Kung Fu is exploding in popular culture. Like most other martial arts, Kung Fu is as captivating to watch as it is to experience. Kung Fu movies are plentiful these days, and we’re a culture of people who’ve come to idolize Kung Fu and martial arts stars. We know names like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Bruce Lee. We’re fascinated by uberfast punches, mind-bending flips and kicks, and trick stunts. These movies often aren’t for the youngest crowd, as violence is an inherent part of a Kung Fu film. But there are movies about the martial arts for kids!
If you’re looking to inspire your child to consider an education in the martial arts, Kung Fu Panda, The Karate Kid, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are just a few titles to interest the tykes. I can’t speak to the quality of the movies, as I’m not a movie critic, but I can say that these movies provide lessons with a wholesome moral. Kung Fu Panda tackles good versus evil, and power struggle motifs. The Karate Kid encompasses the idea of working hard for your goals, and never giving up. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) speaks to helping others, and again, defeating evil.
And all of these martial arts movies have carried on into sequels. Kung Fu Panda is still pumping out films. The third in the series will be out in 2016. The Karate Kid was followed by a second and third storyline, as well as a 1994 revamp and a 2010 revamp featuring Jackie Chan. The TNMT empire has continued as well, with a new film produced in 2014 directed by Michael Bay.
So if you’re interested in getting the kids hooked on Kung Fu, try watching movies with martial arts for kids!