16 Male Celebrities Who Practice Martial Arts

Posted by PZ on July 9th, 2010

Practicing martial arts has always been a popular way to stay fit and focused – and with the recent remake of The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan alongside Will Smith’s son Jaden, it’s now been brought to the fore of popular culture yet again.  Here are some male celebrities who have practiced different forms of martial arts – from taekwondo to kung fu to karate.

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Wesley Snipes – capoeira


David Ramsey – jeet kune do

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Kobe Bryant – jeet kune do


Robert Downey Jr – kung-fu

Mel Gibson – jiu-jitsu and tai chi chuan


Lewis Hamilton – karate

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Ice-T – jujitsu


Mick Jagger – judo

Taylor Lautner – karate


Elvis Presley – Shotokan karate, chito-ryu, and taekwondo

Ryan Phillippe – taekwondo


Guy Ritchie – karate

Christian Slater – karate


Forest Whitaker – karate

Willie Nelson – taekwondo

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Michael Jackson – kung fu

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