Actor Michael Merchant was raised in Poquoson, Virginia. From a young age, he knew he wanted to be involved with makings films and spent much of his childhood trying to memorize the diaologue of his favorite films. During his time at Poquoson High School, he started acting in school plays and filmed his own short on Hi-8 and VHS-C. At the age of 16, Michael met a young director, Jonathan Straiton, and was cast as his brother in his first feature film “Big Fish In Middlesex.” While he studied Communications and Theater at Christopher Newport University. He worked at the Williamsburg “Haunted Dinner Theater” for 8 seasons. Since then he has worked on several feature films such as Straiton’s “Night of Something Strange” and Ron Bonk’s “She Kills”. Recently, he has appeared in other feature films including Drew Bolduc’s “Science Team,” Mark Polonia’s “Amityville Death House,” and Bonk’s newest feature “House Shark.” His swan song will be Straiton’s “Johnny Z.” After that you may find him wasting his life away playing games on Twitch while ignoring his beautiful girlfriend, Sarah Holcomb.
Tuhon Felix Cortes started training in the Filipino Martial Arts with the Sayoc family In 1977. In 1991 after many years of training, dedication, and loyalty he was promoted to the rank of Tuhon (Master Instructor).
He was the first to receive this high honor in the Sayoc Fighting system. During that time he also trained in Pekiti Tirsia Kali, and Tae Kwon Do. Today Tuhon Felix continues to develop his skills, and personal growth by keeping an open mind and a positive attitude in his training.
In 1991 Tuhon Felix Cortes moved to Maryland to teach Tae Kwon Do at Kim’s Karate under Master J. Kim, and in 1992 he founded The Arnis Tae Kwon Do Academy (ATA Karate) A Center dedicated to the growth, and development of FMA, TKD, and Self Protection.
For over 30 years Tuhon Felix Cortes taught, promoted, and dedicated himself to carry on the high moral code and values he learned growing up in the Martial Arts. Tuhon Felix was a member of The Force One National Karate Team competing in Musical Forms, Weapons, and Fighting in the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA), and The National Black Belt League (NBL).
Tuhon Felix Cortes received a World Championship Ring in 1994 for winning the WKA World Championships in Trinidad & Tobago, He also received a Bronze Medal at the 1994 NBL World Championships in Burbank, California. In 1995 he was Grand Champion in the Weapons division at The Jhoon Rhee Nationals in Washington DC, performing a live blade FMA form that he created.
Tuhon Felix Cortes was inducted into the Action Magazine Hall of Fame in April 2007 receiving The Man of the Year Award. He was also featured in Britain’s #1 Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine
In 2009 Tuhon Felix Cortes introduced the world to “FC” Filipino Combatives (AKA) The Felix Cortes Method A system that he developed based on his training, and experiences through out the years. Focusing on a comprehensive curriculum based on practical application. The training is designed so students can experience his, or her individual progress at their own pace.
Tuhon Felix Cortes Combined his love for the Filipino Martial Arts, along with his dedication to teaching to create a unique Curriculum. Giving students all over the world the opportunity to learn and get physically fit in the convenience, and comfort of their own homes. Today Tuhon Felix Cortes pursues his Quest for Excellence, by continuing to develop his skills and giving 100% in everything he does.
We invite you to become a member and explore the unique Principles and Training Methods that make Filipino Combatives Global stand out in the World of Martial Arts. Whether you’re a beginner, or you have experience in the Martial Arts, you will benefit from the training provided.
David E. McMahon is a St. Augustine, FL-based actor originally from Connecticut. Quickly becoming a strong, versatile force in the independent film scene, he first turned heads playing the lead singing doctor in the popular Funny or Die comedy short, “Gynecologist: The Musical.” Since then, David has gone on to play in nearly 100 indie short films and full-length features, effortlessly moving from comedy … to drama … to horror … to even a brief appearance in the cult-favorite “Sharknado” franchise. Horror fans will soon see him in two highly anticipated feature film releases: “The Song of Solomon,” an American Guinea Pig film, and “Bonehill Road,” an 80s-style throwback to classic werewolf movies. David can currently be seen in several online trailers for the buzz-worthy “Nightmare: Return to Elm Street” fan-film project, which has secured over 2,000,000 views in only four months.
Married to his soul mate for 10 years, proud father to two boys and one girl, his father served in the coast guard and he was raised as a military brat on the island of Puerto Rico, Jason Ezequiel Delgado grew up moving every few years, so he learned to adjust to consistent change making new friends across the world, and being a part of a new circle every time his father received new orders. Jason joined the marine corps shortly after his first year and a half at Flagler college, a liberal arts school where he studied graphic design. Jason is a disabled veteran of the United States Marine Corps, A screen used movie prop collector, and indie filmmaker, Jason has been seen in films like Easter Sunday as the Bunnyman, the voice of Chad in Killer Campout, as an extra on House Of Cards & behind the camera of several upcoming documentaries.
Indiana born actress Ellie Church has had a lifelong love of both comedy and horror, so naturally these are the categories that fill her resume. Now living in Atlanta Georgia , she has over 25 acting titles , and has worn many hats in independent film including set design, wardrobe and special effects.
Wayne W. Johnson is an actor and singer / guitarist for the band CAROLINE BLUE. Wayne initially started out on several CNY bands before forming CAROLINE BLUE. After years of focusing primarily on music, Wayne shifted that focus towards the path of acting in 2011. He is currently best known for his roles as Cornelius in “Night of Something Strange” (Hurricane Bridge Entertainment / SRS Cinema LLC / Virtual Interactive), Dracula in “Tales of Dracula” (Wolfbain Productions), Draven in “Empire State of the Dead” (SRS Cinema LLC / Mad Angel Films) and Tybalt in “Romeo 3000” (Mad Angel Films / WWJ Productions).