Growing up imitating actions greats Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa practiced his destiny for countless hours in his father's rice paddy, using the family's elephants as launch pads to practice flips into the river. At age 15, his dreams began to materialize when stuntman and action-film director Panna Rittikrai took him on as a protege. In 2003, Jaa's big break came with the release of Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. Since then, Tony hasn't disappointed, filming some of the best scenes in the biz—low budgets be damned!
Today, the sequel to his breakout film, Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning, finally hits theatres in the US. Need a good reason to go see it? How 'bout 10 of 'em? Below, we've compiled Tony's best fight scenes for your viewing pleasure. Jaa Rule!
Ong-Bak 2, 2008
Tony Jaa not only reminds us why he's so bad-ass in this sequel to Ong-Bak, he also shows off his improved acting abilities, with crazier screams and a wicked death stare sure to f*ck up any enemy's combat confidence.
Anyone bestowed with the title Hero definitely knows it's time to step in when the damsel in distress gets cracked in the head. Lady hitting is a no-no, no matter how trashy she is.
The Protector, 2005
The best unedited fight scene ever...nuff said.
The Bodyguard, 2004
You shouldn't bring a knife to a gunfight...unless you're Tony Jaa, in which case you don't need to bring anything to come out on top.
The Bodyguard 2, 2007
Note to self: Never steal a shiny, red, decorative elephant from Tony Jaa unless you're wanting to pay medical and dental bills out the wazoo for the next 10 years.
Tony Jaa Training Video
In case you're wondering what it takes to be one of the best action fighters of all time, it includes massive amounts of training. Oh, and a posse of hooligans constantly chasing you around, threatening to destroy you.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, 1997
You won't find Tony Jaa's name on the credits for this
joke of afeature, but he stunt doubled for the role of Liu Kang, one of the lead characters.
Ong Bak, 2003
Master the splits, jump over a potential ball-jabbing obstacle (1:42 into the vid) and we'll give you a year subscription for free, plus overall props for life.
The Protector, 2005
What would you do if 50 (yes, 50) dudes in black suits decided to attack you one by one? Seeing as there'd be no time to speed dial Mr. Jaa, we'd resort to RUNNING THE F*CK AWAY...FAST!
Promotion Event for Ong Bak, 2007
At Camp Complex, we bust out this training regimen on the daily with Tony Jaa as our mentor and inspiration. And by Camp Complex, we mean our very vivid dreams hatched in deep slumber.
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