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Olivia Munn's swordfight trainer impressed with her skill set

Published 29/04/2016

Olivia Munn
Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn picked up the combat art incredibly quickly, according to her trainer.

Actress Olivia Munn impressed professional martial artist Ken Tran with her swordfighting skills.

The 35-year-old star trained intensely to prepare for her role as Psylocke in new Marvel movie X-Men: Apocalypse.

And Tran tells she learned combat moves quickly, especially hard-hitting swordfighting techniques, when she worked with him in his gym.

"She picks up really fast and she works really hard, so we went up levels very fast," he said, noting she was fully committed to putting in the long hours required to master the art of swordfighting. "That's the type of person she is. She's not going to do it superficially."

Munn spent a lot of time training with Tran and his wife Karine Lemieux at their martial arts focused DAX Gym in Montreal, Canada.

Tran reveals Munn performed 95 per cent of the stunts in the film herself and his other half, Lemieux, isn't surprised by that at all - the professional athlete still marvels at the commitment the Hollywood star possessed for working out while filming Apocalypse.

"I think she was at the gym more often than in her apartment," Lemieux shared. "If she wasn't shooting, she was at the gym."

Munn has previously spoken about the intensive Tae Kwon Do training she took in her youth, insisting a black belt in her teens probably makes her more physically disciplined than most.

"I'm the fourth of five children," Munn told Good Housekeeping. "All of us started karate at around age five and studied it until we were about 16 - and we weren't allowed to stop practising until we had achieved black belts. The things that stayed with me the most from that training were the discipline not to give up when something feels too hard and the confidence that comes from knowing that if I keep working hard, I'll achieve my goal, even if it feels impossible."

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