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The Martial Arts Behind Hollywood's Greatest Fights

April 29, 2016

How much better would “Shakespeare in Love” be if Gwyneth Paltrow had thrown a tornado kick or two into ole’ Billy’s jaw? Or how about a Muy Thai match in the second act of Titanic?

Alas, we must settle for the few gems a year Hollywood cranks out that feature heart-pounding martial art fight sequences. But how authentic are these martial arts, showcased by our favorite actors? We’ve all seen the behind-the-scenes footage where the sweaty actor claims to have spent hours on end training with an expert, but does all that training actually translate to film? The answer is surprisingly nuanced.

Most films that feature a lot of choreographed fight sequences frequently use a combination of many different martial art styles. Unsurprisingly, this is due to the fact that no one martial art looks that great on film. It takes a variety of styles to make the spectacular fight scenes that movie-goers love. Here’s an inside look at some of Hollywood’s most iconic uses of martial arts.

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    Box and Tone

    It's time for a workout that really packs a punch! In this hour-long class, you'll work under the instruction of professionally-trained black belts to give your body an intense and invigorating workout. You'll combine boxing, cardio, and strength training as you learn boxing and kicking combinations using professional-quality mitts, gloves, and bags. Get ready to work up a sweat, because you'll push yourself non-stop for an hour with this high-energy class. Get ready to be a total knockout!
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    • Experience a high-energy boxing-based workout with professional, black-belt instructors
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    Beginner Krav Maga - Los Angeles

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    Learning any form of self-defense is great, but what elevates a particular teaching is if it just as street'practical as it is classroom'effective. During this entry-level class, you'll pick up the basics of Krav Maga, a form of self-defense used by the Israeli Defense Forces. You'll learn Krav Maga's fighting stance and movement, various punches, kicks, and how to defend yourself against chokes, headlocks, and wrist grabs. At Krav Maga Worldwide LA, you'll engage in reality-based training that simulates real life violent confrontations. Learn from experienced instructors who are certified by the Israeli Ministry of Education AND the Krav Maga Association of America! With great practice and discipline, you'll find yourself becoming stronger both physically and mentally. Develop an aggressive fighting spirit without sacrificing safety!
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    • Learn the fundamentals of Krav Maga, a form of self-defense used by the Israeli Defense Forces
    • Practice maneuvers that are not only effective, but also street-practical
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    • Learn the philosophy and history behind Tai Chi
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    Muay Thai

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    • Gain confidence and impress your friends when you learn the art of Muay Thai
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    Intro to Mixed Martial Arts

    Today, all the top fighters in the UFC train Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), and the combination of those two arts has come to be considered a new art, MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts! During this introductory class, you'll learn the fundamentals of MMA fighting, including kicks, punches, and stances. You will uncover these maneuvers with the help of a trained professional and see firsthand how MMA doubles as an extremely effective self-defense system. Get the greatest workout of your life while increasing your stamina, flexibility, and coordination, all the while gaining confidence, knowing you can protect yourself in any situation. Plus, there's no better way to blow off steam!
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    Get ready for the exciting, hard-hitting intensity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). MMA combines the standing kicks and punches of disciplines like karate with the throws, grapples, and joint locks of judo and jiu jitsu. The result is a system of self-defense that prepares you for close-range combat in any situation. While you practice powerful strikes and submission holds, you'll be building your strength, speed, and balance, all while toning every muscle in your body and improving your endurance -- so that, if life throws something your way, you'll be prepared and know for sure that you're ready to throw down!
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    Beginners Krav Maga

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    Developed for the Israeli armed forces, Krav Maga is a no frills, devastatingly effective system of self-defense. Designed to be practical and intuitive, it's perfect for practitioners of all shapes and sizes. Under the guidance of your expert instructor, you will practice proper fighting stances and powerful strikes, and defensive moves like blocks, headlocks, and choke-holds. As you train, you'll develop speed, coordination, incredible core strength, and the confidence to defend yourself against an opponent of any size.
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    • Learn fundamental Krav Maga moves and techniques, just like they are taught in Israel
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