Matt Damon trains in Kali for ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’

Monday, May 30, 2016

Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne in the upcoming film Jason Bourne. It’s going to be the fifth film in the franchise series. Damon was in the first three films, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Jeremy Renner took over the fourth film, The Bourne Legacy, as Aaron Cross.

If you’ve seen any of the films, you know that there’s a ton of action. There’s everything from exploding buildings, cars and trucks. There’s all sorts of specialized guns being shot. The chase scenes through buildings and while in speeding death defying cars were draw dropping. But what made the action scenes in the Bourne series really spectacular were the hand-to-hand combat scenes.

Matt Damon trains in Kali for ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
Matt Damon trains in Kali for ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’

Preparing for The Bourne Supremacy, the video above displays Matt Damon along with stunt actor Joey Ansah and chief stunt coordinator Jeff Imada using the exotic Filipino martial art of Kali to make their fight a much more realistic encounter. A fight between two top agents shouldn’t only be realistic, but breathtaking.

The Filipino art of Kali or also known as Arnis and Escrima is a form of martial art that focuses on short weapons such as sticks and small blades, but also includes closed-in hand-to-hand combat. The origins aren’t completely conclusive, but it has been noted that it could have been influenced Spanish forms of fencing when they colonized the Philippines and the surrounding Asian countries. If you’re versed in weapons, you’d notice the similarity between Kali stick fighting and Indonesia’s.

In the fight scene, we see Damon and Ansah practicing various in-close fighting and using their surroundings as weapons. In one case, we see Damon as Bourne use a book to pound out Ansah’s face. In the end, the fight scene between the two is a fast and furious chain of attacks.

Clyde Erwin Barretto is an emphatic obsessed fan of mixed martial arts, combat sports and body movement. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeBarretto.

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