With nearly 30 World Titles and seen on ESPN2 for the past 6 years, Steve (sponsored by Paul Mitchell Systems) is an internationally acclaimed extreme martial artist and iconic “tricker” credited with originating many extreme kicks and tricks used in competitive sport karate and dance events throughout the world today. He has promoted his sport in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, French Polynesia and throughout the U.S.
Steve has been dancing since 2002 and has been successful in translating his martial arts skills to several other arenas as well. Aside from his performances with Quest in various dance venues, he was also featured in the Black Eyed Pea’s “Pump It” music video. Stunts for movies include blockbusters like “Memoirs of a Geisha, Crank, and Indiana Jones/Crystal Skull for which he received a SAG award in 2009. Among others, Steve’s TV credits include current episodic shows like My Name is Earl, The Shield, and Deadwood and commercials for Dell and Kelloggs. For those of you who live near L.A., you can see his Hanmi Bank billboard on the corner of Western and Olympic Blvds. He was also featured in the coveted Intel International Multiply Campaign.
Steve is most proud of his work with youth and is currently a representative for Paul Mitchell Systems’ Head For Change campaign, focusing on improving our world and environment one person at a time. He and Paul Mitchell Systems want to get the word out that no matter how small the effort, everyone can make a difference. Whether exhibiting his sport as an alternative to drugs and alcohol in Tahiti or reintroducing Korean youth to their national sport (Tae Kwon Do) in a new and exciting light, Steve has somehow found time in the past to also support the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, D.A.R.E., Muscular Dystrophy, the Children’s Hospital, Kollaboration, and Quest Learning Center.