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The Martial Arts Kid (2015)

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Robbie (Jansen Panettiere) is a struggling teenager. Caught by the cops (we don’t find out why), his Grandma has run out of patience and ships him off to his Aunt Cindy and Uncle Glen's in Cocoa Beach. I don’t know why Robbie was so reluctant to get along with his adoptive parents - they are Don “The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock! They are the best parents a kid could possibly have! They agree too, and suggest he joins their martial arts school to learn some discipline. Unimpressed at first, he soon gets into it after seeing his Aunty and Uncle show off their skills on people that deserve to receive them. Robbie has an altercation with the local bully Bo (Matthew Ziff) whilst chatting up his girlfriend Rina (Kathryn Newton) that leads to further harassment in the school halls. He needs to learn how to defend himself if he wants to survive the rest of the school year.

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THE DRAGON’S STILL GOT IT: THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

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Hayden Panettiere’s little brother teams ups with legit martial arts greats Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, and TJ Storm in this solid little family action flick. The Martial Arts Kid began as an idea in the mind of Wilson’s brother James E. Wilson, writer/director Michael Baumgarten, and writer Adam W. Marsh. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the film became a reality, playing festivals and a small theatrical run, even winning a few awards along the way.

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Martial Arts + Action Movies reviews MAK

THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

If there’s one movement a martial arts movie can promote effectively, it’s anti-bullying.

One of the reasons a lot of people get into martial arts for is to learn to look after themselves and overcome the constant state of fear that bullying can put them in.  It’s about improving quality of life and strengthening character.

Well this partially Kickstarter funded film, The Martial Arts Kid, tells a story that promotes this exact benefit of martial arts. It’s about a young teenager named Robbie, played by Jansen Panettiere, who learns  how to defend himself by studying martial arts.

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The Movie Elite review MAK

The Martial Arts Kid (2015) Review

Review: I finally sat myself down to watch this movie the other day and after hearing so many good reviews it’s one of the few movies that surpassed my expectations. Yes, it’s practically a remake of The Karate Kid and the odd supporting cast member won’t win any acting awards any time soon but that doesn’t prevent The Martial Arts Kid from being hugely entertaining and inspirational. Bullying is a big problem in schools and it’s nice to see a movie that tackles the subject head on without being overly preachy or unrealistic.

Jansen Panettiere is incredibly sympathetic as Robbie and I liked how he wasn’t a one note character; he starts off as a teen who has gone off the rails that gets into trouble with the cops so he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle who look remarkably like Don Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock.

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Freakin' Awesome Network reviews MAK

Film Review: The Martial Arts Kid

What a pleasant surprise this was! I must admit to wrongfully judging a book by its cover, expecting a knockoff of “The Karate Kid” thanks to the familiar title and plot. The plot synopsis on the DVD promoted the film as a bullied kid learning martial arts to defend himself and win the heart of his true love. Can you blame me for expecting a “Karate Kid” knockoff? While it does admittedly follow the trajectory of that film, it does so in a different path.

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Movie Review: 'The Martial Arts Kid' an Inspiring Homage to Martial Arts

'The Martial Arts Kid' is an inspiring family film that tells the story of a troubled teen who finds himself through mastering the discipline of martial arts and standing up to bullies. While it encourages social responsibility it also teaches young viewers the importance of standing up for what you believe in, learning humility and finding strength in yourself when others doubt you. The action packed fight scenes, comedic dialogue and important values will leave young martial artists feeling entertained and motivated. 

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City on Fire Reviews MAK

The Martial Arts Kid (2015) Review

Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Bloodfist) and Cynthia Rothrock (Shanghai Express) are back to doing what they do best in The Martial Arts Kid, a coming of age, martial arts-themed tale directed by Michael Baumgarten (The Guest House).

The Martial Arts Kid follows a rebellious teenager named Robbie (Jansen Panettiere) who, under the recommendation of his grandmother, moves to Florida to “clean up his life” by living with his Aunt (Rothrock) and Uncle (Wilson). Once there, Robbie immediately finds himself in more trouble when he stumbles upon a beautiful girl named Rina (Kathryn Newton of Paranormal Activity 4), whose boyfriend, Bo (Matthew Ziff ofKickboxer: Vengeance), decides to make Robbie’s life a living hell. But with the strong mentorship of his Aunt and Uncle, Robbie overcomes his problems by discovering martial arts, which leads to self discipline, a stronger spirit and a greater consciousness of himself – oh, and to finally defend himself and kick the living sh*t out of Bo as well.

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ANTIX PRESS Reviews MAK

THE MARTIAL ART KID – A Day For Night Review

In life, there are kids that get roughed up and some kids that do the roughing up. I was one to get the beat down in my childhood. Not often, just a couple times and never anything too bad, just kids fighting. I guess nowadays the same fights would lead to some kind of court case between the parents of the two ruffians, but back then it was no big deal, or so it seemed. You fought and got over it. I will admit that I wish I could have won a couple though but I had no fighting skills whatsoever. I was a wise guy. My mouth was quicker than my fists. It wasn’t until I started using my brain that I was able to avoid fighting. A much better option. I wish I knew some martial arts skills when I was younger, or at least had some restraint on my tongue.

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Review: THE MARTIAL ARTS KID (2016) Brings Its Message To The Forefront Of Style

In the last eight years, we've been treated to not one but THREE different reimaginings of The Karate Kid: the official one (Karate Kid), the gritty one (Never Back Down), and now we have the family film. Who'd have ever guessed that The Karate Kid would become such a cultural staple?

