I was fighting Matt Damon he kicked me low he kicked me in the in the balls and I thought he was about to say I'm sorry mate I've kicked you in the balls I sort of open my eyes to say it's okay and all I saw it was

the face of Jason Bourne peering down at me and he was frisking me when I saw that I was like oh I felt stupid like I was messing the film up hey GQ this is Scott Adkins actor and martial artist and this is the breakdown first up it

man well your bass up Garth he's well up for it isn't he wants to fight ten people not one not two not three but ten people and you know you will and they'll kick terrible I mean look at that the guy runs in with a jumping back kick

or flying kick takes him down to the floor and straightaway the Sun has helped it and it looks pretty real he's a Hong Kong movie so probably he actually stands on his head as just as it rolls over his arm cracks and breaks sickening noise beautiful just snaps

his leg back like that he's not messing about so that was the kick right there quick hook kick I mean it man's not gonna be doing that is a wind Chun guy but I just you know it's Donnie Yen so you got to get a few men not

that I've snapped anyone's leg recently but I don't believe that it would work that way especially not of the hip maybe if it snaps at the knee would have been a bit more believable I enjoyed it more because it was a fake leg and looked a little bit

fake it man is mostly about straight strikes the Wing Chun it's based on the guy that taught Bruce Lee Wing Chun it's considered to be softer style and it's very simplistic and it's in its attack you know they don't do circular punches it's all straight down the line

I guess so it's like the intercepting fist blocking and hitting at the same time just smashes him into the ground how brilliant is that I said I love it when they actually get hit hard now it's tough being a stunt guy especially in Hong Kong because you are

expected just to get slammed but he looks so damn good it really does look great he's punching her in the face for real right he's just smashing him in the face now I don't know about this film but I worked with Donny there's a scene in another movie

called flash point where he actually punches someone in the face that was crazy you just punched the guy in the face and it told me that it turned out that they had a rubber fist they would hold the the rubber fist it would be on a stick and

they'd put the sleeve up a bit and he would just punch him with the rubber fist so maybe they've done that here I was in it man 4 I played the bad guy let's take a few full-on fists to the face for the art of filmmaking as well

I got kicked in the face I got punched in the face now there's that line where you're not gonna go all out and try and put me in the hospital well I believe Donnie Yen wanted me to be in it man because he knew that I was gonna

help him do what we needed to do less painfully and quicker because if you have to do 10 20 takes because the other guy you're doing it with can't get it like that that's a miserable it's not easy seemed like a good idea when I was 12 turns

out it's difficult and also look how hard he elbows this guy is one of those things in martial arts movies especially when you're gonna fight ten people that has a stunt performer you've got to be one of those guys in the background and you have to fill space

and try and look busy but obviously you're just waiting for your time to run in and get your face punched it's very difficult to choreograph anything with more than one person it's hard enough when it's one-on-one but you know how do you keep these people from all just

storming him at once I mean a reality that's what's gonna happen one martial art that I had a little bit of experience with was Krav Maga so we would talk we would always talk about taking on multiple opponents because that was a martial art that was all about

you know realistic scenarios and how you can deal with them if you're dealing with a lot of opponents what you need to try and do is get them all in front of you somehow that's when you're gonna be in real trouble if anyone gets behind you you don't

want five people coming at you once you want to get into a position where only one or maybe two can come in here once not three four or five you can't plan what you're gonna do I mean that's the thing you used to get these martial arts books

where you would say oh if somebody tries to punch you with a straight right you need to do this and hit them there and then take him down you don't know what's going to happen so you just have to have enough experience and a cool enough head to

be able to react no there's no special effects or stuntmen for Donnie anyone that knows anything about Donnie an knows that he's up there with the likes of Jeff Lee Jackie Chan I mean he is the best he's an incredible martial arts performer not only that he's an

action director and director in his own right and I certainly learned a lot from him next up the Bourne Supremacy get a car up front the keys in my coat pocket we should what go out the back I have another car look back at the phone how could

