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Actor and Martial Artist TJ Storm Comes Out Fighting For a Cause
Posted on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 9:52 am
by IDMA Editor

On February 19, 2011, Actor and Martial Artist TJ Storm will be coming out and fighting for a cause at the First Annual "Fighting for a Cause" Red Carpet Event benefiting the non-profit ogranization Knock Out Dog Fighting.

About TJ Storm:

If you ask three time "Martial Art Masters Hall of Fame" inductee TJ Storm how his action career started, you might not expect to hear that his Mother forced 8 year old Storm to take Karate because he was "hyperactive and clumsy". However, hardly anything about Storm is as it appears. Storm was born "Juan Ricardo Ojeda" to an African-American Father and Puerto Rican Mother and was then adopted by a Native American-Caucasian mother and Mexican-American father. Storm was brought up in the Asian/Polynesian culture of Honolulu, Hawaii. Storm truly is an "All American" - melting pot meets cultural mosaic - one that always had to check the box marked "other." In high school Storm was shy and started break-dancing as a way of trying to "fit in". This quickly became his passion and eventually led to Storm winning over 200 dance competitions in the genres of hip hop and break-dance. Storm received a dance scholarship, which paved the way for him moving to LA and dancing in music videos.

T.J. Storm - actor: Star Trek

Although dancing was his passion, it only provided him with enough money for rent and a diet of ramen noodles and pop tarts with little left for anything else. Being devoted to the martial arts, Storm found himself stopping by and observing an outdoor Northern Shaolin class on his way home from work. Eventually Storm was approached by the teacher and asked to join, thus allowing him to broaden his knowledge of the martial arts. Wanting to further pursue his creative energies Storm began acting. He then graduated from the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Acting Academy. While playing the role of Bayu on the television series, Conan The Adventurer, Storm developed the unique style that he is known for. This brand of action is a combination of martial arts, acrobatic skill, comedic timing, and an almost balletic grace. Storm has since gone on to work with Jet Li, Samo Hung, Sir Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Kelly Hu, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Michelle Rodriquez, Neal McDonough and Kristanna Loken.

Photo of TJ Storm, modeling with prop sword - credit swordforum.com

About "Fighting for a Cause"

Knock Out Dog Fighting will be hosting its 1st Annual "Fighting For a Cause" Fundraising/Red Carpet event being held at The Falcon Hollywood in Los Angeles, Califorinia. The list of celebrities from Hollywood and the Martial Arts world will merge for a night that fans will not soon forget.

Some of the attendees that will be walking down the red carpet include Actors James Lew, Benjamin Bratt, Jodi Brockton, Jerry Trimble, Ami Dolenz, Matthew Jaeger, Talisa Soto, MadTV's Debra Wilson, Comedian Rebecca Corry, Producer David Lockhart, Playboy / Maxim model and host of HDnet's "Get Out" Lana Tailor, Playboy Model and International DJ Roxanne Dawn, UFC legends Bas Rutten and Frank Shamrock, Celebrity Photographer Christopher Ameruoso and pending guests include UFC legend Randy Couture, Kickboxing Legend Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Celebrity Poker Champion Maria Ho and many others.

Photo of UFC legend Bas Rutton

Photo of UFC legend Ken Shamrock

Knock Out Dog Fighting is a one-of-a kind award-winning youth intervention program that has become a national leader in stopping cruelty and abuse to both humans and animals.

For more information on the not to be missed event please go to www.knockoutdogfighting.org/benefit.html



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