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Instructorship at the Inosanto Academy

I feel extremely privileged to have been able to train at the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts in Los Angeles California for the past 5 years. Recently, I have attained Associate Instructorship Level 1 at the Inosanto Academy in Kali and Jeet Kun Do, and I received my Black Ikat from Guro Dan in Silat as well.

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This event marks the greatest personal achievement I have ever attained. I am very honored to train under the famous Guro Dan Inosanto for as long as I have, and to continue to do so. He is an amazing thinker, who’s scope of study and experience goes far beyond the movements of Martial Arts; Guro Dan is a scholar of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Education. Through his eyes, and by his example, I have learned how inter-disciplinary Martial Arts is, and the myriad of benefits it can bring to an individual.

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This video I made with two of my training partners from the Academy. It aims to demonstrate the variety and depth of knowledge in Martial Arts I was able to gather in the past five years. It shows me demonstrating the arts of Filipino Kali, Indonesian Silat, Thai Boxing, and Jeet Kun Do. I learned far more than just movements and self-defense at the Academy, but this is an example of the self-defense techniques I did learn. _/|\_

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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Does a handgun really make you safe from an attack?

Many people think that owning a handgun is the best answer to self defense, but in many cases this is not the case.  If you have a holstered gun, most times an assailant can close a gap of more than 20 feet before you can draw your sidearm properly, aim, and pull the trigger.

This video shows Guro Dan Inosanto in a training exercise with various officers from the LA police force. It clearly demonstrates the superiority of hand held weapons versus a firearm in a close quarter situation.

In the end, the human body is the ultimate weapon. Your reflexes, and hand to hand comabat skills, will save you from an assault better than a firearm in most situations. Not that firearms aren’t an effective means of self defense, but just owning a gun does not guarantee your safety.