Jackie Chan's Training, Workouts, and Life Lessons | LFL



if it wasn't for Jackie Chan then in all likelihood the bio near would not exist as a child I was absolutely obsessed with Jackie Chan I bought all of his DVDs and I just sit there fast-forwarding to the fight scenes and watching those the way he moved in his physicality was incredible to me he seemed like a real-life superhero Jackie Chan inspired me to start martial arts karate at the time along with Shenmue he also encouraged him to start working out I'd go on walks with my sister and do stunts and get to film in general he was just a massive part of my childhood he moved so fluidly and later on when I watched the documentary jump London with sebastien foucan one of the inventors of parkour I was actually really annoyed to see him credit Bruce Lee as his main source of inspiration and give no lip surface to Jackie Chan this is just one part of his overall package Jackie Chan embodies everything that his site is about so what is a secret what we learned from Jackie Chan's life in his training in this video I'll attempt to break it all down I'll be referring to several books including his autobiography as well as a book by John Whipple who also gave us many collections on Bruce Lee and countless endless extra materials from DVDs so Jackie Chan was born in 1954 as Chan Khong sang and it wasn't until much later when he was working as a construction worker that he would adopt the nickname Jackie Chan as his now legend Jackie Chan's training began very early when he was just six years old and he was inducted into the China drama Academy as part of the Peking Opera his Hollywood legend now that his parents were so poorly off to sell him at first and this was one of the only ways they could afford to keep him peeking operas a flamboyant and majestic art form that involves singing acrobatics martial arts and incredibly colorful makeup and costumes it requires extreme precision and perfection from his artists and the China drama Academy had a rather rigorous way of extracting it when Jackie Chan's father gave him over to the Academy he had to sign a waiver saying that they were allowed to discipline Jackie Chan even to death it's worth noting at this point that Jackie had been excited to join the Academy having visited it a few times first and he actually was encouraging his parents to let him join of course age six he didn't know what he was letting himself in for that soon became apparent when he realized just how rigorous and punishing the regime was he'd be woken up at 5:00 a.m. every single morning to participate in a round of really painful stretching martial arts acrobatics tumbling they used corporal punishment as students were allowed to use the toilet because their master you Jim Ewan believed that if they needed the toilet they weren't training hard enough that they should sweat it all out instead students slept on the wooden floor this is also where they practice their flips and falls with no nets no mats they just had to try and flip and if they landed on their neck well then they'd learn not to do that next time they'd repeat the same kicks and punches and forms over and over and over ad nauseam until they were absolutely perfect there are several videos and articles on the web claiming that Jackie Chan isn't a real martial artist that he doesn't know how to fight and it's true Jackie Chan doesn't have any experience in the ring he probably lacks the mindset to compete in MMA but that by no means makes him any less of a martial artist he can deliver a punch or a kick like the very best of them he could kick most people's asses he trained this rigorously 12 hours a day on just five hours of sleep from this young age performing splits for hours at a time at this age you're young your plastic your impression there's no way that any of us now can do anything to achieve the kind of muscle memory that Jackie Chan has the training is actually similar in many ways to Shaolin monk training and you can see the video I made on that on this channel furthermore Jackie Chan was actually considered one of the best at this Academy he was particularly good at singing and he was chosen to be a member of the seven little fortunes a kind of crack team of their seven best child performers two more for seven misreport tunes were you and Bao and also Sammo hung who would go on to become his martial arts acting contemporaries Jackie Chan doesn't hold any grudges either in fact he's very grateful for his time there and says that in many ways Master Yu was the father of Jackie Chan the martial artist that positivity gratitude and work ethic is a largely responsible for how successful he was subsequent to his time at the Peking Opera it was common at the time for pupils from the China drama Academy to appear in films and Jackie Chan was no different his first appearance was at the age of 8 in a film called big and little Wang tin bar and he'd like to go on to become a stuntman working regularly on martial-arts flicks including fists of fury and Enter the Dragon opposite Bruce Lee of course Jackie Chan's first leading roles were under the direction of lo way and can be categorized as Bruce rotation you can check out new Fist of Fury if you want to see Jackie Chan attempting to emulate the style of Bruce Lee it's not a terrible film but it was a flop because Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee are worlds apart said you can see some of his acrobatics and agility already starting to creep their way in wasn't until Jackie Chan was on alone under a to picture deal with seasonal film corporation that jackie was given a little bit more creative control under the direction of the amazing hyun-woo ping also responsible for the fight choreography in the matrix and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon he's a real legend in the industry here you can really see Jackie Chan's more rhythmic fighting style which is a byproducts of his training as well as more flamboyant use of props they started fighting with different objects you can see him using acrobatics and what really sets the films apart was the injection of comedy which was really novel at the time combined with the kung fu so the film's snake and Eagle shadow and the drunken master were huge hits and from that point onwards Jackie Chan was given a little bit more creative control over his future vehicles these films also features some really rigorous and inventive training scenes which might have been somewhat inspired by his time at the Peking Opera I think my granddad was also by this because he got me doing all sorts of similar training not quite as grueling but just as inventive and weird in these films Jackie Chan hangs upside down from his legs whilst transferring water from one bucket to another he does handstand press ups he does push-ups on his fingers over the top of hot wooden spikes with his master's legs balancing on his back there are some demonstrations of physicality and again they really set Jackie apart from lesser imitators in 1983 Jackie Chan teamed up with un Bao and Sammo hung from the seven little port toons to create the project a here you can see his influence from the silent comedy era including Harold Lloyd's safety last film in particular where he actually emulates a stunt frame by frame where he drops from a clock tower this fusion was completely unique and as