Sherlock Holmes’ wing chun stunts reenacted by fan

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sherlock Holmes, the 2009 film starring Robert Downey Jr., involved the use of wing chun training in it’s fight choreography. Wing Chun is of course a Chinese martial art focusing on close range striking and trapping.

In this YouTube video from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment ‘Stunt Schooled’ series, a Sherlock Holmes super fan was chosen to learn the wing chun moves Sherlock used in the film to take down assailants in a reenactment.

The video also features Eric Oram, a well known wing chun instructor who was the fight consultant for the film. Eric goes over the sequence that Sherlock used in the film which includes an ear box strike, a throat strike, a body shot then a strike to the kneecap to finish it off.

Eric also points out that while filming Sherlock, the strikes made actual contact on the stuntmen which usually doesn’t happen but was done for realism.

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The fanboy, Randy, then demonstrates what he learned on the stuntman. At first, it doesn’t look nearly as smooth as when the wing chun practitioner did it. But the edited version looks pretty good at the end.

ABOUT SHERLOCK HOLMES

“Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 neo-noir mystery period action film based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. The screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg was developed from a story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law portray Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson respectively. In the film, set in 1890, eccentric detective Holmes and his companion Watson are hired by a secret society to foil a mysticist’s plot to expand the British Empire by seemingly supernatural means. Rachel McAdams stars as their former adversary Irene Adler and Mark Strong portrays villain Lord Henry Blackwood.” [Source: Wiki]

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