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RICHARD BRANDEN



Richard Branden, owner and head coach of Studio Kicks Palo Alto is a six-time world champion in Chinese martial arts (commonly referred to as Kung Fu or Wushu).

Internationally recognized and rated #1 in the U.S. for ten consecutive years, Mr. Branden’s awards include over 35 national titles and 5 Hall of Fame awards. He has been featured in numerous national and international martial arts publications, and some of his roles in the entertainment industry include WMAC Masters’ Ying-Yang Man, Mortal Kombat and original stunt cast member of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Training since 1976, Mr. Branden has a profound respect for martial arts and how it can significantly influence a person in a positive way through focus, discipline, confidence and overall mental and physical fitness. He offers students a unique opportunity to learn this art — in an encouraging and supportive environment which also challenges at all levels.

With commitment to our program, you will find this dynamic year-round sport offers tremendous fitness benefits and powerful rewards — in and out of the studio.We invite you to try a class and experience what is truly the finest in martialarts instruction and the best fitness classes around!



 


RESUME

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS

WAKO World Champion Awards, 6 Time World Champion

Chinese Forms: Gold Medals
1995 Poland
1993 England
1991 USA

Chinese Weapons: Gold Medals
1995 Poland
1993 England
1991 USA

Budo Open, Germany
1997 Forms Gold Medal Champion

AAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS

North American Sport Karate Association USA (NASKA)
1986 - 1996 rated #1 nationally each year
Diamond Nationals: 3 time champion
Ocean State Nationals: 6 time champion
Kentucky Blue Grass Nationals: 4 time champion
Washington DC Classics: 2 time champion
New England Open: 8 time champion
US Open Florida: 4 time champion
Empire State Championships: 3 time champion
Compete Nationals California: 4 time champion
Houston Nationals: 1 time champion

HALL OF FAME AWARDS

1995 Diamond Nationals Hall of Fame
1993 International Hall of Fame
1992 Black Belt Magazine, Kung Fu Artist of the Year
1991 Ocean State Hall of Fame
1990 Professional Karate League, Competitor of the Year

PRINT ADS

2000 CrossNet Wireless company
Direct Mail Promotion
1996 Macho Martial Arts
Catalog Cover
1995 Macho Martial Arts
Catalog Cover
1994 Asian World of Martial Arts Inc.
Catalog Cover, Direct Mail Piece &
Promotional Give Aways
1993 Asian World of Martial Arts Inc.
Catalog Cover

PUBLICATION FEATURE COVERS

2002 August Black Belt Magazine
1998 June Karate Kung-fu Illustrated
1998 November Black Belt Magazine
1997 March El Mundo de les Artes Marciales
(Venezuela)
1997 March MA Training
1996 October Karate International
1995 January Karate International
1995 July Sport Karate News
1994 August Sport Karate News
1994 December Black Belt Magazine for Kids
1993 April Karate Kung-fu Illustrated
1993 June Sport Karate News
1993 October MA Training
1993 November MA Training
1988 August SMASH Magazine

SPONSORSHIPS

1986 - 1996
John Paul Mitchell Systems
Century Martial Arts
Macho Martial Arts
Crossnet Technologies
Asian World of Martial Arts

INSTRUCTIONAL TRAINING VIDEOS

The Chinese Art of Stretching, Black Belt Magazine
Champion Training Tips, Black Belt Magazine
Dynamic Wushu Training, Century Martial Arts
Monkey Stick, Century Martial Arts
Broadsword, Century Martial Arts

VITAL STATISTICS

Began Martial Arts: 1976
Style: Wushu/Kung Fu
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Brown


FILM, TV & MOTION PICTURE CAPTURE CREDITS

Film
1999 Warriors of Virtue trailer
(produced by Law Brothers) Feature Cast as "Chi"
1992 Mortal Kombat
(produced by New Line Cinema) Outworld Warrior

TV
2003 Jay Chou, Double Blade music video
(directed by Alexi Tan) Feature Stunt Lead
1999 Fox TV, Mortal Kombat Krusades
(produced by New Line Cinema)
Feature Warrior in "Undying Dream" episode
1998 Fox TV, WMAC Masters
(produced by 4Kids Productions)
Feature Cast as Yin-Yang Man
1996 Future Fighters
(Pay-Per-View) Daddy Rich
1994 Fox TV, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
(produced by Saban Entertainment)
Original Cast Martial Arts Double
Motion Picture Capture
1997 Reebok Shoe Advertisement for Sean Kemp,
Seattle Supersonics (produced by Polymar Pictures)
Featured Alien
1996 Universal Studios Marvel Theme Park
(produced by Cleiser-Walczak Digital Visual Effects)
Spider Man

MARTIAL ARTS CHOREOGRAPHY

Double Blade (directed by Alexi Tan),
assistant stunt choreographer
Fox TV, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
(produced by Saban Entertainment)
Warriors of Virtue trailer
(produced by Law Brothers)
Fox TV, WMAC Masters
(produced by 4Kids Productions)
Tracy Z (produced LA Productions)
Mortal Kombat, commercial for toy line

SPECIAL AWARDS & FEATURE APPEARANCES

1999 The S.G.M.A. Super Show, Atlanta:
Feature Guest Performer
1998 Jamaica Championships:
Feature Guest Performer
1998 Guatemala Championships:
Feature Guest Performer
1998 The Magic Show, Las Vegas:
Feature Guest Performer
1997 Venezuela Championships:
Feature Guest Performer
1995 Kentucky Blue Grass Nationals:
Golden Eagle Award
1995 Grand Caymen Islands Championships:
Feature Guest Performer
1993 NASKA: Competitor of the Year Award
1993 NASKA: Sportsman of the Year Award
1993 John Paul Mitchell Systems Conference:
Feature Guest Performer
1993 Men's Fitness Magazine:
Feature Story, December issue
1992 4th Annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Body
Building Classic: Feature Guest Appearance
1992 NASKA: Overall Weapons Grand Champion
1991 On-site Entertainer & Trainer for U.S. troops
in Gulf War, Kuwait
1983 The Opera Company of Boston, "Turandot":
Weapons Cast Member