15 Kung Fu Movies Every Highsnobiety Reader Should See At Least Once (2023)

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Kung fu has become essential to American cinema. Modern action films like The Matrix and Kill Bill rely on many of the same styles and principles of martial arts that many Americans first saw in the films of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

Though kung fu movies feel so familiar to modern audiences, it wasn’t until the 1970s that kung fu movies really made their way to the United States and Americans fell in love with Chinese martial arts films. The late Bruce Lee in particular captured America’s imagination, as his intense, powerful skill captivated audiences following his untimely death at the age of 32.

Of course, if you want to learn more about the great stars of Chinese kung fu, Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li, these films will give you that exposure. But, a deep dive into Hong Kong martial arts films will also yield a deeper appreciation of Chinese culture, Asian history, and the evolution of action film. Perhaps most importantly, these films offer some of the most intricate and impressive fight sequences ever filmed. It wouldn’t be inaccurate to call these films violent, but when kung fu movies are at their best, the violence transcends to a level of physical beauty that is unlike anything else ever captured on the big screen.

Interest in the genre has only grown in recent years among the street culture crowd ascelebrated figures like Kendrick Lamar havetaken onkung fu personas, and brands like Supreme have worked with the most important creators in the industry.

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Scroll on to see our selection of the best kung fu movies by year.

King Boxer a.k.a. Five Fingers of Death

Year: 1972Director: Chang-hwa JeongRotten Tomatoes: 80 percentEditor’s Note: It is impossible to understate the historical significance of King Boxer, the first Chinese kung fu movie to receive wide distribution in the United States. It is equally important to note that this martial arts film represented the perfection of the Shaw Brothers’ — big time Chinese kung fu producers — formula of violent, action-packed filmmaking. 1967’s One-Armed Swordsman marked their transition to more visceral martial arts movies, but King Boxer elevated the form to a place that would later influence decades of Chinese kung fu filmmaking.

The plot of King Boxer is pretty familiar: a student (Chao Chih-Hao) is sent by his aged master to learn greater skills in order to defeat the bad guys and earn his daughter’s hand in marriage. In terms of execution, however, King Boxer set the standard for the kung fu genre films that would follow. There is a pulpy grindhouse technical style that contrasts a rather melodramatic, classic storytelling with a large ensemble cast. The fighting is constant, straightforward, and cinematic, adding a fierce drive to the proceedings.

While King Boxer is not a perfect martial arts movie, it is perhaps the classic kung fu movie, and it is certainly the film most responsible for making “kung fu” a part of the American lexicon.

Fist of Fury (1972)

Year: 1972Director: Lo WeiRotten Tomatoes: 92 percentEditor’s Note: Bruce Lee’s trademark intensity is contrasted with the need to maintain honor which results in a technically impressive and surprisingly comedic Fist of Fury. Of the first wave of Chinese kung fu movies to arrive on American shores, this is one of the funniest.

Lee plays a martial arts student who must avenge his former master while maintaining the integrity and honor of his school (and by extension his master’s memory). The results are alternately dramatic and comedic; Fist of Fury features some of Lee’s best fight scenes, but it also offers one of his best performances. Additional depth is added to the film as it explores Chinese identity in the context of the 1930s Japanese occupation, finding moments of pain and pathos beneath the laughter.

Enter the Dragon

Year: 1973Director: Robert ClouseRotten Tomatoes: 93 percentEditor’s Note: Bruce Lee is the titan of the kung fu genre, beloved the world over for his unparalleled martial arts skill. Enter the Dragon is the best showcase of Lee’s once in a lifetime talent. Some critics go as far as to say that this, Lee’s last film, was the only one ever to “give him the star treatment he deserved” before his untimely death.

Enter the Dragon is clear in its morality and earnest almost to the point of camp, but that makes the film that much more charming. The villain, Shih Kien, is as dastardly an evildoer as you could imagine, trafficking in opium and slaves. Our hero must not only investigate the man’s crimes, but win a massive martial arts contest being held on his palatial island estate. Oh, and wouldn’t you know it, Lee is going to have to face off against the massive baddie who killed his sister.

