Tony Jaa vs Scott Adkins | Muay Thai vs Taekwondo

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Tony Jaa versus Scott Adkins action fans all over the world have that dream match up in their minds. The fight between two, or more, of your favorite martial arts action stars that you always wish you could see throw down on the big screen.
Let's take a look at Tony Jaa vs Scott Adkins.

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Whether it's Chuck Norris taking on Bruce Lee in Return of the Dragon or Jet Li and Mark Dicasco's throwing down in Cradle to the Grave, there's always that clash of titans that you always wanted to see, and thanks to director Jesse Johnson, that's exactly what you did see in the epic action ensemble Triple Threat.

Triple Threat

The film is a collection of some of the most prolific and high-profile stars in the genre which includes Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins.
In this video, we are going to take a closer look at these two talented fighters and what we think may happen if we were to put them against each other in a hypothetical showdown.

Tony Jaa

Born in Thailand in February 1976, this Thai martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, director, and former Buddhist monk first took an interest in martial arts at a very young age, after watching films by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li. He was so inspired that he would imitate the moves that he had seen practicing in his father's rice paddy. It was at the age of 10 that he first began training in Muay Thai and by the age of 15, he requested to become a protege of stuntman and action film director Panna Rittikrai.

He later graduated from Mahasarakham College of physical education with a Bachelor's degree. After studying Muay Boran Muay Thai, Wushu, Judo, and Taekwondo, he has earned himself a black belt in Taekwondo and also in Wushu.


Tony Jaa

For 14 years Jaa worked as a stuntman for Muay Thai stunts, appearing in many of Panna's films. Four years of training in Muay Boron finally led to Jaa's first leading role on the big screen in Ong Bak Muay Thai Warrior. This showed off his style of extreme acrobatics and speedy dance-like moves, along with all of his own stunt moves. His second major movie was The Protector, which included a style of Muay Thai that imitates elephants. The third movie was Ong Bak 2 with Jaa both directing and starring. The conclusion to this Thai trilogy came in the form of Ong Bak 3 which was released in 2010.

Tony Jaa

Later that same year, Jaa became a Buddhist monk. After leaving the monastery, Jaa continued to star in many films, including Protector 2, Furious 7, SPL 2, XXX Return of Xander Cage, Paradox, and Triple Threat. Jaa has won numerous awards for his acting roles over his career, including three awards for his Ong Bak films alone. This dedicated martial artist does 8 hours of gymnastics, Muay Thai, and other sports, training a day

Scott Adkins

Born in the United Kingdom on June 17th, 1976, this English actor, producer, screenwriter, gymnast, and martial artist, is mainly known for his action films. He first became interested in martial arts at the age of 10 after visiting a Judo Club with his father and brother. He first started studying Taekwondo and then went on to Kickboxing, in which he became an instructor. Throughout his life, he also trained in Karate, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, and Ninjutsu. He started out as a British daytime soap opera actor before splitting his time between daytime tv and stunt action work. His first movie role was in a Hong Kong martial arts film called Extreme Challenge. Adkins got to work with some of the best action directors, choreographers, and stars in the east from Yuen Woo Ping to Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

scott adkins in ip man 4

Starring roles in feature films soon followed with his portrayal of Talbot and Special Forces and Yuri Boyka in Undisputed 2 the last man standing. This was the film that was to break him into the mainstream, with his villainous portrayal of the Russian MMA underground fighter. After this, Scott managed to land guest starring roles in bigger budget films including the Bourne Ultimatum XI, X-men origins Wolverine as Ryan Reynolds's stunt double, Undisputed 3: Redemption, Universal Soldier, Day of Reckoning, and Triple Threat to name just a few.
Again, like Jaa, Adkins has won numerous awards for his acting roles over his career, including three for his Undisputed films.

He attends the gym five to six days a week and trains simply but hard, keeping weight and volume training in his repertoire. He does weight training three days a week and two days of martial arts-centric cardio. He can bench over a hundred kilograms against his own weight of about 80 kilograms and does sprint training for heavy muscle growth.

scott adkins

These two guys are both talented in their own right, both as martial artists and actors, which definitely shines through in the 2019 film Triple Threat.
Jaa seemed to highlight his talent in Muay Thai, uploading the bone-crunching knees and elbows that he has been known for ever since taking the world by storm in Ong Bak.
Adkins gets to highlight his aerial arsenal and death-defying moves.

Tony Jaa vs Scott Adkins

In this movie, it is Jaa that gets the upper hand by driving, not one, but two knives into the chest of Adkins, but would this be the case if they were not acting? This question is a difficult one to answer, as there are some huge differences between the two, build being one of them.

Scott Adkins's height, weight, bicep measurements, and chest measurements are all quite a bit bigger than that of Tony Jaa. This may give Adkins an advantage but is power everything? Maybe the fact that Jaa is that much smaller would give him more speed and therefore the advantage.
Either way, they are both gymnasts and martial artists with varying techniques so, would it even be a fair fight?

Tony Jaa vs Scott Adkins

On one hand, Adkins is a trained instructor in kickboxing. On the other, Jaa has a Bachelor's degree in Muay Thai. The other point to take into consideration is that the movies they have starred in are in a controlled environment, and not in a cage. Although they have both had a lot of training in their chosen martial arts.
Neither of these talented actors takes part in martial arts competitions and they concentrate more on their stunts. So, we think it's safe to say it is unlikely that these two would come up against each other unless, of course, it's on the big screen. But if they did, Jaa would have the advantage in speed and agility, with Adkins coming out on top with the strength.

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