Hollywood star, Martial Arts fighter and trainer Michael Jai White signs up to be presenter and future Ambassador for Last Fighter Standing.
Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, and currently stars as the character on the TBS/OWN comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. White also portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television movie Tyson.
He is an accomplished martial artist, holding black belts in eight different styles: Shotokan, Taekwondo, Kobudo, Goju Ryu (for which he studied under Master Eddie Morales where he learned to sharpen his Goju karate technique), Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms). White started training in the martial arts at the age of seven in Japanese Jujutsu and then Shotokan moving to other styles later.
“I think Martial Arts is something I really owe a lot to. I consider it a lifesaver to me. The discipline I learned in Martial Arts I apply to every aspect of my life.
I was on my own from the age of 14 and competing in Martial Arts got me off the streets and I became a teacher very early. Competing and subscribing to a healthy lifestyle and learning all the different types of Arts, that’s really something that I’ve devoted my life to. So, I feel really good celebrating where it’s going now with [Last Fighter Standing] and how [martial arts] is going to change people’s lives as it did mine,” said Michael, appearing on Skype at LFS’s Press Conference on 1 June 2016.
Michael Jai White is set to arrive in South Africa in early July and will stay with us until the end of the final event at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, on 15 October 2016.
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