In a 2008 interview for Kung Fu Cinema Taimak described it saying, “Every martial arts fighter on the East Coast wanted to be in it. We knew Vanity was going to be in it, everyone wanted the role.” There weren’t any young black martial artist on the acting scene at the time so the film-makers decided on having an open casting call.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life came out to audition including a 19-year-old Taimak.
The family had relocated to Hollywood in order for his father to pursue a professional singing career.
let’s just say part of the people involved in the negotiation tried to muscle me rather than explain to me… made me put my defenses up.” He also mentioned that Rupert Hitzig didn’t know what happened because he wasn’t in the room during the negotiation.
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He has 2 younger sisters and an older brother in addition to several half brothers and sisters.
Laura Charles had it right, Taimak is a real life “Kung Fu Master”, in fact, he is the master of several forms of Martial Arts.
Date of birth: June 27, 1964 (Los Angeles, US) Full name: Taimak Guarriello Other names: Taimak Guari Occupation: Actor, martial artist, stunt performer, director, writer, producer.
Style: Aikido, Karate, taekwondo, kickboxing, kung fu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
He’s also a skilled practitioner of Shaolin Kung Fu, Chinese Goju, Boxing, MMA, Aikido, Judo, Fencing, and Kickboxing.
His instructors have included world renown martial artist, Kung Fu movie star, and founder of Chinese Goju Grand Master Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief, Brazilian Grappler & Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Marcelo Garcia and El Salvadoran, Eddie Encarnacion just to name a few.
Under Encarnacion’s tutelage, he won the 1983 New York State Kickboxing Championship at age 18.
In 1984, Taimak was not an actor but there were rumors in the fighting circuit that a young black martial artist was needed to star in a film.
The 2010 Martial Arts Hall Fame Inductee starting training at age 6.