Kdrama stars never cease to amaze fans with their outstanding performance and dedication to portraying a character. From gaining and losing weight, some stars even trained for months to play a particular role.
These Korean celebs are not only known for their perfect action stunts, but also martial arts junkies.
Lee Joon Gi
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Lee Joon Gi
Before captivating viewers with his role as a prosecutor in Again My Life, Lee Joon Gi earned the nickname “Flower Boy” after landing the role of the feminine clown Gong Jin in the 2005 film The King and the Clown.
From then on, he managed to become the in-demand leading man of Kdrama and continued to impress viewers with his action stunts.
Interestingly, Lee Joon Gi was introduced to many martial arts at a young age along with his sister.
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The Flower of Evil star is a blue belt holder in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a black belt in taekwondo and taekkyeon.
In addition, Lee Joon Gi is also trained in Hapkido, a hybrid Korean martial art.
(Photo: News1) Ha JI won
Ha Ji Won is not only a sought-after female lead, but also an action queen!
Ha Ji Won often does her stunt without a double, as in the 2012 kdrama The King 2Hearts, where she played an instructor for the North Korean Special Forces.
According to an outlet, the actress confidently performed her sophisticated martial arts stunts without a double.
Ha Ji Won has delved into various martial arts including boxing, kendo, and the Korean Buddhist martial art sunmudo, which also includes yoga, chakra breathing, and learning dynamic martial arts and weapon techniques.
Jung Hae In
(Photo: Dazed Korea) Jung Hae In
Don’t be fooled by his charming and boyish aura, Jung Hae In has a black belt in Taekwondo!
The actor once revealed that learning the sport helped him film several action scenes, particularly in Saguk (historical dramas). Additionally, Jung Hae In noted that he did three months of boxing training to prepare for his role on Netflix’s “DP.”
Based on the report, the South Korean heartthrob revealed that director Han Jun Hee, along with a martial arts director, “wanted to make sure there were no cuts between action scenes” and shot all the scenes in one take.
He added: “The acting has to be very realistic. The director didn’t ask for any cuts, so I wanted to box well.”
(Photo: KBS) Jang Hyuk
After his big break in Windstruck and Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk viewers often watch action-packed K-dramas and movies as headlines.
As learned from an outlet, he revealed during his appearance on KBS2’s Weekly Entertainment Live in 2020 that he loves doing action scenes.
His workout routine therefore includes boxing and Jeet Kune Do, a diverse martial art heavily influenced and adapted from Bruce Lee’s philosophy.
Park Hyung Sik
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Park Hyung Sik
Last but not least is Park Hyung Sik!
The singer-actor is known for his love of martial arts. In fact, he spent seven years learning kumdo, or a modern Korean martial art similar to Japanese kendo.
He’s also a Black Belter, so it’s no surprise how he handled his role in Hwarang and Happiness.