1. Donnie Yen , is a Hong Kong actor, Chinese martial artist, film director and producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion.
2. Yen is credited by many for contributing to the popularization of the traditional martial arts style known as Wing Chun.
3. He played Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man in the 2008 film Ip Man, which was a box office success.
4. This has led to an increase in the number of people taking up Wing Chun, leading to hundreds of new Wing Chun schools being opened up in mainland China and other parts of Asia.
5. Yen has displayed notable skills in a wide variety of martial arts, being well-versed in Tai chi chuan, boxing, kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, Taekwondo, karate, Muay Thai, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wing Chun, and Wushu.
6. When he was two years old, his family moved to Hong Kong, and then to Boston when he was 11. His younger sister, Chris Yen, is also a martial artist and actress, and appeared in the 2007 film Adventures of Johnny Tao: Rock Around the Dragon.
7. Yen focused on practicing wushu seriously at the age of fourteen after dropping out of school.
8. His mother is a soprano, in addition to being a martial arts teacher in Boston, while his father is a violinist.
9. Yen had a starring role in the film Iron Monkey in 1993.
10. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 2003 Academy Awards.