Currie Tries Movies
Just For Kicks

by Doris Kramer
Daily Staff Writer

This SJSU black belt has conquered many of the titles available in the martial arts circuit and now he's looking to steal a place on the silver screen. Chucky "Quick Kick" Currie, a five-time world title holder, flailed such lightning-quick kicks in competition that the Professional Karate Association named him the "Fastest Kicker in the U.S.", thus earning Currie the nick name "Quick Kick". Currie, a 28-year-old art major, has spent much of his life involved in the physically grueling and mentally demanding study of the martial arts. Currie started his training in martial arts when he was 6-years-old. His father, a former professional middleweight boxer, previously wanted Chucky to follow in his footsteps. He changed his mind when Chucky, sparring with an older brother, spun around, arched a limber kick high in the face of his taller sibling, cutting open the surprised boy's lip, thus ending the spar and starting Curries training in martial arts.

"My father then enrolled me into karate classes and dropped the idea of me boxing forever," said Currie, who has two brothers that are professional boxers. Proving a natural in the fighting arts, Currie obtained his first black belt by his 10th birthday, his second by his 14th, and by the time he was 17 he had earned another with seven time karate world champion winner Byong Yu as his instructor. Displaying his versatility and perseverance, the 5-foot-10, 175 pound Currie added several different titles to his black belts by the time he became 21. Other than his world titles, Currie has gathered 10 national championship titles, two world titles in Karate, and won the gold medal twice for the world title in Tae Kwon Do. A popular martial artist magazine, "Inside Kung Fu Magazine" rated Currie as the No. 1 martial arts performer in the United States. "I learned never to get mad at any opponent," Currie said. "If you get mad, your going to lose. The key is to concentrate on winning and to always have a plan." Now, the quick kicking champion's plan is a career making films.

Sharing Places among the ranks of martial arts movie stars, such as Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris is very appealing to the athlete in need of higher goals. Currie has appeared as a stunt person/stand in playing a martial arts instructor in the Paramount Pictures release "The Shadow Fighter". But it's not Curries style to stand in the background for long. Tired of waiting to be "discovered" and thus brought into the limelight, Currie decided to make his own movie. The production entitled "Black Belt Dancer" stars Currie as a high-kicking that likes to take a break to dance when he's clear of dangerous thugs that try unsuccessfully to take a pop at the fighter. The video is expected to be completed by mid summer. Currie has been corresponding with several of Hollywood's stars in search of a potential backer to finance a full scale production. Currie has appeared in hundreds of shows and tournaments, including half-time appearances for the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors. He also has had spots on Evening Magazine and ESPN.

Richard Pryor, Prince, Chico DeBarge and other celebrities have sought Currie's martial arts prowess and hired the fighter as their body guard. Currie enjoyed the opportunity the body guard position gave him to meet such celebrities. "Richard Pryor told me that the better you are, the harder it is to make it." Currie said. "But then again, once you make one good movie, you've got it made." The busy daily schedule led by Currie includes attending classes at SJSU, teaching private karate lessons at the San Jose academy of the Performing Arts, completing his martial arts technique. "I used to be able to practice at least eight hours a day," Currie said. "But now, with time constraints as they are, I'm lucky if I can exceed four hours." When Currie can find spare time, he enjoys dancing. "The main object in performing the martial arts is to gain control both mentally and physically over both yourself and your opponent," he said. "Its incredible how it drains you. My only release from all the stress is through dancing." he added. Currie has been perfecting a technique that incorporates the martial arts choreographed to music, with a few dance steps thrown in for effect. "I just do it for fun right now," said Currie. "I don't think that I could try it on stage just yet." Even if the film venture doesn't pan out, Currie always tries "to have ideas flowing and to be ready for change"




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