Mini Biography - Michael Jai White

Michael is an American martial artist, actor, stuntman, writer, and producer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he started his martial art career at the young age of eight years. Since then, this grandmaster has accumulated black belts in 7 different Karate styles and holds 26 titles. He was a winner in the US Open, North American Open, and was a New England Grand Champion.

After studying at Yale and Brown University, Michael became a teacher, who went on to teach emotionally disturbed children. Later, he studied at H.B. Studio, to develop his acting career.

Now, as a successful actor, Michael has gained a large repertoire of movies, some of which are: Three Bullets, Blood and Bone, Black Dynamite, The Dark Knight, The Legend of Bruce Lee, Why Did I Get Married?, The Underground Bounty Hunter, Undisputed II: Last Man Standing, Exit Wounds, Spawn, Ballistic, and Universal Soldier only to name a few. Not included are a number of other movies he has produced and where he played as a stunt man.

With martial arts being a passion of Michael's, he has successfully managed to combine his martial arts and acting career. On the IDMA website, he shares with you his experience and skills that he has acquired over the years.


Three Bullets (2009)
Wonderland (2000-2009 - five episodes)
Blood and Bone (2009)
Black Dynamite (2009)
The Slammin' Salmon (2009)
The Legend of Bruce Lee (2008 - three episodes)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
The Underground Bounty Hunter (2007)
Justice League Heroes (2006 - voice talent)
Windfall (2006 - one episode)
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)
Getting Paid (2005)
Justice League (2003-2005 - three episodes)
Clubhouse (2004 - six episodes)
Static Shock (2003-2004 - two episodes)
Fei Ying (2004)
CSI Miami (2003 - one episode)
Justice (2003)
Hotel (2003)
Pandora's Box (2002)
Soul Food (2001)
Boston Public (2001)
Exit Wounds (2001)
Freedom Song (2000)
The Bus Stop (2000)
Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
Mutiny (1999)
Breakfast of Champions (1999)
Ringmaster (1998)
Thick as Thieves (1998)
Spawn (1997)
City of Industry (1997)
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996)
Shaughnessy (1996)
Ballistic (1995)
Jag (1995 - one episode)
NYPD Blue (1995 - two episodes)
Tyson (1995)
Lion Strike (1995)
Living Single (1994 - one episode)
Martin (1994 - one episode)
Full Contact (1993)
Renegade (1993 - one episode)
Saved by the Bell (1992 - one episode)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Ring of Fire (1991)
True Identity (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
The Toxic Avenger Part II and III (1989)

Kyokushin Karate History

Originating from Japan, this full-contact, circular, martial art style focuses on striking. Believed to be founded in 1964 by Masutatsu Oyama, Kyokushin's philosophy is self-improvement, discipline, and hard training.

Kyokushin has been a major influence for many 'full-contact' karate schools. Kyokushin pioneered the knockdown karate completion system that has been adopted by numerous karate styles.

About Kyokushin Karate

The training for Kyokushin Karate involves technique, forms, and sparring. The style is based on the traditional linear Shotokan and the circular Goju-ryu style but has added elements of Boxing and Kickboxing. Because of its high emphasis on full-contact fighting, no protective equipment or gloves are worn. Sparring is an important aspect of the Kyokushin art with an emphasis on speed and control. Belt colors move up from white, orange, blue, yellow, green, brown, and then to black.

It is said that Kyokushin is presently known as the strongest form of Karate and is a test of fortitude and skill. Millions across the continents practice this form of Karate. Some famous practitioners include: MMA fighter, George St. Pierre; actor, Dolph Lundgren; actor, Sean Connery; Andy Hug; Bas Rutten; Shokei Matsui; and Bobby Lowe.

Tournaments play a key role in this martial art and are held around the world. The Kyokushin World Tournaments in Japan are repudiated as the Karate Olympics.

Michael Jai White
Grandmaster Michael Jai White
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