Self-defense is one of the abilities that can help South Korean actors in acting. The reason is, sometimes they have to show fighting scenes with the direction of the martial arts director. This is also an advantage if they want to star in action dramas or historical fiction which often show fights.
Therefore, the following line of actors amazed the public because they mastered various martial arts. There are those who pursue it before becoming an actor, there are also those who begin to master it after practicing for their roles. For more details, come on, see!
1. Lee Joon Gi
Lee Joon Gi has mastered various kinds of martial arts, so he often gets praise from martial arts directors on the set of dramas. In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine , the drama star Again My Life admitted that he studied taekwondo, muay thai, and jiu-jitsu because it caught his attention. He felt that the martial arts helped train his body and mind.
In addition, Lee Joon Gi learned a new martial art for his role in the drama Criminal Minds . He studied systema, a martial art from Russia, in order to perform different actions from his previous dramas. It was also revealed that he performed stunt-free action scenes in various dramas, thus being called the unbeatable star in the action genre by many.
2. Ji Chang Wook
Ji Chang Wook started studying martial arts before starring in the drama Healer . He trains in the gym to get in shape and attends a school that teaches him self-defense. Reportedly, he did various actions in his own drama. However, for certain scenes, there is a stuntman named Kyung Sub to replace.
In addition, Ji Chang Wook admitted that he had returned to learning many martial arts for his character as a former mercenary and bodyguard in The K2. He did it for 2 months. He also found it very difficult to do it, but still managed to show various perfect action scenes in the drama.
3. Hwang In Yeop
Hwang In Yeop is known as an actor who has many talents. In an interview with W Korea magazine , it was revealed that he has skills in singing, skating, and riding a motorcycle. In addition, the actor who is starring in the drama The Sound of Magic admits that he has mastered martial arts such as hapkido, taekwondo, and kendo.
4. Yohan WEi
Yohan has mastered taekwondo for 13 years, because his father is also the coach of the martial arts. He is known to have won first place in two national competitions in taekwondo. Unfortunately, his ankle was chronically injured until he finally stopped pursuing taekwondo and chose to fight to become an idol and actor.
5. Lee Jong Suk
Lee Jong Suk had to show some fighting scenes in the drama titled W: Two Worlds . A production company called Green Snake Media, stated that the actor was able to act well and naturally in various scenes despite the many difficult challenges.
The source also stated, that the actor was unable to waste much time due to the fast development of the storyline. However, Lee Jong Suk himself had studied taekwondo in the past. This allows him to show his own fight scenes and the results are rated very well.
6. Jang Hyuk
Jang Hyuk rarely uses stuntmen for action scenes, ever since a stunt double for him was injured in an accident on the set of the movie Zzang . So, he put a lot of effort into learning martial arts for the sake of his own fight scenes.
Jang Hyuk had admitted to mastering the martial arts jeet kune do and boxing. The actor who is starring in Bloody Heart has also been trained to ride a horse and use a sword. No wonder, if he often starred in dramas and action films .
7. Lee Min Ho
Lee Min Ho studied arnis and kali, a Filipino martial art that emphasizes gun-based action, for several months for the drama City Hunter . He refuses to use stunt doubles and chooses to fight alone, even though the weather was cold and he only wore jeans in an extreme scene.
In addition, the director in the drama The Legend of the Blue Sea once praised Lee Min Ho’s action. He said that it was difficult for them to find a stunt double because the actor was so tall. As a result, Lee Min Ho did all the action scenes himself and was recognized as being able to swing a sword like a pro.
8. Hyun Bin
In The Star Secret , Hyun Bin admits that he likes various physical activities, such as exercising and self-defense. He admitted to pursuing boxing because he was interested in the martial art thanks to his role in a film. His skills in martial arts have often been shown through scenes in dramas and films.
9. Ji Soo
On Kim Je Dong’s Talk To You program , Ji Soo admitted that he had become a judo athlete when he was still a student. Naturally, if he can show good fighting skills in some dramas. In addition, he also added that the reason for becoming an actor was because he felt that he naturally entered an acting academy and did not like studying in academics.
10. Lee Sung Gi
Revealed on Night of Real Entertainment, 90 percent of the fight scenes in Vagabond were done by Lee Seung Gi without a stunt double. He was always passionate about practicing martial arts 3 hours a day for 3 months.
Lee Seung Gi also admitted that he enjoys various action scenes and wants to take on more action genre dramas in the future. He also admits that he studied krav maga during his military service and wants to show his skills someday in a drama or film.