Film industry stars who are Karatekas

Action movie star, Wesley Snipes is a fifth dan black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Jason Statham is an English actor famous for his action movies. He has studied Beside Wing Chun Kung Fu and kickboxing he has studied Karate.

Michael Jai White is a Black Belt in three different styles including Shotokan, Goju Ryu (under Master Eddie Morales) and Kyokushin.

And now one of the well known famous karate actor. Chuck Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. In 1969, he won Karate’s triple crown for the most tournament wins of the year, and the Fighter of the Year award by Black Belt magazine.

Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme, is a Belgian actor best known for his martial arts action films. He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shōtōkan karate school. He eventually earned his black belt in karate at 18.

Scott Edward Adkins (born 17 June 1976) is an English movie karate star . He is best known for playing Russian prison fighter Yuri Boyka. He was training Karate and was instructor for the Professional Karate Association.

Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, screenwriter and film producer. Lundgren’s breakthrough came in 1985, when he starred in Rocky IV as the imposing Soviet Union boxer Ivan Drago. He holds the rank of 3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin karate and was European champion in 1980–81.

Sean Connery – James Bond himself and former Mr Universe has trained in Kyokushin Karate. He has reached the level of ffirst-degree Black belt.

James Caan is an American actor. He has trained with Takayuki Kubota for nearly thirty years, earning various ranks. He is a Master (Rank = 6 Dan) of Gosoku Ryu Karate and was granted the title of Soke Dai by the International Karate Association.

Famous for his roles in The Last King of Scotland and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Forest Whitaker also holds a black belt in Karate.

This is just first part of famous karate actors, soon we will write part 2. In the meantime you can read our post about shotokan karate history

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