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Michelle C. Smith

Hollywood’s Top Stuntwoman & Queen of the Lightsabers

Watch a clip of 360 MAG’s podcast with Michelle C. Smith HERE


Michelle C. Smith is an actress, stuntwoman, speaker, educator, and professional badass. She was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Since she was 5 years old, she has been training to create and develop a level of Mastery around unique and valuable Prop Spinning / Manipulation skills. When she turned 11, she began competing at the World Championship level and trained 8 hours a day, 7 days a week during competition. Michelle competed in this sport’s world championships for eight years, winning several medals. ”I won a bronze medal and 3 silver medals,” she mentions.

Physical activity is essential to achieve emotional and physical well-being, but it can become something negative if it is done under a lot of pressure. In these circumstances, it can cause trauma and other problems. ”My biggest trauma is overtraining and the pressure that myself and the adults in my back environments put on me as if I’m not good enough,” she stresses.

As an International Baton Twirler Champion turned martial artist and professional specialist, she has seen the immense benefits that 30 years of training with different tools and movements have brought her. With these intricate and coordinated paths, Michelle has created choreographies and learned three specific skills that have come to her achievement: Confidence, speed, and ease. “Because of these intricate and highly specific abilities, I CAN DO ANYTHING!” says Michelle. “And so can you!”

Michelle’s passion to share her skills led to the creation of Freestyle Staff Spinning, a tool and weapon-based practice that combines the best technical material from Baton Twirling with Acrobatics and Martial Arts. This combination of sports “is so special that I really love that it’s athletic and artistic,” she adds.

The purpose of Freestyle Staff is to create and win an open and accessible space for all kinds of people to learn and fall in love with everything that Staff Spinning, Weapons Spinning and Baton Twirling have to offer. Michelle and her community of Freestyle Staff Spinners can be found on the official Freestyle Staff Academy website.

Michelle moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in dance. Through dance, she met people who worked with the Underground Circus (a professional circus group). This was her first taste of life as a working artist, as her company booked large corporate events for her to perform at.

From there, Michelle began taking martial arts classes, specifically Filipino Martial Arts and Muay Thai. She became popular in the industry for her ability to teach, train and explain the movement to the actors she doubled for or worked with on set, allowing them to feel confident and at ease with all of her physical movements. In 2014, she started doing tricks and baton and bo staff videos on her social media.

As one of the world’s foremost experts in the arts of movement and staff turning, Michelle has used her skills and strength to act as an actress, stuntwoman, or educator in many internationally known films, stage productions, and television shows such as Deadpool, SuperGirl, Van Helsing, The 100, Supernatural and Smallville, Red Riding Hood, Percy Jackson, and many more!

Michelle is an active person who is always eager to learn new things. She is a huge advocate for awareness of mental health, fitness, and training in general. Michelle’s dream is to create a world where creativity, authenticity, and bravery reign by empowering people to embrace their Own Inner Ass.

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Listen to Michelle and Vaughn chat about her career on 360 MAG podcast HERE.

Article: Andrea Esteban

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Martial Arts Adds New Editorial Staff

Way Of Martial Arts Adds New Editorial Staff Made Up Of Real Instructors And Champions

Founded in 2019, Way of Martial Arts is one of the most well-known and respected sites devoted to martial arts and combat sports.

Their new editorial staff is made up of real instructors and champions with years of experience in martial arts and combat sports, working with children, amateurs, and professionals.

They are committed to providing you with high-quality, informative articles, videos, and reviews based on their personal experiences that can help you get started on your martial arts and combat sports journey and to make you a better overall athlete.

Team of Champions

Way of Martial Arts has rapidly grown to become the leading information website on various martial arts and their equipment, rules, interpretations, and comparisons, and where you can find all the latest news from the world of martial arts and combat sports.

The knowledge they provide is designed to help all martial arts and combat sports enthusiasts, even if you are an amateur, professional, or prospective martial arts fan, succeed – whether you’re looking to compete or to just become better at self-defence and fitness.

