Facts About Donnie Yen You Didn’t Know This martial arts celebrity is not just famous
in the Chinese media industry, but has also made impressive forages into Hollywood! He is also perhaps best-known as Ip-Man, the
legendary Chinese Wing-Chun master. Donnie Yen is a huge MMA fan
Donnie Yen’s SPL and Flashpoint have been become the gold standards for blending Hong
Kong action cinema with the sport of Mixed Martial Arts into an entertaining yet realistic
result. He have studied so many traditional martial
art styles; traditional Kung Fu, Wushu, Taekwondo, Boxing, Karate because he was a martial artist
before he was a film maker. Then he realized this whole MMA thing actually
brought an answer to all martial arts. Donnie Yen vs. the Triads
According to Hong Kong news reports in the late 1990s, Yen was at a nightclub with his
then girlfriend, Joey Meng who was getting harassed by a gang of thugs. Yen had warned them to leave her alone but
to no avail and as Yen and Joey left the club, the gang followed the couple and attacked
Yen. Yen allegedly hospitalized up to eight members
of the gang. Donnie Yens first major role
After cutting his teeth as a stuntman, Donnie Yen teamed up with acclaimed director Yuen
Woo Ping who discovered the young Yen for his first lead role in 1984’s Drunken Tai
Chi which followed the style of Jackie Chans Drunken Master. The film saw Yen starring as a mischievous
boy who has to master the art of Tai Chi from his drunken sifu to defeat an evil assassin. Donnie Yen�s martial art beginnings
Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. When he was two years old, his family moved
to Hong Kong then settling in Boston, Massachusetts when he was 11. Having already studied Karate and Tai chi,
his parents were concerned that he was spending too much time in the Boston Combat Zone, they
sent him to study in Beijing on a two-year training program with the Beijing Wushu Team. Pretty soon he was hanging out with UFC president
Dana White who also resided in Boston in his youth. Donnie Yens mother is a martial arts grand
master Donnie Yen�s mother Bow-Sim Mark started
studying martial arts in elementary school and as she got serious started specializing
in Wushu and Fu Tai Chi Chaun. After moving to Boston, Massachusetts in 1975
she opened the Chinese Research Wushu Institution making her one of the first people to bring
Wushu to America and helped popularize it in the east coast. She has authored over 20 instructional books,
DVD’s etc. on the subject of Wushu in her career. His movie Ip Man beat Star Wars at the box
office. The movie kicked Star Wars: The Force Awakens
off the top position a week after the latter was released. On Christmas Day, it set the record as the
highest-grossing Chinese movie in a single day in Singapore. He accidentally kicked Mike Tyson in the crotch. You can witness this scene in Ip Man 3. Reportedly, Tyson did not even feel any pain
and Donnie Yen even joked that perhaps Tyson is trained to do so. He is the brand ambassador for Resort World
Sentosa. He might be the ambassador for Wing-Chun in
the movies, but in real life, he is the official ambassador for RWS, along with his wife Cecilia
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