Photography by Christian Shorter
Ever since I was a teenager playing Mortal Kombat in arcades and pizza joints, I've wanted to be an action star. Hero or villain. That doesn't make a difference. I just want to kick ass and look cool doing it.
Call it luck. On my way to find a cool spot to snap a few pictures, I ran into my neighbor Jim. He said he knew of a great place and took me to Shaolin Taekwondo around the corner. He starts pulling out all these knives and swords for me to play around with. To my good fortune, Jim actually teaches a martial arts and sword training class for actors there. Score!
After a few pointers, wielding those weapons of annihilation felt so natural. It's like the instant I picked up a sword, the force was with me. I must have been a ninja in another life.
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