Michael Chaturantabut

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Michael Chaturantabut
Born (1975-04-30) April 30, 1975 (age 47)
Rayong, Thailand
ResidenceNorth Hollywood, California
StyleWushu, Shōrei-ryū Karate, Taekwondo
Teacher(s)John Sharkey, Jr,
Rank  Black Belt in Karate   6th degree black belt in Taekwondo
Years active1995–present
Notable studentsMatt Mullins
Taylor Lautner
WebsiteXMA Official Website

Michael Chaturantabut (born April 30, 1975) is a Thai 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]


Year Film/television Role Notes
1995 Fight Zone Captain Kick Alt. title: Future Fights
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 Lightspeed Ranger Series
2001 Power Rangers Time Force Chad Lee / Blue Lightspeed Ranger Crossover/Guest Cameo
2001 Nash Bridges Hired thug Episode 'Bear Trap'
2002 The Time Machine Eloi
Charmed Bodyguard Episode 'Which Way Now?'
Austin Powers in Goldmember Gunman at pool Uncredited
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
2018 The Rookie (TV series) Shotgun

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]

Chaturantabut is also the father of two sons, Talin and Gaige.

Chatrantabut attended Naperville North High School in Naperville Illinois.

Notable facts[edit]

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


  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. Archived from the original on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  4. ^ a b "Can Xtreme Martial Arts Make You a Better Martial Artist? Part 2 of 2". Black Belt Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  5. ^ a b c "XMA News". XMA Revolution (2006). Retrieved on 10 July 2009. [1]
  6. ^ "Matt Mullins: The New KAMEN RIDER". Kung Fu Magazine. Retrieved 2010-02-06.

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