Our Top Martial Arts Movies To Watch This Christmas
Posted: December 09, 2022
It’s that time of year again. We’re settling down with our blankets, making a hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows - go on, it’s Christmas) and we’re putting on our favourite Christmas film… or in our case, our favourite martial arts movie!
Why not ditch Elf and Home Alone this year and stick to one of your favourite martial arts films to get yourselves pumped and in the Christmas Spirit? This blog is here to highlight our top martial arts movies to watch this Christmas.
There are so many martial arts and action movies that have taken the box office by storm and have become firm favourites across the globe!
Our Top Martial Arts Movies
Let the thrilling action scenes and well-choreographed fight sequences get you in the festive spirit with our top martial arts movies!
1. Ip Man - Rated 15+
Ip Man follows the life of the mentor (Yip Man) to the iconic legend, Bruce Lee. Yip Man was a Hong Kong based master of the martial art Wing Chun. The plot follows him and others who have to survive after a Japanese invasion of his home city.
Whilst you’re at it, why not watch the other films in the Ip Man series - there are 6 of them!
2. Mortal Kombat - Rated 15+
A new release in 2021 - martial arts meets fantasy. Following an MMA fighter named Cole Young, this film sees a clique of fighters defend their world against the ‘Outerworld’ - if you are a sci-fi and martial arts fan, this one is certainly for you.
3. Jiu-Jitsu - Rated 15+
Another sci-fi movie! Jiu-Jitsu follows an ancient order of jiu-jitsu fighters in their battle against alien invaders.
4. Redbelt - Rated 15+
Released in 2008, written and directed by David Mamet, Redbelt is a martial arts film exploring a martial arts instructor stepping into the film industry.
5. The Gracies and the Birth of Vale Tudo
A personal favourite of ours here at Ellis Academy, as it explores the life of the Gracie family whose teachings we follow in our practices. This documentary film delves into the lives of three generations of Gracies and how they built an empire of ultimate fighting championships around the world. This is most definitely a must-watch for any of our students at Ellis Academy of Self Defence!
6. Kung Fu Panda - Rated U
Finally, one for the whole family! The Kung Fu Panda movie series is brilliant to get the whole family, even the little ones, into martial arts movies! A clumsy panda is chosen as the protector of the valley and has to brush up on his non-existent martial arts skills before their arch-enemy arrives!
How Watching Martial Arts Movies Can Improve Your Skill
In many of our other blog entries, you may hear us talk about the importance of delving into the practice of martial arts, further than just the sport element - that’s where movies can help. In these five films, we see a protagonist (or several) practice martial arts, physically and spiritually.
Martial Arts is a practice that requires mental stability alongside physical strength. Especially for children, martial arts movie characters such as Jackie Chan can act as a benchmark for the strength and determination required to be a martial arts master.
Watching films that mirror the philosophy and psychology that martial arts dedicate itself to is an excellent way of getting prepared to starting training again after Christmas!
Martial Arts At Ellis Academy Of Self Defence
Watched a martial arts movie and like what you saw? We can’t promise a battle with other worlds aliens but we can sure guarantee brilliant martial arts training here at Ellis Academy. With classes for children and adults, Ellis Academy hosts a variety of classes, rooted in the practice of Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
If you are in the Redhill, Surrey area, give us a call to discuss our classes today!
Call us on 01737761999.