Jet Li vs Dolph Lundgren
In the world of the silver screen, there are many martial arts actors with great power and speed. Some big and some not quite so big, but they all have one thing in common, they have all trained in martial arts of some kind. In this video, we are going to take a look at two of those actors, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren and try and answer the question, who would win in a fight? But before we do this, remember to give us a thumbs up and a quick click on our subscribe button to get more videos like this one and support Brutal TV. Thanks. But for now, let’s go back to our fighters.
Jet Li is a martial artist, actor, film producer, Wushu champion, and international film star. He was born in Beijing, China, on the 26th of April, 1963. The youngest of 5 children. When Li was just 2 years old, his father died and his family then lived in poverty. At the age of 8, during a school summer sports program, his talent for Wushu was noticed. After 3 years of training with acclaimed Wushu teacher Wu Bin, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. As a result, he traveled to more than 45 countries as part of the team and even gave a martial arts demonstration for President Richard M. Nixon. He became the all-around National Wushu Champion that year, a title he held for 5 consecutive years. This was no mean feat considering this young boy was competing against fully grown adults.
In 1979, Li received his highest achievement in martial arts when he was crowned Gold Champion at the Chinese National Martial Arts Competition. During this stage of his life, he acquired the nickname Jet for his blazing speed. Jet was trained in old style Wushu. In Jet’s day, they had to learn all of the 18 arms, internal styles, external styles, everything. The 18 arms consist of saber, spear, halberd, axe, battle axe, hook, fork, whip, hammer, talon, trident halberd, cudgel, long-handled spear, short cudgel, and empty hand forms. Li is now a master of several styles of Wushu, especially Changquan, the Northern Longfist Style and Fanziquan, the Tumbling Fist.
Due to a knee injury at the age of 18, Li retired from competitive Wushu and became an assistant coach of the Beijing Wushu Team for a few years. It wasn’t long before Jet’s Wushu skills attracted the attention of Chinese filmmakers, who cast him in the leading role in the 1982 film The Shaolin Temple. Overnight, Jet Li became a national superstar and the film sparked an explosion of interest in the Shaolin Temple among the Chinese people. The film was followed by two sequels; Kids from Shaolin and Martial Arts of Shaolin. This was just the start of his movie career to include such films as The Master, the Once Upon A Time series, Tai Chi Master, 2 Fong Sai Yuk films, and Fist of Legend. His first Hollywood film was Lethal Weapon 4, where the audience was blown away by the speed and power Jet displayed. This was to be followed by Romeo Must Die, Kiss of the Dragon, The One, Hero, Unleashed, The Forbidden Kingdom, and of course, The Expendables, to name just a few.
Over 3 decades after his debut in The Shaolin Temple, Jet Li remains one of the greatest and most inspiring martial artists to ever grace the silver screen. As director Yuen Woo-ping said, “he has a very good control of the strength of every fist and kick. In the past, he used too much strength, those that got hit would be in great pain.”
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Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. He was born on the 3rd of November, 1957, in Spanga. Lundgren first took an interest in martial arts as a child as a means of coping with his sometimes troubled relationship with his father. He took up Judo to begin with and later switched to Karate. Dolph started in the traditional Japanese style of Goju-Ryu but soon switched to Kyokushinkai, the more powerful style developed by Japanese Karate legend, Mas Oyama.
Dolph kept training throughout high school and moved back to Stockholm to complete his military service. This is when he met sensei Brian Fitkin, then a 4th dan. At the age of 19, Dolph started competing in non-contact point fighting. During the course of Lundgren’s higher education, he continued studying martial arts, competing as captain of Sweden’s Kyokushin Karate team at the 1979 World Open Tournament, winning the European championships in 1980 and 1981, and winning a heavyweight tournament in Australia in 1982. In addition to both his academic and extracurricular interests, Lundgren also earned money working as a bouncer at a Sydney nightclub, where he met and later became the bodyguard to singer and actress Grace Jones.
After moving to New York with Jones, he found a new job as a bouncer in the Limelight nightclub. Soon, Jones helped Lundgren audition for a small role in her upcoming film the James Bond movie A View to a Kill. This was to be the start of Dolph’s acting career with this breakout in Rocky 6, opposite Sylvester Stallone to be followed by Masters of the Universe. Lundgren’s interest in bodybuilding and martial arts helped suit him to roles and action movies and he continued this throughout the 90s, co-starring with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Universal Soldier and Keanu Reeves in Johnny Mnemonic, as well as in the 2000s, starring in films like The Defender, and Direct Contact. While these later films were less prestigious, Lundgren’s career entered another upswing when he appeared with several other top tier action stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in the ensemble hit – The Expendables.
In 2018, he reprised the role of Ivan Drago for the acclaimed later day spin-off Creed II and also appeared as King Nereus in the superhero blockbuster Aquaman. The following year found him starring in the action thriller The Tracker. Well known for his tall stature and level of fitness, at peak, Lundgren stood at 6’5″ and weighed a 111.5 kg. He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomizes the movie action hero stereotype.
Now for that all-important question – who would win in a fight? With a foot in height difference between these two fighters, many would assume that the bigger guy would win hands down. But it takes a bit more than height to win a fight. Jet Li would definitely have the advantage when it comes to speed. In Lethal Weapon 4, his movements were so fast, at one point, his leg came up over his back and kicked his opponent in the face. It happened so fast that if you were to blink, you’d miss it. On the other hand, Sylvester Stallone has recently said that during the filming of Rocky IV, Dolph Lundgren hit him so hard he ended up in intensive care. In our opinion, due to Lundgren’s experience of being a bouncer, he may well win this fight as long as he is fast enough to catch Jet Li, of course.
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