It’s a tumultuous time for Chinese celebrities. On the one hand, there’s Huang Zitao , ex-member of K-pop boy band Exo, who had to ditch his make-up and gender-bending style, highlighting instead his new beefed up physique in recent social media posts. It’s a move likely due to the widely reported banning of “sissy idols” from the National Radio and Television Administration of China. Then on the other hand, there also seems to be a sudden rise in actors who excel in martial arts – or at least play characters who do so – taking leading roles in wuxia films. Like Huang, these Chinese celebrities are showcasing their fit physiques along with impressive fighting skills. Here are some of the emerging martial artists worth paying attention to, who are well on their way to becoming the next Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan or Donnie Yen. Who are Stephen Chow’s most famous ‘Sing Girls’, and where are they now? Wu Jing There is no doubt about Wu Jing’s martial arts skills, as he began practising from the tender age of six. He joined the Beijing wu shu team and was the winner of several national competitions by the time he was 12. He starred in numerous mainland Chinese wuxia TV series in his early years, but his Hong Kong breakthrough was the 2005 action film SPL: Sha Po Lang , in which he had a fight scene with Donnie Yen. He had a small cameo in the Hollywood blockbuster The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008, and made his directorial debut on Legendary Assassin . Since then, he has appeared in plenty of exciting flicks including Shaolin and SPL II: A Time for Consequences , and directed and starred in the Wolf Warrior film series. Which celebrities renounced their Chinese citizenships? Max Zhang Max Zhang Jin also has a martial arts background. After retiring as a wushu athlete, he started a new career as a stunt actor, with his first major role being the stunt double for Zhang Ziyi in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon . He married Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant and top TVB actress Ada Choi in 2008. His work was often overshadowed by the popularity of his wife. It wasn’t until his excellent performance in Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster in 2013, for which he won best supporting actor in the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards, that he started being taken seriously by general audiences. You can also see him in SPL II: A Time for Consequences , Ip Man 3 and Pacific Rim Uprising . Carina Lau’s best bling, from her Cartier tiara to elusive Tiffany pieces Chang Chen Nowadays, Taiwanese actor Chang Chen is far from the angry teen in A Brighter Summer Day , or the young chef in Wong Kai-wai’s cult classic Happy Together . While he wasn’t trained from a young age like the aforementioned actors, Chang has appeared in quite a few big budget wuxia films, like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon , The Grandmaster and The Assassin . Yet unlike other martial artists, he has an equally long – if not longer – list of art house films under his belt. His latest role is playing Dr. Wellington Yueh in epic science fiction film Dune directed by Denis Villeneuve. Tony Leung’s 80s TV career: before Shang-Chi, he trained with Stephen Chow Andy On American born and raised, Andy On debuted as Black Mask in Black Mask 2: City of Masks in 2002 as a replacement for Jet Li. With no martial arts background, he was sent to Shaolin Temple by director Tsui Hark for a month’s intensive training before filming. Black Mask 2 wasn’t too successful, yet On continued to stay in the showbiz. In Hong Kong films, he was often given English-speaking roles because of his limited Cantonese, but in recent years he has managed with the language much better. Whether the recent issue regarding celebrities holding foreign passports would affect On’s career remains to be seen, but we hope not. How Tony Leung, Shang-Chi star and Hong Kong legend, spends his millions Eddie Peng Eddie Peng Yu-yan was scouted for a lead role in the drama Tomorrow when he returned to Taiwan for a summer holiday in 2001. He starred in quite a few more TV series before focusing on films in recent years. One of the turning points of his career was Unbeatable , in which he played a mixed martial arts fighter along Nick Cheung Ka-fai. Peng spent hours practising boxing and bulking up his physique for his roles, and Peng was offered more opportunities in action films afterwards. Like On, Peng also holds a foreign citizenship (his family migrated to Canada when he was 13), so it would be interesting to see how China’s cracking down on celebrities’ dual nationality statuses would play out for him, too. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .