A lot of old school female kung fu stars did most of their action scenes, but I can’t say that they weren’t doubled during some of the more difficult stunt scenes, just like the men were.
Look towards Angela Mao as someone who really shined during her action scenes. I definitely recommend both “Hapkido” and “Broken Oath.” They’re both fantastic. You won’t see any major acrobatic scenes or death defying leaps but if you want to see a woman kick the fuck out of a bunch of blokes then you’re in for a treat.
Michelle Yeoh always chose to do her own stunts. I’m not sure if she did in “Magnificent Warriors” but it’s worth checking out. She did do all her own stunts in “Police Story 3” though…including a motorcycle jump onto a moving train.
Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima…and Kara Hui, actually…are amazing martial arts talents, but many of their big stunts are done by obvious doubles so I can’t really recommend many of theirs. Although, if you just want to see real woman pulling off amazing fight scenes, do seek out their films.
Jeeja Yanin is another one. She did all her own stunts in “Chocolate” and, if you watch the end credits, you’ll see just how badly she fucked herself up.
Arnis/Kali/Escrima is the national sport of the Philippines. It came from here. Why aren’t we taught this in school?? We should be the best in this. I wanna see it like karate is in Japan. Imagine if Arnis is part of PE. Wow. Look at that pool of talent. Look how the art will evolve.
Right now, it’s basketball and volleyball. Football is catching up. Why? Advertisers help a lot in creating public excitement in sports. Even if it’s not as advertised, maybe the government could do something about it. Teach it in PE or after class.
just a rant. I also want to learn Arnis. Hay. And gaming martial arts! Saya.
It really would be so cool if more schools had martial arts as a sport like football or cheerleading. I think that would make it a lot more accessible to a lot of people who can’t afford it or their families can’t get them to evening practices.
I agree! It’d be awesome for the Phillipines to embrace their national sport via the youth!
one of the main reasons I took up Fencing in high school. That does count as a martial art, does it not? (even though it leans more toward the sport side)
I don’t necessarily think it needs to be adjusted in anyway. It’s a historic style that has stayed roughly the same for a reason. Every part of Wing Chun has some significance for the fighter.
I think too many people blame the art when it all comes down to the fighter. It’s not a style that needs to adapted, rather the martial artists needs to seek another style to fill in the gaps. Bruce Lee just happened to invent his own, taking ideas and concepts from many.
If you don’t feel like Wing Chun has solid throws or locks, look to Hapkido. If you want to learn power and a strong center, turn to Hung Gar.
There’s no such thing as a complete system but there you can get as close to a complete fighter as possible.
And that’s what martial arts is; constant learning. About ourselves and about techniques. A Wing Chun master isn’t a fighting master, he/she is just a Wing Chun master.
Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers in the world right now - of all time, in fact - but put him in an MMA ring and what does he need to do? He needs to fill in the gaps. He needs to learn takedowns and ground work and kicking technique. Because he’s a boxer.
Martial arts is like vocabulary. We can always find new and flashier words to make us sound better. Well the words are styles in regards to fighting. Just as a thesaurus gives us options, we need to train our bodies to have options. Do I use Wing Chun close combat here or do I step forward with Nothern Mantis hammer punches? Do I sweep? Front kick? Do I need to eye gouge, strike the throat and then run the fuck away? It’s bodily vocabulary if you will. We can’t just assume one style will make us this unbeatable machine. We have to be flexible, knowledgeable and well versed in an array of techniques, forms and ideas.
Jesus christ but am I tired of these dudes (they’re always dudes) who only ever studied one lineage of Wing Tsun/Chun or whatever martial art (much less only studied it when they were a child), did no research whatsoever, and then speak monolithically for all of Wing Tsun/Chun or etc as if it lacks this, that, or the other thing or is only trained the half-assed way they learned how.
Hey, I’m all for openly talking about particular martial arts and where they can be improved, how tradition can be re-invented, etc, but this stagnant perception by people who claim some sort of knowledge but are actually supremely lazy in it has really got to go.
I agree w/ the language analogy Guts employs here for the most part, but these ossified conceptions of martial arts styles is just so much nonsense.