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. coached at my school. I found it fulfilling to learn the strikes, sweeps, and blocks from the guys who had provided such an influential movement palate to a generation.
After traveling to Florida where I trained with 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 of many styles. I took a hiatus from fight coordinating because, though consistently hired, I wanted to choreograph better action. I watched and learned from the best. I formally studied the art of action acting at Rueben Langdon’s Just Cause facility for three 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 RE game and CGI movie titles.
I re-evaluated the vast library of techniques I had acquired. I remembered back to my Chicago days when Coach Danny (MK’s Johnny Cage) mentioned that sometimes we forget the “martial” aspect of martial arts. Additionally, my younger siblings were competing in full contact thaiboxing, boxing, and mma bouts. Emphasis on proper and practical application became essential. I added live sparring, wrestling, and padwork to my daily routine. And Glendale Fighting Club, home of UFC’s Ronda Rousey and multiple world champs, has been extremely helpful in augmenting my striking.
I continue to study with oldschool masters, fitness allstars, and wordclass fighters. JMSN
I am represented by Jordan McKirahan Talent Agency.