2015 UASE Special Guest
Ron Van Clief; known as the “Black Dragon, A Grand Master of the Martial Arts and founder of the Chinese Goju style of combat. Ron is an Actor, Writer, Producer, Action Director, Fight Choreographer and proud Father.
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Bobby Samuels began his film career in 1990. He became the first African American ever inducted into the Hong Kong Stuntman’s Association, and is the founder of the first Western stunt team in Hong Kong history.
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R. Marcos Taylor;
Actor/Stuntman U.S. Heavyweight Muay Thai Champion Blessed to play Suge Knight in the film Straight Outta. in theaters now! Official Site
Warrington Hudlin: Producer and director, known for Boomerang (1992), House Party (1990) and Cosmic Slop (1994). Co-founded the Black Filmmaker Foundation (BFF) in 1978 with scholar George Cunningham and businessman Alric Nembhard. Board of Trustees, American Museum of the Moving Image (2002-present) Guest Curator, American Museum of the Moving Image (2002-present) President, Black Filmmaker Foundation (1978-present) Founding Board Member, Independent Feature Project (1979)
Jose Hernandez Jr: is known for his work on The Night Never Sleeps (2012), Between Ethyl and Regular (2011) and Michael & Javier (2011) and Oz.
Hanshi R. Nikwan Murphy: Nikwan has retired after 27 years as a Weapons Training Officer for the NYS Department of Correctional Services. He has trained officers from many different Law Enforcement Agencies throughout the state, and he has co-trained and cross trained with members on the city, state, and federal levels.
Alyma's most recent love as a Stunt Actor began in 2012 when one of her celebrity clients, Quentin Tarantino, asked her to move to Louisiana while he shot his most recent movie , Django. While watching one of the best directors and stunt coordinators, Jeff Dashnaw in the business work, Alyma fell in love with the art of stunts and decided to pursue it full time. She has been a working stunt actor ever since. Official Site
Taimak; Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, known for his role as 'Bruce Leroy" in the Berry Gordy Cult Classic "The Last Dragon".
Since The Last Dragon, Taimak has appeared in a number of TV roles and over a dozen plays.
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Keith Hirabayashi Cooke; Cooke has trained in wushu, taekwondo and karate. His awards include being named Competitor of the Year by Black Belt magazine in 1985, and five grand champion titles at the U.S. World and U.S. Open Karate tournaments. He is best known for his appearance as Reptile in the video-game movie of Mortal Kombat. He appeared as the younger Sub-Zero in the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
He played a leading role in the 1995 science fiction/martial arts thriller Heatseeker, a follow-up to the 1990 Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton vehicle China O'Brien in which he also appeared. He also appeared in the 1997 Chris Farley comedy Beverly Hills Ninja, which starred fellow Mortal Kombat actor Robin Shou.Their previous role was referenced directly when, during their fight scene, music from Mortal Kombat begins to play. His mother is American and his late father, Richard Hirabayashi, was Japanese American.
Cooke now runs his own martial arts studio. Official Site
Author and Historian Ric Meyers joins the UASE this November. He will be gracing us with his seminar; FISTS, KICKS & ACTION FLICKS: THE HISTORY OF KUNG FU & ITS FILMS.
Michael Woods: Michael Woods is a talented martial artist who is skilled in Tae Kwon Do and Wushu. Woods trained at Madame Bow Sim Mark's Tai Chi Arts Association in Boston, Massachusetts.
Grand Master Michael DePasquale Jr.: Producer, stunt coordinator, actor, publisher, and world renowned martial artist, Michael DePasquale Jr, is the creator of the Action Film Academy which was held at several different locations including Burbank, Atlanta, New York State, Ohio, and Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina. As an actor, stuntman and stunt coordinator. Michael Depasquale Jr has appeared in the movies Bloodmoon (1997), The King of the Kickboxers (1990), No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990), American Shaolin (1991), and The Power Within (1995). He has starred in "China Heat" and "The Cutoff" (for which he was also producer, casting director, and stunt coordinator). He has appeared in numerous TV shows and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He is also the president and founder of the Screen Action Stunt Association, which is listed in the prestigious Ross Report Book under Unions and Associations. Official Site
D.A Jackson: Founder of Workhorse Pictures. Director and actor, known for Prodigal (2009), Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed (2014) and Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed Part 2 (2015).
Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa; actor, sports physiologist, martial artist and stuntman. He played an undercover agent in the James Bond film Licence to Kill. In 1991, he starred alongside Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee in the action film Showdown in Little Tokyo, where he played the role of Yakuza boss Yoshida. He also starred alongside James Hong and Jeff Speakman in the same year in the film The Perfect Weapon, where he played Kai, an assistant to the Korean mafia families. He appeared in the movie Mortal Kombat (1995) as the shapeshifting sorcerer Shang Tsung, and as the deadly pirate leader Kabai Singh in The Phantom (1996).
