The amazing splits and spinning helicopter kicks are something we love about our favorite Belgian, who can definitely pull off some amazing moves both on-screen and off-screen. So, how on earth is he able to do all of those things? Was it simply him training a number of martial arts, or did a little something called ballet help him in his extraordinary fighting moves? The answer is yes, as at the age of 16, Jean-Claude Van Damme started taking ballet, which he studied for about 5 years total. Not only does he have ballet to thank for his incredible flexibility, but he has tons of respect for the craft: “Ballet is an art, but it’s also one of the most difficult sports. If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport”. So next time you make fun of someone doing ballet, remember that your favorite action hero would whoop your ass for talking sideways about it.