Recent Kootenay Martial Arts black belt graduates Cory Howard and Margaret Saville. A workshop taught be a Hollywood North stuntman is coming to the KMA dojo on Aug. 24. Photo submitted

Hollywood North ninja coming to Nelson

Stunt actor Carl Fortin is holding a workshop on Aug. 24

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His moves defy gravity. You’ve probably seen him in a hit movie or on TV, maybe even at a live stage performance. His combination of martial arts, parkour and acrobatics has made him a sensation as a stunt performer. His name is Carl Fortin, and he’s bringing his unique skill set to Nelson on Aug. 24 for workshops at Kootenay Martial Arts’ new studio.

Fortin starred in one of the world’s first viral parkour videos and has appeared as a stunt performer in more than 30 films and television shows, including Deadpool 2, The Descendants 2, Once Upon a Time, Hannibal, Arrow and Resident Evil.

“As well as doing a lot of stunt work in the movie industry, Carl and his wife Serena run a martial arts school in Squamish with an emphasis on ninja-type training and extensive advanced gymnastics moves. They will be instructing the workshops, and our black belts will be assisting them throughout the day as well as learning new methods for our own curriculum,” says Master Dean Siminoff, owner of Kootenay Martial Arts.

“We emphasize confidence, leadership skills and dedication through the discipline of taekwondo, no matter what age you are, and Carl is such a good role model for where this training can take you. He started his martial arts training in taekwondo when he was five years old and has achieved so much since then.”

The workshops will be a mix of martial arts stunts, creative movement with acrobatics, martial arts trick kicks, parkour and breakdancing in a safe and controlled environment.

“We are hosting the event all day to enable parents to drop off their children for the entire work day. All are welcome from age six and up to teen and adults. Anyone who wants to learn safe and thrilling ninja-type moves is welcome to attend. Let your inner Ninja out,” Siminoff says.

To register, contact masterdean@kootenaymartialarts.com.

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