Lee Joon Ki, Ahn Bo Hyun, Ha Ji Won: These Korean celebrities have impressive martial arts backgrounds, Entertainment News

After a lapse of two years, Korean drama star Lee Joon-ki returns with a new drama every month.

Judging by the trailer, Again My Life appears to be packed with action scenes — like many of his previous dramas — but it’s no surprise that he’s well-versed in martial arts.

In the play, Jun Ki plays the role of prosecutor Kim Hee Woo, who was killed while investigating corrupt politician Jo Tae Sub (played by Lee Kyung Young). Giving himself a second chance at justice for himself, Hee-woo goes back in time and starts over as an 18-year-old college student.

The cast includes Kim Ji-eun, Jung Sang-hoon and Kim Jae-kyung. My Life premieres again on Viu on April 8.

Besides Joon-gi, here’s a list of other Korean celebrities who can pack a punch.

Lee Jun Ki

In addition to a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Junki also holds a black belt in Taekwondo and Taekwondo, a traditional Korean martial art, as well as Aikido, a mixed Korean martial art.

The 39-year-old actor shot to fame after his first lead role in the 2005 historical drama “The King and the Clown.” He made his Hollywood debut in 2016’s Resident Evil 6: The Final Chapter — actress Milla Jovovich expressed her admiration for his martial arts skills in an Instagram post — followed by a thriller Lawless Lawyer (2018) and Flower of Evil (2020).

Ahn Bo-hyun

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You might know him from his lead role in the currently ongoing TV series “Doberman” or the 2021 Netflix movie “My Name.” But before moving into modeling and acting, Ahn started out as a boxer.

During his boxing career at middle school and Busan Sports High School, Bo-hyun, 33, won several gold medals, including one in a national boxing match where he represented his hometown.

Check out one of his boxing matches:

Park Hyung-sik

He swings his sword in Hwarang and fights off zombies in bliss, so it’s no surprise that Park Hyung-sik has a martial arts background.

He studied kung fu โ€” a Korean martial art derived from Japanese kendo โ€” for about seven years and earned himself a black belt.

While Hyung-sik, 30, is best known for his roles in “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” (2017) and other romance dramas, we have to admit that the idol-turned-actor has some knowledge of the action genre .

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Li Shiying

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Lee Si-young plays the villainous heroine in “Sweet Home” (2020), drawing our attention with her tattered physique and vile fighting skills. Training may not have been too difficult for her as she is a successful amateur boxer.

The actress became interested in the sport after preparing for her MBC show in 2010. Although the show didn’t make it to the screen, the 39-year-old actor continued to pursue it and competed in amateur bouts, winning titles such as the 24th National Amateur Boxing Championship in 2013 and even breaking into the Korean Women’s Nation that same year team.

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If you liked her role in Sweet Home, check out her badass roles in Poseidon (2011), The Guardians (2017) and the ongoing Disney+ drama Grid.

Ho Chi Court

Not to mention the action queen Ha Ji Won. Jiwon, who loves action dramas and movies, has always made up her mind to perform without a double. She studied Kendo, the Korean Buddhist martial art Sunmudo, and boxing, to name a few.

The 43-year-old was even voted Korea’s most talented female star by martial arts director Jung Doo-hong.

Her film credits include many fighting roles such as the martial arts film Duelist (2005), the historical drama King 2 Hearts (2006), Empress Ki (2013) and many more.

In the 2020 interview, Jiwon expressed her love for action scenes, saying that action is another language she can express with her body.

Lee Jong Suk

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Lee Jong Suk’s charismatic character as a professional shooter and millionaire seeking revenge in W: Two Worlds (2016) is certainly a heartbreaking one, and the sexy part is definitely the fight scenes.

The 32-year-old black belt in taekwondo is definitely on show, as he single-handedly takes down the villain in multiple scenes.

Hopefully we’ll see more of him in his upcoming thriller Big Mouth.

Jang Hyuk

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In addition to practicing Taekwondo, 45-year-old Zhang He also practiced boxing for 10 years and Jeet Kune Do for another 10 years.

He chose to do most of the fight himself instead of using a stuntman, and while you might think that’s due to his incredible athleticism, the actor shared on tvN live talk show “Taxi” that it’s Due to seeing a stuntman injured on set at the start of his acting career.

Jang Hyuk has come a long way since his debut on the SBS drama “Model” in 1997. Before his hit roles in Slave Hunter (2010) and You Are My Destiny (2014), he made his Hollywood debut in the 2008 film Dragon Dance, which was filmed entirely in Singapore.

His upcoming historical drama “Red Single Heart” premieres next month, don’t miss it!

Zheng Hairen

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You might have fallen in love with him as he was the lovable second lead Han Yu-deok in “While You Were Sleeping” (2017), or maybe Son Ye-jin’s onscreen sweetheart Seo Jun-hee in “Something in the Rain” (2018).

The 34-year-old heartthrob – who has a black belt in taekwondo – said in an interview that he had to learn different kinds of martial arts in preparation for his final play, Snowdrop (2021).

Check out one of his fight scenes in the 2021 Netflix series DP

Also read: Shin Min-a, Lee Joon-gi, Cheney Chen: New Korean, Thai and Chinese dramas coming in April

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