If the material sounds familiar or even arch, Lee and Clouse elevate it to the level of mastery. Bruce Lee staged all of the action sequences, and his emotional connection to them is unparalleled in his career. Clouse was known as a genre director who could elevate his material, and he does so with garish grace, using Gilbert Hubbs’ sumptuous photography and James Wong Sun’s lush art direction to their fullest.

It’s a shame that Bruce Lee died at just 32 years old, but it is a gift that a marriage of his unique talents and a film to showcase them was possible before his untimely death.

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Year: 1978Director: Liu Chia-LiangRotten Tomatoes: 89 percentEditor’s Note: Thanks in no small part to the Wu-Tang Clan, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin has become perhaps the most well-known kung fu movie in the west. Luckily for us, the film certainly deserves the reputation.

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When a DVD version of 36th Chamber of Shaolin hit American shores in 2007, thanks to the now disgraced Weinstein Company, mass US audiences reconfirmed what aficionados had long thought to be true: 36th Chamber is among the best kung fu movies of all time.

Also known as Master Killer and Shaolin Master, 36th Chamber of Shaolin features some of the best martial arts ever captured on film inside of a story that exemplifies the kung fu genre. San Te (Liu Chia-Hui/Gordon Liu) narrowly escapes invading Manchu soldiers with his life. His thoughts turn to revenge and he joins Shaolin monks, undergoing rigorous mental and physical training. The titular 36th chamber refers to the final level of training that San Te must master before returning to confront the man who ruined his idyllic past life.

While the film’s fight scenes are amazing, it is the philosophical depth of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin that sets the it apart from others in the genre. Every challenge that our hero endures offers not just a physical lesson, but intellectual and emotional growth as well.

The Prodigal Son

Year: 1983Director: Sammo HungRotten Tomatoes: 91 percentEditor's note: Some Americans only know Sammo Hung for his stints on American broadcast television shows like Martial Law and Walker, Texas Ranger. But, kung fu movie aficionados know that he stands next to Jackie Chan among the greatest martial arts film directors of all time.

The Prodigal Son is basically a critique of nepotism. Yuen Biao plays a wealthy son who fancies himself a kung fu prodigy, only to discover that his father has been paying his opponents to take a dive. The shame of this revelation motivates him to become a true martial arts champion.

Our egotistical hero finds two new masters, one who is a graceful star of the Peking Opera (Lam Ching-ying) and his clumsy brother (played by Hung). The results are equal parts hilarious and impressive, and Hung livens up the proceedings with the lively camera movement filled direction that established him as a kung fu legend.

Police Story

Year: 1985Director: Jackie ChanRotten Tomatoes: 90 percentEditor’s Note: One of the greatest kung fu movies of all time as well one of the greatest '80s action films, Police Story features the legendary Jackie Chan at the height of his powers.

The film finds Chan’s character, Kevin Chan, trying to protect a witness preparing to testify against an untouchable crime boss. To do so, he is going to have to not only take on the criminal underworld, but he is also going to have to go up against his own corrupt, disinterested, and narrow-minded superior officers. That’s right, a maverick cop who is forced to play by his own rules. Like we said: very 1980s.

Jackie Chan is set apart from other kung fu movie stars in many ways. There is his meticulous attention to detail. You have his outrageous, yet insanely complex stunt choreography. And, perhaps most importantly, there is his wicked sense of humor. This film is influenced just as much by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as it is by Chen’s kung fu forefathers. All of this and more are on display in Police Story, and the result is one of the great virtuoso martial arts movie performances of all time.

The climactic battle, which involves the total destruction of a department store, is one of the greatest fight scenes ever captured on film in any genre. This brilliant 10 minute scene recapitulates the thing that makes this Chinese kung fu movie masterpiece so great: that careful balance between dark violence and infectious physical comedy.

