Victor Chen embodies the essence of the true martial artist. He was kicking and punching as soon as he was able to stand on his own two feet. At 8 years old, he dived into Karate, ballet and bodybuilding. By age 14, he was a fitness trainer helping those seeking functionality of strength in combat.
His “hardcore” training ignited in 1993 with the early beginnings of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For over 10+ years, Victor’s life was all about grappling and training in the old school garage style with his training partner and founder of FSA Academy.
His passion for coaching grew stronger than competition which led him to being a training partner for many competitors who became world champions in organizations such as Strikeforce, Shooto, and the UFC. After many years of pure grappling, Victor transitioned back to his root of stand up combat and began honing his technical skills in the art of Muay Thai.
In 2009, Victor moved to China for work and traveled back and forth training in Thailand at world renowned Sasiprapa Muay Thai Gym. When not in Thailand, Victor trains at specific gyms, building friendships that resonate with the martial art spirit. (Notable gyms include Touchgloves Gym/Singdayt Muay Thai in the UK, Mike’s Gym/ Mejiro Gym in Amsterdam, Ultimate Gym NYC, Shanghai BJJ and with his original coach Tabuso Muay Thai in the SF Bay Area.)
“The martial arts ignites my soul and keeps me physically, mentally and spiritually in top form. It’s not just something that I do. It’s who I am as a human being.”
He came to the realization from his students when working in China that one can educate faster through the medium of film than via a book. The same notion that legendary Bruce Lee once stated.
The transition of real combat into fight choreography to display true martial arts skill in film as an action actor must justify the cause for why such violence is taking place. Victor believes this is a positive force that helps motivate and inspire young generations with a clear understanding about action in cinema vs reality.
With this in mind, Victor became connected over time to film professionals and was invited to attend Jackie Chan’s 60th birthday party in Beijing. In 2019 he was invited again to Jackie’s Action Film Festival Week and was chosen to be in a special group of presenters on stage and represented the U.S. in the closing ceremony of the festival.
Amongst the notable connections, he owes great thanks to his agents and managers across the globe:
Sabrina Chen-Louie of JBF Entertainment and Diana Weng. Sabrina is a long time producer for Hong Kong superstar actress Michelle Yeoh and Diana has been Jackie Chan’s dialogue coach for over 10+ years!
Ines de Vos of Jack N Jill Talent Agency in Amsterdam who he is grateful to for taking time in meeting and driving him to Mike’s Gym for training when they first met. A friendship of new trust and respect that he values.
Stephen Paul Evans of Paradigm Artist Management Agency in London who spent 2+hrs in conversation getting to know each other via Skype. Time spent to again establish trust and respect as creative professionals that few do in the business.
Jack and Veronica of Boom Models & Talent in San Francisco. He has been part of their agency since 2005 for all print, commercial and local projects within the Bay Area. He respects their professionalism and dedication to the craft.
Victor has trained with top acting instructors Michele Juskowitz (Channing Tatum’s acting coach), Kimberly Graham (Casting Associate of HOMELAND) and George Gallagher.
In 2018, he joined his international team in Romania to film Francois Mequer’s martial arts action film “The Conspiracy.” He recently worked on Team Avatar Film’s vision within the Avatar Universe (“The Smuggler” and “Tale of Earth and Fire”- to be out soon). He is currently working on new fight sequences for a long awaited short film in homage to Bruce Lee’s pagoda scenes in the “The Game of Death.”
He is also the Head Coach/Owner of VWC Muay Thai & Fitness bringing authentic Muay Thai and martial arts training for everyday people.