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Jaden Smith’s Karate Kid Training Program

Jaden Smith, star of the new movie “Karate Kid,” trained every day for four months in order to learn kung fu, the martial art performed in the film. Wu Gang, the stunt coordinator of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team, was hired to be the fight coordinator for the remake of the 1984 original. Wu worked 11-year-old Jaden at such a level of intensity that he cried at one point. Many of the training scenes included in the film are actual sessions that Smith experienced.

With a focus on stretching, front kicks and upper blocks, Smith has been quick to point out that the training was real and consisted of grueling, intense training. Training sessions ran from five to eight hours many days.

The term “kung fu” is not actually a specific form of martial art, but more truly translated as “work” or “skill.” The term kung fu is most often used to describe the gamut of Chinese martial arts and a range of techniques. In the film, Jaden Smith learns and demonstrates Wushu martial arts, a physically demanding, active kung fu sport taught and practiced in China.

“Whenever I teach anyone kung fu, but especially a kid, the first thing I teach them is respect for other people. Kung fu isn’t about fighting, but about helping people,” Wu Gang remarked in an interview with People magazine. Martial arts, with its focus on discipline and respect, often transforms the way children behave. Will Smith, Jaden’s movie star father, has seen the benefits of the intensive training in his son already. “Jaden had changed. When he takes his shoes off, he doesn’t throw them in the corner, but puts them away neatly.”

June 18th, 2010

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hi jaden

posted May 29th, 2011 7:07 pm


I think it is amazing how talented Jaden is. To reach that level of skill in four months is outstanding. Personally I respect him so much and hope he keeps up with martial arts.

posted Apr 30th, 2011 5:00 pm

briana Powell

Jaden im briana powell and i was wondering when your next concert was so i could see u backstagei really want to know because i've never ever ever been to your concerts but i've seen them on tv and i really want to see it .p.s. you rock.

posted Mar 28th, 2011 6:41 pm

Takerriuna Williams

I recorded your movie and my stepdad loved it. He said that he want to meet u in person.

posted Mar 21st, 2011 10:45 pm


I think it's cool just to be able to sit here and read all of the notes that are left for Jaden. It's always a treat to still see the innocence in the kids.

Drake, you need to lighten up dude. These are just kids that have a crush on Jaden, and while he might not be on this site, yes, the story about him is, and these darling children wanted to share with him what they could.

Continue on kids!

posted Mar 10th, 2011 11:09 pm


You idiot. That's probably just a little girl with a crush. Don't be so judgemental.

posted Mar 2nd, 2011 2:50 pm


Yu people need to learn that Jaden is NOT on this site! its a health diet site with an article about him that doesnt mean hes on here!

posted Feb 21st, 2011 1:17 pm

emmanuel imonina

hey me again. im sitting here watching on youtube the finishing move. then saying man. jaden smith did this. so if you can, it would be a honor if you could pls invite me to meet you. cause i have some cool questions to ask you. say yes or no on my email . pls be a yes
and p.s. make sure jaden smith answers

posted Dec 18th, 2010 12:39 am

emmanuel imonina

you probably remeber me. big fan. well just wanted to say how sweet it was that were both african amercian, and i was born in sept.12.1198. whic means your only 3 months older than me. sweet. well if you can pls let me meet you. it would be a honor

posted Dec 17th, 2010 11:10 pm

emmanuel imonina

jaden smith you are really sweet. boy what i would do to get your autograph. you didnt even need a stuntable. if you can i hope you could let me meet you. cause your one of my role models.

posted Dec 17th, 2010 11:05 pm

takerriuna williams

Hi jaden

posted Dec 17th, 2010 2:57 am


i c ur movie jst nw...jsmith u r done greate...all the best...

posted Nov 28th, 2010 2:39 pm

Takerriuna Williams

I'm just loving your movie so much

posted Oct 30th, 2010 7:11 pm

Takerriuna Williams

I love your movie

posted Oct 30th, 2010 7:03 pm


I watched it today with my mate and I thought it was mint! Jaden Smith is coool and like his dad, Will Smith legendry actor and if Jaden is anything like his dad he too will be really sucesfull!

posted Aug 31st, 2010 5:23 pm


i saw da wuz awsome! its funny cuz my gma wnted 2 go 2 (ugh) nd she's lyk goin on nd on about jaden lol. but i wuz jst gona say happy birthday 2 Jaden on da 6th i think it said ur b-day wuz...HAPPY B-DAY!!!

posted Jul 4th, 2010 1:20 pm

Takerriuna Williams

I saw your movie yesterday and when you got kit in your leg i was cring but i am 11 also my birthday is march 31, 1999 i am from hazlehurst my address is 1050 w.h. turner ln

posted Jun 26th, 2010 10:33 am


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