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Supposing you could make whatever you wanted, what would it be? This is one of the most challenging topics for a starting young sculptor. You’re not quite sure yet of your own abilities, what is important, what gives you energy. What creation will provide enough curiosity to keep you going for years to come? In what way will that contribute to your own improvement in the area of shape and composition?

My predominant subject is Being Human. The way people feel, interact, what they do to each other both in a positive and a negative way intrigues me and I have no doubt it always will. We may try to escape Greek tragedies and fierce emotions or look the other way. But they do exist in the same harsh and unpleasant way as centuries ago. When, in ancient times, Greek mythology was born with all its’ love, revenge, blood, cruelty, conspiracy and mystery. That is after all what mythology consists of.

I may well never stop studying shape and composition. It’s an experience I have with every portrait I make. Each portrait is new, each face is different from the one before. I always start with a shapeless chunk of clay that needs to be modelled into the exact shape and expression that will capture the other person’s soul. And I still find that hard repeatedly. Each time anew I have to seek, fight, swear, make mistakes and amend, let go and hold on.

Observing the patterns of nature is also a great way to acquire more insight into shape and composition. Just look at the world around you and detect an indefinite amount of forms, rhythms, arrangements, constructions and composition. Nature is diversified and abundant whereas people tend to construct nothing but boxes and squares. Look at the stem of a horsetail herb. It is round with ridges and as it goes up you can see sprigs, tiny leaves and small brown rims in a regular pattern. Stems come in all shapes, square, triangular, round, with five sides. It is possible for a tree trunk to grow spiralling upwards. Tree bark comes in a profusion of miscellaneous varieties. Cork-oak is simply amazing but even the more modest species will be able to astonish you. Just use your eyes!

Nature also surprises us with the most unpredictable colour combinations. Behold the beak and head of a pelican. You will detect yellow, red and blue in small blotches and stripes, quite remarkable. Observation of your surroundings simply provides you with a source of beauty at an arm’s reach. Obviously not all things are exquisite and fortunately you’re not required to commemorate it all. But do make a note of the extra special things. In your head, in a notebook or in your phone. You may never use it in your work, not straightaway at least. But it will contribute to the improvement of your own sense of beauty, your own awareness of composition, rhythm and skin. It will dig itself into your being and that is nice. A wonderful, never-ending tutor and all you have to do is open your eyes!

6 Unspoken Truths of the Modeling Industry

These are usually learned through personal experiences, working with modeling agencies however, we try to pick some of those and share with you in writing now.

It is not a job with a fixed timing like 9 to 5

Modeling never comes to you at a fixed and consistent timing, and if you are inflexible to accommodate timings out of the usual 9-5 range modeling will not suit you. The jobs you get won’t also be on a consistent basis, there will be times when you will be wishing for your next job, and there will be times in which you will be wishing that you had a day off. Projects come on and off on an irregular basis, as when clients select you. Patience and flexibility are key qualities that you require in this field.

Deals with a hectic schedule

You could be leading a busy and hectic lifestyle like most of the people in the region. Students are also not immune to this lifestyle, and can often forego many of their interests and activities outside of their academic curriculum.

You should know to balance between studies and a high fashion career in modeling. The hectic schedule may seem grueling, but it shows your hard work and determination to achieve your dreams.

Don’t change your hair without informing your modeling agency

Note that the agency won’t scold you for changing your hair color or cutting your hair off, but sometimes when a client requests for a particular type of hair (e.g. shampoo advertisement client) your hair is an essential part of the modeling. Hence it is wise to inform your agency of any big changes you are making to your look, so they may advise you accordingly.

Modeling is not just for young people

Modeling is a very diverse industry and agencies are always on the lookout for models of various ethnicities, ages, sizes, heights and races without discrimination as clients may have their requests for literally any kind of look. Of course, different categories of modeling have their specific set of requirements and you will be allocated to what suits your look best.

