from Imi Litchenfeld (before it was called Krav Maga). A movie director asked if I would be interested in playing in the movie. I said, "Yes, I would like to play Ari Levine" not really expecting a response. The answer came back "Okay",

    So, I am thinking about how to go about this. I have talked to some others who have done this and the response is it is actually very easy. You simply carefully choreograph several fight scenes and practice with your stage opponents. I thought this could actually be very fun. Then it occurred to me, wouldn't that be a fascinating exercise in a school. The students would design some "fight scenes" and enact them at testing time.

    Just thinking out loud. :)
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      PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS @ DW D: Exciting ! congrats. Let us know so we can see it. Good luck with it.
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      Andy Hi [220298,DW Duke], wow, this sounds like an amazing opportunity, I am always glad to here of a motion picture that utilises genuine martial artists (rather than the more common trend of using CGI and stunt doubles to 'try' and make actors appear to be performing martial arts)! I also love your idea of using fight choreography as a training exercise! We have a few threads here on the community that ask how to make things more fun and interesting for kids in MA and I personally think you have just come up with an excellent addition!
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki [220298,DW Duke]

      Sounds like a great opportunity!

      Does the film crew have a fight choreographer or stunt coordinator? Or are you it? Of course, remember this is WW2 and not Croaching Tiger, Hidden Dragon... so no designing flying combat scenes. :)

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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    Kuro Obi - Black Belt
    Has anyone else seen this film? It stars genuine karate black belts and in my opinion is one of the more realistic martial arts films in terms of no wires, no tricks just pure karate. The opening scenes as shown in this clip also shows a good example of sanchin kata and also what looks like it could be tencho in the water. https://youtu.be/5G0h6t1HTsI
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      Andy @James, yes I have seen it and I really enjoyed it. Without giving too much of the plot away it is part MA movie and part war movie. I agree it is one of the better/karate movies and is a million miles away from the wire work of more fantasy based MA movies.
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki Nicely done. Looks almost like a documentary.

      What is the rest of the movie about?

      Will
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    Martial Arts Christmas Video
    Since we are approaching the holidays, I thought you would find this martial arts Christmas video entertaining. It is a parody of the "12 Days of Christmas" song.

    Almost everyone in the video is a MMA fighter except for the initial woman - I guess she is a ring girl (who walks around the ring carrying a sign stating the number of the round).

    This video has over 1 million views on Youtube.

    Will
    Black Belt Wiki
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    Most popular martial arts commercial
    Here is a video of one of the most popular martial arts commercials ever made. This Steven Seagal commercial has received over 2 million views on Youtube. Enjoy!

    Will
    Black Belt Wiki
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      Andy I like it! It looks less staged than his last Aikido demonstration! :)
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    In honor of the Green Hornet's passing (Bruce Lee's TV crime fighting ...
    With the passing of the Green Hornet (Van Williams), I thought you might like to watch a scene where he and Bruce Lee (as Kato) fight Batman & Robin.

    Will
    Black Belt Wiki
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      Andy [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki], an excellent clip! RIP Van Williams.
      Here is a clip from the movie Dragon The Bruce Lee Story (which although being a decent movie bares only a slight resemblance to the actual truth of Bruce Lee's Life, death, film and MA career) you can tell just from watching the original Green Hornet/Batman clip provided by Will and this clip some of the extent of the liberties that where taken in this movie! https://youtu.be/G4cvTaP7RS8
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    Movies containing realistic self-defense scenes
    A while ago I asked the forum if martial arts movies are good or bad for martial arts (see http://community.blackbeltwiki.com/post/5681891/are-martial-arts-movies-good-or-bad-for-martial-arts). Thanks to everyone who replied. Today I have a somewhat related question. A few days ago, I watched “House of the Flying Daggers” by Zhang Yimou. I like the movie a lot, however, I think I can safely assume that most forum members would agree with me that the bamboo forest fight scene is not exactly realistic (this is not meant to be criticism). For argument’s sake, let’s say this fight scene is at one end of the spectrum regarding realism. What movies can you suggest that are at the opposite end, that is, movies that contain self-defense scenes as they could happen today, or could have happened in former times? The movies needn’t be martial arts movies per se.
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      Andy I completely agree with [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] and [212430,James] on this (that even the fights in movies that are billed as 'realistic' are still choreographed) and bare very little relation to actual fights (and I have witnessed/broken up and been involved in more than my fair share)! In my experience the average fight usualy takes place between 2 or more non MA practitioners and is either over very quickly or descends into a scrappy (and often humorous) mess as in James' Bridget Jones clip, neither of which scenarios make for entertaining movie fight scenes.
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki Here is some guy's video compilation of the most realistic movie fights scenes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXQ1xcKW2zY