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Hollywood Matrimony Interviews Jansen Panettiere

Interview with The Martial Arts Kid star Jansen Panettiere

For years Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock have been dominating the world of martial arts as two of the biggest names in both the martial arts industry as well as martial arts films. Recently they teamed up for a different kind of film with The Martial Arts Kid, that takes them away from the hardnosed killing they are known for and instead looking to bring a positive message to the world. Using Kickstarter they raised money to independently produce the film with a bright young cast to bring their anti-bullying message to life. I had the pleasure of sitting down with The Martial Arts Kid himself star Jansen Panettiere to discuss his time on the film and other ventures he is involved in.

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Lynchburg TN Mama reviews MAK

JANSEN PANETTIERE STARS IN THE MARTIAL ARTS KID

A coming of age story about troubled Cleveland teen Robbie Oakes (Jansen Panettiere) who moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida to live with his Aunt Cindy (Cynthia Rothrock) and Uncle Glen (Don “The Dragon” Wilson) after getting arrested in Ohio. Upon his arrival, he meets a beautiful girl, Rina (Kathryn Newton), whose boyfriend, Bo (Matthew Ziff), has made it his personal mission to make Robbie’s life as difficult as possible. Now with something in his life to stand up for, Robbie soon finds himself learning martial arts from his Aunt and Uncle to protect himself and the people he cares about.

The Martial Arts Kid” tells the story of teen Robbie. Robbie’s dad left him and his mother when he was little and in his mom was killed when she was hit by a car so his Grandma raised him but the problem is he is always getting into trouble. His latest arrest is the last straw and his Grandma ships him out to Florida to live with his Aunt and Uncle. Robbie’s first day in Florida doesn’t start off very well. For starters he sneaks out late at night and after meeting a cute girl at a local store her boyfriend beats Robbie up. It doesn’t take long for Robbie to find out that his Aunt and Uncle are Martial Artists and his Uncle runs a school. Sick and tired of the path he is leading Robbie asks his Uncle to teach him and in the process Robbie learns some important lessons in life.

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FanBoy nation Interviews Cynthia Rothrock

Martial Arts Legend Cynthia Rothrock Talks about Life and the Martial Arts Kid

Anyone who is familiar with martial arts and martial arts movies knows Cynthia Rothrock. She won five consecutive world titles in forms and weapons, hold seven different black belts in Tae Kwon Dow, Tang Soo Do, Karate, Eagle Claw, Wu Shu, Northern Shaolin and Pai Lum Tao Kung Fu.

She has been in some legendary films like The Blonde FuryAbove the Law and Rapid Fire. As an action heroine, Rothrock had to make her way to Hong Kong to have a successful career because in the States women were thought of as set dressing instead of stars

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Momma4Life reviews MAK

The Martial Arts Kid Dvd Review

I am going to tell you about a movie called the martial arts kid this movie was sent to us for a review. This movie to me is more for teenagers or adults. However my son was interested in bits and pieces of the movie when they started fighting and doing karate. At the beginning it didn't have their attention as much because like I said it's more toward teenagers and adults.
 

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Find Out Why You Should Watch “The Martial Arts Kid” With Your Family

If you are affected by the high heat index or it is raining buckets and you are looking for a good movie to watch with your family, I have one to share. The Martial Arts Kid, recently released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download from Traditionz Entertainment is an action-packed, family-friendly movie.

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Video Views Reviews

"The Martial Arts Kid" tells the story of teen Robbie. Robbie's dad left him and his mother when he was little and in his mom was killed when she was hit by a car so his Grandma raised him but the problem is he is always getting into trouble. His latest arrest is the last straw and his Grandma ships him out to Florida to live with his Aunt and Uncle. Robbie's first day in Florida doesn't start off very well. For starters he sneaks out late at night and after meeting a cute girl at a local store her boyfriend beats Robbie up. It doesn't take long for Robbie to find out that his Aunt and Uncle are Martial Artists and his Uncle runs a school. Sick and tired of the path he is leading Robbie asks his Uncle to teach him and in the process Robbie learns some important lessons in life.

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Hollywood Matrimony

The Martial Arts Kid

by Bobby Blakey

 

For years Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock have been dominating the world of martial arts as two of the biggest names in both the martial arts industry as well as martial arts films. Recently they teamed up for a different kind of film with The Martial Arts Kid, that takes them away from the hardnosed killing they are known for and instead looking to bring a positive message to the world. After a successful theatrical run and multiple awards could this still bring their signature style to the fans or will it miss the target trying to send its message?

The Martial Arts Kid follows a troubled teen from Cleveland experiences bullying in Cocoa Beach, but finds learning the Martial Arts to gain confidence and self-defense skills. While having Wilson and Rothrock in the film is enough of a reason to check it out, this film does sport a good supporting cast including Jansen Panettiere, Matthew Ziff, T.J. Storm, and Natasha Blassick along with a who’s who of martial arts in cameo appearances. This is a different kind of movie than fans of Wilson and Rothrock are used to, but in a good way. This film not only sets out to entertain with the martial arts action, but more so to deliver a message to the viewers. This looks to showcase the important difference between traditional martial arts and the world of MMA without ever bashing either one. While this message is one that is blurred in the martial arts world more often than not, the real important thing to take away from this film is the anti-bullying message. This isn’t just another throw away film about the action, but instead has taken a familiar story and turned it into an important message for more than just those in the martial arts. Rothrock and Wilson feel more natural than ever before in this film as they are almost playing versions of themselves. Wilson has a few great moments in the mentor role teaching a class and it is though you are just watching him teach in real life and makes sure to share important true wisdom to the students both on and off screen. Both of them get a chance to showcase their skills in one on one fights as well as a fun big fight sequence.

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