such the films were hugely successful there's no sympathy is not the best you had to be yourself more creative and the next evolution in Jackie Chan's Korea came with Police Story this was a more modern urban film seeing director tennis of policemen and involving lots of shattered glass and a fight in the mall and a huge stunt at the end where he slides down a pole using just his bare hands and crashes through multiple electric lights he also chases down a bus man hangs from it using an umbrella and the rest as they say is history it's in these films that we start to see Jackie Chan performing what could only be described as a early form of parkour before anyone was doing parkour he has to flow down and he says how he would drive past objects in the real world and then see opportunities to climb them or fight on them which is something that today's trackers described as parkour vision it wasn't the very first person to do parkour could be this guy from the 1930s but he certainly was one of the first people to popularize this kind of movement in an urban environment the way Jackie Chan moves like I say is completely different from anyone else and I think that's what really sets him apart you and Bao is arguably a better Acrobat is much lighter then you've got people like Tony Jaa who are probably better at flips and tricking there's something about watching Jackie Chan fight and flip there's just eminently more watchable and it's hard to put into words it's also to do with the way Jackie Chan moves them this is where you see his training come in once a he knows how to add a little flourish to what would otherwise be a boring hurdle or vault then there's that sense of timing and rhythm which is something that even trained martial artists have a very hard time getting down some of the moves he performs I've not seen anyone emulate like when he jumps through tiny little gaps I don't know how he does it as an action hero like this of course Jackie Chan's training has had to evolve as well as his Peking Opera training he's also trained in multiple martial arts following that he has a black belt in Hapkido and you can see this in his more modern film so he has a slightly more direct style one point Jackie Chan's physical training involved 45-minute runs every single day but ever since he injured his ankle filming rumble in the Bronx he hasn't been able to run like that anymore so he toned it down to slightly less rigorous even you aging involving a Stairmaster he does train with weights as well on top of this apparently he benched presses 45 kilograms on either side so if we take into account the way of the bar then that's probably just over a hundred kilograms maybe 110 kilograms and apparently he'll rep this out with quick repetitions for 20 or 30 reps he talks about this in his interview with John little way also says that he doesn't train with heavy weights what the hell whether or not this is completely accurate Jackie Chan says that he and his stunt team they're now famous Jackie Chan stunt team they want to train with two heavyweights because they don't want to become massive and bulky they want to remain light and agile on top of this he incorporates lots of martial arts practice of course ripping out huge sets of punches and kicks and he does lots of gymnastic standing on his head and things like that it is this is great for strength and great for body awareness and I've extolled the virtues of incorporating gymnastic style training into your workouts before but Jackie Chan also says that most of his conditioning most of what he needs comes from his work because he's filming on the set every single day that means he's practicing fight choreography that means he's filming fight choreography it means that he's throwing himself off of things he and his stunt team have a huge repertoire of kind of alphabet of break Falls and flips and tumbles and then when a bad guy gets kicks they can just pick from this index of Falls and find the one that works for them rake falling would have an important part of his training and it's even more important now it's a big part of what makes him so resilient and what it's allowed him to continue his career for so long interestingly Jackie Chan says it's actually harder to be the bad guy in the film because that normally involves landing on your face which requires a lot more skill than being the hero and landing on your feet so as well as incorporating things like handstands and planche presses I also recommend doing more tumbling and acrobatic styl gymnastics I've recently incorporated cartwheels into my training and I highly recommend this as a way of improving a proprioceptive also building strengthen your core and just general agility try and cooperate them into your training a few days a week and I think you'll see incredible knock-on benefits really quickly trust me Jackie Chan continues doing all of this to this day to the ripe age of 65 this speaks to another thing that has in common with a lot of the other legends I've talked about in this series Jackie Chan is fanatically passionate about what he does and it really comes across along with his discipline and his optimism Jackie Chan also has a real zest for life people have worked with him or interviewed him talked about how he'll be constantly working constantly talking about what he does giving them free gifts showing them slideshows of his stunts and his philanthropic work without them even asking the guy speaks eight languages and when he's not writing filming directing or singing he's probably coming up with ideas for inventions apparently has lots of things he wants to patent he was running multiple businesses always working for a variety of charities he's used some of his money to buy himself actual secret bases with James Bond style secret rooms because why not he's like a big kid and in fact his recent book is even cold never grow up and I love that philosophy because why should you go out when life can be that awesome when you're Jackie Chan said one interviewer anything is possible he's like Bruce Lee meets Goku meets James Cameron meets Tony Stark his creativity is even on showing the gadgets he's using in order to improve the impact of his fight scenes he's created shoes that padded so he can kick people in the head without hurting them and why is that cool people's legs out from underneath them to improve their pratfalls this is why I think that Jackie Chan's use of the role of souped buggy Roly in the film Chinese zodiac is perfect it's such a unique invention such a strange concept and Jackie wears it racing down mountainsides just shows how he's much more than a martial artist he's just completely unique that film also fYI is one where he holds a world record for the most number of job roles on a given production including catering coordination wheels on meals indeed there truly is no one like Jackie Chan so I hope you found this video useful interesting guys if you did then thanks a ton for watching check out the link in the description down below where you can see the written post version of this got lots more like this on the way the next time I do one of these learning from legends videos I'd like to look at a thinker type of person again so let me know in the comments down below who you'd like to see subscribe if you want to see more like this and thanks a ton for watching this one bye for now

