Martial Arts Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Martial Arts Quotes from famous persons: Scott Coker, Noah Hathaway, Stephen Thompson, Derek Brunson, Ritika Singh. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Martial Arts Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

Martial arts is something I studied since I was 6 years

Martial arts is something I studied since I was 6 years old.
I’m a martial arts buff, so anything martial arts.
Noah Hathaway
I’m a martial artist. That’s what I’ve been doing since I was three years old, and fighting since i was 15 and that’s all I know how to do. The money is just a bonus. It’s a bonus for me. I think my real job is teaching martial arts, it’s what I love to do.
When you’re talking mixed martial arts, to have a win over a guy who is by many considered the greatest of all time, is definitely going to take your career to the next level.
I am not an insecure person. Thanks to my training in martial arts, I have it in me to appreciate good work, say ‘Wow,’ and say ‘You deserve it.’
To be recognized by a brand like Reebok and to know that the company is looking at mixed martial arts shows the growth of the sport. For me, it’s an amazing opportunity. I get to be the face of my own shoe, and it’s surreal.
Anthony Pettis
I knew nothing about martial arts. And I don’t really like it! But in the film, I not only had to pretend that I knew all about it, I had to be the best at it. That was very difficult.
I so admire the discipline, the work ethic, and the sacrifices fighters make to master all aspects of mixed martial arts.
Tami Hoag
I stepped into the martial arts movie market when I was only 16. I think I have proved my ability in this field and it won’t make sense for me to continue for another five or 10 years.
I’ve always been huge into martial arts.
Michael Steger
I try to keep the martial arts up. It’s a good thing, not just physically but also for your mind.
Dolph Lundgren
Most of my good friends have fights with me. Those guys know that I was in martial arts for 12 years fighting on the circuit.
Martial arts in general were not made for a tournament, for points system. Martial arts were made to defend yourself in the street fight situation, not to score points.
When my writing career took off, it was pretty easy to keep my ego in check because old-school martial arts isn’t about ego gratification. It’s about maintaining a balanced view of the world and your place in it.
Obviously, learning the martial arts is a big part of my training, but the other part of being a Marvel superhero is, well, looking like a superhero.
Fight choreography has far more in common with dance choreography than it does with actual martial arts. You learn martial arts techniques, but those are just the movements for the choreography. You’re working with a partner in choreography. You’re working on timing.
I don’t think I’m in any position to call myself a martial artist. I’m a student of the martial arts.
I’m a catch wrestler, so I used catch wrestling in Mixed Martial Arts.
I’ve been training in martial arts since I was a baby running around the school. Everything from wrestling to muay thai. I started wrestling when I was 15.
The truth is that throughout my careers in both chess and the martial arts, I often knew that my rivals were more naturally gifted than me – either with their mental machines or their bodies. But I have believed in my training, my approach to learning, and my ability to rise to the challenge under pressure.
Joshua Waitzkin
Definitely female MMA fighters, I’m a big mixed martial arts fan, and watching women‘s MMA grow was definitely an inspiration. We just had an idea for a character and wanted to do a personality that was the opposite of Aang’s, and that’s how Korra came about.
I started taekwondo at 5 or 6 years old and did a bunch of kick-boxing later, too. Eventually I became a black belt and coached as well. I did some basketball and softball growing up, but most of my activity was martial arts.
I’m getting to put all my time and effort into studying my martial arts and to be the best fighter I can be.
I tend not to dwell on the parallels between chess and business, chess and the martial arts, or any two things for that matter, because the truth is that all pursuits are connected if we gain an eye for the thematic links.
Joshua Waitzkin
There is all this controversy that women and girls are too skinny or too overweight. I say to just do martial arts and everything will be okay. You will tone up your body and find a confidence you can’t find just sitting around watching TV and hanging out with friends.
I’ve studied martial arts, but of course I’m not anywhere near the level of my father. Still, people assume I’m a lethal weapon anyway!
When you have a background in combat sports, people think you’re this martial arts expert, but really I’m just a guy who is able to do certain things without making a mess of himself.
Rick Yune
I joined Khalsa College just opposite Don Bosco in class XI, but soon I quit studies and was sent to Bangkok by my father to learn martial arts, as that is the only place we could afford given that I would also work there to support my training.
I think the book struck me in a few ways that I thought very interesting to pick it as my first martial arts film. It has a very strong female character and it was very abundant in classic Chinese textures.
When I learn martial arts, my master will have me try a punch for a week and he will keep saying, ‘No, you don’t have it. No, that’s not right.’ When he finally says, ‘Yes, you did it,’ it’s a wonderful moment. You worked on it. You got it.
I’ve got good genes. My dad was a martial arts instructor – and he was good.
I started working out and doing martial arts when I was about 4 years old, and I was competing by the time I was five or six. So my mom and dad had me doing push-ups and sit-ups from a very young age.
