Actor and martial artist Donnie Yen used his youth in Boston, splitting his time among periods at his mother’s martial arts university, the boxing gymnasium, and lifting weights at the Chinatown Boys Club.
“I was coaching to be in action motion pictures before I even understood it was a chance,” Yen tells Men’s Journal. Even the bitter New England chill could not stop him from having his coaching in. “I would be out on the avenue wearing boots and my winter coat, kicking indicators and lamp posts. I would do a bounce kick, then drop down to a whole split, on ice, just to exam how effectively my entire body was ready to manage the motion. It wasn’t just about all the kind of movements I could do, it was also about what kind of circumstances I could do them less than.”