Jason Bourne make that mistake bloody hell the Bourne films are great and I'm a huge fan of them and a big fan of green grass but I've always been disappointed with the fine synth in the Bourne franchise because they're so chaotic it's very tense watching these fights you

know you feel the stress of it and maybe that's what he's going for by always thought as a missed opportunity to not actually show what's going on because you missed so much of the techniques because it's all this shaky-cam stuff but I would say that the martial art

is it's close-quarter fighting chicken dough is screamer Filipino martial art that sort of thing by that kick there he throws the kick from the one side of the camera and then they jump the line to the other side so you know you see the kick coming from where

the other guy was stood and that's what confuses the audience you don't know who threw the kick they're both wearing black I've got no idea what's going on the fight scene that I did in the Bourne Ultimatum Matt Damon did every single bit of it himself he didn't

have a stunt double and he's really good and he remembers the choreography perfectly and he was a really great screen fighter [Music] that's where the Bourne films are great is that they'll use different elements that are around them like the magazine and you know he's got this telephone

wire now and he's using it to wrap the cord around his neck and he's using his shin bone against his throat that's a legit cheetah to hold well I'll tell you a funny story on the Bourne Ultimatum I was fighting Matt Damon you kicked me low he kicked

me in the in the balls I went down and it was okay he didn't hurt too much but definitely stunned a bit but no one said cut and then I could feel Matt Damon touching me like this and I thought he was about to say I'm sorry mate

I've kicked you in the balls I sort of open my eyes to say it's okay and all I saw it was the face of Jason Bourne appearing down at me and he was frisking me when I saw that I was like oh and I felt stupid like that

was messing the film up because he was doing his Jason Bourne thing and I was going oh no don't worry about Oh but yeah Matt Damon is a great guy one of the nicest actors of work with next up the Karate Kid it's a great film it really

is I'd say it's one of the best martial arts films ever made honestly and people laugh and they want to say that it shows martial arts off and karate in such a an amazing way it shows everything that is great about martial arts but the fights were a

little bit dated so let's take a look [Applause] as if you're doing the whole fight from beginning to end you can't go full-out 100% intensity for the whole fight because number one you're gonna be worried that you're gonna forget the choreography gonna make a mistake you gotta hit

the guy he's gonna throw the punch you got you're not gonna duck but if you just choose a section of the fight and he'd rehearse it and you know what you're gonna do then he can go full-out hundred percent intensity but I can tell that that's not the

way they did it here I mean that close-up shot there you can see that he's throwing some techniques but you can't actually see the techniques yeah it's kind of a wasted shot let's see what the choreography is let's see the technique guy did a lot of Taekwondo tournaments

back in the day and you'd be paired up with different fighters throughout the day and if you want your fight you'd go through to the next round and through the next round so in the arena there would be all these fights taking place so by the time you

get to the semi-final everyone's watching and then of course the final there everything stops everyone's watching that mat to see who's gonna win the final of that way categorical that belt whatever so that is what what it's what it was like important what it probably still is like

[Applause] you shouldn't be allowed to actually punch him in the face you know normally the rules are you can kick to the body you can punch to the body but you can't punch to the head like in kyokushin karate you use spar without pads you can kick to

the head because it's harder to land a kick on the head but you can't punch to the head because you know people gonna be covered in blood you're not wearing any protection just to keep it a little bit safe actually the ref here is a guy called Pat

Johnson legendary fight coordinators heart going he's not allowed to do that because he's trying to break his knee that's definitely a bad move no I don't think that happens you'll be more like fast you wouldn't want anyone to hear them because that's not the dumb thing in martial

arts he knows he's in trouble he knows he's losing the fight there's a lot riding on this he's got a girl he wants to keep he's gonna lose the fight so what does he do he thinks okay I'm gonna do the crane kick I'm gonna bring one knee

up and get these arms up like that he's never gonna see this coming let's see what happens you didn't see that coming how did you not see that coming let's take another look at that it must have just been confused like why is he doing he's standing there

he's trying to look like some sort of stork what is easy a bat is he a bird what's going on he makes a move bang that's just one of those techniques I guess you just wouldn't see it coming I mean once he hit strikes that pose it's obvious

he's up to something so what I would do is I would just back off and let him get it out of his system and then when he goes back to normal fighting we could continue 34 years of martial arts training I've never come across the crane kick in

