How Donnie Yen Became One of the Greatest Martial Artists of All Time

Clara T. Fryman

Actor and martial artist Donnie Yen put in his youth in Boston, splitting his time between periods at his mother’s martial arts school, the boxing gymnasium, and lifting weights at the Chinatown Boys Club.

“I was instruction to be in motion films right before I even realized it was a probability,” Yen tells Men’s Journal. Even the bitter New England chill could not stop him from getting his instruction in. “I would be out on the road wearing boots and my winter season coat, kicking indicators and lamp posts. I would do a jump kick, then fall down to

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