Once Upon A Time In China

Year: 1991Director: Hark TsuiRotten Tomatoes: 88 percentEditor’s Note: Once Upon A Time in China was little seen in the United States when it was released in 1991 (that would come a decade later), but it was the film that established Jet Li as a bonafide star of Chinese kung fu movies.

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The villain here is not the Japanese — nor rival schools — but colonialism. Specifically, Li’s character, the 19th century doctor and martial artist Wong Fei-hung (the same character played by Jackie Chan in Legend of the Drunken Master), is pitted against the encroaching forces of the United States and the UK.

Tsui and Li bring a more melodramatic and earnest tone to the story than Chan did in Drunken Master, and Once Upon a Time in China can get bogged down in its earnest tone. But, there is no denying that these two combine to produce some of the best kung fu action scenes in Li’s historic career in martial arts movies.

Iron Monkey (1993)

Year: 1993Director: Woo-ping YuenRotten Tomatoes: 90 percentEditor’s Note: The aftermath of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon allowed kung fu films to gain an unprecedented foothold in America. Once of the gems that was rediscovered in this resurgence was Woo-ping Yuen’s Iron Monkey.

Iron Monkey tells the story of Wong Fei-hong, a 19th-century folks hero who is often the subject of kung fu stories (an older version of the character is explored in Jackie Chan’s film The Legend of the Drunken Master). The story, which contrasts the righteousness of Robin Hood-style travelling warriors with the corruption of courtly intrigue, is familiar, but provides a great canvas for action-packed storytelling.

For the most part, Iron Monkey isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel; the goal here is to present some badass throwback kung fu, and the film delivers. One particular fight, which features fighters teetering on tall wooden poles that lead to certain death in a massive fire pit and then evolves into a duel with flaming battering rams, is worth the price of admission alone.

The Legend of the Drunken Master

Year: 1994Directors: Lau Kar-Leung, Chia-Liang Liu, Liu Chia-LiangRotten Tomatoes: 83 percentEditor’s Note: A follow-up to the 1978 Chinese kung fu movie, The Drunken Master, The Legend of the Drunken Master allowed Jackie Chan to show the world the true extent of his comedic chops.

Roger Ebert wrote, “The Legend of Drunken Master is quite simply amazing. It involves some of the most intricate, difficult and joyfully executed action sequences I have ever seen.” Though audiences were used to seeing “intricate” and “difficult” stunts from Chan, it is the “joyful” quality that separates this film from the pack. His performance in this film may mark the funniest ever in a martial arts movie.

The premise of the film (insofar as there is one) is that Chan’s character has harnessed the skill of being drunk (or pretending to be drunk) as a way to increase his fighting ability. The results are equal parts thrilling action and madcap comedy, culminating in a twenty minute fight sequences that is considered among the best ever filmed.

Fist of Legend

Year: 1994Director: Gordon ChanRotten Tomatoes: 100%Editor’s Note: Fist of Legend, a remake of Bruce Lee’s classic Fist of Fury, made Jet Li an international cinema icon. When watching the film, it is easy to see why.

Like Fist of Fury and a number of other kung fu films, Fist of Legend uses the 1930s occupation of Japan as the canvas for its bone-crunching action sequences. The plot, of course, is secondary to the fight choreography. The partnership between fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping and Li resulted in some of the best kung fu action sequences in recent memory, and launched both of their careers internationally. Yuen Woo-Ping would would go on to work with the Wachowski sisters, Ang Lee, and Quentin Tarantino, as Li would become a worldwide household name.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Year: 2000Director: Ang LeeRotten Tomatoes: 97 percentEditor’s Note: If the kung fu movies of the '70s turned America on to Chinese martial arts, then Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon demonstrated for the Western world that martial arts movies can be high art. Ang Lee’s film was a financial and critical hit, enrapturing American audiences and taking home four Oscars with nine total nominations.

