Paul Mormando, Action Star/Martial Arts MasterTotal Views: 1041
By Apple Rose
Paul showed interest in Martial Arts as a young kid on the block primarily to defend himself from bullies. At the age of 13, he was formally trained with Kung Fu. Inspired by Bruce Lee, he recalled seeing the movie “Enter The Dragon” and beat the crap out of guys that were twice his size. That gave him hope and inspired him and later on became extremely obsessed with training.
Paul supports the idea of introducing martial arts to young kids. He himself benefited from it. It wasn’t through the fighting aspect but the spiritual and mental benefits it offers. It gave him self-confidence, self-discipline, self-control, and strong spirit.
Besides Bruce Lee, Paul also loved Jean Claude Van Dam. He admired his kicks and flexibility. Like his idol Bruce Lee and Van Dam, Paul loves bringing a character to life and getting to express that in an art form. It’s like doing what you like to do at the same time promoting the art itself. As an actor/ producer, Paul was inspired by Sylvester Stallone. He loves Sly’s persistence when making the Rocky films.
Paul currently practices an eclectic style that he pioneered called Cha Ki Do. He also has a vast background and knowledge on Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan, Goju, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Western Boxing, Kickboxing and Muay Thai. He said he hasn’t mastered all of these arts however he has taken the attributes of these great styles and incorporate them into his Cha Ki Do System.
Big Break, World Record
Performing was inspired by old martial arts shows that he and his old friend Grandmaster Aaron Banks used to Promote. Having mastered the art, the idea of performing came in. He said “I asked the Mets Press agent Jim Plumber about doing a pregame demo and, on top of that, put on a breaking demonstration that would showcase my art. At the last minute, I decided to break a world record! The media had come, and it was broadcast live on the Mets pregame show.”
Paul broke a world record at Shea Stadium. He achieved worldwide fame when he set a world record in front of 25,000 people and a TV audience of two million by breaking 56 boards in 58 seconds!
“It was one of the greatest feelings and performances of my life!”
When asked what advice he could give to aspiring martial artists and actors, Paul said “Practice, and when you are done with that, practice some more. Whether you want to be an actor or just a Black Belt, it takes time and discipline. Without determination and desire, you won’t accomplish anything.”
What to look forward to?
“Bound by Debt” and a TV pilot called “Up on Sugar Hill” which was produced by John Thomas and a new comedy “Gone for the Weekend”. He is also currently teaming with Renoly Santiago (Con Air, Dangerous Minds) for his next action film titled "City Under New York"
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