REAL Martial Arts

We all want our fight scenes to look real but we don’t always have a Ninja technical adviser. Check out this youtube guy that demonstrates real-life defense tactics. With his moves and a few of your own, I bet you can come up with a sweet action.

Don’t forget to think up a cool story too, even a simple concept will make your sequence that much better and entertaining. A couple of ninja sounds never hurt either. Hiyah!

Remember be safe and practice first.

Check out his page

July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:27 am
Dope :) Thanks
July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:29 am
Hey Andrew, I'm sure I'll be "shot-down" with this comment, but don't we have enough violence in this world? Do we really need to make it entertainment?

Only my opinion ppl. I do understand the difference between fantasy and reality... I only wish some of the world leaders of this violent planet did also.
July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:33 am
Well, unfortunately violence movies will never end, because they are the most entertaining, imho. That's the ugly truth...
July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:38 am
I agree about the violence, but this site is about film making and creating better visual effects.
July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:44 am
I notice the links open new window ! :)
Martial art are nice for visual effects, it can be the famous "gun kata" like we can see in the movie "Equilibrium".

What else ?
Piotr Piotrowicz
July 22nd, 2007 @ 4:13 am
cool, ill look into it hehe

Remember, you can have the martial arts skill, but you still need the strength if you want to knock somone out out of self defense, its no good being completely weak and just having moves, you still need to have a hard hit etc.
July 22nd, 2007 @ 4:32 am
I just thought for a second... woudn't it be cool to see Sam get beaten up by a ninja? Hmm... Andrew? :)


poor ol' Sam
July 22nd, 2007 @ 4:37 am
Me and my friends have trained hours with choreography with lightsabers and such so you don't need a trainer to become a good fighter, just make one scene that last for ca. 10sec then shot another scene with new tricks so it's not hard to do 4 imba tricks then train on 4 more for the next scene:) Sounds a bit weird here, sorry for the english:)
July 22nd, 2007 @ 4:58 am
this will surley come in handy for my MGS movie. Actually I want to be a stuntman in the movies some day. Now im not one of those dumb kids who will light themselves on fire and record it. To stuntmen the first thing is SAFTEY. I've been in martial arts for 6 years now, hey andrew, if you need anyhelp let me know. Oh and heres a GREAT SITE for stunts

July 22nd, 2007 @ 5:28 am
@ Jamsta

Violence is a very real part of the world. No one wants movies with fairy dust and flowers. (Except Disney)
July 22nd, 2007 @ 5:56 am
True Mind Drop... but where did I mention fair dust or flowers? also, [not a fan of Walts btw] but have you ever watched an old Disney Cartoon? Violence is all over the shop... [currently too...]

My comment was obviously not worthy, if I could retract it I would...

I'm a lover not a fighter...

btw, fairy dust is a cool effect if pulled off correctly ; )
July 22nd, 2007 @ 6:12 am
well i can't agree with you guys, is it one thing i love most here in the world, it's guns. 50 caliber, uzi, m16, m60, minigun and all of them:)
July 22nd, 2007 @ 6:58 am
Multi camera-angles and heavy fighting sounds can make even the simplest of fights look awesome! Ooooh, there is one film which I really idealize the fighting scenes on, but I can't get my head on which one it is.. I believe it's Transporter I - Not sure though.

Fighting scenes are very impressive to look at if they are put together in a good way.

The youtube-video reminded me of some kinda "Ninja-police making big trouble in little china" or something. ;p
Justin Productions
July 22nd, 2007 @ 7:05 am
"Multi camera-angles" - Alexander Jansen

Yeh, and then some *woosh* noises and close-up shots...oh, and the blur, of course. A lot of blur so you don't quite see what's happening in there...

July 22nd, 2007 @ 7:14 am
On a less violent note ...

I'm working on a spot for a friend of mine who is starting a sports and other collectibles company. I have uploaded the clip to my web site - it is heavily laden with RIOT GEAR and DESIGNER SOUND FX.

If you would like, please check it out and tell me how bad I suck.

