This weeks Fight Scene Friday clip is from the 2004 movie, The Bourne Supremacy.
The Bourne Trilogy movies are adaptions of Robert Ludlum’s thriller novels about Jason Bourne, a government asset gone rogue in search of his true identity after suffering severe trauma induced amnesia. The novels are fantastic reads by the way and the movie trilogy is one my favorite trilogies, ever. (Yes I know they made a fourth but it is, for all intents and purposes, outside the original story that was introduced.)
This gritty fight scene is one of my favorites because it involves close quarter fighting, improvised weapons and tactics, and one fighter with their hands bound. Jason Bourne’s fighting style is a combination of both Kali and Jeet Kune Do.
Kali is a weapons based Filipino martial art but what makes it so interesting is that there is over one hundred variations of the Kali martial art! The Philippines is an archipelago made of 7,107 islands and variations of the martial art exist across the entire region with different tribes adding their own flavor or flair to it.
The most popular variations that you might recognize by name are Silat, Eskrima, Sayok, Lacoste, and Lacoste Inosanto. The Lacoste Inosanto styles blends together 26 different styles of Kali into one and was developed by Sifu Lacoste and Dan Inosanto whom, bythe way, was a protege of the one and only legend, Bruce Lee!
So which Kali styles does Jason Bourne use? Lacoste Inosanto and Panantukan, which is a Kali variation used when the practitioner does not have a weapon of any sort. These two Kali arts are supplemented by Jeet Kune Do, which is more of a philosophy than a martial art (Bruce Lee wanted it this way). So, without further delay…enjoy this badass scene.
I’ve held classes in the past where we have fought with our hands (sometimes feet) bound. Want to try it? Let me know! Comment below or email me at: Matt@fitandfearless.com if you have any questions!