Happy Birthday Sonny Chiba!

Happy Birthday Chiba-san! The legend is a ripe 75-years old today.

Born on this day in 1939 as Sadaho Maeda in Fukuoka, Japan, he went on to act, direct, sing, produce films and practice martial arts.  He currently holds black belts in:

  • Kyokushin Karate: 4th Dan
  • Ninjutsu: 4th Dan
  • Goju-ryu karate: 2nd Dan
  • Shorinji Kempo: 2nd Dan
  • Judo: 2nd Dan
  • Kendo: 1st Dan

He has starred in over 100 movies, probably the most notable are the Street Fighter series in the 1970’s and Kill Bill.

Everyone here at Kung-fu Kingdom wish him all the best!


The Street Fighter original English trailer

Montage from The Executioner

Elliot is KFK's Web Content Editor, writer and lover of all kinds of movies, including martial arts ones. Favourites include The Prodigal Son, Magnificent Butcher, The Victim, Legend of a Fighter and the Ip Man movies with Donnie Yen.

  1. Reply
    Tommy Wolfe February 1, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Sonny Chiba is a strong character in his films of the Street Fighter series. When he was injured he build his courage and stood up to heal his self through training. He was tough and gave me positive thinking towards my own life and self confidence! Your “AWESOME” Sonny!! By Tommy Wolfe.

    • Reply
      Elliot Richards February 2, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks for your great comments Tommy! I’m glad to hear he’s proved a positive role model for you, all the best martial artists do exactly that!

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