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If you’ve seen the film, the fight scenes, courtesy of Lee and renowned fight choreographer Yuen Wo-Ping, are unforgettable. Cutting edge “wire fu” technology is elevated to the level of pure artistry in fight scenes across rooftops and in billowing trees. There is nothing like it in martial arts movies before it, and the fight choreography has deeply influenced many kung fu movies since.

Like the stunning visuals, the acting and storytelling are on another level beyond your standard kung fu fare. Themes of honor, revenge, and enduring love ultimately dazzle just as much as the fight scenes, creating one of the great masterpieces of martial arts cinema.

Kill Bill

Year: 2003 & 2004Director: Quentin TarantinoRotten Tomatoes: 84 percentEditor’s Note: Tarantino is a master of postmodern pastiche. He mixes genres with passion and deft skill, switching from westerns to gritty crime films to kung fu with ease. Kill Bill, is, of course, Tarantino’s homage to kung fu movies, even though, as usual, he dabbles in some other genres along the way. The result is one of the most compelling American films in recent memory, and a film that pays deep respect to the martial arts films that have influenced Tarantino in the course of this long and celebrated career.

On a technical level, both volumes of Kill Bill feature incredibly exciting fight sequences. The Bride (Uma Thurman) wakes up after years in a coma with only revenge on her mind. She sets out to visit her vengeance upon a group of assassins who have since gone their separate ways, meaning that each confrontation with the Bride offers a different setting and a new fight. Hanging over it all is the spectre of the final confrontation with Bill (David Carradine), the man who left her for dead.

Yes, all of Tarantino’s films are rife with pastiche and homage, but when this combination of influences produces something like Kill Bill, the result is something wholly unique that, like its martial arts movie influences, will stand the test of time.

Hero

Year: 2004Director: Zhang YimouRotten Tomatoes: 95 percentEditor’s Note: Distaste for so-called “wire fu” effects that were so popular at the turn of the 21st century have dampened enthusiasm for films from the era like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Zhang Yimou’s Hero. Hero should be remembered as not just a well-reviewed relic of the wire fu era, but a masterpiece with unparalleled visual beauty.

Hero’s sumptuous visual palette doesn’t just stand out among martial arts movies: Christopher Doyle’s photography is among the best of the 21st century. The sections of Hero are neatly differentiated by clear, bold color palettes, which indicate from whose tale is being told: a stylish update on the template of Japanese masterpiece Rashomon.

Though the martial arts sequences are top notch — anchored by the great Jet Li — it is the accompanying visual style, carefully curated and beautifully photographed that makes Hero an unforgettable masterpiece, transcending the Chinese kung fu genre, and landing it squarely in the pantheon of international masterpieces.

Kung Fu Hustle

Year: 2005Director: Stephen ChowRotten Tomatoes: 90 percentEditor’s Note: Set in 1940s Shanghai in Pigsty Alley, a slum filled with gangster and lowlifes, Kung Fu Hustle is one of the bawdiest, most meticulously choreographed kung fu movies ever made.

Some find Kung Fu Hustle to be too light-hearted and unrealistic, with its axe wielding gangsters and aging landlady who chain smokes even when she is kicking ass. But, most audiences will be willing to suspend disbelief long enough to appreciate some of the wildest, most ridiculous stunts you’ve ever seen in a martial arts movie.

Ip Man

Year: 2008Director: Wilson YipRotten Tomatoes: 89 percentEditor’s Note: More political than your average Chinese kung fu movie, Ip Man is actually a biopic of the titular character, who was not just a kung fu master, but a Chinese national hero.

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When many in the west think of World War 2, they don’t think of the conflict between China and Japan that lasted from 1937-1945 and involved the brutal occupation of China. Ip Man tells this story that has been somewhat ignored in the west. Though Ip Man has been criticized for its one-dimensional portrayal of the Japanese, this is a martial arts film that takes on a setting less familiar to American audiences.

