When it comes to embodying the martial spirit, there is no one quite like Victor William Chen. As a true martial artist, coach of coaches and action talent, he has dedicated his life to the practice and promotion of martial arts education.
From traditional Okinawan Karate to the early beginnings of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Victor immersed himself in the world of grappling, delving into the intricacies of real combat in what was known at the time as NHB – No Holds Barred. The predecessor of today’s mixed martial arts aka MMA.
His love for coaching surpassed any desire for competition and expertise as a training partner led him to work with numerous competitors who went on to become world champions in organizations like Strikeforce and the UFC.
His dedication and knowledge in the field of grappling were unmatched. However, Victor eventually felt the need to reconnect with his roots in stand-up combat and began honing his skills in the art of Muay Thai.
In 2009, Victor made the bold decision to move to China for work. This move allowed him to travel back and forth, training at renowned Sasiprapa Muay Thai Gym in Bangkok.
Even when not in Thailand, Victor sought out specific gyms around the world to continue his training and build friendships with like-minded individuals who shared his martial arts spirit.
For Victor, martial arts is not just a hobby or a sport—it is a way of life. He believes that martial arts ignites his soul and keeps him physically, mentally, and spiritually in top form.
It is not merely something he does; it is an integral part of who he is as a human being. One significant realization Victor had during his time in China was the power of film as an educational medium.
He observed that one can learn faster through the medium of film than through traditional books, a notion that legendary martial artist Bruce Lee once expressed. Inspired by this idea, Victor transitioned real combative movement to his vision for fight choreography, using film as a platform to display true martial arts skills as an actor.
However, Victor also acknowledges the responsibility that comes with portraying violence on screen. He believes that fight choreography must justify the cause for why such violence is taking place. By doing so, he hopes to motivate and inspire younger generations while providing them with a clear understanding of the difference between action in cinema and reality.
Victor’s dedication and talent have not gone unnoticed in the film industry. Over time, he has become connected to various film professionals and had the honor of attending Jackie Chan’s 60th birthday party in Beijing, invited to Jackie’s Action Film Festival Week in Datong where he was selected to be in a special group of presenters on stage, representing the U.S. in the closing ceremony of the festival. And most recently in September 2023 he joined in the first ever stunt training at Jackie Chan’s new training center.
Victor owes much of his success and recognition to his agents and managers, Sabrina Chen-Louie of JBF Entertainment, and Diana Weng. Sabrina, a long-time producer for Hong Kong superstar actress Michelle Yeoh, and Diana, who has been Jackie Chan’s dialogue coach for over 10 years, have been instrumental in his journey.
Victor is the Head Coach and Owner of VWC Muay Thai & Fitness, where he specializes in bringing martial arts education to everyday people.