reality I only know from the cry Kid movie yeah it's not gonna work in real life back in the mid eighties we were lapping it up it was great but he had a bad knee didn't he so he had no choice I've got to do the crane kick

now because I've only got one leg that kick has been used I mean I remember lyoto machida doing that kick against I think Randy Couture and he knocked him out cold and he knocked his teeth out and I've worked with Randy and he didn't see it covered but

because he wasn't in the stalk position he did it from a normal fighting stance so he bring the one knee up they think you're gonna kick with that leg and and it's the other leg I think a lot of the time people think they're gonna take the front

kick to the body and they brace for impact and they're not expecting to get kicked in the head back in those days in the UFC to get a front kick to the face was quite unusual but then Anderson Silva did it lyoto machida did it and then you

know people were on notice then they need to look out for the front kicks of the face can certainly tell that Ralph Macchio didn't know what I was doing with martial arts but it's okay because his character was learning karate and you know he's not meant to be

an expert at this point but the other guy he seems to know but he's I would be surprised to learn that he hadn't done something before that movie obviously they went through some training but he he's the better mover the whole thing was was Danny's fault he stole

the guys girl and then beat him up for it not a nice guy really that Karate Kid next up the protector I'm a big fan of Tony Jaa this is a one-take fight legitimate want a fight no cuts I know I spoke to Tony about this fight and

he told me that he thinks they did it 10 times and he believes that it was number seven that they're used so they obviously weren't happy with the seventh take and thought that they could get it better I guess they never did get it better so they settled

for take number seven you can just see how fit this guy is to be able to do this whole thing in one take it's quite incredible I would never have been able to have done this I wouldn't have had the fitness I don't think [Music] as you can

see that the take starts now and that they've put a different lens on the camera it's got kind of a fisheye very wide-angle lenses they want to be able to not miss any of the action and this guy out of every guy working in the martial arts film

business this is the guy that hits people hard and because he's doing this as a one-take you know for sure that he's just hitting people because you don't want to risk making a mistake and having to do the whole thing again so if the guys there in front

he just just hits him and move on to the next guy and also this shows you the importance of having a dedicated stunting you know he's got at least 10 15 20 stunt guys that are all there to support Tony it cannot be underestimated the importance of stunts

so that's a lovely Arabian no-handed cartwheel on off the desk there you know he's just so agile so fit he's putting that in at the beginning of this because he knows is going to be shattered by the end of it you won't be able to do something like

that so let's do it at the beginning but he learned to do these moves and jumped so high not realizing that in the Hong Kong movies they were using wires he thought that you should be able to jump that high and it just shows you what's possible if

you have no limits in your in your mind you can accomplish amazing things like like this guy I mean our sister guy he's padded up and he's smashing through the the banister and landing flat on the floor is probably a padded floor the other thing that people don't

really think about with stuff like this is how fit is the camera guy these cameras is a Steadicam it was quite a bit and he's got to get all the way up their stairs and also it's very important to have a camera guy that understands fighting as well

he needs to think like a stunt guy so what I mean he's just leather that guy smashed in through the door my tie is it's the art of eight limbs is what it is you're using your fists your feet your knees and your elbows a lot of it

comes from knife fighting and that translated into fighting like this but it is a very effective form of fighting you see it in the UFC all the time I can break bones with their shins they can kick through baseball bats its deadly its deadly martial art there's a

lot of break boys set design and all that is coming into play very important I mean I had to set that up for ten different takes clean up and set reset on everything you want the breakaways to look real and not fake but you don't want them to

actually be so tough that they're gonna hurt you either legitimate Aikido technique there you can see starting to get tired now he's losing that explosiveness and who can blame her so that guy that just went off the top there they didn't pan down why didn't they pan down

is it because we didn't want to see him die or was it because they've put down crash mats probably they've put down some crash mats even though the one there in the beginning they had people building these boxes while he was doing the rest of the take ready

for that going to jump into the boxes and keep him safe I mean they're breakaways but they can still cut you and bruise you had a plate smashed in my face in one film and I felt like I've just been punched in the face almost knocked me unconscious