There is still some stigma around modeling

There will be people who look down or with skepticism at modeling jobs. Some may even believe it to be very superficial or not an honorable industry. However, truth is models work very hard to make a name for them. It takes just as much brainwork as beauty. Top models prove that it takes good skills, confidence and personality to excel in modeling, and not just gifted looks.

Make the most out of the events you get to attend

If you are lucky enough to be one of those who get to go for after parties or networking events, make sure to use those opportunities to get to know various clients, and have a good time.

Top 5 Modeling Myths That May Affect Your Confidence

Modern times in modeling are changing, and a lot of such information that has been circulated since the past is becoming false. We reveal 5 modeling myths so that you can be more informed and more confident to come forward to be a model.

1. You need to be size zero

This might have been true in the past where skinny was frequently related to a model. Today the industry is changing and there is, in fact, a good market for plus-size models and variety of sizes is accepted. Many of the top modeling agencies have accepted that curvy models are in demand and appeal to the market.

2. You have to be very tall

There may be strict height requirements for runway and high fashion modeling that is still in place, however, most other categories ranging from commercial, catalog, print and many other forms are more open to short heights. There is even a modeling category called petite modeling these days. It is also not impossible to break into high fashion, seeing the example of Kate Moss who was one of the first models to break into to the Supermodel scene with a height around 5’6″ or 1.67m. As long as you are passionate about the industry, you can see tremendous success being a model.

3. You are too old for modeling

Heard of senior or mature modeling? Yes, age is not a barrier for modeling! Anyone can be a model as far as you have the energy and dedication to take part and have an eventful life, modeling is for you.

4. You have to take professional photographs beforehand

If you have the time and money for it, sure go ahead, but it’s not a must. Agencies don’t expect you to be a pre-made model with all the professional photos and experience in place. What they are looking for is mostly, a fresh face that has a good attitude to develop into a professional model that will sign on with the agency for as long as possible. For starters, your smartphone quality cameras will be enough for signing up. The professional photos will be taken by the agency, the way they require it.

5. It is very easy to be rich and famous

This is a very common misconception. People watch Victoria’s Secret runway, or read vogue magazines and believe that is what a model is. Well yes, but reaching those standards isn’t going to be an overnight phenomenon. Often at the start, you will have to sideline profits and invest time and energy in building your reputation and a good track record first. Once clients start recognizing you and the agency believes in your potential, that’s when you will see a steady and good income source and start getting popular.

The Job Of Casting Talents For A Film

Aspiring actors undergo a tedious process in auditions before they can get the role in a commercial or film. In this kind of industry, competition is always tough. In a pool of people who fall in line for auditions, there will be hundreds who want the same role so badly just like you. Some are even seasoned and have years of experience which make them more fit for some roles as compared to newbies. To stand out in the roster and have a fighting chance in getting the role you want, it’s very important to know both the common and specific requirements of a casting agency. Agents and directors say that they can easily separate good candidates from those they can’t work with based on this set of qualities.

1. Overall look. This doesn’t pertain to your physical appearance only but your overall presence. You need to present yourself as the role you’re targeting. Your face, body, how you stand, and your expressions and gestures should be compatible with the character that the casting agencies are looking for. This will require a great amount of calculation on your part, but be flexible in order to look and become the person they are looking for.

2. Ability to act. You want to be flawless when you demonstrate your acting skills. When you’re acting, you don’t want to appear like you are acting. You need to look and sound as natural as possible. You need to be able to present yourself as the character instead of someone just playing that character – so be completely convincing.

3. Complete professionalism. Arriving on time, having your lines completely memorized, looking good, and being ready to take every instruction well are all qualities of a professional that casting directors look for.

4. Passionate attitude. This clearly indicates how serious you are about the career you’ve chosen. You need to be able to prove that you’re ready to overcome the challenges that the acting job will present, and be the character. If the directors say you need to lose weight, cut your hair, speak with an accent, learn martial arts or jump off a building, they want to hear that you can do something to make it possible

5. Confidence. This isn’t something that can be faked. You need to be able to show that you believe in yourself and can demonstrate courage, especially when asked to do something very challenging.

Misconceptions and Facts: Lies and Truth About the Business of Modeling

There are many misconceptions that spread about the work of modeling and that of the agencies. Let’s us find out more about the business of modeling.

Scouters are hunting any face on the street regardless of whether the person they pick is good looking.

Some common comments go along the lines of, “I can’t believe the Scouter is approaching such an ugly person, they must desperately want to get more models.”

A common misconception about modeling is that you need to be pretty, with flawless skin, perfect Jawline, and flat abs. That is one of the most untrue claims that serve as a psychological barrier for many potential models to join this field. Not all clients and projects require pretty faces and many actually need models of marketable looks, that can range from different sizes, ethnicities, and overall body features. Size is also not a concern, as there are many plus-sized models in demand today. Someone has to market the bigger sized clothing and a product that appeal to people in that category, and definitely plus sized is becoming more relevant in the modeling fields of today.

If a credible modeling agency is sending a scouter to the street to recruit new models, it is also sending someone to be the face that represents the agency in the process; it is not going to do so blindly. Much training and knowledge of the modeling and fashion industry are taught to these scouters before they are sent out on the street. They know the different types of looks that the agency wants and that can appeal to a client before they actually approach you and give you an offer. Of course, you also have a part to play and determine the credibility of the agency through proper research online.

Everyone is so busy, who has time for modeling? It’s too much work.

Modeling doesn’t require commitment on the scale of a full-time job nor are you bound to be involved in work that doesn’t fit into your schedule. It can fit in easily into your schedule if you consider that you will be on average receiving one job offer a week with some project commitments going to even three hours or so. Of course, there are longer projects which may take a few days of shoots to finish depending on their requirements. However, the best part is you get to pick up and drop the projects that don’t suit you. In other words, you have full flexibility in your work. However, a word of caution, if you are just starting out in modeling, do not get too picky, and focus on building your portfolio and reputation as a model first.

Nowadays there are so many comments and reviews everywhere, how do I differentiate the good and bad agencies?

This may pose a big concern especially in the age of the internet, where there are many false rumors floating around, and truth tends to get buried in the comments section. It may be hard to distinguish truth from the lies, and usually one only knows the true nature of the work and the modeling process once they sign up for it. One good way is to read reviews from credible sources and websites, and not believe wholesale what you read on forums and blogs which are contentment unregulated. Google and Facebook reviews are one such way where spam and imposter comments are unpublished or removed, and only honest feedback is considered.

Another good way is to find out the models involved in the agency. Are there a good number of models? Are there models who somewhat have a similar look to you? Do they take good effort and care to have a well set-up website? Any model agency has a need to have a good website because it is often the first go-to platform for clients and models. An illegitimate or bad agency can most often be spotted from their bad website maintenance.

Modeling isn’t for me, either I am born as a model or I’m not. There is no in-between.

False! Whether you know this or not modeling takes a lot of hard work, patience and confidence. Someone with the looks of Gisele Bundchen or Adriana Lima, but without their confidence can never make it very far as a model and isn’t someone who will get through a regular casting call. No matter how you look, your personality, dress sense and the way you express your energy and this confidence means a large deal more. This impresses clients and lands you the best job opportunities.

The biggest misconception of all may be that modeling agencies are not essential and they are just out to scam. If you flip your daily newspaper or browse through your regular online catalog to shop, or any other advertisement or billboard, they are not people who are randomly picked or someone who is from that company or brand of that advertisement. In short, they are models, who most likely come from modeling agencies, and clients pick them out of many other potential models.

To Instagram or Not? How to Use Social Media to Your Advantage in Modeling

Keep everything in moderation, including your social media posts. Post pictures naturally and always keep connecting with your audience. Express good values such as gratitude by thanking your fans for compliments.

Gain followers and follow influential models yourself

Apart from gathering your vital statistics, height and weight etcetera, agencies and scouters are increasingly looking at your media presence, your likes, and followers. There isn’t a specific number but of course more the merrier. It signifies your ability to market yourself, and your appeal to the common folk, or target audience. With that said, social media only gives an added advantage, and you still have to impress during your interviews and casting calls. Find out more about how you can ace your casting call.

