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Donnie Yen battles a Thai fighter in ‘Ip Man 3’

Donnie Yen once again has starred in a fantastic film portraying the legendary Ip Man, one of Bruce Lee’s first martial arts teachers. In Ip Man 3, Yen portrays the legend as a tiring and aging Wing Chun master who is just trying to find his peace of mind without having to resort to using his martial arts.
Donnie Yen battles a Thai fighter in ‘Ip Man 3’

Donnie Yen battles a Thai fighter in ‘Ip Man 3’

Donnie Yen once again has starred in a fantastic film portraying the legendary Ip Man, one of Bruce Lee’s first martial arts teachers. In Ip Man 3, Yen portrays the legend as a tiring and aging Wing Chun master who is just trying to find his peace of mind without having to resort to using his martial arts. He’s already had a long past of violence.

Most people have seen Ip Man’s scene against Mike Tyson’s character Frank, a Triad boss leader. Many have also seen Ip Man decimate multiple Karate attacks in previous films, other forms of Kung Fu, and an English boxer. But we’ve never seen him take on a Thai fighter.

Donnie Yen battles a Thai fighter in ‘Ip Man 3’

Donnie Yen battles a Thai fighter in ‘Ip Man 3’

Although fictionalized from the real life story of Ip Man, it was bound to be a concept to be taken on in the latest film of the trilogy. If Ip Man could defeat all forms of martial arts, why not one of today's most renowned forms, Muay Thai.

It isn’t specifically stated in the film, but the Thai fighter whoi Ip Man does encounter is seen using most of his eight limbs. Encountering the villainous character in an enclosed elevator, the fight begins with an array of closed-in strikes. The Thai fighter uses elbows and knees to try and hurt Ip Man’s wife Wing-sing. But using his, he intercepts these attacks and is able to fend them off once the elevator door opens.

Once outside, we can see the Thai fighter’s full-on multitude of attacks. The familiar hard hitting roundhouse kicks are thrown. They’re thrown low and high. But Ip Man eventually figures out the patterns and is able to thwart the barefoot fighter.

You can see the full fight scene in the video above.

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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