I think it's because you follow through with his fist look at him you can see his tire now and this guy again the the knee and he smashes into the glass there good job you'll notice that some of the stunt guys that get hit in the head like

him smashing his head back they've got bandanas on probably because they've got some padding underneath the bandana just to keep them safe a little bit because the guy kicks hard you can't blame them right you can see now though in this bit this technique here where he he

goes around and he's gonna I think what he wanted to do was throw the guy over his back but I think maybe it didn't work as well because he's so tired and maybe that's one of the reasons why they wanted to do another tank it's still worse because

it looks like it breaks his arm anyway this is one of the most amazing Juanes I've ever seen I don't think there is a legitimate wanna with no hidden cuts that equals this next up Charlie's Angels wirework this was probably early 2000s right the matrix had just happened

and then while I work in the matrix it kind of works because you're in the matrix right but it was all the rage back then you're getting drew barrymore doing some stuff that would be impossible to do without wires so that does not happen in real life where

you run up someone and do a flash kick and somersault off them I've done that quite a few times in quite a few of my movies but I wouldn't fancy trying on a Saturday night outside the pub it's not gonna go my way I don't think especially with

tight jeans on she's using some sort of kungfu style it was all the rage at this point because the matrix was such a big hit kung fu is great for a woman to do as well it suits it's very graceful yeah it looks looks brilliant being performed by

a lady she's doing a lot of this stuff up by herself I mean she seems to be doing all the white walk you can actually jump up and do the splits over someone and then I have seen someone kick off somebody and flip over and kick someone behind

them that's a very difficult move to do even for an experienced stuntman it is possible and even to do on the wires is a good achievement did a pretty good job there she back kicked that guy when you do the back kick you really want to have your

back facing as you kick her hip came out too much but the follow-up kick after the back kids are nice inside Crescent kick good low angle as well that has got to be the old put the shoe on the hound technique and smack them in the face with

it that's an old old favorite that one and that's kicking your ass when an actor gets involved and does as much as they can themselves whether you're on a wire or not I always respect that she could have probably said oh just to have the stunt double do

all of it but she did quite a bit of this on her own in fact most of it it's still not easy I hate being on a wire that stuff hurts she made a good account of herself she did one next up undisputed to a Last Man Standing

[Applause] when I got the role for this film originally they were thinking of someone like Dolph Lundgren you know the big Russian but the director wanted me to play the part so I put on a lot of muscle I knew that Michael Jai White was gonna be the

hero and I'm supposed to be the bad guy and how the hell am I gonna be able to intimidate this guy looking like I do now so a lot of training went into this to become Boyka but the extra way to the extra muscle it made it more

difficult to do all the the fancy kicks and everything it's funny because what you end up doing is I know I've got the blood in my mouth and I've got to take the first hit and the second here but I don't want to let the blood out of

my mouth until the third so you have to hold it for the correct moment and then let the blood fly in between the next five punches or whatever it is I'm trying to get the gum shield to come out of my mouth I'm trying to loosen it with

my tongue so that when he hits me with the last punch I can spit the gum shield up in the air [Music] see boyk is an MMA guy and this was one of the first MMA films to come out MMA is mixed martial arts and it's basically using

whatever style works you know so when it first started you had hoist Gracie who was a jujitsu guy and he tore through the division he took everyone out with jiu-jitsu and everyone was like okay jiu-jitsu is the most dominant and best martial art and for a long time

the UFC was all grappling at that point wrestlers came in and still to this day it's thought if you can control where the fight takes place whether it takes place on the feet or whether it takes place on the ground if I can control that I'm gonna win

the fight the main disciplines of MMA would be boxing Thai boxing because we're using the elbows and knees as well to get su once it goes to the ground but a jiu-jitsu guy they need to get it to the ground first so if you're a dude you see

a guy that doesn't know wrestling you're gonna find it hard against these wrestlers to get them to the ground [Applause] I remember that Mike and he's a tough guy and he's a legitimate martial artist that back kick that back kick caught him flush I had to apologize after

