How to fight like Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt

Jason Bourne

You learn Arnis, (also known as Kali or Escrima)!

Too bad the second part cannot be accessed anymore but here is a documentary video showing excerpts from movies which used Arnis (Bourne Identity, Mission Impossible 3, Ong Bak, etc. ),  followed by a discussion of its techniques.  (Length 10:59)

Watch it! It’s awesome!

Having trouble getting the video? Click here.

Can you believe the gun versus knife part at around 9:48? Wow!


Related posts:

James Bond’s girl is a stickfighter…

Do you know the web series “Enter the Dojo?” Read how Master Ken insulted stickfighting and I how I responded here.

From around the web:

Read  how Arnis was chosen to be Bourne’s figitng style: Finding real life inspiration from fictional heroes: Bourne trilogy / A Gent in Training


7 thoughts on “How to fight like Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt

  1. Mio December 14, 2013 / 9:44 AM

    (I got this definition of mushin from Wikipedia in relation to how Jason Bourne’s mind was conditioned to INSTINCTIVELY respond during combat situations. Pay particular attention to the quote from the Zen master Takuan below. And compare his quote with what Maestro Rodel said in jest during a picnic at UP where the audience laughed: “Hindi ako nag-iisip.”)

    Mushin (Japanese mushin; English translation “no mind”) is a mental state into which very highly trained martial artists are said to enter during combat. They also practice this mental state during everyday activities. The term is shortened from “mushin no shin”, a Zen expression meaning “the mind without mind” and is also referred to as the state of “no-mindness”. That is, a mind not fixed or occupied by thought or emotion and thus open to everything.

    Mushin is achieved when a person’s mind is free from thoughts of anger, fear, or ego during combat or everyday life. There is an absence of discursive thought and judgment, so the person is totally free to act and react towards an opponent without hesitation and without disturbance from such thoughts. At this point, a person relies not on what they think should be the next move, but what is their trained natural reaction or what is felt intuitively. It is not a state of relaxed, near-sleepfulness, however. The mind could be said to be working at a very high speed, but with no intention, plan or direction.

    Some masters believe that mushin is the state where a person finally understands the uselessness of techniques and becomes truly free to move. In fact, that person will no longer even consider themselves as “fighters” but merely living beings moving through space.

    The legendary Zen master Takuan Sōhō said:

    “The mind must always be in the state of ‘flowing,’ for when it stops anywhere that means the flow is interrupted and it is this interruption that is injurious to the well-being of the mind. In the case of the swordsman, it means death. When the swordsman stands against his opponent, he is not to think of the opponent, nor of himself, nor of his enemy’s sword movements. He just stands there with his sword which, forgetful of all technique, is ready only to follow the dictates of the subconscious. The man has effaced himself as the wielder of the sword. When he strikes, it is not the man but the sword in the hand of the man’s subconscious that strikes.”

    Watch this video clip and learn from the Legend himself regarding the uninterrupted flow of no-mindedness:

  2. Mio December 14, 2013 / 10:55 AM

    I will add here my two favorite films that also promoted arnis:

    1. Robert Downey Jr. owed his rehabilitation and recovery from alcohol abuse to the practice of the martial arts, specifically wing chun, which made him an instructor later on. A scene from the movie Sherlock Holmes:

    2. Denzel Washington acknowledged Dan Inosanto and Jeff Imada in the development of the JKD-kali fight scenes in the movie Book of Eli: and

  3. Mio December 15, 2013 / 2:17 AM

    One evening many years ago, I once saw two robbers armed with knives in Aurora-EDSA Cubao who victimized a female student while still inside the same passenger jeepney. The jeep was at full stop because of the red light. I was also inside that jeep beside my wife but we were sitting at the back of the driver. The young lady was sitting near the entrance/exit of the vehicle when the robbers suddenly appeared and grabbed her bag. They finished the crime with blinding speed. A driver of the car behind us tried to get down from his car and block the running robbers with the door of his car. However, the robbers just pushed his door to close and he was contained inside his car.

    The traumatized female student got down and sat crying on the pavement while a lady companion tried to comfort her.

    Everybody inside the jeepney, including me, wasn’t able to do anything because the traffic light immediately turned green. And with an overweight body like mine at that time, I don’t how far these guy would have outran me if I gave chase.

    But the biggest mistake I made during that time was forgetting to bring either my small balisong, my urban knife, cutter, or my retractable metal stick. I usually keep something in my pocket or insert an urban knife on the sides of my shoes whenever I fetch my wife from work. I don’t know what made me forget during that time.

    The culprits have studied everything, including the changes in the traffic light.

    Situational. Memory, Foresight. Preparation. Heightened awareness of the PRESENT. Tightened mind (“kime” in Japanese). Mushin (“No-mind”).

    The problem…my mind was elsewhere.

  4. Mio December 16, 2013 / 12:07 AM

    There is a true story of a household help who stabbed an armed intruder attempting to rob a home. While dicing some onions, she heard the sound of the doorbell and approached the gate. She was still carrying the knife because she wanted to finish what she was cooking. “Meralco,“ said the man outside the gate. As she opened it, little did she realize that there was a second guy with steel chains who jumped from the other side of the fence. She lunged at the guy with chains and stabbed him, hitting his abdomen. Both men, fearing for their lives, ran in haste. (A few weeks later, the police found the corpse of the stabbed assailant who died of the wound.) What she did was stated under the justifying circumstances enumerated in the Philippine Penal Code. There was no problem with legal services either because her employers were lawyers who were extremely grateful for what she did.

    Whenever I remember this story, I cannot help but also recall what Bruce Lee said when asked what he would do if an assailant attacks him. Lee replied that the assailant might get injured or even killed. BUT he did not say directly that he`d injure or kill the guy. He just said, ““It“ killed him. The “it“ obviously referred to mushin. Lee might have said the same thing about the story of the household help who stabbed her assailant.

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