They Call Him “Big Bear”
By Matt Caballero
Ong Bak the Thai Warrior is one of my favorite movies named after the main character in the film, Ong-Bak. Played by Tony Jaa, it is the story of a young villager and deadly practitioner of Muay Thai who sets out to return the head of a sacred statue that was stolen. He isn’t out to be a hero he just wants to make things right. Practicing the deadly and devastating art of Muay Thai, Jaa moves with complete confidence in every step and delivers each strike with what seems to be 100% of his power. He is awesome and this fight scene, while short, displays his raw power.
In this scene, Ong Bak is forced into a challenge with an underground fighter named Big Bear. By this point, this guy has been around the block quite a few times defeating his opponents with sheer strength and mass. Big Bear isn’t Thai, he’s an Englishman, and a big one at that. He flips Ong Bak “the bird” and insults Muay Thai…big mistake. As he begins to rear back and swing at Ong Bak, Ong Bak promptly begins to whoop this guy’s [rear].
Muay Thai is known as the “art of eight limbs” (fists, elbows, knees, and shins/feet). When you look at how Jaa fights, it’s really easy to understand why. Enjoy!
And be happy, it’s now the weekend!