Walk the talk and follow influential models yourself such as Adrian Lima and Gisele Bundchen who regularly post their model pictures and update their social media accounts. Following such people will also give your potential model agencies a sense of your interest in fashion and modeling. Take caution that these high-profile model’s have a different dynamic from you and if you are still new or low key on social media your use of it must be strategically relevant for your position. Do not just copy the top models style whole sale. Although it never hurts to learn from the best, models must take the positives and apply them such that it fits our specific community appropriately.

Embrace social media, but remain a mystery too

There are some high profile models that remain low-key on social media. Kate Moss is one such example; she is press-shy and never takes snapshots in public. Post important pictures but remember to always keep the mystery. Do not keep spamming posts; hold some restraint on your posting. You definitely want to avoid the effect of irritating your followers by constantly appearing everywhere on their social media feed, especially if you posting things that are less important like cat or food pictures. Give a few days break and intervals between posts, and remember less is more. If you have nothing good don’t post it. Most importantly, staying low also means lesser chances to make offensive posts. In order to rise up the ladder of social media appeal it is important posts are well quality checked and that which retains fans and followers, thus keeping your appeal for a longer period of time.

Choose your platform wisely

This ultimately depends on your commitments and position in life and there are many cases. However you may take heart in supermodels like Tyra Banks and Coco Rocha who have millions of fans across multiple platforms and spend time in connecting with their fans despite their busy schedule and lifestyle. Coco Rocha for example has amassed millions of fans across 13 social media platforms.

If you tend to be busy, as most of us juggle part-time modeling with a full-time career or education, and have a host of other responsibilities and commitments. In such case it is better to focus your attention and energy to specific platforms that enhance your position as a model. The top platform would definitely rank as Instagram. It’s layout and design best suit your ability to share visual content such as pictures and videos easily. Though hash tags are very commonplace across most media platforms, it is effectively used in Instagram to track pictures and videos. Moreover the beauty of Instagram is the ability to easily scroll through the feed, engaging by liking and being updated on latest fashion trends and modeling content easily. You can follow modeling agencies and be updated of latest job openings and the progress of the agencies as well.

The next best platforms are Facebook, followed by Twitter, and then Snapchat. The dynamics of each of these platforms are different and are for different target audiences as well. But as far as modeling goes, Instagram still remains the best platform available and if time is an issue, then focusing it on Instagram would enable an aspiring model to reap maximum benefit.

If you have any humanitarian causes put up some information about that and show the world that your true nature and personality beyond the skin in the content you post and talk about. Hope we find you being an influential social media personality one day too!

4 Things a Legitimate Model Agency Asks You

We list things that a legitimate model agency does that make you feel uncomfortable but is actually beneficial for you in the long run.

Initial outlay

A model agency may ask for an initial outlay of money from you. Either they may ask you for portfolio fees or deduct a certain percentage of commission from your initial project fees, or even work at contracts. This may sound pretty demanding; however, it should not deter you if you have enough passion for excelling in the industry. The reason why a model agency extracts some initial cost from you is because they need to make up their costs of creating a portfolio for you and work required to set you up with clients. Working for free also gets you opportunities easier, for example, you can work with designers and photographers who want to create their own portfolio for free, and this allows you to gain modeling experiences as well. This makes it a mutually beneficial solution for all. The experience and portfolio you gather from the initial sacrifice of fees and payment will go a long way in getting more job opportunities.

Change your Looks to Suit Their Assignments

A model agency may ask you to do certain fashion makeovers such as changing your hair from blonde to brunette, or changing the length of your hair and so on. This is not because they don’t think you look good, but rather they usually want to fit you into the style of modeling that suits you best. For example, the agency may already have an excess of blondes, and they need a good brunette. There may be a few reasons why they ask you to change your look, but it is ultimately the best calling for your look and job opportunities in modeling. Anyway, a top class model is expected to be flexible and look good in any style or costume fitted. Hence, you should never be hesitant to change your look and style, and carry yourself with confidence in your new look.