Their specialized content is the result of many years of hard work and comes from a variety of authors who are all current or former coaches in different martial arts and combat sports, including, but not limited to, MMA, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Taekwondo, Karate, and boxing.

With new articles being updated regularly, you can expect content from their new editorial staff, which is made up of real instructors and champions, and are devoted to giving you all the information you need to start your martial arts and combat journey.

Some of their current team members include:

Stefano Secci

Born on the outskirts of Genoa, in Valpolcevera, Stefano Secci has more than 30 years of experience in martial arts and combat sports.

He is a master of Savate Boxe and Krav Maga and uses his skills to provide his clients with vital knowledge and techniques in combat sports.

Raffaello Sambiagio

Raffaello Sambiagio is from Rome and first encountered martial arts at his local gym, where he found a passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Now a black belt, he is one of the members of the Tribe Jiujitsu Roma Nord, one of the most prestigious in the capital.

Butch Pornebo

Since 2002, Butch Pornebo has devoted his life to studying and practising Kung Fu.

He is a 2nd Degree Black Sash Fringe of Choy Li Fut Kung Fu and Yang Tai Chi and currently trains under the guidance of Sifu James Lendech and Tai Sifu Alan Hubbard from the teachings of Grandmaster Doc Fai Wong, who is the president of the Plumblossom International Federation.

Vladimir Vladisavljevic

Vladimir Vladisavljevic has been training in the art of kickboxing for over 7 years, holds a Taekwondo black belt, and has a master’s degree in sports and physical education.

He is best known in Bulgaria as a mixed martial arts commentator, analyst, and podcaster.

Gianluca Martucci

Involved in the athletic training of several professional fighters, Gianluca Martucci is a personal and athletic trainer who is the owner and personal trainer of Fast Training fit in 20 minutes in Carate Brianza.

The way to become a champion is through hard work, grit, determination, and a love for what you do. You have to be willing to sacrifice everything to get into martial arts or combat sports, but once you’re in it, the rewards can be unparalleled.

Way of Martial Arts helps you learn the essentials and gives you the best advice to start your journey to champion.

More information

To find out more about Way of Martial Arts, please visit their website at https://wayofmartialarts.com/.

Source: https://thenewsfront.com/way-of-martial-arts-adds-new-editorial-staff-made-up-of-real-instructors-and-champions/

Way of Martial Arts: https://wayofmartialarts.com/

UFC Father’s Day

UFC GYM®, the first major brand extension of UFC®, will encourage dads to focus on their fitness with a complimentary personal trainer session or recovery treatment in celebration of Father’s Day. Members and nonmembers  may redeem the offer at select UFC GYM® and UFC FIT® locations across the country from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. exclusively on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.

All fathers will have access to a complimentary personal training session with a certified personal trainer who will review the unique goals, lifestyle and experience of the guest before coaching them through a one-on-one workout. Dads who choose to use one of UFC GYM and UFC FIT’s recovery services pre- or post-workout will have the choice between compression massage therapy, cryotherapy or percussion massage therapy. Select locations also offer red light therapy. Amenities vary by location, inquire at the location for details.

UFC GYM and UFC FIT offer MMA-inspired group fitness classes, such as Boxing and Kickboxing Conditioning. Signature studio-quality group fitness classes, including High Octane, Kickass Kick and HIIT, are also available. Other amenities at the premier fitness facilities include group fitness studios, weight rooms, bag rooms, robust cardio and strength training equipment, sauna rooms, full-service locker rooms, an Octagon® at select locations, Kids Club, ArmBar Café and more.

For a complete list of participating locations in states across the U.S., please visit https://bit.ly/UFCGYMFathersDay.

UFC GYM® was the first to unite the benefits of MMA with fitness. The brand’s TRAIN DIFFERENT® approach provides members with the ultimate fitness experience and programming that secures results for all ages and training levels. With 160 locations opened and 500 additional locations currently in development globally, UFC GYM® has revolutionized the fitness industry and positively impacted countless lives worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ufcgym.com or www.ufcfit.com.

