As Obiwan Kenobi would say “from a certain point of view”.
I would be certain that most out there have seen Bruce Lee movies, Jackei Chan, Chuck Norris, JCVD and other movies. Some of the stunts Jackie Chan pulled off were amazing, but oddly to many I would argue that the better and more believable series of movies was the orginal Karate Kid movies with Ralph Maccio written by Robert Mark Kamen in the 1980’s.
First there is no supernatural or mystical elements. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was good; but from a pure entertainment perspective I would say that Big Trouble in Little China is better.
No warpspeed fight scenes. In the ’Kid’ series of movies the fighting occurs at a real pace. As well the karate techniques are not taken to extremes. Its all possible, even for mid level karateka.
While the story line is simple, it too is not completely far fetched.
Here is where after watching them recently on TV, I’ve taken a second look at them. In the first movie, the small individual fights are realistic enough but are the lead up to the final section of combat, and highlights karate as a sport. In the second movie karate is shown for its intended purpose of self defense. Finally in th third movie, while many decried the seemingly repeated story line of the first movie, we get the snippit that there is more to karate than blocks, punches, and kicks hidden in the kata, and that we all now look to find and study. Go to 1:24 in the youtube clip to see where Danial, after being told not to waste time learning kata by his former Kobra Kai coach, defeats his antagonist by using kata in sport competition.