DEADLY ART OF SURVIVAL LEGENDS: Demetrius Angelo

Demetrius Angelo, born in our Nation’s Capital in the 1960’s among the residue of the Civil Rights Movement. During this time, his father was one of the first Blacks to integrate the Washington D.C Metropolitan Police Department which meant “Trouble” was not an option . In 1973, Demetrius began playing “Little League” sports and credits it as the catalyst for his interest in playing sports. He believes the sport taught him discipline and the importance of healthy living. It all started back in 1975 when Demetrius saw Bruce Lee on TV. Immediately he told his dad that he wanted to do “That”. So his dad took him down to the local Boys Club where the rest of Demetrius’ journey in the Martial Arts would start. The Korean art of Tang Soo Do was the initial Martial Art taught at the Boys Club and it was there he developed his love for Kicking. In 1979, Demetrius was introduced to Master Donald S. Bitanga of the American Asian Combat System, where he learned several styles of Martial Arts – including: Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Kobayoshi Karate, American Free Style Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Chinese Boxing, Western Boxing, Largo DeMano Escrima and Kobudo. Demetrius obtained his 1st Degree Black Belt at 16 and began student-teaching at the dojo which birthed in him a love and zeal for teaching.

The seventies was an incredible decade for Black film actors because it marked the first time they were the heroes on the silver screen. With the emergence of pioneers such as Grand Master Ron Van Clief (the first Black person in Chinese Kung Fu films) and people like Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson tearing up the silver screen here in the States, it’s no surprise that Demetrius caught the bug to be an Action Star!

At 17, Demetrius moved to New York City to attend college and pursue his desire to perform in Action Films! NYC quickly became familiar to Demetrius, as his mother was born in the Bronx. Demetrius steadfastly resumed his study of the Martial Arts meeting such greats as Masters Andre “Ice Man” Brown, Dwayne Sudan Thomas and Malcolm Livingston of the Wolf Fox Fighting System now known as DFT. It was in 1991 that Demetrius would get very close to his film icons Bruce Lee and Steven Segal when he was introduced to Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu by Master Keith Maza and Sifu Dr. Gary Young and at that same time he also met the late Grand Master Bob Bute of the Jukido Jiu Jitsu, Grand Master David Jones of Grizzmatic Touch Ryu Jiu Jitsu and Grand Master Florend M Visitacion (Professor Vee) of Vee Arnis Jitsu. Training with these Masters, Demetrius increased vastly in his knowledge of Aikido, Judo, Jiu Jitus, Arnis and Wing Chun in which he credits as the foundation of his own art Scientific Tactical Defense along with Karate, Kobudo and Firearms Tactics.

Demetrius used the lessons he learned in martial arts and applied them to his career in Fitness. As a Personal Group Fitness Instructor, he developed his own fitness brand, C4 Intense Training.

Demetrius appeared in his first Independent Action films in 1994 and in 1996 met “The Black Dragon” Ron Van Clief on set, who was instrumental in guiding Demetrius to his first national advertisement campaign for HBO.

Demetrius Angelo was a stunt performer in the Luke Cage episodes Suckas Need Bodyguards and Now You’re Mine.

Author: gloomy_artistjhen

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