Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. attends UFC 248, big fan of Chinese martial art Wing Chun

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/3/10 17:33:43

Robert Downey Jr. Photo: VCG

 It seems Iron Man is a big fan of Chinese martial art Wing Chun.

Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. was caught on camera showing off some of his Wing Chun moves during the bout between UFC Women's Strawweight champion Zhang Weili and former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 248 on Saturday when he showed off some of his Wing Chun moves. 

On Monday Downey posted a video of himself at the event on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo along with a post in which he called the battle between the two a classic and congratulated both fighters.

Chinese netizens were surprised to see that Downey has studied Wing Chun, which is based on traditional Southern Chinese martial arts. 

"Iron Man knows Wing Chun! If he had used Wing Chun to fight Thanos, it would have been much easier to beat the enemy," one netizen commented on Sina Weibo.

Some netizens speculated that the star became interested in Chinese martial arts due to the release of this year's Ip Man 4: The Finale, a film about the legendary Win Chun master Yip Man. But actually, Downey has been studying Wing Chun for more than 10 years.

He started practicing the martial art in 2003. According to a report from, his teacher is one of the students of Zhang Zhuoqing, Yip's favorite pupil.

According to the report, Downey practices Wing Chun three to five times each week and says that it successfully diverted his attention from drugs and helped him develop healthy habits.

"Wing Chun cannot only help maintain your physique, but can make you more stable, more modest and more relaxed with others," he said.

Zhang, who had successfully defended her title against Jedrzejczyk, replied to Downey on Sina Weibo, saying she hopes that he enjoyed the competition.


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