Jaden Smith’s Karate Kid Training Program

Jaden Smith, star of the new movie “Karate Kid,” trained every day for four months in order to learn kung fu, the martial art performed in the film. Wu Gang, the stunt coordinator of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team, was hired to be the fight coordinator for the remake of the 1984 original. Wu worked 11-year-old Jaden at such a level of intensity that he cried at one point. Many of the training scenes included in the film are actual sessions that Smith experienced.

With a focus on stretching, front kicks and upper blocks, Smith has been quick to point out that the training was real and consisted of grueling, intense training. Training sessions ran from five to eight hours many days.

The term “kung fu” is not actually a specific form of martial art, but more truly translated as “work” or “skill.” The term kung fu is most often used to describe the gamut of Chinese martial arts and a range of techniques. In the film, Jaden Smith learns and demonstrates Wushu martial arts, a physically demanding, active kung fu sport taught and practiced in China.

“Whenever I teach anyone kung fu, but especially a kid, the first thing I teach them is respect for other people. Kung fu isn’t about fighting, but about helping people,” Wu Gang remarked in an interview with People magazine. Martial arts, with its focus on discipline and respect, often transforms the way children behave. Will Smith, Jaden’s movie star father, has seen the benefits of the intensive training in his son already. “Jaden had changed. When he takes his shoes off, he doesn’t throw them in the corner, but puts them away neatly.”

8 Responses to Jaden Smith’s Karate Kid Training Program

Sheril Palma says:

Jaden Smith was amazing in “The Karate Kid”. I luv that he actually trained for that part because it made his role more believable. He did a awesome job !

ruky says:

you did so well

jayremz Wafar says:

Great!!! i luv it

Lawal balogun says:

Nice job kid more power to your elbow

Twanda Green says:

Ive always been a will and jada smith fan? But you lil jaden smith has the best martial arts talent Ive ever seen! Keep up the fantastic, and awesome work!

Abby P. Wright says:

It was exciting yet gruesome to watch Jaden Smith on The Karate Kid. He did a very remarkably wonderful job on The Karate Kid! Keep up the good work, stay strong & always aim high to follow your dreams!!!

Latonia says:

Jaden first my daughter love you the first time I watched this movie I cried but you kept getting up I just finished watching it an every time I watch it it gets better an better love y’all all to the Smith family

Dena Rosario says:

I really wish Jaden would do many more films like Karate Kid he’s an awsome actor already and I believe he could one day be as good as or maybe even better than Will who is an OUTSTANDING actor!!

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