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Excerpt Ageless Athletic Assassin: Page 118
MOVIE STAR SELF DEFENSE
As a movie star, an amazing body helps actors and actresses stand out on the big screen. Martial arts is the best way to help actors and actresses get an amazing physique and fighting skills.
In “Wonder Woman,” Gal Gadot trained six hours a day - 2 hours martial arts, 2 hours horseback riding, and 2 hours of fighting sequences. In “Suicide Squad,” Margot Robbie practiced brazilian jiu jitsu 3 times a week, boxing 4 times a week, and gymnastics 3.5 times a week. In “Million Dollar baby,” Hilary Swank credits krav maga in providing her the best physique and fighting form. For a personal challenge, Idris Elba trained 12 months in Muay Thai for his first professional fight. For the “Matrix” and “John Wick,” Keanu Reeves practice brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, knife fighting, and tactical gun work. In “Kill Bill,” Uma Thurman and her co-stars trained in Kung Fu 8 hours a day Monday thru Friday for 3 months straight. For “Mission Impossible” and “Jack Reacher,” Tom Cruise practiced krav maga to quickly take down attackers with knives and guns. In “The Debt,” Jessica Chastain practiced krav maga 2 hours a day for 4 months straight. “Sherlock Holmes” star Robert Downey Jr. and “Batman” star Christian Bale both practiced Wing Chun 6 days a week. In “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Sarah Michelle Gellar trained in Taekwondo, kickboxing, boxing and street-fighting. In “Only God Forgives,” Ryan Gosling trained Muay Thai two hours a day for four days a week. Power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie both practiced krav maga 45 minutes a day to gain muscle, lose fat, and improve overall health.
Physical bullying is one of the most disgraceful actions someone can do especially if you’re a martial artist. When you bully someone, that person is destroyed physically and mentally where suicidal thoughts or depression might arise. In 2019 actor Jonah Hill made an Instagram post about being bullied in high school and how martial arts has improved his life and health saying “I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2 months ago and train 4 or 5 times a week. In high school the dudes who did Jiu Jitsu used to beat the s**t out of us...At 35, I get over stuff that made me feel weak and insecure as a teenager.” Kudos to Jonah for overcoming his fears thru martial arts.
Most powerful is how martial arts can change your life in eliminating bad habits such as alcohol, poor nutrition, smoking, and drug addiction. Former Sopranos star Michael Imperioli credits martial arts for changing his life, his wife Victoria, and his children. Michael says “I was in terrible physical shape. I smoked a pack a day...I have more focus, concentration, and confidence...Taekwondo teaches you that you can overcome any obstacle.”