      Interesting how many of these scenes involves "Jason Bourne" or Jason Statham.

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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      James I am only semi joking with this https://youtu.be/iapVomK4eFA
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    Your Martial Arts Movie
    Imagine you have been handpicked to write, direct, and star in a movie based on a famous Martial Artist (any famous MA practitioner, not just the movie stars).
    Who is your Martial Artist of Choice?
    Why them?
    What kind of movie do you make about them?
    Who would you cast in the role?
    Would you stick to the facts or make it loosely based on them?
    Would you re-imagine their story in a different way?
    What role would you play in the movie and why?
    How would you carry out your research for the movie?
    Would it win an Oscar (Never likely to happen but there's always hope)?

    Let me here your thoughts
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      James My artist of choice is Steven Seagal.
      Because be is the "biggest" martial artist of all time.
      It would be a movie depicting one mans struggle against pie.
      I would play the judge in the pie eating contest.
      There is free pie so I think Seagal would show to play himself.
      I would research the role by eating some pie myself.
      Hell yeah its going to win an Oscar. Best pie.
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      DW Duke As I mentioned earlier, I stumbled across an opportunity to participate in a movie about a Jewish Resistance fighter in Poland in WWII. It is actually based on a historical fiction novel based on a true story, that I wrote. It is much broader than the martial arts segments so I would be reluctant to bring in a very big name who would detract from the storyline. However, if I was to bring in a big name it would probably be Chuck Norris to make cameo appearances as Imi Litchenfeld.
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      Andy [212770,Al W], I have been thinking why MA movies never win oscars and I have concluded that it is because they are often formulaic, unbelievable and badly acted. As such I have decided to fix this by making a live action remake of Bambi. In my version Bambi (played by Tony Jaa) discovers that his entire family have been brutally slaughtered by hunters, Bambi then spends 3 years in LA training in the deadly art of Thai-Bo and then go's off to use his skills to hunt the hunters. As you can see this is a totally original idea and nothing like it has ever been done in a martial arts movie before!
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    Kung Fu Yoga - New Jackie Chan Movie
    Here is the trailer for Kung Fu Yoga, a new Jackie Chan movie. Looks like a martial arts version of Indiana Jones. It is scheduled to be released in early 2017.

    Will
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      Andy [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki], this looks good (as per most of Jackie Chans movies), of course Jackie is no stranger to Indiana Jones type movies, Armour Of God and its sequel Armour Of God 2 (Operation Condor) are both classics. https://youtu.be/gAJgFn0yCHo
      https://youtu.be/BP2k1zRAgQw
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    Signature "techniques" used in popular martial arts movies.
    What are some of the signature techniques used in popular martial arts movies? Please pick the single technique that is most associated with a particular movie. For example, [218075,Michael Reeves] has pointed out the Karate Kid's crane technique and Karate Kid 2's "drum" technique.

    Also please state if you think that technique might be useful to learn or it was just done for looking interesting/flashy to movie audiences.

    Will
    Black Belt Wiki
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki Donnie Yen's use of Wing Chun "chain punches" in Ip Man. Of course, since it is a movie about a master of Wing Chun, you would Donnie Yen's signature move to be a Wing Chun technique. :)
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      Al W Nobody going to mention the "Crane Kick"

      Or what seems to be a modified Mae Tobi Geri
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      Mark The Sonny Chiba "X ray" punch from The Street Fighter- always makes me laugh. I liked the skipping side kick the best in Enter the Dragon but the somersault kick has got to be up there for sheer theatrics.
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    Follow-up to Karate vs Bear
    Last week, we had news from Japan that a man used Karate to defend himself from a bear attack. It appears that someone filmed the attack... well, not really. This commercial shows how a man AND bear can use martial arts to defend themselves... it will make you laugh.

    Will
    Black Belt Wiki
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    Jackie Chan - My Stunts part 1
    Jackie Chan Stunt Documentary
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki [171807,Andy]

      Great find. Liked seeing Jackie Chan's "stunt lab".

      Will
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      Andy In honour of Jackie Chans honorary Oscar here is the man himself (at least I think he is still a man though he now has so many metal and plastic parts he could technically qualify as a cyborg. :)
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    Bloodsport thoughts?
    I havent seen the movie in so many years, as a kid i thought it was awesome

    I recently rewatched the movie and realized how many flaws there were in the kumite fighting **shakes head**

    Besides the fact that few of them could actually fight, the worst moment for me was when one of the actors turned the wrong way from the blow of the kick.
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      PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS @ Andy-Sama. Wu Tang Collection-Shaolin Drunk Monkey movie.:" Losing is to be humble ! ".
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      PAUL (paldo) REYNOLDS Ah, a fun thread ! You've caught my interest @ Chris Adamchek, now I must watch Bloodsport and I don't know anything about this movie...perhaps I was living in other lands too long. @ Andy, I'll give you my close inspection in a short form. Perhaps we may have the same judges "eye".
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      Andy [171786,Christopher Adamchek], I love 'Bloodsport', it is my favourite JCVD movie (it did spoil it a little when I found out the 'truth' behind this supposedly true movie though lol) and yes, some of the fight choreography does leave a little to be desired on close inspection! :)
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    New TV show starring Jean-Claude Van Damme
    The Amazon TV pilot is called "Jean-Claude Van Johnson".

    Here is the synopsis from Amazon - "JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON stars global martial arts & film sensation Jean-Claude Van Damme playing "Jean-Claude Van Damme", a global martial arts & film sensation, also operating under the simple alias of "Johnson" as the world's best undercover private contractor. Retired for years, a chance encounter with a lost love brings him back to the game. This time, he'll be deadlier than ever. Probably."

    This comedy pilot is getting lots of good reviews.

    If you are an Amazon prime member, here is a link to the first episode - http://amzn.to/2bissug

    Will
    Black Belt Wiki
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      Andy [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] and @Ray and anyone else who caught the pilot of this tv show, it has been picked up for a full series. http://www.empireonline.com/people/peter-serafinowicz/tick-jean-claude-van-johnson-picked-series/
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      Andy [171668,Will - Black Belt Wiki] and @Ray, I just watched the first episode and it was better than I was expecting. As Ray says it sends up JCVD himself, cheesy MA movies and the film industry and if the first episode is anything to go on shows great promise. :)
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      Ray So I watched half of it. It is actually funny so far. It is definatly a spoof of himself. A few minnutes in said it all.
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    Favorite martial arts fight from non-traditional martial arts movie?
    That is a movie not generally considered a martial arts movie. I'll start it off with my favorite, and one of the most realistic in my opinion, is the fight between Richard Gere and Lou Gossett Jr in "An Officer and a Gentleman". And, on the lighter side, the Closeau/Kato fights in the Pink Panther movies.
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      Al W When I first read this I was about to list my top 5 fictional MA
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      Todd Mendenhall Roadhouse, with Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliot has a few realistic scenes in it. Marlowe with James Garner
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      DW Duke My favorite has always been this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh-JoW_8qw0
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