Custom Martial Art Design


I began my serious martial arts training with the original Mortal Kombat fighters. The actual human beings photo-scanned as Johnny Cage, Kung Lao, Scorpion, SubZero, etc. are my senior brothers under Master Jiahua Gou. I found it fulfilling to learn the strikes, sweeps, and blocks from the guys who had provided the interactive  entertainment world with such an influential movement palate.

After traveling to Florida where I trained with 7th generation Praying Mantis master,  Art D’Agostino, I relocated to Los Angeles’ Chinatown to study with Beijing coach, Li Jing.  As she transitioned to stuntwork, I graduated to teaching at the iconic Hollywood Boxing Gym. I continued my personal education in the arts under Taimak Guariello (The Last Dragon), a childhood influence of mine.

When Taimak left for New York, I took on private clients: actors, dancers, and stunt performers who needed to prep for auditions and jobs. I fought on camera; appearing in multiple television pilots, shoots, and producer meetings eventually coming up for the lead in two popular tokusatu projects at the same time. I created fight choreography for numerous productions. My action design won a Blockbuster Movie Video Award.

During this period, I assimilated aspects both Asian and Western styles. I took a hiatus from fight coordinating because, though consistently hired, I wanted to choreograph better action.  I applied and formally studied the art of action acting at Rueben Langdon’s Just Cause facility for years. Falls, reactions, fight choreography, acting, directing, editing and martial arts directly from Hong Kong’s Hung Ga Ban; no body was left unturned. It was there that Capcom initially cast me as Resident Evil’s Leon Scott Kennedy and to pose for Leon’s facial photo-scans for multiple REgame and CGI movie titles.

I re-evaluated the vast library of techniques I had acquired. My younger siblings were competing in full contact thaiboxing, boxing, and mma bouts. Emphasis on combat sport and outside-the-studio application became essential. I added live sparring, wrestling, and padwork to my daily routine. Glendale Fighting Club, home of UFC’s Ronda Rousey and multiple world champs, was extremely helpful in augmenting my striking.

Concurrently, I studied Wing Woo family Yang tai chi privately with Grandmaster James Wing Woo until his passing in 2014 - focusing on transitional bodyweight distribution (and making me Elvis Presley's  martial arts cousin in the process :))