I was in martial arts starting at the age of 14, and I got my black belt by the time I was 18. Soon after, I was teaching an entire school, with about 150 students. It was unbelievably intense because of the self-awareness part of becoming a black belt.
As a father, I always want my son to be perfect. When he was young, I tried to train him in martial arts, but he said, ‘I don’t want to become like Bruce Lee‘s son, with everybody telling me how good my father was.’ I just think my son is too lazy.
I’ve done everything – weight-lifting, Pilates, crossfit, martial arts, gymnastics – but I think the most important workout, at least for me these days, is a mental one.
I have acted on some movies that have martial arts elements, but I’m not a professional.
I’m always involved with training and the martial arts. It’s not like I go to a desk job somewhere and then throw on the gloves.
I’m a mixed martial arts fighter. But at the end of the day, all experience will help. And experience I got from that fight, it will help me to win this fight.
I think the most important is when I was young, I learnt martial arts; that is my special key.
When I was a kid, there were probably 100 schools in the Bay Area that just did martial arts.
It’s great that mixed martial arts allows people to still be in touch with their animal side and duke it out in a cage, but I think it’s important: we’re still nurturing beings, and we should still have compassion for each other.
I do feel I’m being respectful to Buddhism and martial arts with ‘Mortal Kombat.’
Mark Dacascos
I’m a huge lover of ‘Seven Samurai’ and anything Kurosawa ever did. The comedic work out of Japan in terms of martial arts movies, some of them are hilarious.
A large part of my life revolves around my dad. Sometimes, I even feel a strong sense of connection, something very tangible when I learn something new in the martial arts.
Brandon Lee
I have always had a heavy built and have been into all sorts of physical activities like weight training and martial arts.
I started my own martial arts school at 16. And by the time I was 21, I had three different schools.
Katheryn Winnick
I have a talent for coming up with an analogy about martial arts training for everything. It’s because training to improve your martial arts skills and training to step into a cage and fight another person teaches you a lot about… everything.
That was always the top martial artist – the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt. Once I started beating them, I knew I had what it takes to form a new martial art. That’s when I came up with Joe Jitsu, my namesake, so my legacy lives forever through the martial arts.
Growing up, my inspirations were Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, all these martial arts legends. I wanted to express my talent on screen in a certain way. I felt that it made me a little different.
I’ve always been a fan of martial arts, even before I did jiu-jitsu tournaments. I did point karate tournaments and wrestled in high school. To me, it was just an evolution and mixed martial arts was the next step. I just wanted to compete and train in it. I had no illusions of it being a paying gig.
I had a bit of a martial arts background from when I was a teenager: I did a bit of karate.
UFC has done a fantastic job of establishing the biggest leading brand in mixed martial arts. Years ago, many people didn’t know what MMA was nor understand the sport.
I was a big fan of martial arts movies – Bruce Lee in particular, as cringeworthy as it is. Jean-Claude van Damme was a big inspiration as well – it’s a little embarrassing.
Mixed martial arts was invented by Brazilians, whose families had been trained by the Japanese. Those Brazilians came to the U.S., where their invention was bought out, gussied up and presented to the world, which found it good.
There is absolutely no Wuxia or martial arts in ‘Red Cliff.’ I want all the action to look realistic.
John Woo
Martial arts, when I do martial arts, it’s more of a life type of training.
I don’t like all the cheating that’s going in mixed martial arts. I don’t know what percentage of high-level fighters do it, but I think it would be a significant amount.
I’ve gotten into two fights since I’ve begun studying the martial arts, and each time, I was worried I’d kill the guy. One of my teachers always told me I had good power but bad control.
Jim Butcher
My background in promoting martial arts started in 1985 when we were doing PK Karate, which was on ESPN. Fast forward to when mixed martial arts became legal in California. I made the jump to MMA and never looked back.
The mixed martial arts industry is valued at $2 billion in America alone. It is the fastest growing sport. The unpredictability of the sport is what makes it attractive.
Jackie Chan is a very good comedy/martial arts star. He does one kind of martial arts that Jet Li doesn’t know how to do and Jet Li does a martial art that Jackie Chan doesn’t know how to do. You can both go to two Chinese restaurants, but both can have different kinds of food.
I do a healthy blend of mixed martial arts, dancing, functional training, and swimming. These exercises give me ample strength, endurance, flexibility, and stamina.
It takes years of building that experience as a filmmaker, as well as physically. You have to have a high level understanding of martial arts.
I started off doing martial arts, and then I started kick boxing shortly after that.
Compared to boxing, acting is more difficult. I have learnt martial arts and boxing since childhood. So, they were easier.
‘The Last Airbender’ is genetically engineered for me. I love martial arts. I study it. The movie’s based on a lot of Buddhist and Hindu philosophy. I was raised Hindu.
I started this martial arts journey 20 years ago with karate, and I never imagined it would come to pass that I would be in the UFC.
Paul had been training martial arts for many years.
Cody Walker
I’m an only child. Mostly raised by my father outside of Saratoga, doing martial arts and snowmobiling. I wore sweaters, jeans and sneakers. I was more interested in four-wheeling in the Catskills than doing my hair and makeup at 7 A.M. before school.
Martial arts is a life journey. One of the things my teacher taught me a long time ago was that everyone‘s path to the mastery of a certain system is different. Some people’s path is a very direct route, where others might wind back and forth if you are injured or something.
Ryan Potter
It was ‘Shaolin Temple,’ Jet Li’s first movie. That was the movie that got me to want to learn martial arts. Then I became a huge Jet Li/Jackie Chan fan after that.
I used to work out for eight hours a day, which includes running, boxing and martial arts.
People want to see real skill level, real Jiu Jitsu, real boxing, put together and mixed up. They want to see mixed martial arts. They don’t want to see five minutes of holding. I think there should be points deducted when you do that.
Spiritual life can certainly follow the pattern one sees in the fake martial arts, with most teachers making nebulous and magical claims that never get tested, while their students derange themselves with weird ideas, empty rituals, and other affectations.
I think ‘Hero’ is not a real martial arts movie; it is not about violence, or formula.
Bruce Lee was very famous. I watched his movies and he is amazing. He is a martial arts master, his philosophy, his movement, both physically and mentally, were very strong.
I go to gyms quite a bit, martial arts gyms, MMA gyms. I try to train with the best people, with who’s who in the martial arts, just to keep myself sharp.
I just remember I used to go to each tournament to make a couple bucks. I did as a living thing; I got paid to do martial arts, so I’d go to these jiu-jitsu tournaments and make, like, $1000 every time I won the tournament.
When I was 8 years old, I knew nothing about martial arts. The coach told me I was talented with learning martial arts, and put me in a school.
As a kid, I was heavily into martial arts and wanted to be the next Jean-Claude Van Damme.
When I was a kid, I had two great guilty pleasures. One was horror movies and the other was martial arts movies.
For a while, I was a flight attendant. I lived in New York, and I was a bartender. I took cooking classes, martial arts classes. I taught a foreign language. I went back to college and studied acting, which I love. I was doing stunt work as well.
I love every type of martial arts, but with Muay Thai in general, I want to see it being brought to the public more. There is no movie that has Muay Thai incorporated into it, so I want to bring that to the public.
Tony Jaa
Martial arts gave me everything in life. It is not about a paycheck; it is about how I live my life.
Once I dedicated my time to mixed martial arts, I became careful about what I let into my mind. I made a goal of being the best on Earth in mixed martial arts and fighting. I wanted to build my mind into something good, not just of the world. I wanted to be different.
There’s a part of martial arts where we need humility and respect.
When you’re dead weight, in the right position, you win. And in reality, you wouldn’t see someone my size kicking seven martial arts experts and winning.
Joan Severance
In mixed martial arts, if you get kicked in the face, it’s your job not to show any expression to your opponent.
What mixed martial arts is being marketed as is not the truth. We’re not a bunch of idiots in a cage drinking beer all the time. It’s a lifestyle, but it’s a positive lifestyle.
When I was a teenager, my dad used to put a lot of pressure on me to be successful, and I’d really beat myself up about things like losing martial arts competitions.
Dolph Lundgren
I didn’t know anything about martial arts. I’m a big fan, but I never practiced martial arts.
All my kids will train in martial arts; it’s a requirement. Do I want them to fight professionally? Hell no. If they ever step into a cage, I’ll cry. I would rather my daughter and sons be doctors and lawyers or wear a suit to work and use their brain and after work go train at the gym and spar hard.
If you look across my career, whether it be mixed martial arts or wrestling, it’s very, very, very rare that I lose to someone that I’m not supposed to.
Sooner or later, the time comes when a man has to think on the health. I had a really long and great career, and I believe I left a deep mark in the martial arts. I have no regrets.
When you’re doing something like wrestling – wrestling is one of the toughest and hardest martial arts to learn – but it’s still a form of martial arts. It’s still controlled.
The mixed martial arts way of life will give you focus.
Martial arts was founded on the spirit that it’s not only a sport, but a way of life.
I still and will always have a passion for martial arts and do not believe, as a Christian, that it’s wrong for myself to compete in a professional sport that is violent.
Most of the martial arts techniques go in waves of popularity and usefulness, but they all work.
I am so happy because I want more people to like martial arts movie not just martial arts audience. Even martial arts can be used in comedy, in drama, in horror movies, in different kinds of movies.
Besides working out for nearly six hours a day, I am also learning different forms of martial arts.
I don’t like not having a job. Especially when I started Mixed Martial Arts, this was all I could do.
