In his interview in The Incredibly Strange Film Show, Jackie Chan complained that the Hollywood stuntmen (pre-2000s) weren’t used to the speed of Hong Kong fighting, so their reactions were too slow. Jackie would hit them three times and they would only react once. Maybe this is why he enlisted actual fighters like Benny “the Jet” Urquidez for some of his best movie fights.
Benny Urquidez was one of the early fighters in the crazy American kickboxing/Full-contact Karate scene, along with Bill “Superfoot” Wallace and Chuck Norris. Those early attempts to incorporate other forms of martials arts into professional matches were a Wild West of vague rules and wildly different fighting styles. Despite these hurdles, Urdiquez had a record of 49–1–1 (win-loss-draw) with 35 knockouts. And those draws and losses were probably wins, and more due to problems with the fight promoters (his “loss” was supposed to be an exhibition, not a scored match).
The movie Meals on Wheels was one of the sillier entries starring the three kung fu brothers who had grown up together in one of Hong Kong’s Peking Opera schools, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and Jackie Chan (they made at least four movies as a trio). Yet it had one of the best (and most realistic, in its way) fight scenes of Jackie’s long career. Half way through the fight (which he is losing), Jackie decides to pretend it is just a training bout, to take the pressure off. He switches to a looser approach (reminiscent of Bruce Lee’s bout fight with Chuck Norris in The Chinese Connection).