Lose or Gain Weight

Again, although this may come off as a sensitive matter to you the industry is competitive and requires you to be at the top of your game to succeed. Even for non-mainstream modeling such as plus-size models, there are weight standards that need to be adhered to. In general, agencies have come to the point where they want to portray healthily-sized models. So they may outright reject you if you are too thin or too overweight. Hence, the key aspect to look after is your diet, your nutrition, and health. If you are doing the right things with your health your body will reciprocate naturally and your weight/ BMI would not be hard to control.

Traveling and International Opportunities

Most of us will be delighted at the sound of this, however, most of us do modeling as a ‘side hustle’ and few turn it into long-term fully fledged careers. The thought of traveling and working may sound too exhausting if you are not fully committed to the pursuit of modeling excellence. However, if you have the looks and ability the chances of working on International assignments are pretty high. Many people can only dream of such offers, so think twice before you reject them. And by the way it’s legitimate to receive the offers, and you should be given the liberty to accept or reject them.

Be open to all requests and demands but at the same time be cautious and do your research thoroughly before accepting or rejecting the offers. If you can establish that an agency is legitimate and has nurtured many models, it is likely that the demands they make of you are for your good and progress.

Thousand Pillar Hall – An Acoustic Marvel in Madurai Meenakshi Temple

India is very famous for its temples. Thousands and thousands of temples built and maintained from time immemorial. The sculptures and the building techniques will speak itself the glory of the great tradition.

Madurai is situated at 462 kilometers south of Chennai (Madras as it was known in earlier times). The famous Meenakshi Amman Temple is located in the centre of the city. Inside the temple, there are famous halls like Marriage Hall, Thousand Pillar Hall etc.

The Thousand Pillar Hall is very famous for its beautiful construction.

The hall, even though called as thousand pillar hall, it has only 985 pillars. The pillars are erected in such a way as to fall in line from any angle we view..

In the year 1983, an expert team from audiology department went in to the hall and carried out an extensive study. They have used latest scientific gadgets and found that there is absolutely no echo in any part of the temple even with all the crowd around the sound level seldom exceed 80 dB (decibel)

Naturally the noise level in a quiet surrounding will be 40 dB, in a crowded street about 80-85 dB and at the airport when a jet aircraft takes off, it will be about 100 dB.

According to the team headed by Dr Kameswaran, an ENT specialist, there appears to be a built-in mechanism in the precincts of Madurai temple for containing the echo. The total noise does not exceed a specific level which would make it unpleasant to the visitors.

The temple is an acoustic marvel, observed the experts. Near the road there is one Ashta Shakti Hall. There the noise level is only 40 dB.

The team members said that with this ambient noise it is possible for a person to contemplate and meditate the Divinity.

Roughly about 5000 to 6000 people visit the temple daily. And the sound level recorded during the peak hours is of the order of 70 dB to 80 dB.

It implies that the artisans were aware of the basic principles of acoustics. The huge icons on the unpolished pillars, the distribution of vents, the allocation of open space all around, are all mechanisms to contain the noise level. The arrangements are so made that is not crude but there is an artistic planning combining utility with beauty. This arrangement strangely contrasts with arrangement made in certain modern buildings where instruments for breaking noise and absorbing sound are hung from the roof in a very clumsy and unartistic manner.

This hall is a classic example of perfect sound engineering technique. The average height of each pillar is about 12 feet. The pillars depicts four kinds of motifs, one consisting of moulded squares, the other with rampant dragon, the third with a figure of a deity and the fourth that of a donor or his family. The unpolished pillars of exactly of same size and shape are placed at mathematically accurate positions. These aspects have made the hall echo resistant.

In addition, the pillars are so peculiarly arranges that anyone sitting at a specific spot could view a central figure without any obstruction in any position. At any position inside the hall, in consequence to the arrangement of the pillars, there open up around us 16 colonnades of varying width and such length of each side that the perspective afforded by them is simply marvelous.

