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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 11/24/2009 1:40:08 PM

Yeah, but Chuck Norris' movies and series suck and he's not a very good actor.  I'm typing this in a panic room by the way and plan on staying here for a good year or two.

everdreaded 11/24/2009 1:44:59 PM

Norris being white was not my primary reason for him having skills and most of you know i. he was a prominent kickbox Champion before his movie career even started. But he definitely made make a greater contrbution to exposure to martial arts in America than some are willin to give him credit for.Sure his"style" lacks the flash and technique of younger and more life honed martial artists, but for a time he was the martial arts man in movies..you can't take that from him.

 

everdreaded 11/24/2009 2:20:02 PM

And the list was about martial artists that CHANGED cinema..as in impact and influence...not whose style people think is better lookin or more legit.

violator14 11/24/2009 2:31:38 PM

That is very true everdreaded. I just wanted to throw that out there. haha

And i DID feel a roundhouse kick to my head as well that came from no where.  =)

ponyboy76 11/24/2009 2:34:22 PM

I agree with the list  but I also would have added Sho Kosugi. I agree with not having Chuck Norris on the list. Yes, he helped make kung fu movies more "mainstream" but that was not because of his fighting skills or acting. It was because he was known and white. It was much easier for people to accept a caucasian kung fu artist in screen then some asian dude. I mean isn't that the sole reason Bruce Lee never got to o the TV show Kung fu. They gave it to Carradine because audiences would readily accept him.
Chuck Norris did open the door for guys like VanDamme, Seagal and I can't believe we almost forgot. Micheal Dudikoff. Dude was the American Ninja.

Chopsaki 11/24/2009 3:20:47 PM

Solid list but i think the jury is still out on Tony Jaa, he's still pretty young and has alot of movies in his future. Time will tell but that kid is crazy talented.


AFWICK14 11/24/2009 4:07:47 PM

Thanks Pony for mention Sho as well, however, Micheal Dudikoff, really. I am sorry I can agree with that or likes of Van Damme and Seagel.  If we were to add them then you put folks like David Bradley, Jeff Speakman, etc.  Sho is the only true Ninja master.

Wiseguy 11/24/2009 4:16:20 PM

How come Keanu Reeves isn't on this list? Doesn't his contribution on The Matrix count? :)

violator14 11/24/2009 4:43:01 PM

hahaha.... how about Uma Thurman... or better yet, Rain??? haha


ponyboy76 11/24/2009 5:50:11 PM

Can't forget Bruce Leeroy  Shonuff!!!

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