By: John M Jerva
Entering adulthood back in the late 80’s and 90’s, I was at the perfect age to enjoy all that the VHS action boom had to offer. It helped that my cousin owned his own chain of video stores which I worked at so needless to say, I saw everything that this golden era had to offer. Every week, a new instant classic would come out and during that fine decade is when I was introduced to Loren Avedon who is an expert in Tae Kwon Do and has parlayed that skill into an acting career where he starred in numerous fight flicks that have gone on to become cult classics.
Avedon, who is a legit bad ass martial artist who starred in a host of fisticuffs fueled action epics starting with No Retreat No Surrender 2: Raging Thunder. Avedon starred alongside the queen of martial arts action Cynthia Rothrock and battled famed bad guy Matthias Hues in the epic finale of a film that was loaded with spectacular fight sequences. Avedon cut his teeth in the Hong Kong-esque films for Seasonal Film Corporation and King of the Kickboxers will probably always be the film he is best known for. His throw down with the legendary Billy Blanks is the stuff of action cinema legend and if you’re a fan then you’re a fan of this fight. If anything, the training montages are worth the price of admission alone.
Avedon has so many films that are essential viewing for fans of that time including No Retreat No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers, Deadly Ransom, The Silent Force, Tiger Claws III and more and the man is the real deal when it comes to martial arts talent on screen and off.
Another fan of Avedon’s is action star Scott Adkins who watched him as much as we all did and now in the newest installment of The Art of Action, Adkins gets to the lowdown on all those awesome films starring Avedon and he gets some truly epic anecdotes about the making of them. Avedon was an inspiration to Adkins and I suppose we have Loren to thank for transforming Adkins into the action phenom he is today.
Avedon will always be one of my favorites alongside Adkins himself and now we get the pleasure of watching and listening to these two masters chat about the greatest movie genre on the face of the Earth. Enjoy episode 6 of Scott Adkins’ The Art Of Action!