Martial artists start their training for a variety of reasons, for fitness, self-defense, cool factor, etc. Most martial artists I know also had a particular movie that inspired them, whether it was a particular character, concept or action sequence that brought on their compulsion. I was 16 when I became inspired to take up a martial art, and it was the movie ‘Batman Returns’ that started it all with the strong, sexy, bad-ass character of Catwoman performed by Michelle Pfeiffer.
While ‘Batman Returns’ was certainly not exactly a work of film art, the portrayal of Catwoman was one of the first movies in which I saw a female character as both strong-willed and as a strong fighter. It made me want to be strong, both mentally and physically. This led me to look into what martial arts were offered locally, ultimately leading me to my 20-year love affair with Can-ryu Jiu-jitsu.
I was reminded of my humble beginnings as I recently learned that Catwoman would be in the new Batman movie, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ With Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman, and a plot surrounding Bane as the villain, I await this movie with bated breath. I hope Hathaway does the character justice (and we will not speak of the Halle Berry version). Check out the trailer:
Did you have a particular movie that inspired you to look into taking up your martial arts training? Which one and why? Please share in the comments. It’ll help me put together a kick-ass movie list for me to watch.