Awesome Martial Arts

Speed-O’-Sound Sonic IRL

Speed-O’-Sound Sonic IRL

Dave Ardito makes short videos inspired by anime. There are lots of fun and energetic clips on his TikTok feed, but this is one of the best examples, a real-life version of Speed-o’Sound Sonic from One Punch Man zooming and ricocheting around a room thanks to some slick editing and VFX.

Eclectic Method: Kung Fu

Eclectic Method: Kung Fu

Remix master Eclectic Method chopped up pieces of classic martial arts action to create this entertaining music video. Watch closely, and you’ll see that every punch, kick, swoosh, and shout is part of the rhythm. For some reason we’re reminded of Parappa the Rapper.

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Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings (Teaser)

Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings (Teaser)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces us to the first new hero of Phase Four. Meet Shang-Chi; a young man schooled in the ways of martial arts and capable of defeating superhuman opponents thanks to his incredible instincts and masterful Kung Fu skills. In theaters 9.3.2021.

Jackie Chan Jumping Over Things

Jackie Chan Jumping Over Things

Jackie Chan has been wowing movie audiences with his martial arts mastery for more than 50 years. Among his many talents is the ability to hurdle over objects like walls and fences like they were nothing. The Solomon Society rounded up a few of these classic jumps in this fun compilation reel.

ODDJOB: A Kill from the Other Side

ODDJOB: A Kill from the Other Side

Rogue Origin Films kicks off its series of fan films set in the world of James Bond. The series will focus on a South Korean counter-operative who is both Bond’s arch-enemy and potential ally. The initial short includes a great Bond-inspired title sequence along with a brief, but excellent martial arts fight in a glass elevator.

Martial Arts Remake

Martial Arts Remake

The guys from China’s Remake Team specialize in replicating scenes from martial arts movies and anime. In this clip, they take on a classic fight sequence from Jet Li’s Fist of Legend. There’s also a split-screen version of the video up on Reddit.

Nunchuck Master

Nunchuck Master

A very talented martial artist shows off his insane nunchuck skills in a clip he posted on China’s version of TikTok, Douyin. The dexterity and speed required to pull off a series of moves like this is mindboggling. And how about that final move?

Warrior Season 2 (Teaser)

Warrior Season 2 (Teaser)

Based on the writings of the legendary Bruce Lee, Warrior follows a Chinese martial arts prodigy in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the brutal 19th century Tong Wars between rival crime families. The 10-episode second season kicks off with new season regular Dustin Nguyen (“21 Jump Street”) 10.2020 on Cinemax.

Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits

Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits

The Criterion Collection’s boxed set of seven Blu-ray discs celebrates the many talents of martial artist Bruce Lee. The discs include pristine digital restorations of five awesome action films, along with alternative soundtracks, interviews, commentaries, and much more.

The Shaolin Master Test

The Shaolin Master Test

China’s Shaolin Temple is home to hundreds of monks, among them about 25% are warrior monks, who must possess impressive Kung Fu skills, and be masters of Buddhist teachings. BBC’s Sacred Wonders shows us just how difficult it is for trainees to reach this pinnacle.

Gundala (Trailer)

Gundala (Trailer)

This Indonesian action flick melds martial arts and superhero genres. Based on the country’s popular comic series, our hero Gundala and his alter ego Sancaka must battle the evil Pengkor and his legion of orphan assassins. The film opened to positive reviews in Indonesia, an is getting an English subtitled release July 2020.

Swordplay with Game Effects

Swordplay with Game Effects

YouTuber Misozi-Salaryman put together this great compilation of his swordplay and other martial arts action, and worked with editor Vasco to embellish the clip with appropriate video game style visual effects. We like to think there was some guy off camera mashing buttons.

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Digital artist and designer Tobias Gremmler captured the movements of a kung fu practitioner, then transformed them into abstract shapes using CG animation techniques, resulting in a series of truly mesmerizing animations.

