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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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        Paul Yea, me, too. LOL I think, I must have been aged around: 8/9/10? Anyway, I loved watching David Carradine/and, The Water Margin. I think, I was still too young to get in to see Bruce Lee movies; though, one day, I recall I sneaked in to Brixton Cinema in South London, and, watched The Big Boss...wow, the Nunchaku work...had me sitting right up on the edge of my seat...the sheer speed whoosh whoosh...AMAZING! I recall going back home; then, I went and sawed off both ends of my mum's broomstick; and, then, drilled a hole into both sides of these sticks...then, attached some shoe laces...and, would practice doing Nunchaku for endless hours and hours...until I too could go whoosh whoosh! Now-a-days, funnily enough, I don't use Nunchaku, anymore; though, I still keep a couple of pairs at home(hardwood/and, safer plastic foam...which don't hurt when the Nunchaku comes back and hits you in the elbows/head/fingertips). I no longer believe Bruce Lee was perfectly 'invincible', neither. But, certainly, that era was what started me off...on what seems to be an endless LIFELONG journey towards studying martial arts/and, martial arts related stuff: Chi Gung/TCM-Traditional Chinese Medicine. I even tried Chinese Massage/Accupuncture/and, Cupping; happy to report it works...though, I might not be able to say exactly how...?!
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        Mamon Wesley david carradine kung fu tv show was very inspirational to me as young kid just started to practice martial arts i was also that strange little kid mimicking kwai chang caine from the flute to his bare feet this was the best tv show every LIL SARNT
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki I loved that TV show too. Of course, this marks us as middle aged. :)

        Will
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          Lil Sarnt Who says...lol. it cdve been re-runs or something recorded.
          (Really you are correct.)
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            Will - Black Belt Wiki In honor of David Carradine & Kung Fu - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEtKj6keoYU
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              Paul Thanks for the link...going there, now...! ;-)
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      Will - Black Belt Wiki Karate cowboy? Far off. Billy Jack was a Hapkido expert and of Navaho indian background! :)

      Will
      Black Belt Wiki
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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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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Billy Jack is a great martial arts movie. Here is my favorite scene from the movie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVX-voqWuwY

        Will
        Black Belt Wiki
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      Ray McLean I wasn't inspired by movies ,
      But there again I did start my martial art adventure at the age of 8.
      But i did enjoy watching shintaro lol
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        Will - Black Belt Wiki Since I had never heard of Shintaro, I had to do some research! This has resulted in a wiki page - http://www.blackbeltwiki.com/shintaro-the-samurai

        Curse you Ray :) Now, I have another great martial arts show to distract me from training & the wiki!

        Surprised this show never made it to the US given its huge popularity in Australia.

        Will
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      Xatoichi I am not ashamed to say that it was first the Ninja Turtles and then the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. HOOAH!
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      Andy Hi [177142,Jaime A Duarte Chiquita], I love the 2 Ninja movies Scott Adkins made, and @Tim
      Waeyaert, interesting, that's a sign of the times lol, the boundaries between movies and games are getting ever thinner.
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      Rosa Fontanez I'm embarrassed to say that the movies that made me want to take karate where those chinese martial arts movies where you heard the people speak but their lips never moved until they stopped talking. I remember thinking at 10 years old, I can do that (well the realistic stuff). It took moving away, a husband, and two kids before I was able to train. It was what I thought it would be. It did not disappoint me. I was home.
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      Andy Billy Jack, that's a new one to me, and I thought Chuck Norris was the only Karate cowboy.
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      Paul Collins The movie that first got me interested was "The Trial of Billy Jack" (I might be showing my age here) and then I loved the David Carradine "Kung Fu" TV series.
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      Andy I'm guessing that it was probably the Karate bullies and their evil Sensei (played excellently by Martin Kove) as opposed to extraneous house hold chores, seriously though nowadays Mr Miyagi would probably find himself in court for enforcing child labour! :)
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      MSGDOC I got the "Karate Urge" from watching "The Green Hornet". Been hooked and training, ever since.
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      Trent Zelazny I started Taekwondo when I was 4 (I'm 40 now). For me, what got me SUPER excited about what I was learning was 8 or 9 years later, when I saw Bloodsport for the first time. For me, personally, that movie changed everything :)
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      David Byler Snake in the eagles shadow by Jackie chan.
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      Rob Wallace Enter the Dragon, I think when I was maybe 4 year old...then it was a foray into the world of the power rangers and Karate that kept the flame alive.
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      (deleted) It is wonderful to read what inspired others to start martial arts training. I too saw lots of the older shows and movies but it was the real thing that inspired me the most.
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      Jeff Craven I saw some older boys using martial arts in a fight defending themselves against a group of guys who were attacking them. Of course I saw lots of shows and movies, but nothing impressed me like the real thing. These two twins must have taken out six guys with relative ease and it wasn't a show.
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      cecil I saw "Game of Death" on it's release at the theater around the age of 12. It had an impact on me and I've been conscious of martial arts since then. After that, I was influenced by Billy Jack and Carradine's "Kung Fu" Now, I enjoy watching all kinds of martial arts movies. While realizing that some movements are accentuated for the camera, I'm inspired and still try learning from observing movements
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      Luke Would it be weird if i went for star trek the original series? Got to admire that double hammer fist thing Kirk does. :P
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      Jeff Craven Definitely The Big Boss; Bruce Lee 1971; I was 8yo when this came out but it didn't hit our remote drive in theatre until I was 12 or 13. I was totally hooked.
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      (deleted) Definitely not Steven Seagal. If you do some in depth research you would not post material about him on your website. I saw judo being practiced at my local youth club and i was hooked.
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