World Karate Federation world karate champion Elissa Au recently sat down with Insider to rate and breakdown eleven karate scenes from movies and TV shows for realism. She is one of several women preparing to represent Team USA at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Au rates the realism of karate movies such as “The Karate Kid” (1984) and “Ip Man 4: The Finale” (2019). She breaks down the martial art prowess of stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme in “Bloodsport” (1988), Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in “Cobra Kai” (2021), and Michael Jai White in “Blood and Bone” (2009). She also looks at television shows such as “The Office” (2005) as well as the films “Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist” (2014), “The Next Karate Kid” (1994), “Black Belt” (2007), and “Karate Girl” (2011). Au rates the realism of kicks, punches, and throws, along with stance, movement, and tactics.
It’s amusing watching Au point out everything that is wrong with these scenes.