that it was not happy [Applause] so this is a kick that I'm most known for a lot of people call it the Boyka kick but actually it's called the Guyver kick reason is called the Guyver kick as it was first performed by a guy called Akira Noguchi who

was a stuntman for the in the Guyver suits for a movie called diver the dark hero and he did this kick and he actually gave it to me on one of the movies we did before this Special Forces he was the fight coordinator so I feel I have

legitimate ownership of the move because he gave it to me I'm gonna watch that again one more time just for my benefit forget about you luck [Applause] that's a good-looking kick that's one of the kicks that you would group under the label of a suicide kick there anyone

who wants to do that kick you've got to accept that you've got to land on your back yeah it's another kick that would never work in a real situation there's the zero power in the bit that hits it because your whole body weighs moving this way and you

just flick that for that it's just a touch but that's what's good about performing this kick for the movies is I can actually try and hit the guy's face probably I won't but even if I do it's gonna be very very slight because you've got to jump up

and lean back I'm gonna go high with the first leg and then as he comes back up it's actually tougher for the other guy the other guy's gonna sell this kick as he has to duck under and come up and find the second part of the kick and

react to it you're working as a partnership the two of you together it's more like dancing than real fighter that's one of those times when you get one of the stuntman just to run into break fall of the axis we didn't want to land on the hardwood on

the floor we prefer to land off the Bulgarian stunt guy this movement here where I duck under his punch and I hit him in the stomach I'm aware that the camera is behind me and that if I don't show the technique by covering the camera with my back

that's going to be the wrong thing to do so you notice that I'm under by I'm showing the technique the last cake that I do on him there is the 540 there caller so I'm actually landing on the foot that I'm kicking him with what we should have

done was just finished the film there and boy who was the best and he didn't have to fight chambers again and get beaten she was left of that no it's not a true depiction of an MMA fighter true man they find it as is a it's very much

a stylized martial arts version of wine MMA fight would be that kick the Guyver kick would not work in the cage for real but it looked great and you know it's a bit of fun next up is rush hour you mean cut me loose let me go [Music]

now Jackie Chan is the master of using furniture and whatever elements around him in the scene he will absolutely go to the set and he'll figure out exactly how he's gonna use the surroundings in the fight and he's brilliant at that he's gonna use as many things inventively

as he can he directs does his own finds does his own stunts he writes the guy does everything he's a legend a living legend going over on the chair like that quintessential Jackie Chan stuff and then fighting over this gun and he has his whole team around and

the guys that is fighting our members of the Jackie Chan stunt team it's like a dance but it perfectly fits Jackie Chan style which is always a comedic way of doing things first time I ever saw Jackie Chan was in a film called the protector and it was

an American movie and for whatever reason they decided that they wanted him to be like Clint Eastwood they didn't want Jackie Chan to be Jackie Chan I mean he was famous for a reason it was famous for the comedy slapstick stuff in the fights that he was doing

and they tried to completely change him because they didn't think that that would work for an American audience and I was unimpressed when I saw out I thought who's this guy trying to be Bruce Lee the best thing that Brett Ratner did when he brought Jackie Chan over

to do the rush hour movies always just say to Jackie you take care of your fights you do that thing you're amazing at it just do what you do and of course the rest is history because America completely fell in love with Jackie Chan that's campbellot one of

the Jackie Chan stunt team amazing kicker you know someone who knows what they're doing if they've got a gun they're not gonna have that gun close enough for you to grab it you need to just do whatever they say and hope that they don't shoot you but if

he's stupid enough to come close enough with that weapon then there's a lot of things you could do to disarm the gun I guess kind of like what Hal Pitino said in the irishman right you charged the gun you run from the knife yeah if your jacket channa

you'll be breakdancing around the gun Chris Tucker getting in on the action good job Chris you did the crane kick a little bit didn't he I don't know what how many tapes they've done but I'm willing to bet that they've probably done a few takes because the stunt

man that's about to get kicked by Chris Tucker you can see that he puts his arm across his chest because he's thinking I don't want to take I don't want to take another one of these these really hurt because he's not holding back Chris Tucker and look at

him how much you let us in sometimes actors they have no respect for stuntmen and they just really enjoy kicking them hard classically the way it works in Hong Kong is they'll make everything up on the day and he'll look around and he'll think okay I can use

this maybe and maybe we can use that but he's got the luxury of having his whole stunt team around him like 10 or 20 people and he and they are very good themselves I mean and they've become action directors in their own right he will say to them

come up with some ideas I'm gonna go we're gonna go for lunch when I come back I want everyone to give me an idea but yeah it cannot be underestimated I mean the Jackie Chan stunt team they are the best I got invited to Shanghai to the Jackie

