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Sifu Art Camacho WHKD Rank: 4rd Degree Serial #: 3-1988-049-K-K10 Other Martial Arts Training: JKD, Kung Fu San Soo, Karate School Locations: Website: http://www.artcamacho.com/ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Phones: (562) 964-1322 Biography: Art Camacho had very humble beginnings in a barrio in South East Los Angeles. He was overweight and the farthest thing from fit and on top of all that was picked on constantly. Tired of being picked on as a kid he took to the martial arts as a way to survive after suffering a beating at the hands of several gang members He began his odyssey into the martial arts at 13 in the art of Japanese Karate He couldn’t handle the tough regiment and quit but still had yearning for the arts deep inside and one day sitting with a couple of friends in a dark theater watching “Chinese Connection”, a passion was ignited in him and drove him back to the dojo. This time in Tae Kwon Do, and he entered his first tournament and lost. This time he wasn’t disappointed, he used his loss as a learning tool and went on to train harder. He then found himself drifting in various degrees of training spending some time at the “Kali Academy” and training privately with other Martial arts instructors sporadically being exposed to many arts including JKD and Kung Fu San Soo until he found his home in Wun Hop Kuen Do. One day he happened to read about a kung Fu seminar held by Sifu Eric Lee in Hollywood and he attended and he was hooked. Sifu Lee personified the martial arts. That was it. He was assisted at the time by Sihing Julio. “I used to see Sifu Eric in all these magazines and here I was training with him”. Sifu Eric Lee soon became his mentor in martial arts and in film fight action. The art of Wun Hop Kuen Do also became his home and once he was introduced to the mastery of Sifu Al Dacascos Wun Hop Kuen Do, there was no turning back. Camacho used the Martial arts as a base to fulfill his dream of working in films. “I owe my career in films to the Lord first and foremost and then to Sifu Eric Lee, Bruce Lee and the great Sifu Al Dacascos and his art of Wun Hop kuen do.” Camacho received his first level black sash in 1988 and was promoted to 3rd sash in 2006. Camacho’s path in the martial arts took him into films and he became a renowned fight choreographer working with such notables as Don Wilson, Benny Urquidez, Steven Seagal, Cynthia Rothrock and many, many others. Camacho has been featured in numerous international magazines and books throughout the world including "Black Belt magazine", "Inside Kung Fu", "Karate International", and "Cinturon Negro", "Masters and Styles, "Secrets of the Masters", "Martial Arts Illustrated", "Who’s Who in Entertainment" and the "Encyclopedia of Martial Arts". L.A.'s largest Spanish Language Newspaper "La Opinion” has done several stories on Camacho and their leading entertainment editor has dubbed him “One of Latino Hollywood’s best action directors” He’s also been featured on "Hola Los Angeles", "Cinemax" Mexico's channel 12, "Despierta America" and "CONTROL". Camacho was most recently featured on Latin Nation and he was the first recipient of the “The Outstanding Director of the Year” award from the Action on film, film festival 2005/2006.Camacho has been inducted in five International “Martial arts Halls of fame” for his contributions both as a Martial artist and fight choreographer.