Martial arts originated in East Asia more than 2,000 years ago and have since grown to about 200 individual types practiced by about 100 million people worldwide. The Web will help you learn about the different martial arts so you can choose which one suits you best; it will assist you in finding instruction in the martial art you choose; it will provide you with forums and community Web sites so you can share your zeal with others on martial arts techniques and movies; and it can be a place to buy the equipment and apparel you need.
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Martial arts movies are a genre unto themselves, popularizing such icons as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li. They have a tendency to elicit awe and hilarity at the same time, often combining low production budgets and slipshod editing with more vivid and impressive fighting scenes than any mainstream Hollywood spectacle. Perhaps that is why these movies have such a cult following, and why sites throughout the Web are enamored with them.
- Martial arts movies are often referred to casually as kung fu movies, but of course different movies feature different martial arts. If you’re looking for a particular subgenre of martial arts movies (for example, kung fu, ninja, samurai, karate, wuxia, or Hong Kong cinema), first try entering the specific genre into a search engine. If you don’t get the results you’re looking for, you might do better using “kung fu movies” as your search term regardless of the particular martial art you seek.
Kung Fu Cinema
features news and reviews regarding martial arts movies past and present. Picked among the "100 Best Websites for Guys" by Men’s Journal
in 2004, the site is a valuable trove for anyone who has a hankering for martial arts movies.
Bruce Lee: The Divine Wind
is a Web site devoted to the legend, and this site certainly does him justice. Although the site’s design is nothing to brag about, it offers all the facts you could want, essays written by Bruce Lee, articles about Bruce Lee, and more. The most impressive feature of this site is its 4,660 Bruce Lee images within 33 “Galleries,” located down the left sidebar.
offers a wide selection of martial arts movies and clips for viewing with Real Player or Windows Media Player. There are currently no martial arts films available free of charge, so you’ll have to sign up for the $9.95 per month membership if you want access to the site’s complete library of films. Enjoy such martial arts films as “Bruce Li in New Guinea” or “Duel of the Dragon” with Jackie Chan.
Ninja Movie Database
compiles the low-budget martial arts movies that you crave. The site provides general information for each movie, such as director and cast, and also includes a link to a review. You’ll mainly find East Asian–produced ninja movies here, as opposed to higher-budget Hollywood films.
Asian Film Fandom
provides this outlet for fans of martial arts movies to air their opinions. Join in discussions about the “Classic Kung Fu Film 1960-1985.” Or perhaps “Shaw Brothers Films” are more your cup of tea.
presents this list of “The 100 Worst Martial Arts Movie Names,” including such great titles as, “Little Mad Guy,” and “Swordsman with an Umbrella.” Each title has a brief description of why it was chosen, in case it isn’t obvious enough.
Chuck Norris Facts
is the first site that comes up when you type Chuck Norris into Google, and for good reason. What Chuck Norris fan wouldn’t want to know, for example, that “The chief export of Chuck Norris is Pain”? Some of the facts on this site were recently featured in a humorous campaign ad for Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential run.
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