The massive, melodramatic scope of Ip Man offers a great stage for displays of wing chun style of kung fu for which Ip Man is beloved. And the modern filmmaking techniques allow for some of the most breathtaking action sequences that have appeared in a kung fu movie, a true showcase for star Donnie Yen’s martial arts talents.

FAQs

What film is considered the greatest martial arts film of all time? ›

1. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) The movie that cracked the genre in half, The 36th Chamber is directed by the master himself, Lau Kar-leung, and it distills martial arts down to their purest essence.

What is the number 1 deadliest martial art? ›

1. Krav Maga. Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art widely accepted in the military, police, and similar branches as a defense against bare-handed and even armed attackers.

Who is No 1 martial artist in the world? ›

1. Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee is ranked first among the top 10 martial artists in the world in 2021. Lee Jun-fan (27 November 1940 - 20 July 1973) was a Chinese martial art performer, star, film maker, martial art teacher, and philosopher.

Who is the best Kung Fu fighter? ›

1. Bruce Lee. The kung-fu king combined the cardiovascular capacity of an athlete with a bodybuilder's musculature. He performed finger-and-thumbs press-ups, inflated his lats like a cobra, leapt 8ft in the air to kick out a lightbulb and unleashed the legendary 1in punch.

Who is best martial artist today? ›

Top 10 Martial Artists in the World 2021
  • Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee is one of the most influential martial artists in the world. ...
  • Jackie Chan. ...
  • Vidyut Jammwal. ...
  • Jet Li. ...
  • Steven Seagal. ...
  • Wesley Snipes. ...
  • Jean Claude Van Damme. ...
  • Donnie Yen.

Can you start karate at 15? ›

At age 15, you're still on your way to your body's peak strength, so 15 is a great time to start. In fact, I'd say it's better than starting very young, since you're able to better grasp the applications of the forms/techniques you learn.

Which is best Kung Fu or karate? ›

Kung Fu therefore is more useful in situations where you might be grappling with your target, while Karate is a more offensive martial art. In a general sense, Karate can be used more efficiently to harm an opponent while Kung Fu can be used to stop an opponent.

Who taught Bruce Lee? ›

At the age of 13, Bruce was introduced to Master Yip Man, a teacher of the Wing Chun style of gung fu. For five years Bruce studied diligently and became very proficient. He greatly revered Yip Man as a master teacher and wise man and frequently visited with him in later years.

What is a wuxia movie? ›

wuxia (ˈwuːˌʃiːˈɑː) noun. A genre of Chinese fiction and film, concerning the adventures of sword-wielding chivalrous heroes. Before kung fu, there was wuxia.

What does chop socky mean? ›

Definition of chop-socky

: a genre of motion pictures featuring martial arts violence a chop-socky star.

What martial art do Army Rangers use? ›

Today, for example, Army Rangers learn a fighting system that blends techniques from wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai, and judo with weapons skills from Kali, a Filipino martial art.

What martial art did Batman learn? ›

Batman knows 10 core martial arts

Judo – throwing techniques. Karate – open hand strikes. Krav Maga – headbutts and disarming techniques. Kung Fu – defensive skills.

Which is the fastest martial art? ›

Tai Chi is the fastest martial art when you are in contact and being reactive. A good Tai Chi user follows their opponent so softly and perfectly they can react to the slightest shift in energy or tension without losing contact with the skin.

What country has the best martial arts? ›

Top 5 Places for Martial Arts Training
  • China — Kung Fu. Made famous by many action films and beloved movie stars like Jackie Chan, kung fu originates from China. ...
  • South Korea — Hapkido. ...
  • Brazil — Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. ...
  • Japan — Aikido, Judo, Karate. ...
  • Israel — Krav Maga.
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Who has the fastest hands in martial arts? ›

The 26-year-old Logan Square resident has etched his name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the owner of the world's fastest martial arts punch. On Oct. 6, Liddell threw a punch traveling 44 mph at Body Tac Karate Dojo in South Shore. Last month, Guinness alerted Liddell that he indeed had broken the record.

