I am a huge fan of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. The two were entirely opposite worlds and were amazing at their fighting skills.
Bruce Lee was a passionate fighter. His moves were impressively fast.
How fast was Bruce Lee?
Most martial art films are sped up to make fighting scenes appear fast, but not Bruce Lee’s. His moves were too fast to be captured on the regular 24 frames per second film – so they had to film him at 32 fps, and run the film slower so you can see his moves.
Even after 45 years of his death, Bruce remains the most sought-after martial artist in the world. To be honest, Bruce Lee was the legend of martial art. Jackie Chan, on the other hand, is fun to watch. His fight sequels have a good balance of humor and skills.
The biggest difference between Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan were their fighting styles. Bruce had an attacking tendency and used to throw some really hard punches whereas Jackie used to concentrate more on defense with a lot of stunts.
Despite the differences, both stand out as the true legends of Chinese martial art.
Now there was a boy who was already picking inspiration from the two and was preparing to create his own trail in the world of martial arts through a whole new art of fighting.
The boy would eagerly wait for the temple fairs so that he can watch the movies of his favorite martial artists i.e. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet-Li.
He was so fascinated with their fighting styles that while playing with his friends or working in his father’s paddy field, he would imitate the moves he had seen in the movies.
At the age of 10, the boy got his first lessons of Martial art from his father who himself was a Thai Boxer. There was even a moment when the boy threatened to kill himself if he is not taken to Panna Rittikrai to learn martial arts from him.
The boy, known within boundaries of Thailand as Phanom Yeerum, grew up being trained in a combat sport of Thailand called Muay Thai and introduced this art of fighting through the movie Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior.
The followers of martial arts got to know that there is a new martial artist in town that has some unique fighting skills.
This new fighter eventually become known to the world as Tony Jaa!
Tony Jaa before getting his breakthrough role in Ong bak used to work as a stuntman. He was a stunt double for Robin Shou in the Movie Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
Like Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa is also known to perform his own stunts without any wire work or CG effects in his stunts.
Tony does 8 hours of work-out every day which includes Muay Thai, Gymnastics and other sports training.
The purpose of writing this article was to cast light on the background of Tony Jaa, the true Muay Thai warrior. To honor his contribution to the film industry, and to the world of martial arts, I made a mashup of Tony’s some of the best fight moves.