Chan action Awards and my film undisputed 4 was in competition and I ended up winning best fight sequence and Best Actor and Chris Tucker was there to give me the award that was one of the greatest days of my life to get that award from Jackie Chan if

you're gonna get an award for fighting from anyone you want to get it from Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker next up debt collectors we had half the day to film this fight not enough time I'm an Englishman in this one and I'm fighting these Americans who are taking

the piss out of me so I'm not so happy I'm gonna give these Americans a good kick in good old King George always used to say again this is fighting more than one person it's always hard to choreograph so that's one of those shots where it's nice and

it holds starts off on one angle and then the camera spins to the left to reveal the other guy and you can see his name's Dennis and he's having to wait but look like he's kind of dealing with the last punch you got he's having to wait for

the right time in order to come in and be in the correct position to make the spin kick work but if he was a little bit more to the right he would have blocked me and he wouldn't see the kick but also he's not too far left because

the kicker looked like a mess and then I'll have to do another take yeah you wouldn't want to improv in the moment and be like well I just decided to throw the hook when I was gonna throw a strike you know if someone's gonna get hit it has

to be precise if you're gonna adjust something and change the choreography for the camera you need to forget what you'd previously know and now we're gonna do the new version and some people find it hard to forget what they've been practicing for however many days if they were

lucky in that sub rehearsal so yeah you need to be able to to change it but don't change it without the other guy knowing because then somebody's gonna get hurt these are veteran stunt guys you know they were getting on a bit but that was part of the

fun of the scene they're older guys but they're still gonna do the fighting it's not easy yes oh that's Anthony the longest he was in the original Road house and he's 17 I've got a sidekick ever and I don't want to hurt him because we're all they were

all trying to do a job I need to find that sweet spot of kicking him hard enough so that it looks like I'm actually trying to hurt him but don't kick him too hard luckily we only did one take and it was fine I was cool because not

that I've bottled anyone for real I don't know but I would imagine that sometimes the bottle won't break so it's cool that doesn't break on that guy and then it does break on the other guy's head I mean he's a mixed martial artist this character but the flavor

of this fight scene we wanted it to be like a barroom brawl which it is and we were inspired by something like Roadhouse war westerns back in the day with big looping punches so yeah I've heard some spin kicks in there so he's like a he's a kickboxer

with jujitsu experience but for this particular fight we just wanted a nice brawl he took one for the team there that was a great little stunt a nice low angle to see all the the props and the glass come towards the camera and always try and make it

as exciting and possible fill the frame with beautiful movement I don't see the location until the day of the shooting so we'll go in a GM and we'll choreograph the fight but then when you get to the location you may well have to adjust things because you know

the table wasn't what you thought it was gonna be so you have to be able to rearrange things if you have to well it's very collaborative and for this particular film I'm working with the guy Jesse V Johnson though I've worked with many times before I think this

was our seventh film or something like that and the reason is that it is the collaboration so when it comes to the action he absolutely trusts me I just I'm so experienced with fight scenes now I've been doing it since I was 23 it's a great relationship working

with Jesse because I take care of the fights and he helps me with the rest of it most of these clips that we have watched had stuff in that would never happen but when we have fights in in the films it's good to make it more exciting Jackie

Chan does his thing it's kind of slapstick he with the comedy it's great for him the boring stuff is actually probably the most realistic of all of it is a shame we couldn't see it properly and you know even in my film the debt collectors it's pretty simple

stuff barroom brawl you're probably not going to throw a spin kick in there but you know we did that because we just want to make it a little bit more entertaining for the audience okay thanks for watching these clips with me I had a great time and I'll

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