ACTION / TAEKWONDO
Chuck Johnson is dedicated martial artist of over 25 years and the head instructor of the Quiet Flame training program. He is a 4th Dan master of Olympic Taekwondo, and US National Champion, but has trained in 10 different martial arts and is ranked in four others. He is also a former US Taekwondo champion, celebrity bodyguard, and an accomplished stuntman/action actor of 15 years acting in and performing stunts for over 100 television shows, dramas, films and video games.
ACTION / TAEKWONDO
Yutaka Nozawa has been studying fight choreography and working in the film and theatre arts for almost a decade. In addition to having studied film and theatre at the State University of New York Stony Brooke, and having an MA in body expression and cinematic arts from Rikkyo University in Japan, he is also a ranked martial artist, who began his study of fight choreography under Kenichi Ishida in 2010. He is also trilingual and can speak Japanese, English and Chinese. Yutaka has black belts in Karate and Judo and is currently working his way to a black belt in Taekwondo as well.
WADI JONES (Guest Instructor)
ACTION / STUNT
Wadi is a guest instructor for Quiet Flame who is based in New York. Coming from a break dance background, he is a master of all forms of physical movement and was a finalist on the American Reality Show, “So you think you can dance?” He has been working as a stuntman for 7 years in the states, has played Spider-Man in Marvel Live shows around the world, and appeared on TV shows like Luke Cage and Chicago PD.
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ACTING / THEMA
Brendan Stallings has worked on and offstage with more than 20 theatre companies and produced, written, and starred in 4 original shows and works as a professional film, television, and voice actor. He has also studied improvisational and sketch comedy at Second City, iO Chicago, and ComedySportz Chicago. He holds multiple certifications for theatrical stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors, British Academy of Dramatic Combat, and the Academy of Performance Combat. Brendan earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Theatre: Performance from Oklahoma State University and began working in Chicago as a professional actor and stage manager in 2009. He has lived in Japan since 2017.
Satoshi Hiro, is the head of Dueling Arts Tokyo, and arguably the Tokyo’s top authority on Historical Western weapons choreography. He is certified by Dueling Arts International in over ten different western Weapons ranging from Rapier to Broadsword to Cloak & Dagger. He has done motion capture work for various Nintendo and Sega video games, was the fight advisor for games such as Soul Caliber 5, has been the fight director for a multitude of live and theatre productions and is a published author on theatrical sword work.
Abdel studied Taekwondo since the age of 13 years old under the supervision of his uncle and father, students of master Beom Jhoo lee who introduced Taekwondo in Belgium in 1974.
Ex-member of the Belgium National Team, he won several regional, national championship and international open. This, gives him the opportunity to train and compete with the best athletes in the world (Olympian,World champion, Asian Champion...)
1st Dan officially reckognized by the WTF (World Taekwondo Federation) and awarded with a National Instructor Certification, he trained for several months the Regional Cadet Elite Team before his move to Japan.
Mandy Gerbode is a 4th Dan Taekwondo Master from Germany. She is a specialist in Olympic Taekwondo forms competition and also an interationally certified referee.