The Hong Kong Stuntman Association has long had a reputation for including some of the hardest-working and most talented action performers in the world of film. With an Executive Committee that includes such luminaries as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Lau Kar Leung, Eric Tsang, Yuen Woo Ping, Tung Ching, Won Bin, Stanley Tong, and Chin Ka Lok as its President, its credentials are unparalleled.
Many of the original members forged their skills through the incredibly tough training required in traditional Peking Opera Schools. With the decline of these schools, and advances in modern filmmaking, the HKSA recognised that it would be difficult to just “discover” talented new, young stunt men and women who already had many of the requisite skills.
As such, in October 2015 the HKSA established a professional vocational course teaching various aspects of stunt work, to ensure the next generation of stunt performers can meet the very high standards required in the Hong Kong action film industry. The courses feature guest tutors including top film directors, stunt co-ordinators, established stunt performers and martial arts specialists.
Hong Kong Stuntman Association Course Overview:
The courses have now started to bare fruit and you can see how the students have progressed after just a couple of months in these YouTube videos.
Graduation Film One:
Graduation Film Two:
Graduation Film Three:
Before you all rush off to buy a ticket to Hong Kong to pursue your dream of becoming the next protégé of Jackie Chan though, there are a few conditions to be aware of first! To take the three-month course, you must be aged 18-30, be in good health, have a good foundation in martial arts, Bejing Opera, acrobatics, gymnastics or dance, and speak Cantonese! The course costs HK$14,400, or around £1300, and places are limited.
If any Kung Fu Kingdom fans and followers do attend any of the Hong Kong Stuntman Association courses, we’d love to hear from you about your experience!
You can find out more about the courses on the Hong Kong Stuntman Association website: http://hkstuntman.com/.