With over 35 years of martial arts experience, Carmichael Simon has been one of the leading innovators of “Jhoon Rhee’s Martial Arts Ballet™”. He has been very instrumental to our sport bybeing an ambassador to the American sport martial arts system by traveling globally, performing and evangelizing the philosophies and methods to “Jhoon Rhee’s Martial Arts Ballet™”. Being a prize student and one of the last “Living Legends” taught by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee (www.jhoonrhee.com), he was able to apply the wisdom and define the standards to sport martialarts as he defied gravity by innovating AcroKicking (’92-93) and incorporated the fusion of soft/hard style performances (’90). He was the first to land a 720 degree hook kick (’94) and Stunting Combinations-tricking/acrokicking (’95). He is a 5-Time International Forms Champion and 3-Time winner of the NASKA Triple Crown Award (www.NASKA.com). He is a member of the Jhoon Rhee Institute, Metro All Stars Karate Team, and Team John Paul Mitchell. A few of his greatest style(s) have been depicted through media as he starred as “KID Carmichael” on the FOX TV show “WMAC Master”, “LIU KANG” on the “Mortal Kombat Live Tour”, “Tommy Base” on “The Untouchables” video game series, and he was the 1st Sport Martial Arts Athlete on an “Affinity Master Card”.
Through his personal freedom of expression, Carmichael has expanded his skills as an artist/athlete by fusing martial arts to modern day freestyle dance. He continues to perform with the world renowned hip hop dance crews “Housin’ Authority/The Architeckz who’s credentials have been leading the hip hop dance community through choreography presented through artists such as Michael Jackson, Usher Raymond, Jennifer Lopez, and Justin Timberlake to name a few. Having studied a variety of styles, he has paved a way for a generation to express themselves through XiaolinGruv (Shaolin Groove). Being a unique choreographer within the dance and martial arts arena, he continues to give back to the communities by educating and performing his style(s) throughout the Bay Area (California - Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose) and Austin, Texas.