Who is the god of kung fu? ›

He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Buddhism to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch.
...
Bodhidharma.
Names (details)
Hindi:बोधिधर्म
Hokkien:Tatmo
Indonesian:Budhi Darma
Japanese:達磨 Daruma
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Can Wing Chun beat MMA? ›

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Who has the fastest kick in the world? ›

There has been much research done and the best answer seems to be, that the fastest kick "on record" is still held by Frank Dux at 102.3 feet per second (70+ MPH). The fastest punch on record is still held by Bruce Lee at . 3 of a second. Jo Brooks and 6 others like this.

Who is the No 1 martial artists in the world 2022? ›

1. Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan has been an eminent Hong Kong entertainer and martial artist popular for his slapstick acrobats, fighting skills, quick wit and groundbreaking stunts (which he mostly does on his own). He studied Wushu and Hapkido and has performed in more than 150 films since the 1960s.

Can kung fu be used in a real fight? ›

Kung Fu can be used in a real fight. The Luan Ying style, for example, is deadly. It is a combination of punches, hammer fists, palm strikes, elbow strikes, low kicks, and forearm trapping techniques. And Bruce Lee's original style of Kung Fu, Wing Chun, is also very effective.

Who is the king of martial arts? ›

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Is Jason Statham trained in martial arts? ›

He has studied Wing Chun, karate, and kickboxing.

Can a 40 year old learn karate? ›

Benefits for Adults. You are never too old for karate lessons. There is no age limit, and there is actually very little physical restriction as well. In fact, karate lessons can actually help you improve and overcome some perceived boundaries set by either your age or your physical state.

Can a 23 year old learn karate? ›

Although, people generally tend to say that age is just a number, age does have its effects on most people. However, it does not hinder one's ability to learn martial arts much. 23 years isn't exactly an old age. It's more like the prime time,and learning an art this stage would be quite beneficial for you.

Is 30 too old to start karate? ›

The truth is that it's never too late to start training in the martial arts because you're never too old to learn something new! In fact, it's great for the brain to take on new challenges at any age.

What is the oldest fighting style? ›

Sankar Lal: Kalaripayattu originates in the southwest of India, in today's state of Kerala and also partly Tamil Nadu. It is often believed to be the oldest martial art in the world, with deep roots in Indian mythology that look back on thousands of years of tradition.

Is taekwondo or karate better? ›

If you're interested in learning more balanced, full-body moves, karate might be a better choice. For those interested in learning fast and more elaborate kicking moves, taekwondo is the better option. A good way to find out which martial arts style is best for you is to try taking beginner classes in both disciplines.

What is the oldest karate style? ›

Okinawa Shorin-Ryu is the oldest karate fighting style. Its founder Grandmaster Sokon Matsumura was the only person in history of karate who was awarded the honorary title of “Bushi” by the King of Ryukyuan Dynasty. Sokon “Bushi” Matsumura called his fighting style ShuriTe.

How old is Ip Chun? ›

Who invented kung fu? ›

As martial art, kung fu can be traced to the Zhou dynasty (1111–255 bc) and even earlier. As exercise it was practiced by the Daoists in the 5th century bc.

How do I fight like Bruce Lee? ›

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Why was wuxia banned? ›

Many wuxia works produced during the Ming and Qing dynasties were lost due to the governments' crackdown on and banning of such works. Wuxia works were deemed responsible for brewing anti-government sentiments, which led to rebellions in those eras.

Is word of honor BL or bromance? ›

Word of Honor (山河令) is a BL/Dānměi Chinese historical fantasy series that was based on the webnovel Faraway Wanderers (天涯客) by Priest, who has had other webnovels adapted into series, too.

How do you pronounce wuxia? ›

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Why are martial arts films dubbed? ›

Almost all Chinese movies — including those made in Hongkong, Taiwan and mainland China — are filmed silent and dubbed later in order to save time and money on the shooting.

What does socky mean? ›

socky (comparative more socky, superlative most socky) (UK, dialect) wet.

