Michael Chaturantabut

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Michael Chaturantabut
Born (1975-04-30) April 30, 1975 (age 39)
Rayong Province, Thailand
Residence North Hollywood, California
Style Wushu, Shōrei-ryū Karate, Taekwondo
Teacher(s) John Sharkey, Jr,
Rank

     Black Belt in Karate

     5th degree black belt in Taekwondo
Years active 1996–present
Notable students Matt Mullins
Taylor Lautner
Website XMA Official Website

Michael Chaturantabut (born April 30, 1975) is a Thai/Han Chinese-American actor and stuntman, best known for his role as Chad Lee, the Blue Ranger in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.[1] He was born in Rayong Province, Thailand.

Extreme martial arts[edit]

Xtreme Martial Arts or XMA is a brand name owned by Chaturantabut. Chaturantabut's XMA is a combination of elements from martial arts, acrobatics and gymnastics,[2] with an emphasis on showmanship.[3][4]

The concept of adding gymnastics-like tumbling moves to elements of traditional martial arts is otherwise known as "tricking". XMA makes these exhibition moves the focus of the sport. Open hand and weapons choreography are often accompanied by dramatic dance or programmatic music. The goal is to command the attention of the audience.[5]

Currently there are schools of martial arts or similar XMA styles based in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the World Headquarters being in North Hollywood, California.[5] Many of the moves are high-flying aerial acrobatic maneuvers. These stunning movements attain the goal of capturing the crowd, improving physical agility, balance, strength, coordination, and endurance, as well as performing an artistic display of talent.[6]

He feels that there are many basic moves that can be specialized to be more acrobatic, flashy and artistic, so as to give the impression of complexity and difficulty for showmanship purposes. It is for this reason that he feels that even the basic athlete or beginner can learn the progression from basic moves to highly complex acrobatic sequences.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film/television Role Notes
1996 WMAC-Masters Wizard / Himself
1998 Martial Law Guest part One episode
1998-99 Mortal Kombat: Conquest Stunt double: Kung Lao
2000 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue Chad Lee, Blue Ranger Series
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue - Titanium Ranger: Curse of the Cobra Chad Lee, Blue Ranger Video
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue Chad Lee, Blue Ranger - voice Video game
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue Chad Lee, Blue Ranger Video
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: Neptune's Daughter Chad Lee, Blue Ranger Video
Power Rangers in 3D: Triple Force Chad Lee, Blue Ranger Short
2001 Power Rangers Time Force Chad Lee, Blue Ranger
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Queen's Wrath Chad Lee, Blue Ranger
Nash Bridges Hired thug Episode 'Bear Trap'
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Gunman at pool
Charmed Bodyguard Episode 'Which Way Now?'
The Time Machine Eloi
Big Fat Liar Stunt actor Alt. title: Pay or Play
2003 How to be an Action Star Himself
XMA: Extreme Martial Arts Himself Documentary
2004 Power Rangers Dino Thunder Chad Lee, Blue Ranger archive footage
2005 Sledge: The Untold Story Stunts
Little Manhattan Himself / Mike Chat
2006 Bo bui gai wak Trainer for Mike Moh Alt. title: Baby
2012 Photo Finish (short) Albert Fong Stunt coordinator

Personal life[edit]

Chaturantabut was trained at Sharkey's Karate Studios located in Naperville and Momence, Illinois. He was formerly married to McKenzie Satterthwaite and is also the founder of Extreme Martial Arts.[3][4]

Notable Facts[edit]

Chaturantabut was also Taylor Lautner's martial artist coach and encouraged him to get into acting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Extreme Knight". Otaku USA. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  2. ^ Yates, Keith D.; Jhoon Rhee, Chuck Norris (2008). The Complete Guide to American Karate & Tae Kwon Do. Blue Snake Books. p. 190. ISBN 1-58394-215-7. 
  3. ^ a b "Can Xtreme Martial Arts Make You a Better Martial Artist? Part 1 of 2". Black Belt Magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  4. ^ a b "Can Xtreme Martial Arts Make You a Better Martial Artist? Part 2 of 2". Black Belt Magazine. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  5. ^ a b c "XMA News". XMA Revolution (2006). Retrieved on 10 July 2009. http://www.xmarevolution.com/XMANews/tabid/56/articleid/65/Default.aspx
  6. ^ "Matt Mullins: The New KAMEN RIDER". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 

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