9 Power Rangers Actors Who Are Martial Artists In Real Life

While the Power Rangers are known for their flashy and effective martial arts skills, some Power Rangers actors were trained martial artists long before earning their roles. These actors not only played a Power Ranger at some point in time, but also became proficient in some form of martial arts before stepping into the franchise. In this way, they are martial artists both on-screen and beyond it as well.

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The Power Rangers franchise first began in 1993 with the premiere of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The series revolves around a group of powerful teenagers who are taken in and mentored by the wizard Zordon. Through training and the use of assault machines called Zords, the teens are able to morph into the Power Rangers. Their main enemy was Rita Repulsa. Since then, the Power Rangers have appeared in various additional television series and feature films that are still being created today. The franchise is based on the Japanese show, Super Sentai.

9 Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam the Black Power Ranger

Actor and martial artist Johnny Yong Bosch first came to the Power Rangers franchise in 1994 as Adam Park, the Black Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Though Bosch was the second actor to portray the Black Ranger, he remained with the franchise up until 1997. As the Black Ranger, Bosch appeared in Power Rangers: The Movie, and later, became the Green Power Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo. Before becoming a Power Ranger, Bosch spent his childhood studying martial arts. Inspired by Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, he began teaching himself martial arts. Eventually he began formal training wherein he won several martial arts competitions.

8 Austin St. John

Red Ranger Jason morphing sequence in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

In 1993, Austin St. John originated the role of the Jason Lee Scott, the Red Power Ranger, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. While St. John left the series in 1994 due to problems on set, he reprised his role several times. Namely, he held a permanent role on Power Rangers Zeo and made appearances in episodes of Power Rangers Wild Force and Power Rangers Beast Morphers. Like his character, St. John grew up practicing martial arts, particularly with his father who was a martial artist. St. John has a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, a first-degree black belt in Judo, and a first-degree black belt in Kenpo.

7 Blake Foster

Though Blake Foster’s acting career began as the Huggies baby in 1986, he went to truly make a name for himself in 1997 when he took on the role of Justin Stewart, the Blue Turbo Ranger, in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. He then appeared in the television series Power Rangers Turbo and Power Rangers In Space. While Foster was only 12 years old when he entered the Power Rangers franchise, he was already trained in martial arts with a black belt in karate which he earned in 1996.

6 Naomi Scott

Power Rangers - Naomi Scott as Kimberly (aka Pink Ranger)

It may be surprising to learn that actor Naomi Scott actually holds a black belt in karate which she earned after training in her youth. Scott portrayed Kimberly Hart, the Pink Power Ranger, in the 2017 film Power Rangers. Though Scott has only made one appearance in the franchise so far, her martial arts training definitely helped her with embodying the role. In fact, Scott has said that her black belt has aided her immensely in movie roles such as Power Rangers and Charlie’s Angels.

5 Steve Cardenas

Steve Cardenas Red Ranger

Steve Cardenas’ introduction into Power Rangers came with his role as Rocky DeSantos, the Red Power Ranger, in the second season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Cardenas replaced Austin St. John as the Red Ranger in 1994 after the original Red Ranger left the show. He went on to play the Blue Power Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo and retired his role in Power Rangers Turbo. Most recently, Cardenas reprised his role in Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel’s 25th anniversary episode. Cardenas began martial arts training when he was 12 years old. He has since earned a fifth-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

4 Jason David Frank

Jason David Frank, aka Tommy Oliver on Power Rangers

Jason David Frank played Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger and White Ranger, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers then went on to portray the Red Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo. Frank’s character was initially supposed to leave after 14 episodes, but was so beloved that he stayed on. Although Frank and the remaining original cast members left during Power Rangers Turbo, Frank returned as Power Rangers’ Tommy Oliver in five separate Power Rangers installments. Frank studied martial arts since the age of 4 and went on to become a mixed martial arts fighter and created his own form of martial arts called Toso Kune Do.

3 Thuy Trang

Thuy Trang Yellow Power Ranger

Yet another original cast member, Thuy Trang was the first actor to portray the Yellow Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Trang played Trini Kwan for 80 episodes of the series which included the entire first season and a portion of the second. During her Power Rangers tenure, Trang completed all of her own stunts and elevated her martial arts knowledge by training with Jason David Frank. Trang first got into her martial arts when she moved to the U.S. in 1980. She studied Shaolin Kung Fu and earned a black belt.

2 Walter Emanuel Jones

Walter Jones Black Power Ranger

The final original Power Rangers actor with martial arts training is Walter Emanuel Jones. Jones played Zack Taylor, the Black Power Ranger, in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for the first and part of the second season. While Jones did return to the franchise after his departure from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, he did not reprise his role as Zack Taylor, but instead voiced villains in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and Power Rangers Wild Force. Before Power Rangers, Jones trained in martial arts including Taekwondo, Karate, Hakido, and Hop Kido.

1 Ludi Lin

Ludi Lin Black Power Ranger

Although Walter Jones never reprised his role as Zack Taylor in the Power Rangers franchise, Ludi Lin took over the role in 2017 in Power Rangers. Lin’s role in the film was his first major one in Hollywood and led to his appearances in Aquaman and Mortal Kombat. Lin began martial arts training after graduating from high school. In particular, he studied Muay Thai in Thailand, jiu-jistsu, and Olympic-style wrestling. By taking the mantle of the Black Power Ranger, Lin brought Zack Taylor back to the Power Rangers franchise.

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