What is chop suey martial arts? ›

Chopsocky (or chop-socky) is a colloquial term for martial arts films and kung fu films made primarily by Hong Kong action cinema between the late 1960s and early 1980s.

Who is the best kung fu master in the world? ›

William Cheung
ResidenceVictoria, Australia
StyleTraditional Wing Chun (TWC) Kung Fu
Teacher(s)Ip Man
RankGrandmaster
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Who is the first kung fu fighter? ›

As martial art, kung fu can be traced to the Zhou dynasty (1111–255 bc) and even earlier. As exercise it was practiced by the Daoists in the 5th century bc.

Who taught Bruce Lee Kungfu? ›

But have you ever heard of Ip Man, the man who taught Lee how to fight? In the first half of the 20th century, in in the village of Foshan in Guangdong Province, Southern China, there lived a man known as Master Ip, or Ip Man.

Who made the best kung fu movies? ›

Another undisputed classic from Shaw Brothers Studio, "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" is regarded by many kung fu cinema enthusiasts as one of the best kung fu films ever made, jumpstarting the careers of its director (Lau Kar-leung) and its star (Gordon Liu) in the Eastern film industry.

Who has the fastest kick in the world? ›

There has been much research done and the best answer seems to be, that the fastest kick "on record" is still held by Frank Dux at 102.3 feet per second (70+ MPH). The fastest punch on record is still held by Bruce Lee at . 3 of a second. Jo Brooks and 6 others like this.

Can Wing Chun beat MMA? ›

This Is Why Wing Chun Illegal In MMA - YouTube

Who is best fighter of all time? ›

Top 10 Fighters of All Time
  • #8: Manny Pacquiao. ...
  • #7: Georges St-Pierre. ...
  • #6: Mike Tyson. ...
  • #5: Muhammad Ali. ...
  • #4: Joe Louis. ...
  • #3: Bruce Lee. ...
  • #2: Anderson Silva. ...
  • #1: Sugar Ray Robinson. Cited by many as history's greatest boxer, Robinson is the man for whom the pound-for-pound rankings were created.

What is the oldest form of kung fu? ›

Sankar Lal: Kalaripayattu originates in the southwest of India, in today's state of Kerala and also partly Tamil Nadu. It is often believed to be the oldest martial art in the world, with deep roots in Indian mythology that look back on thousands of years of tradition.

What is the coolest kung fu animal style? ›

Kung Fu Animal Style #1: Tiger

Shaolin saying: "Tiger strengthens the bones." In legend: "It offers the power to shake the earth and to be the authoritative king of its lair," kung fu master Rob Moses says.

Which is older kung fu or karate? ›

Both Kung Fu and Karate are quite old, dating back to Ancient China and Japan. If you want to get technical, Kung Fu is older when compared historically, and that might be because Ancient China has a broader history to look at.

How old is Ip Chun? ›

How do I fight like Bruce Lee? ›

How to Fight Like Bruce Lee: 5 Signature JKD Moves - YouTube

Did Ip Man ever lose a fight? ›

However, Yip man did lose a fight in his career. There's also a claim that Yip man chose his opponents carefully and most of the practitioners he defeated were actually amateurs.

Which is best Kung Fu or karate? ›

Kung Fu therefore is more useful in situations where you might be grappling with your target, while Karate is a more offensive martial art. In a general sense, Karate can be used more efficiently to harm an opponent while Kung Fu can be used to stop an opponent.

Who is the best fighter between Jackie Chan and Jet Li? ›

Jet Li is a more accurate fighter than any other martial arts fighter in the world except Bruce Lee. Li is faster in his fighting style. But between them jet li would kick Jackie's ass.

How many martial arts are there? ›

There are over 190 different martial arts in the world. Mostly, we differentiate numerous styles of a particular martial art as a separate art (for instance, karate differentiates Goju Ryu, Shotokan, Kenpo, etc.). If you want to hear more about virtually every martial art in the world, you're in the right place!

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