Star Wars films aren’t technically martial arts films, but the two share a lot of common ground. Let’s celebrate this May the 4th by looking at the connection between the Star Wars universe and the martial arts world.
The Influence of Martial Arts Films On Star Wars
As many critics have pointed out, Star Wars stories are about philosophy, finding balance, channelling the life force within, and battling with swords (or sabres). In other words, they’re martial arts movies in space!
Star Wars Actors Who Have Trained In Marital Arts
Many of the new generation of Star Wars actors — including Kelly Marie Tran, Gwendoline Christie, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley — took sword and/or weapons training to help prepare for their roles. Ridley, who plays Rey, also trained in Bõjutsu to help her wield her character’s trademark bo like a master.
Donnie Yen In Star Wars
Wushu competitor turned kung fu film superstar Donnie Yen prepared for his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by developing a brand new style of martial arts specifically for the Star Wars universe.
Light Sabre Martial Arts Training
Real life light sabre-based martial arts training began as a playful hobby practiced by a community of martial artists and choreographers in the mid-2000s, but it’s become increasingly popular and more serious since then. There are now light sabre schools and classes all over the world , each with their own philosophies, techniques, and mix of martial arts influences.