34 thoughts on “Jackie Chan's Training, Workouts, and Life Lessons | LFL”

  1. I saw the video just now,I see what you mean,compound exercise,carb,creatine,and lot of sleep,(this one I'm working on,I need to comedown,taken a lot breathing techniques.thanks so much!!!

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  3. Great video. I'm likewise a lifelong fan of Jackie Chan and his work. No one can fail to be impressed by Jackie's work and life ethic. Indeed, the reason he has never thought in a ring is that he says time and time again that he hates violence. Ironic, perhaps, but then this is why he has turned his fighting on the screen into comedy. And finally, someone that has said his martial arts are genuine! At the end of the day, any one who trained/trains as many hours as Jackie Chan in fighting, and all the styles he studied, could be bad at fighting or a 'fake martial artist' as too many claim regarding Jackie. Fighting is after all just about repetition of skills, and he's done far more of that than most, in far more styles than most. True fighting mastery, as the Shaolin monks know, comes from the months and years of dedication to repetition of the same basics. And you only have to watch the dude to see how much he has repeated movements. This is the only way to make skills like he performs look as easy as they do when he does them. His rhythm is also a key component of fighting, and he has this in spades. As Mas Oyama used to ask potential students before taking them on, 'can you dance?' or 'have you got rhythm?' because this is so key to fighting. Utmost respect to Jackie.

  4. With Martial arts, you need to be fit to last in a fight. Knowing all the techniques won't matter if you get winded in 10 seconds.

    This is probably why Bruce Lee began training hardcore after his fight with Wong Jack Man, he got winded in a 3 minute fight and realized his Wing Chun wasn't the end all of martial arts.

    So Jackie Chan is a martial artist, there's no doubt about it.

  5. around @7:50 you mention that jackie is more watchable in a difficult to describe way.

    For me. Its the stakes and the pacing. A lot of his fights are little thrillers on their own. We watch a man creatively use his environment to even the odds against overwhelming force. He's almost ALWAYS out matched and takes some brutal beatings only to barely make it out and survive in some creative way. And this stands true even outside whatver the story is. You get this same feeling/emotion from watching his choreography without context. Tony Ja's fights are just a bunch of really impressive feats. Bruce Lee is an unstoppable tank 90 percent of the time. THAT is what makes Jackie more watchable to me. By a long shot. and i wont even get into how far back and static the camera is. With very little cutting so you can see each every move.

  6. I know the info comes from an interview he did some time ago, but there's no way hes benching 225 for 20 to 30 fast reps at his bodyweight. Specially when he has also stated many times that he doesn't use heavy weights in his training.

  7. Let's be honest. anybody who's been associated with bruce lee is an amazing person. I actually didn't know most of this about Jackie. But my father and I have always been a fan of his incredibly unique style of movies. Jackie might as well be Bruce 2.0 except that takes away from Jackie. He's definitely become a master at his craft. Unfortunately that is the biggest misconception of 'lifting heavy'. You won't get 'big, bulky, and heavy' just by starting to lift heavy. It's been proven to increase FT muscle fibers which would directly improve other physical activities. Oh well.

  8. Sadly bruce lee is given more recognition than jackie … Whereas jackie is talented in acrobatics , parkour dan any actor till now he performs his own stunt ..

  9. I didn’t realize just how impressive Jackie Chan’s physical skill and agility was until a watched a couple motivational vids with clips from his films, and saw Drunken Master. The dude is incredible.

  10. YES, someone finally mentions some of his earlier work. I'm a fan of the old kung fu movies, and not many if at all anybody knows about his earlier movies. I had to explain to several people that the "Drunken Master" movie we know of here in the west is sequel.

  11. Amazing work as always! Please cover Hicham Elgerroug, the guy who ran the fastest mile! Still holds the record

  12. Great payoff to my previous comment on "how to become Nightwing" (I said one would have to be like Jackie Chan first and you responded you were working on it) 💯💯💯

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