ABOUT UFC GYM®

UFC GYM® is the first major brand extension of UFC®, the world’s premier MMA organization, created in alliance with New Evolution Ventures™ (NeV), developers of many of the world’s most successful fitness brands. As the first to unite the benefits of MMA with fitness, the brand is not what you expect, and more than you can imagine. UFC GYM’s TRAIN DIFFERENT® approach provides members with the ultimate fitness experience and programming that secures results for all ages and training levels. With 160 locations opened and 1,000 additional locations currently in development globally, UFC GYM has revolutionized the fitness industry and positively impacted countless lives worldwide. In addition to its corporate-owned clubs, UFC GYM offers the opportunity to own and operate a franchise domestically and internationally through the UFC GYM® or UFC FIT® model. For franchise information, contact franchiseinfo@ufcgym.com or visit UFCGYMfranchise.com. For more information, please visit UFCGYM.com or UFCFIT.com. Follow UFC GYM on Instagram and Twitter @UFCGYM, Facebook.com/UFCGYM, and youtube.com/UFCGYM.

About UFC®

UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 688 million fans and 198 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly 900 million TV households across more than 170 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 75 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC is owned by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok: @UFC.

MARVEL × ASIAN PACIFIC/AMERICAN

Shang-Chi, Kamala Khan, Wong, Mantis, and Jimmy Woo headline MARVEL’S VOICES: IDENTITY #1 2022. The second Marvel’s Voices anthology honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will showcase brand new stories crafted by both emerging and established Asian and AAPI talent. Arriving on May 25, MARVEL’S VOICES: IDENTITY #1 2022 will feature four action-packed and heartfelt adventures set throughout the Marvel Universe plus an introduction by Isabel Hsu, Senior Manager of Creative Development at Marvel Games and exclusive interview with longtime comic book letterer and industry pioneer, Janice Chiang. Right now, fans can get their first look at all four covers and preview each of the featured stories, including:

·       Writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Creees Lee take Shang-Chi and Jimmy Woo on a vital mission with some unexpected surprises

·       Writer Sabir Pirzada and artist Eric Koda teams up Ms. Marvel with Shang-Chi in a story that explore these two heroes’ differences and similarities

·       Writer Jeremy Holt and artist Kei Zama spotlight the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Mantis, diving into the iconic character’s fascinating past and gearing her up for a bright future

·       Writer Emily Kim and artist Rickie Yagawa showcase the power and expertise of master of the mystic arts, Wong, in an exciting solo adventure

MARVEL’S VOICES: IDENTITY #1 2022 continues the tradition of inspiring and uplifting storytelling that truly reflects “the world outside your window.” These stories celebrate Marvel’s ongoing, ever-expanding pantheon of heroes and the vastness of all Asian, Asian American and Pacific Island cultures and identities. Check out all four covers now and visit Marvel.com to see an exclusive sneak peek and hear from the creators themselves! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

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Conor McGregor illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

ROOTS OF FIGHT


Roots Of Fight and global superstar Conor McGregor announced the launch of a new clothing collection honoring the fighter’s roots. The capsule collection makes it’s debut ahead of McGregor’s highly anticipated match up against Dustin Poirier on January 23rd.

Considered one of the most fashionable men in sports and entertainment, McGregor joins the lifestyle and apparel brand that pays tribute to heroes and legends of the fight world such as Bruce Lee, Muhammed Ali, Duran, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Joe Frazier, and more. Much like the moments in McGregor’s career that have launched him to where he is today, Roots of Fight highlights the moments of these icons and all they stand for. They celebrate the unending fight at the root of every human triumph.

With this collection, Roots of Fight pays respect to the undeniable force of nature that is Conor McGregor. The collection features a variety of styles including tees, a thermal, hoody and sweatpants. Retailing for $48 – $85, the full collection will be available exclusively on rootsoffight.com starting today through January 23rd. All proceeds from the sales of the collection will go towards the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin in Ireland.

ABOUT CONOR MCGREGOR

Conor Anthony McGregor is a professional boxer and mixed martial artist who has gained fame from his success in fighting. He is a former champion for the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight competitions. As of December 24, 2020, McGregor was ranked fourth in the UFC lightweight rankings. He is also the biggest pay-per-view draw in MMA history and is known for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor also founded Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey.

