Mini Biography - Rachel Grant

This martial artist, model, and actor was born on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines but shortly thereafter moved to England. On her father's side, her ancestry stems from England where Rachel is a descendant of the Royal line. Her great-grandmother was first cousin to the Queen Mother.

Rachel obtained a 3-year diploma in the Performing Arts at the London Studio Center. She started in theater, played short films, and did advertisements. She went on to larger roles playing as a stunt double for Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider and become best known for her role as a Bond girl in the James Bond movie, Die Another Day. Other movies include, The African Game, The Tournament, Until Death with Jean Claude Van Damme, The Purifiers, and a whole host of British television shows.

Along side her acting career, Rachel pursued martial arts. Being of Spanish origin on her mother's side and having been born in the Philippines, she naturally moved into learning Filipino martial arts specifically Kali and Silat. She learned the blade and stick fighting art from instructor, Grandmaster Danny Inosanto (friend and training partner to Bruce Lee).

The IDMA team is excited to have this talented celebrity as a part of the program.


Filmography


The Tournament (2009)
Brotherhood of Blood (2007)
Until Death (2007)
Rajan and His Evil Hypnotists (2005 - six episodes)
Murder in Suburbia (2005 - one episode)
The Purifiers (2004)
Casualty (2004 - one episode)
Zero to Hero (2004)
Keen Eddie (2004 - one episode)
Blue Murder (2003 - one episode)
Wet Paint (2003)
Die Another Day (2002)
Sci-Fright (1999)
Masters of Combat (2001)
Flipside (2001)
Emmerdale: Revenge (1998)


Filipino Martial Arts (Kali, Arnis, Escrima) History


Filipino martial arts is a generalized term used to encompass different forms of martial art styles that were developed in the Philippines, centering on blade and stick fighting. Common terms, derived from the Spanish influence, labeled this fighting as Kali, Arnis, and Escrima. Each of these names stemmed from a different region of the Philippines. The hierarchy in FMA consists of master-instructor-student.


About Filipino Martial Arts (FMA)


Filipino Martial Artists fight both weaponless and with weapons. These weapons are treated like an extension to the hand. Some of their weapons include but are not limited to Escrima sticks often made from rattan, staff, shield, dagger, knife, sword, spear, whip, chain, rope, nunchaku, and bow and arrow. Tactical ranges include close, medium, and long ranges.

To FMA, the symbol of a triangle is represented in many of their principles, which signifies strength.

Throughout their history, invasions forced the Philippines to adapt and refine a fighting system used for self-preservation. They used any object they could as a weapon. Learning to utilize common resources for all combats made them into highly skilled warriors that survived.

Rachel Grant
Rachel Grant
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