The one thing that I always encourage women who want to be WWE Divas to do is have something you are passionate about. For me it was Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts. For some people it’s soccer. Whatever it is, it gives you confidence and that will translate.
Mixed martial arts chose me. After all the trouble I’d been in, it felt really good fit to find a discipline to train and build a community around my goals.
I used to go to fights in Japan, mega shows at soccer stadiums. They would have all kinds of martial arts fights in one night.
I didn’t go to normal children school. I went to sports school when I was 8. So I studied martial arts.
I can’t imagine my life without martial arts. I would be a different person.
I teach mixed martial arts and I am having a gala time running a school dedicated to it.
I trained in martial arts and wanted to become a UFC fighter. That was my goal. I only really learned how to dance three weeks prior to making ‘Step Up Revolution.’ Dancing will always be fun, but MMA is something I’ll never give up. I will eventually get back in the octagon and be fighting professionally again.
I’ve been learning martial arts since I was 8 years old.
I am a huge mixed martial arts practitioner.
A lot of wrestlers get guys to the ground in a mixed martial arts fight and think that’s it. But no, we gotta get up eventually and throw some blows.
It’s a dream of mine to be a mixed martial arts world champion.
My father was a big Bruce Lee fan. He’s Chinese-Hawaiian, and my mother is Chinese. He used to take us to all these really fantastical films with martial arts in them.
Jason Scott Lee
I’m learning as much martial arts as I possibly can. My show is packed with action. Enough to get a rise.
Traci Bingham
My time of martial arts was traditional.
I did martial arts and karate for eight years when I was growing up.
Antony Starr
We have a lot of heroes. We have Asian heroes, we have Asian American heroes, men, women, of all ages, and not all of them do martial arts. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their own arcs, their own stories, their own subtleties and nuances. And I think that’s what’s important.
I am a black belt in martial arts. I like to drink scotch. I go skydiving. So I never really saw myself as a woman or a minority. I just went out there and did my thing, and it didn’t even cross my mind.
Cheryl Yeoh
Mario Yamasaki should just crawl in a hole and never step inside of any type of professional mixed martial arts event. He should never officiate, ever again.
The physical DNA has always been part of our family. My dad was a good boxer and gymnast; my mum is a ballroom dancer, and my brother does martial arts.
I stepped into the martial arts movie market when I was only 16.
The Japanese people treated me very well. They appreciated how I considered the martial arts, the jiu-jitsu and judo. There’s some good points and bad points to fight there. The distance was too far from where I used to live in Brazil. It was a 27-hour flight.
I briefly studied martial arts in college and realised that I might not be a great fighter physically, but it gave me mental strength and boosted my confidence.
Most people say I look mean, and because I play so many tough roles and because of my size and my martial arts background, they think I am, but I’m really not.
Martial arts, for me, is not just some kind of job to gain some money or whatever. No, martial arts, for me, is my lifestyle, my religion, my philosophy… Martial arts are everything for me.
Regular martial arts is traditional, with no music and no flips choreograhed into it. But extreme martial arts is choreographed to music. It’s very fast-beat uptempo, and you put a lot of acrobatic maneuvers into the routine.
Some of the martial arts films, the motivation is about martial arts. That’s where it’s coming from. It is a visual, commercial film, to showcase the next stunt, the biggest thing. And character development becomes a side thing.
I never wanted to be an actress. I am a martial arts fighter.
With Carlson Gracie, who saw something in me, I started learning and loved mixing together the martial arts.
I was pretty sure, going along the timeline, I was going to have to embrace being a role model for transsexuals in mixed martial arts, and I’m willing to embrace it – of course.
Martial arts have always been a major part of my life.
I love puppies, and I love animals in general. Besides that, I do martial arts: extreme martial arts. I also play real guitar and drums, and sing. And I’m taking some college classes, hoping to major in English and creative writing.
I have done martial arts my whole life, so it comes easily, but I have never done proper sword fighting.
If you don’t know what the hell the martial arts are, why are you a judge?
There’s guys like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk that incorporated mixed martial arts submissions and moves into professional wrestling. I feel like the way it was incorporated was really good, but there’s not enough people doing it.
The best came from my martial arts teacher, who also taught Elvis. He said, ‘Your ego will get you killed.’
Martial arts just normally would not draw me to the box office.
Mary Hart
Back when I was maybe 19, guys would go, ‘I can kick your butt!’ So I had a few showdowns. To my advantage, I learned martial arts, and what you really learn is not to fight.
William Zabka
2017 is going to be the biggest year for martial arts in the history of the Earth.
My love for mixed martial arts will never waver.
Anyone can get beaten in mixed martial arts. It’s the nature of the sport.
Mixed martial arts has small windows of opportunity and there’s always new faces coming through, so it’s easy to forget you.
I started very young… I learned my martial arts first in the street. There were always fights. That’s the culture in Brazil.
I love Tony Jaa. He’s one of the best and most capable martial arts stuntmen in the world.
Sonnen doesn’t know martial arts. He’s a wrestler; he doesn’t know how to respect people. Some say he’s promoting the fight, but he disrespected my country, my family and fans.
Martial arts is like dance. It’s so beautiful and what I love about the martial arts mostly is that what it basically says is you take their energy and you redirect it. Then if you need to, use it on them. That whole thing about redirecting energy I love.
I really don’t believe in being ‘gifted.’ I really think what you put in is what you get. People say, ‘Oh, this guy is so athletic and so naturally talented,’ well think about it. He’s been doing martial arts since the age of 4 or whatever.
I came from doing Wushu and other martial arts, and then I got into movies, and I had to learn that as well – the language of martial arts movie fighting. It’s a different thing; it’s a different kind of logic.
I don’t watch TV. Only while I’m doing it do I see it, really. So I don’t know anything. I only know old reggae artists. So that’s my thing. Old reggae artists and martial arts.
Greg Cipes
It’s interesting because my Mixed Martial Arts upbringing is less Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which is the traditional thing that people study.
My father didn’t compete ever in martial arts tournaments because they were not real. They were tag tournaments or touch tournaments, which he thought was bizarre and not really what the martial arts is about.
I’m training in martial arts. It’s a whole new world for me and I’m loving it. I do that or hot yoga; I have to do some kind of exercise.
When I do martial arts, I feel like its inward facing. Like, I’m improving myself, I’m getting healthier. It’s almost like mindfulness for something.
I was really interested in doing a martial arts movie, but maybe exploring ideas that maybe you wouldn’t think to explore in a martial arts movie.
Martial arts will always be a part of my life. I started when I was five, and if I don’t open a school one day or teach or manage, I would still practice to stay in shape.
I don’t care about being the champ champ. I want to be the only consecutive 12-time defending champion in any mixed martial arts promotion.
My goal is to make wrestling more like mixed martial arts.
I’ve been taking martial arts for a long time. I started with tae kwon do, and then I started taking karate and mixed martial arts.
Daniella Alonso
I kind of did mixed martial arts as a hobby. At the time I was actually wanting to become a police officer as I was working in a hospital as a security job in Michigan. It was something I did in my off time.
I grew up learning martial arts in Korea; my dad actually brought in an Olympic instructor to teach me as a teenager.
I grew up in a martial arts gym surrounded by men and boys, and I pretty much call myself a tomboy.
Katheryn Winnick
I’m hooked on martial arts.
A lot of people don’t realize, when you are acting in a martial arts film, you’re not just performing martial arts. You’re not just performing martial arts. You’re actually acting as much as any other actor.
My father was a big Bruce Lee fan. He’s Chinese-Hawaiian, and my mother is Chinese. He used to take us to all these really fantastical films with martial arts in them. And Bruce Lee was amazing.
Jason Scott Lee
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is my favorite full-length ballet, Sergei Prokofiev’s breathtaking score a favorite composition of music. As a student of martial arts, I loved drawing my sword in defense of my Capulet kin.
It’s just kinda irritating to me that we’re awarding people in mixed martial arts for trying to move away and not finish the fight.
The martial arts genre a lot of times has been relegated to B-level action.
The sixth move of doom? Yeah. So John Cena went to China, took some lessons, and all of a sudden, now he’s got a bad palm strike. Listen, I’ve been traveling the world for years and I’ve been beating up people with martial arts techniques from far superior styles and techniques. So, I ain’t worried about that.
You see me. What you see is what you get. You get real martial arts, you get real fighting, you get a real warrior mentality. Some people aren’t mature enough to handle it.
I breathe martial arts every day of my life.
You know, martial arts is all about respect and discipline and it’s always been about that. But again, people are starting to forget that, people are missing that, and this is where I believe I can help and it’s good for our sport.
Look at every action movie in Hollywood. Every leading man from Spider-Man to Batman to James Bond, ‘Bourne Identity‘, every one of them possesses martial arts skills.
My entire life, I’ve always known that I wanted to be a performer, but I didn’t know exactly how, where or when. I never learned or studied the craft, formally. I grew up doing martial arts and playing piano. But, something inside of me always said that I was going to do this, as far back as I can remember.
I knew nothing about martial arts. The coach told me I was talented with learning martial arts, and put me in a school. Three years later I got my first championship in China.
More entertainers should come forward to support sports. I’d love to see Akshay Kumar in a film on Indian martial arts.
I picked up a lot watching Ultimate Fighting. I studied martial arts. But I had an idea to be different, to portray a character people would like.
Different martial arts have ways of showing you how to control an opponent and put him down, but jiu-jitsu is the king of how to finish somebody. And that’s what I love about it.
In martial arts, for every attack, there is a counter you can throw. Somebody traps you, you can throw a hook. But there is no counter for bias.
I’m doing what I love to do. Martial arts is my everything. It’s my life, my philosophy, how I think, who I am.
If you fight with big names, with legends of mixed martial arts like Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt, like Fabricio Werdum, you will go to the highest rankings and get bigger and bigger names too.
Aleksei Oleinik
I look back now and think, what was I doing, moving to Hollywood with $2,000 and a duffel bag? But there is no money in martial arts competitions, and in Hollywood, there is an outlet for those skills. And I have always been pretty fearless.
I studied martial arts before I studied dance.
Robert Battle
Bruce Lee only played himself. Chuck Norris is a martial artist that does acting. I want to be an actor that does martial arts.
Leo Howard
My whole life, I’ve been training for something, whether it be baseball or football or wrestling or martial arts.
I don’t have to have any special skills or martial arts in my back pocket.
Nobody talked a lot in Japan, but I always had a good relationship with everyone. I always liked to talk with Anderson. He has always been very respectful because he’s a student of the martial arts.
I grew up doing martial arts, and I’m a second-degree black belt.
Laura Vandervoort
Best fight ever in a movie: ‘They Live.’ I want to do a martial arts version of that, where you think it’s ended, and it just keeps on going. I love that fight. It was funny as well. Unexpected.
I don’t get to do a lot of fight scenes on ‘Sanctuary,’ but I’m a trained fighter; I’ve been doing martial arts for years and, you know, I’m very active physically; I used to be a circus performer.
Ryan Robbins
There is also a strong following among the urbanites on the East Coast when it comes to martial arts films.
You can use martial arts to tell a different story. Ang Lee used martial arts in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘ to talk about love.
You don’t ‘practice’ martial arts; it’s more like a way of life.
I’m anti-social, and I don’t have too many friends. I’m in my own world doing my own things – training in martial arts, dancing, or watching a Michael Jackson video.
When people ask me about what I learned from martial arts, I don’t talk about favorite punches or kicks, or about fights won or lost. I talk about learning self-discipline, about ethics and manners and benevolence and fairness.
The thing I hate about mixed martial arts is that it’s no longer a sport. It’s a big-money business, and it’s an entertainment industry.
I used to love martial arts movies starring Bruce Lee and Jean Claude Van Damme. In one of Van Damme’s movies, he would break a pine tree. I would kick banana trees because I used to live on a farm. My father would get mad at me because I would break all of the banana trees around.
Work out really hard and be confident because bodies are beautiful, sensual and natural. I’ve also trained in Wushu, a form of martial arts – it’s very beautiful and flowy, and it’s predominantly used in fight scenes in movies, which is how it was introduced to me, and I just love it.
Jessica Clark
It’s not just about knockouts, son. This is mixed martial arts. It’s about finishing people. It’s about putting in that time, putting in all five rounds.
I love dancing and outdoor activities. I like going to the gym, trying different routines of fitnesskickboxing, martial arts. I try to do a bit of everything so I make it exciting for myself and so there are no shockers for my body.
I enjoy football, cricket and I have been watching mixed martial arts for the last five years.
I’d love to do live-action superheroes. And you know, I boxed for several years. I have some martial arts experience.
Josh Keaton
The thought has crossed my mind to quit even dealing with organized mixed martial arts in general and just fight my own fights, however I feel like.
I just want to hone in on how I like to fight rather than just keep exploring new styles and new martial arts.
I was always into martial arts and boxing.
Since my teen years I was interested in martial arts.
I will continue to practice a martial arts form along with the mental and spiritual aspect that come with building a balanced life, and I will continue to incorporate it into whatever films I can.
Ryan Potter
I started training judo when I was 5 years old. I didn’t know much. My mom just took me and my brother to do some judo because we were very energetic. We did that for a couple of years. I don’t know why we stopped, but I came back to try other forms of martial arts like kung fu and karate when I was 12 and never stopped.
Bruce Lee loved all different styles of martial arts. He believed that you shouldn’t limit yourself to one style, because martial arts is just another form of human expression.
To make a film like ‘The Grandmaster,’ I know I’m not going to make just a standard kung-fu film; it’s not going to be just tricks or like wire works. So I spent seven years on the road interviewing different schools and a lot of real grandmasters from Chinese martial arts.
I do practice martial arts, more as a recreational thing, but a lot of my friends have been heavyweight champions the in mixed martial arts world.
Initially I was very drawn to the Tao Te Ching, the Taoist philosophy. It was helping me deal with the balance of these external and internal issues with my chess life. Tai chi is the martial embodiment of Taoist philosophy. Initially, I had no intention of competing in the martial arts; it was just the meditation.
Joshua Waitzkin
I’ve loved Japanese culture for a long, long time, from doing martial arts, to the block prints, to the music. It’s a country that I love, and a culture that I love.
Zhang Yimou tried to use martial arts to talk about Chinese culture, Chinese people. What do they think, what do they want and what do they hope.
The UFC is martial arts and it’s all about technique.
I turned to my mom and said, ‘I’m going to be a martial arts movie star.’ She didn’t believe me, and neither did my dad. They both thought I would grow out of it. That it was a phase. I decided then I was going to do it or die trying.
I’ve done jiujitsu a huge chunk of my life, and I try to spend a lot of time educating people on the nuances, the subtleness of the ground game. It’s a big part of mixed martial arts.
SFL is based on the Mixed Martial Arts. It is a proper sport with proper set of rules and regulations. There is no scope of stage-managing the things.
I practice martial arts not to win over other people but to win over my own heart.
Tony Jaa
I love doing action; I love doing martial arts. There’s almost something balletic about it.
When it comes to martial arts, I always feel hungry.
Martial arts is self-growth. It’s artistic impression. It’s self-defense… it doesn’t have any place in politics.
I began to study martial arts because it was a great form of exercise, and I knew it would help my acting career. Martial arts reminded me of dancing. It has helped me learn fight sequences quicker.
Olga Fonda
I’ve been in martial arts for so many years, so to hold the belt of UFC and be on top of the biggest organization, it will be represented in this belt.
Martial arts are inherently both incredibly impressive and incredibly beautiful. And that’s my female nature, maybe, and my instinct, to make things beautiful.
Was I a Jackie Chan-level martial arts master? Absolutely not! Not by any stretch of the imagination. I’m an actor. I’m a performer.
I know that one of the distinguishing things was I looked like I could hold a gun, even though I’d never held one before and I’m physically able to do the martial arts and all that stuff.
When you think about mixed martial arts, you have to think about the entire scope of the athlete.
I learnt a blend of different martial arts – not in great depth, obviously – but various moves such as kicks, blocks and punches. It was all quite fun.
I was crazy about martial arts. At the age of three, I started training in karate.
As a martial arts promoter and as a fan of martial arts, you go, ‘What would happen if this guy fought this guy?’
People don’t get it. Martial arts is my life.
I’m trained in mixed martial arts. I started when I was 14 and did my first competition at 18. It was a grappling competition against all guys a weight category above me, and I got first place.
I have a lot of guy friends, from martial arts and film, and soccer. I actually barely know women.
You can actually find a lot of gyms that do teach mixed martial arts. But it’s just like with any martial art – you’ve got to look at the coaches, go watch some classes, see how people treat each other and how the coaches treat the students.
I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now, and I always wanted to put it to music.
Wrestling and kickboxing, like martial arts, combine a handful of skills. They’re really an art form.
I’ve been involved in mixed martial arts since 1997 when I first started working for the UFC.
I thought, ‘If I can create a business to promote martial arts, that’d sure be a lot of fun.’
I did martial arts since I was 10 years old, and I’ve got as much love for the movies as I have for martial arts, so when I was 18 years old, I started studying performing arts with the eye of getting into the film industry and went to drama school after that.
As an Asian man in the industry, you had to know martial arts.
Everything that I did to win a gold medal, I’m practically transferring it over to mixed martial arts.
Our older cousins would help us out. We’d get babysat a lot by some of mum’s sisters. They took care of us. But my success in martial arts, getting to be a champion, is down to my mum.
I actually did a lot of yoga because I found it helped with my core strength and flexibility, which are two things you absolutely need when you’re doing martial arts.
Antonio Inoki majored in strong style. He showed real emotion with real technique in the ring. Hard shots that look like hard shots. But the important steps is the real technique from the real martial arts. It means detail is important.
I’ve danced my whole life. Martial arts is just fun for me, it’s all choreographed a bit like dance. I have done Muay Thai and Wushu, which is cool because it’s very fluid dance. I also do Tricking. It’s kind of like Taekwondo with the big kicks and flips and showier aspects of martial arts.
I wanted to be a martial arts film star when I was a teenager.
Mixed martial arts – there’s just been a lot of trash talking and things like that. People, I feel like, aren’t really being true to themselves or being honest. I don’t know, maybe that’s what they feel they need to do to entertain things.
I’ve been doing Tai Chi on and off for 20 years. The fundamentals of all martial arts are the same.
Terence Stamp
I’m all for CM Punk becoming a part of the organization. I think his background and training in martial arts, he should be capable of handling himself and doing well. And bottom line is, people are going to tune in to watch and that’s pretty much the bar of getting into the UFC, if you can sell tickets.
I love martial arts, so why wouldn’t I want to help people understand it more?
I knew that the UFC and that mixed martial arts in general was going to prosper because I was extremely selfish and cocky, and I thought: ‘Hey, if I like it, everyone’s gonna like it.’ Well, it came to fruition, and I chose a character that was not a far departure from myself at all.
A lot of people think martial arts are just fighting, but it’s character-building, too, and I want to give back.
My first experience of doing martial arts was weird, real traditional, strange smell with incense burning. We did a lot of bowing, it was a lot of path of least resistance and go with the flow… Really good stuff for when you’re at a young age.
Boxing, mixed martial arts and tennis are the hardest sports to train for.
I think martial arts, in general, shaped my wrestling style. I think I grew up as a martial artist as a kid.
Jackie Chan is a very good comedy/martial arts star. He does one kind of martial arts that Jet Li doesn’t know how to do, and Jet Li does a martial art that Jackie Chan doesn’t know how to do.
If you want to see great mixed martial arts, tune in when I fight. If you want to see drama and all of that stuff, you guys can go watch ‘Bachelors in Paradise.’ They’ll give you enough drama you can want to watch.
I think a lot of people don’t realize that martial arts are just an expression like anything else. It’s just that most people are not trained to punch or kick, but you can walk or run or dance, which is also part of expression.
I see martial arts as moving forms of meditation. When you’re sparring or drilling techniques, you can’t think of anything else.
When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me ‘Miss Man.’ It wasn’t until I got older that I realized: These people are idiots. I’m fabulous.
That’s the beautiful thing about mixed martial arts – and I’ll tell people that – you have to think outside of the box.
Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t work out like us regular folks. Adulation bathes him from the moment he arrives at his Los Angeles martial arts studio.
It’s a bit like some martial arts: if you’re behind somebody there’s not much they can do, if you’re in a certain position. So same thing with a fish, if you’re in the right position you’re okay. As soon as you get in the wrong position you can be in very real danger.
It wasn’t until I went to Korea out of high school and got exposed to the martial arts for the first time and was just completely enamored with the physical ability of the martial arts and making my black belt.
I grew up studying martial arts, playing violin, swimming competitively, so I already had athletic focus, discipline and training. When I brought that to climbing, I became passionate.
I love my martial arts and action movies. They give another dimension to the acting world: the emotional plus the physical.
In my research, I learned that the Boxers‘ kung fu wasn’t all that formalized. The vast majority of them didn’t belong to some age-old martial arts tradition. They were basically poor, starving teenagers doing the best they could to figure out how to fight, relying more on their mystical beliefs than formal training.
A lot of Chinese martial arts films were based on Chinese martial arts novels. And these novels created a world of putting history, calligraphy, and martial arts into one.
It’s my goal to make martial arts compulsory for girls in school. In China, you have to do two years of martial arts’ training without which you cannot get a graduation degree.
I had a few months of physical prep where I was training six hours a day – I was doing an hour and a bit of yoga, I would do a couple hours of cardio and weight-lifting, and then I would do an hour or maybe two of martial arts training.
‘Immortals’ was very much a martial arts based training program – a lot of body weight stuff, very little in the way of actually lifting heavy weights, and a very, very low calorie diet.
Every Halloween for six years, I was a Ninja Turtle, and Mikey was my favorite. The turtles really made me who I am today. They got me into martial arts, meditation, surfing, skateboarding; big time influence on who I am today.
Greg Cipes
When I was younger I did karate and martial arts, and I think it’s really cool for girls to have those kinds of abilities.
One thing I am really dying to do, while I’m still young and in shape, is an action movie. I would love to do a Lara Croft type of thing that’s really physical and tough. I want to have a gun and do martial arts. I would love to get paid to get into the best shape of my life.
Megalyn Echikunwoke
I watch mostly every martial arts movie… I really like movies that aren’t just martial arts. I like movies that have spiritual meaning behind them, like samurai movies, or movies that have meditation.
Tony Jaa
My love for cricket, body-building and martial arts later helped me in modeling and then acting.
My love for sports will never die. I love martial arts and I want to promote it in whichever way I can. I am a fighter first, then an actor.
My father was a very tough guy with me and my brothers. He wanted to teach us a lot of discipline and life philosophy. As I became more interested in martial arts, he started teaching a lot of fighting philosophy and karate philosophy. While he was a tough father, he also knew when to be sweet and show a softer side.
I’m a huge, huge lover of weaponry, of Japanese martial arts movies.
I was a professional fighter for a while, and I trained in martial arts for seven years, so I think that kind of helped form a base for me as far as dancing.
My martial arts came a lot from my uncle, who actually taught martial arts through the military. He was a black belt in tae kwon do, but also, he used a lot of military-style fighting where it’s not the high kicks or anything like that. It’s basically defeat your opponent as fast as possible.
Brian Tee
I did ballet, piano and all that – my brother did martial arts, my passion.
Usually action films have a formula: good guy gets in trouble, his wife dies, friends have problems, so he goes to the mountain, learns martial arts, comes back, and kills the bad guy.
Martial arts was really the first thing in my life that I followed through on and accomplished a degree of proficiency for.