The expert team rightly described the thousand pillar hall as an acoustic marvel.

Thousands of such intricate wonders are hidden in these Indian temples.

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The Pros And Cons Of Streaming TV Shows And Movies Online

For years, you won’t find a home that didn’t have cable or satellite TV. With such services, you can get your fill of your favorite TV shows and popular and classic movies. Of course, you have to be mindful of the time they will be shown and scheduled replays, if there are any, so that you won’t miss them.

Nearly all people relied on these services in the past. However, this number has been gradually reducing over the years due to another option that allows people to watch their favorite TV shows and movies in the comforts of their home and basically, anywhere they are at any time of the day or night: online streaming.

By subscribing to an online streaming service and connecting to the Internet, you can watch your favorite TV shows and movies on your device. Aside from your TV set, you can use your computer or laptop, tablet, and smartphone to view your show or film of choice.

Although online streaming offers various perks to a TV and movie buff, there are still some disadvantages to this service as well. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of streaming TV shows and movies online:

Pros

• Personalized viewing. With a streaming service, you can choose which shows and movies you want to watch anytime. As long as it has been shown on the big and small screen, you can view this when you log on to your streaming service account. With the right subscription, you can watch shows without any annoying and disruptive commercials. Most online streaming services will also recommend movies and TV shows that you might like based on your viewing history. Of course, you have the option of watching them or not.

• They are affordable. Cable and satellite service providers can charge you hundreds of dollars for a year’s subscription. Online streaming services, on the other hand, are less expensive; depending on the service you choose, you can pay for a month’s services somewhere between ten to twenty dollars.

• Their services are flexible. Lastly, cable and satellite companies can lock you into strict annual contracts. Online streaming services are very flexible. You can sign up for and cancel your subscription anytime without paying for any termination fees or penalties.

Cons

• High-speed Internet is important. If you want to have uninterrupted viewing without the video constantly buffering, you will need to have good, fast Internet connection all the time. If you currently have a slow one, you may have to upgrade your plan to something that is faster and more expensive.

• You have to make sure you have the right device. Although you may already have a desktop computer or laptop, a tablet, or smartphone which you can use, if you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on a large screen, you will have to check if your current TV set has Internet connection capabilities. If not, you will have to invest in a new one.

Top 5 Most Popular Martial Arts Actors Born in the UK Or USA

Whenever there is action, that means that there are not only car chases, explosions, shootings and guns but also fists, punches and roundkicks. Many of the martial arts actors in the Funny Action Movie genre master a huge collection of deadly techniques, which they use in close combat scenes.

In fact, most of these martial arts actors used to compete in official tournaments at the very dawn of their acting careers and then they used the fame gained to establish themselves in the cinema industry. More or less (in most cases more) the martial arts are taking a huge part in their lives.

What a better way to become an action star when there is a real, heart pounding action in your life, right?

Here is a list of the top five martial arts actors a.k.a. killing machines, who can terminate you with their bare hands. These machos have a proven record in the real life fighting world and they based their movie careers on the martial arts knowledge.

1.Bruce Lee (1940-1973)

A lot of things were said and written about probably the most influential figure in the martial arts movie industry. Where exactly the fiction meets reality can sometimes be difficult to determine but one thing leaves no doubt- Bruce Lee had kung fu in his blood. The man was breathing martial arts.

Many people don’t know that Lee Jun Fan (as his real name was) was an accomplished cha-cha dancer and championship winner. Officially, he had only five years of formal martial arts training under the guidance of another legend- “Sifu Yip Man”.

Yip Man taught Bruce the art of wing chun kung fu- a self defense technique from close range combat. By the way, if you haven’t seen the three Yip Man movies starring Donnie Yen, you definitely might want to check them out. Believe me it is well worth your time.

Because of his hot temper and the police issues he had in Hong Kong, his parents suggested him to try his luck in the United States where he was initially born.

