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Creature Work for ABC’s Grimm

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I’ve been a professional stuntman for about six years now, and some of my favorite work has been playing a supernatural creature of some sort. Over the years I’ve done creature work on True Blood, Priest, Star Trek 2, and most recently on ABC’s Grimm. I’m flying to Portland next week to work on Grimm for the second time. Portland is a great city, and a welcome break from Los Angeles. The cast and crew on the show are all exceptional to work with. There’s a pervasive sense of happiness on the show, which I am very grateful to be apart of.

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I often use a lot of Capoeira and Silat when I do creature work. The quadrupedal movement of both these martial arts are very useful for unorthodox body movement. Surfing also helps with maintaining fluidity and balance throughout different low crouching poses.

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Creature Work usually involves wearing intricate prosthetic makeup. The first step is they must make a mold of your face, head, and torso. This takes about an hour. Than on the day of filming, the application of the prosthetics can take up to three hours in the make up chair. Star Trek 2 I had three makeups artist working on me and it still took about 3 and a half hours. The prosthetic make up is done by B2B EFX, located in Burbank, CA. They’re a great group of people that basically read scripts, draw and sculpt monsters, and than bring their vision to reality on the silver screen. Not a bad gig.

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Capoeira Documentary: New Generations

Urban Warrior Academy presents New Genereations, a documentary on the history and modern evolution of Capoeira Regional.

Mestre Nenel has dedicated his life to preserving and spreading the rich cultural tradition that his father, Mestre Bimba, created. Mestre Bimba was responsible for the legalization of capoeira in Brazil, and he opened the first capoeira school in Sao Salvador Bahia in 1932. Filmed over a three day period at the Inauguration of the first Capoeira Regional School in the US, in Oakland CA.

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Capoeira: Legendary Mestre Suassuna

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Reinaldo Ramos Suassuna, or Mestre Suassuna as he is known by thousands of students worldwide, is arguably the most famous capoeira master alive today. Mestre Suassuna was born in Itabuna, Bahia in 1938. At a young age, a doctor recommended to Suassuna that he started training capoeira due to an ailment in his legs. Mestre Suassuna trained with most of the legendary capoeira masters of the time: Mestre Bimba, Mestre Waldemar, Mestre Canjiquinha, and Mestre Pastinha.

Mestre Suassuna founded the world famous capoeira organization Grupo Cordao de Ouro. Known for his friendly demeanor, humor, musical ability, and capoeira prowess, Mestre Suassuna truly is a living legend. Always playful, often mischievous, Mestre Suassuna is a joy to be around and to train under. If you ever have a chance to see him live at a seminar near your area, do so, you will not regret it!

This is a clip of Mestre Suassuna singing a song composed by his close friend, Mestre Accordeon.

This clip exemplifies the playfulness that capoeira can embody, with a capoeira game between two famous and venerated masters, Mestres Brasilia and Suassuna. Bear in mind both of these masters are in their 70′s! Capoeira is an excellent art form that will keep your legs, core and upper body all in great shape, as well as promoting full range of motion in all your joints. There are no old capoeiristas.

Capoeira Angola

Capoeira is a great martial art that increases your bodies attributes, such as balance, coordination, agility, core and leg strength, timing and rhythm. It is a great way to increase your range of motion and flexibility as well. Capoeira Angola is a traditional form of Capoeira that emphasizes stylized movements and expression, as well as guile and trickery, over flashy kicks and brute strength.  A style of capoeira that is very richly steeped in history and culture, Capoeira Angola also has an elaborate percussion ensemble that produces beautiful hypnotic music.

If this looks remotely interesting to you, than look for Capoeira classes in your area today! Capoeira must be seen first hand in order to be truly appreciated.