My Top 5 Best Martial Artists of All Time

Shamarie By Shamarie, 22nd Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3udzt7pn/
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These are my five favorite martial artists in action films.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee is widely considered the greatest martial artists of all time. He is also my favorite martial artist film star. Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do (The Way of the Intercepting Fist) fighting technique on film fascinated people and sparked a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in the United States, Hong Kong and the rest of the world. The film Fists of Fury (1971) shot him to international stardom. Two of his iconic films: Enter the Dragon (1973) and The Game of Death (1978) helped established Bruce Lee a pop culture icon of the 20th century.

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Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is one of the most iconic Hollywood stars ever. He was The Cannon Group's leading star in the 1980s and arguably the biggest martial artist action star of that decade. One of his most memorable scenes in movies was his classic battle with Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon (1972). Chuck Norris’ fighting style consisted of Chun Kuk Do, Tang Soo Do, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Judo. Chuck Norris helped take those various forms of fighting techniques to the mainstream. He starred in Code of Silence, The Delta Force, and Firewalker. Chuck Norris also made a successful transition to TV. In 1993, he began shooting the series Walker, Texas Ranger, which lasted eight years on CBS and continued in heavy syndication on other channels, notably the Hallmark Channel.

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Jet Li

Jet Li impressed me with his speed and martial arts moves in the film Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), his American film debut. I felt he was the next Bruce Lee because of his look, martial arts prowess, and demeanor. A master of several styles of wushu, especially Changquan (Northern Longfist Style) and Fanziquan (Tumbling fist), Jet Li is a wushu champion and a box office star. He starred in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films, most notably Once Upon A Time In China series, in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei-hung, Romeo Must Die (2000), and Hero (2002). After a one-year hiatus from filmmaking, Jet Li returned to acting in 2010, portraying a mercenary in the film The Expendables. In 2012, he reprised his role briefly in the sequel The Expendables 2 and returned for the third film The Expendables 3 in 2014.

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Steven Segal

Steven Segal was a martial artist I enjoyed watching. Steven Segal's fighting scenes in his films were believable and amazing. He made his film debut in 1988 in Above the Law introducing Aikido, a fighting technique consisted of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent's attack, and a throw or joint lock that terminates the technique, to the mainstream. Following its success, Steven Seagal made three more movies – Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, and Out for Justice – that were box office hits, making him an action hero. He achieved international stardom in the film Under Siege (1992) that grossed over $156.4 million worldwide.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme exploded on the motion picture scene in the late 1980s in the film Bloodsport (1988), a movie partly based on unverified claims made by martial artist Frank Dux. A skilled gymnast and blessed with Hollywood looks, Van Damme is a master in Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing. He is also knowledgeable in Taekwondo and Muay Thai. Besides Bloodsport, Kickboxer (1989), Universal Soldier (1992), Hard Target (1993), Street Fighter (1994), Timecop (1994), Sudden Death (1995), JCVD(2008) and The Expendables 2 (2012) established him as one of the greatest martial artist stars in Hollywood history.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Yep my favourites too. Chuck Norris is Bruce Lee's student. Kung Foo Fighting and we never eat the soup when we see danger or tell the time.... Bruce Lee was apparently killed by his wife and his son was killed after an accident on set of the Raven.
Only the women live, the men are dead.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

I love Karate Kid the movie although Blood Sport hold special reverence to me. note the similarities in the movies. Its all in the mind do what your mind tells you.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Blood Sport avenges the death of his teacher and with blindness and he wins back the sword for his teachers although a woman became a distraction and enemies tried to kill him before the fight for the enemy to win.
When fight is unfair, the sense kick in and senses kick in nothing changes the training that instills mind discipline. It is the basic principle of martial art and that is what makes you who and what you are in life the one to succeed everything in life.....

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author avatar brendamarie
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

I agree with your list although I would add Brandon Lee to the list

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author avatar Shamarie
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Wow, I forgot about Brandon Lee! He was good!

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author avatar Utah Jay
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Kick ass man...Liked them

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author avatar Carol Roach
26th Apr 2015 (#)

yes bruce lee was my favorite as well

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