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Xiaolin Gruv
Photo Courtesy: Carmichael Simon

Title Image: XiaolinGruv Masters 2005 : Nigel Bolton, Carmichael Simon, Kory Watkins, Anthony Gooch, and Jeriel Bey

During the 1980s as BBoys (Breakers), Poppers, and Lockers share their creative spirits within the New York City transit line, Los Angeles nightlife, and media platforms such as Soul Train, we travel a few miles from Bruce Lee’s nostalgic school where the “Arts & Soul” of Oakland, California harmonize. Orchestrating the culture of their roots, heritage of movement, and diversity of social economics, we find the Alice Arts Center.

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Loopkicks
Photo Courtesy: Carmichael Simon

Tension pulls from within the soul, excitement evaporates throughout the body, and spirituality flows through hundreds of Martial Arts Trickers patiently awaiting the battle of the year. As cameramen step on the spring floor, an elite group of East Coast decorative sport karate champions gain sight on their flamboyant West Coast opponents. We are at Loopkicks 2005 in San Jose, California.

Loopkicks is the cornerstone for global martial arts tricking. Since the new millennium, annual gatherings of international movement lifestyle practitioners would train, educate, and showcase their talent, however on this night a generation of XiaolinGruv Munks would begin their journey to become some of the most influential stunt and dance choreographers within the Film and Entertainment industry.

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The Sport Karate Kid: BLACK BELTS MATTER

720 Challenge 2014: Jon Valera and Carmichael Simon

With the resurgence of The Karate Kid spin off of Cobra Kai, we are able to share not only the traditional values of Sport Karate competition but also how integral martial arts life skills have defined our societal culture for decades. We see the character development of past tournament champions who are high school has-beens that took separate paths in life however always kept the martial arts way close at heart. They do say, "It is better to be a has-been than a never-was". What we quickly learn through the series is that these has-beens had the opportunity to revive their competitive will through contributing and producing students to Black Belt.

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Carmichael Simon

Carmichael Simon is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of extreme martial arts and tricking. He won numerous world championships, was the first person to land a 720 kick in competition, played "Kid Carmichael" on WMAC Masters as well as "Liu Kang" on the broadway show Mortal Kombat Live. Keep reading to find out how he defines "A Performer's Blueprint".

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