Ernie Reyes, Jr. has built a reputation as a martial artist, actor, stuntman, and choreographer. He started his career with his father (who also taught him Tae Kwon Do) as a member of the West Coast Demo Team at the age of 6. He was eventually scouted for the 1985 classic, The Last Dragon. He continues to practice today and only gets better with time. Here are some great scenes from Ernie Reyes, Jr.
1. Ernie Saves an Old Man
Here we see a young Reyes and a young Don Cheadle in a scene from Sidekicks – a 1980s Disney martial arts show. Cheadle’s gang pesters an old man right near Reyes’ school. Reyes was not taking that motive lightly and demolishes the gang with some dynamic kicks. Very cool action scene by the youngster.
2. The Ultimate Fight
I like this scene in The Process because it’s not your typical teenage heart throb, cute kid or pretty boy role you saw Reyes play from the mid 80s or early 90s. This was a bit more gritty and street. A gang was after him and he handled business with that Kendo stick! Also, it was great to see his father in another action film alongside him.
This was a pretty cool scene where Raphael helps out Keno (Reyes) pick the bells off the training dummy in the ninja gas without making a sound. It was a true test of concealment and he passed with flying colors and joined The Foot Clan. If you didn’t know, Reyes was actually a full on stuntman for Donatello in the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. He did so well that he was actually offered a part. It was great to see him in an actual on screen role for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.
4. Secret Bodyguard
Reyes plays an undercover bodyguard in Secret Bodyguard to a rich father’s daughter. In this scene, we have Rey (Reyes) enter a Karate tournament. Clearly, this is his domain but it does look like a back and forth match. Reyes pulls out the win in the end, though.
5. Tae Kwon Do Boy
Despite the funny title, Reyes is a 4th Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do. As cheesy as this movie is, the action’s great. I personally enjoy seeing Reyes beat someone up with a hockey stick. Also, I love the throwback sounds of the punches and kicks connecting. It reminds me of the old school Kung Fu flicks from the 70s. Ernie and Master Kim was not a bad South Korean film. Master Kim even gave Reyes a bit of savage schooling as you can see from the clip.
6. Restaurant Scene
Reyes plays a teenager named Johnny who was adopted and taken away from his fictional land of Patusan due to Colonel Chi’s (Leslie Nielsen) takeover. In this fight, he goes from your typical teen into a warrior with amazing fight prowess. It’s hilarious how his legs become possessed and he starts taking out his foes with some incredible kicks. His Uncle Zatch (Reyes Sr.) takes over and defeats one of Chi’s top henchmen with a set of chopsticks. Surf Ninjas is a straight up 90s cult classic. I think I was 7 or 8 when this came out! Great times:).
7. Turtle Power
This is a pretty great opening to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Reyes is on his way to delivering a pizza when he stumbles upon some thieves. He shows off a few Tae Kwon Do skills and was able to fend off a few thieves. However, the rest of the gang shows up and he’s clearly outmatched. In his small cry for help, the turtles show up and save the day. All the while, he calls the police on the phone to come arrest the thieves. The turtles ninja vanish and pay for the pizza delivery before he gets off the phone.
8. Jungle Fight
You can tell that Reyes got in incredible shape for this scene in The Rundown. He’s plays a member of this tribe that does not take well to foreigners. You can tell Jujitsu, Capoeira, and Extreme Martial Arts (XMA) were a few things he picked up later in his studies of martial arts. This was a great scene because you got to see his speed, dexterity, and teamwork to take on a 6’4″-6’5″ muscle bound wrestler like The Rock. This was funny, action packed, and well put together with great stunts and choreography. Reyes definitely showed some intensity with this role showing he could be a bit macho himself.
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