While he was living in America, Lee opened a kung fu school and eventually became associated with many key figures in the U.S. martial arts scene. Soon he was noticed by famous Hollywood producers. The rest is a history.

His genuine talent and unbelievable speed has established him as a leading authority in the mixed martial arts and cinema scenes.

Among the most memorable movies, revealing his magical martial arts techniques are “Enter the Dragon”, “The Way of the Dragon” and “Fists of Fury”. And yes, those are great funny action movies.

2.Michael Jai White (1967)

3rd dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, 3rd dan Black Belt in Goju Ryu,3rd degree Black Belt in Kyokushin, 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, 1st degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. Do you still wonder why Michael Jai White takes part in this prestigious martial arts actors list?

If you still do, then let me tell you that the muscular build international box office sensation has eight black belts in eight different martial arts forms. Pretty impressive, isn’t it? The man is no joke at all.

Honored with the title Man of the Year by the popular “Black Belt” magazine in 2014 and inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, Michael Jai White is allegedly the most accomplished, highly trained action star in America.

Michael also often does comedy and drama movies which makes him a pretty versatile artist.

I strongly suggest that you check out Blood and Bone, Never Back Down: No Surrender, and Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing.

3. Chuck Norris (1940)

Don’t worry, he is in the list, don’t rush to kill me, please.

By the way, did you know that Chuck Norris has already been to Mars and that is why there are no signs of life?

OK let’s get serious here.

It is just impossible not to include in the list the first ever Westerner in the history of the Tae Kwon Do, honored with the rank of 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master title.

During his impressive martial arts career, Carlos Ray Norris has won numerous tournaments. His name is also in the Martial Arts History Museum’s Hall of Fame. He was several times on the cover of the Black Belt magazine and in 2000, Chuck Norris has been given the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.

He also has a rich and successful military career with many different medals and honorary awards.

In his movies, he is rarely even wounded and he kicks tough asses for breakfast.

In case you have missed to watch the legendary on screen fight between Chuck and Bruce Lee in the funny action movie called “Way of the dragon”, please watch it. It is superb.

Another legendary actioners (the list is huge) starring Chuck Norris are “The Delta Force”, “Missing in Action” and lately “Expendables 2”.

4. Steven Seagal (1952)

You surely remember how brightly The Master of Aikido shines in “Under Siege” and “Above the Law”. Steven can easily break your arms like if they are toothpicks.

Lord Steven, as one of his nickname is, holds a 7th degree black belt in Aikido- a Japanese martial art which teaches how to harmonize your moves to your opponent’s body motions (or attacks). The idea of this martial art form is to defend yourself without hurting your attacker.

Well, at least in his movies, Steven Seagal doesn’t follow this rule because all of his opponents die painfully.

What is interesting about this iconic actor is the fact that he is the first ever foreigner to open a dojo in Japan where he is a respected Aikido instructor.

Steven is also a well-known musician who travels the world with his band and some time ago he was a Reserve Deputy Chief in Louisiana Sheriff’s office.

5. Scott Adkins (1976)

The most complete fighter in the world “Yuri Boyka”, a.k.a. Scott Adkins was born in the United Kingdom in 1976.

He holds a black belt in kickboxing, which he achieved when he was only 19 years old. His spectacular martial arts skills come from knowing ninjutsu, judo, Karate, jujutsu, wushu, Krav Maga, capoeira and Jeet Kun Do. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty impressed!

Scott Adkins is mostly known for his stunningly beautiful and complex fight choreography in the smashing hit “Undisputed 2: Last man standing” and the followed sequel” Undisputed 3: Redemption”.

The fans are impatiently waiting the fourth installment of the franchise and the third with Scott starring in it. The direct-to-video movie is coming on 17th January 2017 in the U.S.A. (“Boyka: Undisputed IV”). All of the four movies were shot in Bulgaria.

Scott’s heart stopping martial arts skills have gained him mainstream success and roles in various mainstream blockbusters like “Expendables 2”, “Doctor Strange”, “The Bourne Ultimatum” and many others.