shaolin monk Martial artists enjoy traveling to places where they can train for their art, and learn new techniques, one section of the planet at a time. Of course, this isn't just done to learn the most techniques, but also to discover the traditions and history behind said technique. What's more, this is also influential in making action movies, as some of the places where martial arts are being practiced have become filming locations for martial arts films.

There are also filming locations that became iconic in martial arts films, particularly because of the intense fighting scenes shot there. Because of this, some travelers who practice martial arts might want to visit these places for themselves. So with that being said, here are 8 places a martial artist would love to throw a punch.


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
1) Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) China
This beautiful mountain range is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in China, and it even became the inspiration for James Cameron's world of Pandora in 'Avatar'. For martial arts fans, however, this is one of the filming locations used for 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. This is a popular tourist destination where one can hike the mountain and train on their own, just like the lone warriors that are usually seen in movies.

2) Chatsworth Nature Preserve, Los Angeles, California
Fans of the original 'Karate Kid' would surely want to experience the training that Daniel endured under Mister Miyagi's guidance by visiting the Chatsworth Nature Preserve. Although punching the animals in there is not a good idea, it would be a fun place to visit just for the view and nostalgia alone.

3) The Ghost City, China
Another beautiful view made famous by the 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' movie is the Ghost City. It's a geological city made of jagged rock formations shaped by the winds that omit strange moaning sounds, hence the name. Training martial arts here would be a challenge, but it would be a spiritual experience for whoever plans to visit.

4) Anhui Bamboo Forest, China
Yet another filming location from 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' made it in this list. I mean, why not? The fight scenes filmed in these locations showed the martial arts to the international audiences in a beautifully choreographed, albeit over the top action sequence. The Anhui Bamboo Forest is one of the scenes that anyone who has watched the film will surely remember.

The Great Wall of China
5) The Great Wall of China
Martial arts and the Great Wall of China are both a big part in the country's history. It just makes sense that the first practitioners of the art form will have plenty of locations to practice their martial arts. The wall was part of the training in the Karate Kid reboot, but even before that film was released this place has been a travel spot for those who love to train martial arts in one of the countries that started it. 

6) 5401 Olympic, Los Angeles
This house filming location in Los Angeles would be a great place for shooting a fight scene within various rooms. Every room has something different to offer while keeping it in just one house. Martial artists can make use of the various items in the environment for fighting tons of gangsters or ninjas. Plus, for whatever reason, it has been said that Bruce Lee once visited here, presumably because it has some sort of a connection with his time working on the Green Hornet.

Bruce Lee VS Chuck Norris
7) Shaolin Temple Dengfeng, China
A Shaolin temple is a temple that trains students in the art of Shaolin Kung Fu, which is probably the first thing that people think of when they say the name, 'martial arts'. The monks are very helpful and willing to train anyone who is willing to give their best. Their training is so rigorous that most of the people who visit there don't last long.

8) Cebu City, Philippines
Eskrima / Arnis might not be a well known technique by the average person, yet to the martial arts world this form of fighting is something that is worth learning. It employs several techniques that don’t just involve punching and kicking, but also the use of weapons such as knives and sticks. People from all over the world travel to Cebu, in the Philippines, just to learn from the grand-masters living there.