Friday, August 30, 2013

Top 5 Martial Arts Movie Masters

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

click to enlarge sa_20130830_grandmasterjpg

Related: The Grandmaster

Create a chart of the greatest martial artists ever and they would somehow all link back to Bruce Lee’s martial arts teacher Yip Man. In the new martial arts drama The Grandmaster, actor Tony Leung portrays the legendary teacher of Wing Chun school of kung-fu. Here’s a look at the Current’s picks for the top five martial arts masters of all time

#5 Donnie Yen

In 2008, Yen portrayed Yip Man in the semiautobiographical film Ip Man. He is scheduled to take on the lead role in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon when production starts next year.

#4  Jackie Chan

While some may argue that what Chan does is only martial arts choreography, it’s still such a sight to see him perform all those amazing stunts, especially in his heyday when he starred in Chinese action films like Drunken Master and Police Story. If the only thing you’ve seen Chan do is dance to Edwin Starr hits with Chris Tucker, you’re missing out.

#3  Chuck Norris

Even without the Texas Ranger on his side, Norris, a Martial Arts History Museum Hall of Famer and the first westerner to earn an 8th degree black belt in in taewondo, was a legend even before internet memes spoofed his awesomeness. Anyone who creates his own martial art (Chun Kuk Do) and is brave enough to go up against Bruce Lee, deserves a top spot.

#2  Tony Jaa

This Thai martial artist made it his life’s mission to master the same moves as his heroes Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, but he also brought his very own style to his skill. As the star of the Ong-Bak film franchise, Jaa is considered by many to be the best martial artist currently in his prime.

#1  Bruce Lee

The Chinese Connection, Enter the Dragon, The Return of the Dragon. It’s an obvious choice, but there are plenty of reasons to always put Lee at the pinnacle of any martial arts list. Example: His famous “One-Inch Punch,” a strike he would deliver from only an inch away that would knock any opponents on their ass.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years.


It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.


If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.


Calendar

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation