When you talk about combat arts, the first thing that comes to mind is Martial Arts. Since time immemorial it has been associated with self restrain, power, and strength of mind. It has influenced human life since generations. Even Cinema has not been able to ignore it. It has played a considerable role in world cinema to motivate and inspire audiences around the globe.

There are many movies made even today based on Martial Arts. But not all actors are suitable to play and carry the character of a martial arts expert. Some of the most proficient actors who played the role of martial art expert are as follows:-

1. Bruce Lee


Bruce Lee was one of the most popular actors who was well-known for the roles he played in martial arts films. He is the world’s most famous actor for his martial arts films in Hollywood. From late 1960s to early 1970s; Bruce Lee had a strong film career due to his martial arts expertise. The most popular film of his career is “Enter the Dragon”, which was a super hit around the world. He is a legend and still a favorite of many martial arts fans in the world.


2. Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan is one such actor who is popular for both his martial arts skills as well as comic timings. An excellent actor and perfectionist, he is revered as the one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. He is also one of the most highly paid actors in the world. He never uses the same stunt twice in his movies. He always experiments with new stunts and moves of his own in his films. He has a strong background in martial arts. He has a world record of performing the most variety of stunts in his films. Some of his movies like “New Police Story” and “Rush Hour” are still seen in theaters.


3. Jean Claude Van Damme

Although a Belgian, he is trained in martial arts, kickboxing, Taekwondo, Karate, Muay Thai and many more warfare arts. Before being an actor, he was a professional kick boxer with 18 Wins. He also won a Mr. Belgium title for his perfect muscular body. He was well known for his high impact moves in films like “Double Impact “and “Universal Soldier”. He was also given names like l “Van Damage” and “The Muscles from Brussels” for his martial arts and kick-boxing expertise.

4. Jet Li


Being a Chinese, learning Martial Arts was a part of his growing up. Jet Li is a legend for his expertise in WUSHU. Wushu is an ancient Chinese Martial Arts. All his movies on Martial Arts were major Box-office Hits. He was well-known for his strong fighting skills. Some of his most memorable movies are “Romeo Must Die”, “The Expendables” and “The Forbidden Kingdom”.

5. Steven Seagal


Steven Seagal is one of the most highly paid actors for his Martial arts movies. He is an aikido expert since childhood. He was accredited for his films like “Above The Law”, “Hard To Kill “and “Out For Justice” in Hollywood.

These are just a few famous names, mentioned above, who were popular in the world of Martial Arts. However, we can find many other examples of renowned Martial Arts Experts.


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  1. Hey,
    Great list. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li are all favorites. I never liked Steven Seagal. To me, his movies lack the technical proficiency of other martial artists. They look like Seagal is simply beating up untalented street thugs.
    Some other martial arts actors that I like: Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Donnie Wen, Richard Norton (just to name a few).

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