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Art Camacho: Award-winning action film Director/Fight choreographer/stunt performer Art Camacho has a vast experience in the entertainment industry. His studio releases include Sony Pictures "Half Past Dead 2". HPD 2, he was the Action Coordinator/2nd unit director on the original (Half Past Dead starring Steven Seagal and Ja Rule). Camacho also Co-produced, wrote and Directed "Confessions of a pit fighter" which was released in by Lionsgate Pictures. He began his film career as an actor, appearing in various action films and television programs. His background in martial arts and fighting helped him make the transition to Fight choreography in martial arts action films. With over 35 action films under his belt as a fight choreographer he was dubbed "The Fight Master" by the leading martial arts publications. Official Site
Michael G Chin: Actor/Fight Choreographer.Stared in the Last Dragon as one of the three Sum Dum Goy guys! Currently the Fight Choreographer instructor at the Juilliard School
Mfundishi Oso Tayari Casel is the founder and director of the Tayari Casel Martial Arts Academy, Inc.; an institution that researches, demonstrates and spreads the contribution Afrika and China have given to the international martial arts community while simultaneously furthering the appreciation of contemporary and traditional Afrikan and Chinese culture. His studies include cultural missions to Afrika and Taiwan, the Republic of China, the arts of Kupigana Ngumi, Shaolin and Tai Chi Chuan with the Directors of the Pan Afrikan Martial Arts Federation and Afrikan Spirituality with Yoruba and Akan Priests. He is currently a member of Kankouran West African Dance Company. His Kupigana Ngumi Champions are the performance component of the Martial Arts Academy demonstrating throughout the country
Grand Master Rico Guy: His first introduction to Martial Arts was under GM Billy Davis. From there he began training under the Nisei Goju system. Later he left to join the Japan Cultural Center on 13th Street, Manhattan under Hanshi Yoshiteru Otani. Otani was one of the first masters to bring Iaido and Kendo to the East Coast of the United States. Rico was in charge of teaching Goju. He quickly became Master Otani's student of both arts and began learning Shorinji Kempo from Masami Kudo. Rico received his first black belts in Iaido (The art of the Sword), Kendo and Kempo at Japan Cultural Center.
This aggressive warrior of the one punch knockout reputation began other arts, which expanded his physical abilities and teaching strengths. The path of gaining more wisdom was set in motion. Definitely, he would recommend studying other forms of Budo. Official Site
A seven-time sport karate and kung fu world champion and two-time All-American champion, Willie “The Bam” Johnson is a true hero in the world of martial arts. As the creator of Wushudo Universal Martial Arts, Johnson is known for his dynamic, universal approach to developing physical, mental and spiritual fitness.
James Lew: Raised in South Central Los Angeles, James Lew's destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular Kung Fu (1972) television series. He went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, Young Dragon (1976). He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John Carpenter handpicked him as the Martial Arts Choreographer for 20th Century Fox's now cult film, Big Trouble in Little China (1986). James was voted "Favorite Action Star" by fans of Inside Martial Arts magazine. Internet fans voted him into the Hall of Fame in the Martial Arts History Museum. Inside Kung Fu Magazine inducted him as one of the "Martial Arts Greats" alongside legends as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and his longtime friend Jackie Chan. Official Site
Henry Yuk: Henry Yuk was born and raised in Brooklyn, graduating from Brooklyn College with a degree in English and Education. His introduction to theater came when his drama teacher at Midwood High School got him involved in “Sing,” a NYC high school performance program. However his early career was in education and child care, first teaching at three Brooklyn public schools & subsequently directing a Chinatown day care center for 6 years.
His interest in theater did not wane, and opportunity presented itself later when he was invited to join the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Company. During this time he perfomed in numerous productions, including “Yellow Fever,” where he played the role of Chuck Chan.
Meanwhile, he also was developing experience in film. His first SAG job was in the movie “Eyewitness." This led to a number of small roles in other films, until he landed a more significant role in “The Last Dragon” which has since become a cult classic. Roles since then have included General Tan in Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun,” and Sung Yon Kim in the “Sopranos."
Vincent Lyn has been a movie star, pop music icon, kickboxing champion and one of the hottest male models in the world. But what makes him complete is practicing his family’s Ling Gar style of kung-fu. This young master has overflowing talent, half British, half Chinese, a 10th degree Black Sash and scholar of Chinese Medicine and heir of his family kung-fu style, Ling Gar.
Actor, Producer Stuntman
know for his famous Radio smash in correlation with Bruce Lee on screen in The Last Dragon. He is also known for such films as Amityville II: The Possession (1982), The Ambulance (1990) and Emmett's Mark (2002).