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Shaolin Kung Fu Training

Shaolin Kung Fu Training

BBC Earth captured this awe-inspiring footage of thousands of young athletes practicing Shaolin Kung Fu. While most of the shots here appear to have been captured by drone, they say their formations can also be seen on satellite imagery. From the series Earth from Space.

Master Z (Trailer)

Master Z (Trailer)

Max Zhang stars as Cheung Tin Chi, one of the many skilled martial artists who was defeated by the legendary Ip Man. He tries to establish a quiet life in Hong Kong, but trouble soon finds him. Also starring Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista and Tony Jaa. Premieres 4/12/19.

Warrior (Teaser)

Warrior (Teaser)

Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper and Fast & Furious director Justin Lin teamed up for this Cinemax crime drama that takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century, a time when brutal organized crime families were warring. Inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee with Lightsabers

Bruce Lee with Lightsabers

Watching the late, great Bruce Lee take on an opponent is already pretty rewarding, but after seeing this image, Patrick Nan decided to amp things up even more, by adding a lightsaber (and lightsaber nunchucks) to a classic martial arts fight sequence from Fist of Fury.

Kung Fu Clock

Kung Fu Clock

It’s time to kick some ass with this wall clock from WHENWATCH. The clock features an unspecified martial artist obviously based on Bruce Lee, whose body twists and turns to tell the time. His torso is the hour hand, his right leg tells minutes, and his left leg is seconds.

Fightworld (Trailer)

Fightworld (Trailer)

Hosted by actor and fight enthusiast Frank Grillo, Netflix’s Fightworld is a documentary series that will explore fighting methods and cultures around the world. The featured styles include MMA, Muay Thai, wrestling and Krav Maga. Premieres 10/12/18.

The Grandmaster of Kung-fu Films

The Grandmaster of Kung-fu Films

“Watching a Lau Kar-leung film is similar to watching an illustrated guide or documentation of kung-fu and its philosophy.” The Museum of Modern Art’s La Frances Hui talks about the history of kung-fu films before breaking down the work of legendary filmmaker Lau Kar-leung.

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Bleeding Steel (Trailer)

Bleeding Steel (Trailer)

Our first look at martial arts master Jackie Chan’s sci-fi action flick, about a policeman on the hunt for a mechanically-augmented villain, and a young girl carrying a bio-chemical invention that everyone wants. Yeah, we just want to see Jackie kick some ass too.

Dance of the Drunken Gods

Dance of the Drunken Gods

Andy Le and Brian Le of Martial Club and the Andy Long Stunt Team collaborated to create this great tribute to classic Hong Kong fight flicks, combining martial arts prowess with overblown sound effects, and poorly dubbed Chinese taunts. (Thanks Joshua!)

ZVP

ZVP

Writer and director Junya Okobe presents an awesome take on the tale of Zatōichi, a mythical blind swordsman who takes down an army of evil foes. Hornet’s Nest & Runt Man reminded us of Master Blaster from The Road Warrior, but it’s the ending that truly kicked ass.

Jackie Chan Jumps over Fences

Jackie Chan Jumps over Fences

Jackie Chan’s new movie The Foreigner comes out very soon, and looks like a wild ride. To celebrate its impending release, editor Jim Casey of The Solomon Society compiled a reel of some of Jackie’s finer moments jumping and climbing over various barriers.

Ninja Cat Moves

Ninja Cat Moves

Instagrammer Sara Jorden was recording her two cats playing around, when one of them decided to pull out all the stops as it stalks the other one. We’re thinking it’s less ninja and more of a Kung Fu Panda kind of move.

Eclectic Method: Kung Fu Remix

Eclectic Method: Kung Fu Remix

Your Kung Fu is not good enough! Step up your Arrow Fists and Double Dragons with Eclectic Method’s latest track, diced and sliced from a collection of classic and not-so-classic martial arts fight sequences.

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