Thanks - and now back to our regularly scheduled program.
July 22nd, 2007 @ 7:30 am
Great and usefull links Andrew. Thanks for sharing.
July 22nd, 2007 @ 7:33 am
thanks mn ^^

your owsem
July 22nd, 2007 @ 7:47 am
Just looked at the promo you did using Riot Gear and DSFX... Great Work ! It's looking really good :) Congrats
Barak Dahan
July 22nd, 2007 @ 8:00 am
Justin Kirchhoff
July 22nd, 2007 @ 8:11 am
Hey Andrew,

In Texas we have a fight choreography company that's new and fresh. It's called You should check out their website. It's a great resource for Texas filmmakers as they post casting calls and they're providing the next movie I'm working on (Tremens) with choregraphy, stunt guys and a little bit of training for real cheap...because they want to help us out!

Their biggest credit is Sin City, and a few other films have come and gone.
July 22nd, 2007 @ 9:54 am
We all know that violence is not the answer... but we're talking movies here and if it's done... it might as well look good. I mean... imagine Obi-wan trying to resolve Darth Maul's issues peacably over a cup of coffee, saying... "Now Mr.Maul, why can't we all just get along?"

With that said... thanks Andrew for the link!
Orc Master
July 22nd, 2007 @ 10:40 am
Cool link, thanks! If there's one thing I haven't gotten right in my movies, that's choreography. That's why most of the fighting is with guns :P

Thanks again, Andrew! Martial Arts' definately something you can't create in After Effects...

Hey, what about a tutorial on enhancing action sequences? Like, adding blood and sweat and how to fasten the scene so it looks convincing...

IDK, I think that'd be cool stuff, and it'd give ya the chance to beat Sam up as a ninja! :P
July 22nd, 2007 @ 10:55 am
@Justin Productions

Yeah, transformers were such a mess I didn't even get to capture half of the action, but what I ment was with real-time combat, such as martial-art with real people ;p Not CGI.

There's alot of cool action-flicks with REALLY decent fighting scenes in it, Crank was actually the movie I ment. Check out the end on the rooftop, it's great. : )
Dustin James
July 22nd, 2007 @ 11:01 am

it cracked me up..
andrew M
July 22nd, 2007 @ 1:14 pm
Hey Andrew, I know this is a pretty out of the subject question but what type of camera do you use to shoot stuff for your tutorials and stuff? and the ninja stuff is awesome!
July 22nd, 2007 @ 1:37 pm
How come that rockin' background music "youtube guy" uses in his videos isn't included with the designer sound fx package?
July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:18 pm
any idea when we are getting some tut ?
Patryk Duk
July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:24 pm
andrew m. you can read it under "contact"

andrew k. thanks for the usefull link!
July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:48 pm
I keep hitting refresh in hope a new tutorial will be posted =D

*wishful thinking =D
July 22nd, 2007 @ 8:46 pm
Andrew and crew should help that guy make a tutorial site with DVD's.
July 23rd, 2007 @ 1:28 am
Hey andrew! great work on the tutorials. Keep it up!

A small side note but the ninja videos seem to have been replaced with some fella getting beat on by a cop!

Just to let you know :D
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August 11th, 2007 @ 2:08 am
Andrew :) You should create a tutorial with Martial - Arts ( not power beans or something like that from Anime) i mean is it possible to make a person fly or running on the walls or something like that :) cuz im going to create a new film soon its called Tourney of Century :D
October 6th, 2007 @ 7:37 am
Thank you for sharing!
October 6th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm
Hey Andrew,
That guy's proper youtube account is actually
The other one you linked is a copy cat stealing the legitimate guys traffic.
May 7th, 2010 @ 5:44 pm
After working on martial arts movies for years, I have learned the value of using an actual skilled martial artist instead of trying to quickly train an actor. I've worked with some of the original TMNT actors and even some of the old "Ninja Assassin" stars and despite the fact that their acting skills aren't that great, they make the movie look good because of their great skills.
November 27th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm
@Karate Supplies

Haha that's pretty awesome
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