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Jeff Langlois, 360 MAGAZINE, The Mill, LA, photography, fine arts

Jeff Langlois

It took a one-way road trip for Jeff Langlois to cultivate a passion for photography. The adventure to LA brought forth stunning deserts and mountainous peaks, as he drove from Minneapolis through the Rockies – in a 2002 Honda Civic; eager to jumpstart a career at a commercial house called The Mill. The best way to balance out the fast-paced, unpredictable, and ever-changing environment that is advertising, was to break away and see what the west coast really looks like. Traveling solo allowed him to arrive in beautiful destinations and wait for these locations to unveil their scenic characteristics. Jeff notes that the best shots always come unexpectedly. Now while still mainly shooting the outdoors, he plans just enough to get him out and moving around, but his best and most memorable shots come unexpectedly. It’s about showing up and being patient and receptive to what’s going on. 

Red Bull Bulletin x Jean-Claude

Jean-Claude is the Real Damme Deal (Article Courtesy Of The Red Bulletin)

The legendary action star returns with a new secret weapon: comedy. We talk to the Muscles from Brussels about his new show on Amazon and why he’s ready to crush your funny bone.

With the help of stunt performers and green screens, these days it feels like almost any actor can slap on some tights and become a superhero in a big-budget studio film. All he needs is an easy-to-pronounce first name — like Chris — and a trainer to transform his flab into six-pack abs for that token shirtless scene. But before capes and CGI ruled the box office, there were action stars like Jean-Claude Van Damme.

During the early 1990s, Van Damme, with his trademark roundhouse kicks and acrobatic splits, was one of the biggest stars in the world. As a skilled martial artist, he performed his own stunts in films like “Bloodsport” and “Timecop” and charmed audiences — and especially ladies — with his thick French accent and flirtatious demeanor. In the ensuing years, as Hollywood’s interest in traditional action flicks waned and comic book franchises took over, stars like Van Damme were frequently relegated to the land of straight-to-video release.

Despite the demotion, Van Damme has maintained a devoted fan base, and over the past decade, his cult status has rejuvenated interest in his career. First there was “JCVD,” the 2008 Belgian crime drama where Van Damme played a fictionalized version of himself. His acting was so raw and vulnerable that Time magazine said it was the second- best performance of the year — after Heath Ledger as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” Then in 2013, Van Damme starred in a Volvo commercial where he slowly executes “the most epic of splits” between two moving FM trucks. The viral clip has been viewed on YouTube more than 86 million times — and counting.

Now, four years later, the 57-year-old Van Damme is promoting his latest project, “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” a new comedy series on Amazon. Once again, he plays a version of himself, this time as an aging action star who comes out of retirement to work as a private undercover agent. As Van Damme reveals in our interview, his comic alter ego seems much more in tune with how he sees himself today.

Read the full interview HERE

Jean-Claude Van Johnson is available on Amazon Prime Video on Dec. 15.

JONTA’ + JAMISON HARRIS

Story: Vaughn Lowery 

Photos: CE Photography

Our #MCM badasses Jonta’ Harris and Jamison Harris are identical twin brothers whom hail from Asheboro, North Carolina. During their teen years, the twins had a passion for the arts. Subsequently in their college years, swiftly passed, the dynamic duo decided to redefine themselves as the Official Harris Twins (OHT). 

In 2016, they relocated to Washington, D.C. in hopes of seeking opportunities within the fashion/retail industry.
In Spring 2017, OHT launched their lifestyle website. As their social channels began to prosper, they were invited to curate content for various notable brands: Live Nation (on behalf of Lids), Red Bull and Bud Light. 

Their insatiable appetite for style has led them to become ace of the most sought-after twin culture bloggers of 2017. 
As of late, OHT has been tapped as 360 MAGAZINE‘s Fashion Mavens

“As twins, we will continue to endure and thrive alongside of one another – nothing is impossible!” – Jonta’ & Jamison Harris