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Ryan Phillippe Learned How To Defend Himself As A Child

February 14th, 2007 4:56pm EST favorite Add to My News
Ryan PhillippeRyan Phillippe was forced to learn how to fight at a young age in order to defend himself growing up in a tough neighborhood. The star grew up in a rough part of Delaware and earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He explains, "I started when I was eight years old. I was small for my age, I used to get beat up and I lived in a rough neighborhood and my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to learn how to defend myself."

He added, "I did it until I was 18 and won tournaments and stuff. The Karate Kid was part of the motivation. I think Karate enrollments went up probably like 90 percent when that movie came out."

The star admits he hasn't had the chance to use his experience to defend himself in real life. He adds, "You know, I've spent a lot of time being a dad and making movies, so there's not a whole lot of occasion to fight!"

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)


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