In a fight:
There is no actual evidence of Tony Jaa being a fighter, they both really have very similar credentials.
Tony Jaa used to watch Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee growing up and would mimic their moves, he then did muay thai but probably never competed, he then went onto become a stuntman and then an actor.
Jackie Chan was enrolled in a Chinese opera school which was really tough and strict training in martial arts, acrobatics and performing. He also admired Bruce Lee and wanted to be like him, he became a stunt man and then an actor.
Jackie Chan back in the day especially and still now is much bigger than Tony Jaa, both have great fighting skills, so it's hard to call.
But then again Tony Jaa is much younger, Jackie is an old man now, so I think Tony would probably win due to faster reactions and better fitness.
As for acting:
Jackie Chan's films are much better, he is much funnier and has much more realistic fight scenes, Although Ong Bak was really awesome his other films weren't really that good, Tony is also like God in most of his films, he barely ever gets hit, Jackie does and he is much funnier and more diverse as an actor and director.
Yeah Tony isn't that big, even though Ong Bak is a really popular film worldwide, I think the sequels didn't do him any justice, he needs to be in more films before he gets better known, Jackie Chan has been acting since way before Jaa was born, for all we know Jaa might be even bigger than Jackie is now when he is in his late 50's
· 6 years ago