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What fighting style does the character 'Jason Bourne' played by Matt Damon in the 'Bourne Series' use?

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Welcome to the site! This contains one good question (+1) and one terrible one (-1). The former is the the first sentence. The latter is the second one referring to effectiveness. That question solicit arguments, cannot be answered objectively, and solicit a list classification. All those are frowned upon -- see the FAQ. – Sardathrion Jun 18 '13 at 11:41
In addition, a quick Google search will give you the answer... – Sardathrion Jun 18 '13 at 11:43
Just a note - The google search that Sard references is what they used for the movies, so that is the Hollywood interpretation. The books were written long before the movies, so that may or may not be what you were looking for. – JohnP Jun 18 '13 at 14:51
@JohnP: Indeed it is but that's what the question is asking. – Sardathrion Jun 19 '13 at 8:37
@Sardathrion - Could be interpreted either way, was just clarifying. – JohnP Jun 19 '13 at 14:23
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Believe it or not, you're actually seeing Jeet Kune Do (which was adapted to look more visually spectacular). Jeff Imada, who was the chief choreographer for the films studied JKD with no-one other than Brandon Lee. The knife techniques are actually his own. He spent a long time developing techniques with the butterfly knife and even published two books on it.

I should probably clarify: Jeff Imada and Brandon Lee both studied under Dan Inosanto, as opposed to Brandon being Jeff's teacher.

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Bourne's techniques come from a mix of Escrima/Kali and JKD, which makes sense, considering the martial arts consultant. It is most assuredly not straight JKD, but Sijo Bruce influenced Guro Dan, and Guro Dan influenced Sijo Bruce.

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Explanations regarding downvotes are generally appreciated. I'm not sure how you could get much more accurate than hearing it from the man's own mouth. – Dave Newton Dec 5 '13 at 23:57

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