Pat E. Johnson, the ninth-degree black belt and Chuck Norris modern who choreographed the battle scenes, educated the actors and portrayed a match referee within the first three Karate Child movies, has died. He was 84.
Johnson died Sunday of pure causes at his dwelling in Los Angeles, his niece, Colleen Mary Johnson Summerville, informed The Hollywood Reporter.
Johnson additionally was a stuntperson, stunt coordinator, coach and/or battle coordinator on Buffy the Vampire Slayer; on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mortal Kombat motion pictures; and on different movies together with Enter the Dragon (1973), To Dwell and Die in L.A. (1985), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), Batman and Robin (1997) and Wild Wild West (1999).
Johnson served as a high teacher at Norris’ karate faculties within the Los Angeles space beginning within the late Sixties, and his college students through the years included Steve McQueen, Bob Barker and members of the Osmond household.
For The Karate Child (1984), Johnson informed Sports activities Illustrated in 2018 that he educated actors Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio “individually, actually onerous. They might moan and bitch — they developed a relationship as a result of they’d that in widespread.”
He additionally taught Macchio the “crane kick” that his determined Daniel LaRusso delivers to finish his All Valley match match with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) within the first movie’s climatic moments. He would notice, nevertheless that the transfer is “not one thing that’s actually official or reasonable.”
Johnson then returned for the sequels in 1986 and 1989 and for the 1994 reboot, The Subsequent Karate Child, starring Hilary Swank.
Born in 1939 in Niagara Falls, New York, Johnson discovered Tang Soo Do, an historical Korean type of karate, whereas serving as a chaplain with the U.S. Military in Korea in 1963. He mentioned it took him simply 13 months to earn his black belt.
After the service, he competed in karate tournaments within the U.S. and met Norris at an occasion in Detroit. “He and I struck a very good bond on the time as a result of we had each educated in Korea, we had each gotten our black belts in Korea,” he mentioned in a 2016 documentary.
“He talked about to me one time that ‘In case you ought to ever resolve to come back to California, I feel we may work rather well collectively.’ I actually don’t know precisely why I did it, however someday I jumped on a Greyhound bus, got here to California and mentioned, ‘Chuck, I’m right here.’”
With Norris working a sequence of karate faculties, Johnson served as his predominant teacher on the Sherman Oaks location (Norris had opened that spot with legendary grappler Gene LeBell). Later, he captained the actor’s black belt competitors group and received a person nationwide karate title in 1971.
(Johnson additionally is thought for creating the game’s penalty level system, designed to maintain fighters secure and encourage sportsmanship.)
He did stunts and tussled with John Saxon in Enter the Dragon, starring Bruce Lee and Norris, then labored on movies together with Black Belt Jones (1974), The Final Warrior (1975), Norris’ Good Guys Put on Black (1978) and Curtis Hanson’s The Little Dragons (1979), the place he performed a karate teacher.
In 2019, Zabka informed Males’s Well being journal that the martial arts professional “constructed me up from nothing.”
“I didn’t know something about [karate] once I first began,” he mentioned. “I used to be a wrestler in highschool and really limber and athletic. The self-discipline that he gave me bodily, mentally and technically was unbelievable; a lot so, that I educated with him after the movie was over. It’s superb how his educating has stayed with me all these years.”
Within the Sports activities Illustrated piece, Zabka mentioned he “received the angle for my character from Pat. I used his Ki-yahs. I used the best way he stood together with his palms in his belt.”
Johnon additionally served as president of the Nationwide Tang Soo Do Congress, which was created by Norris in 1973, till it disbanded in 1979. He and Norris than led the United Preventing Arts Federation. He was inducted into the North American Sport Karate Affiliation Corridor of Fame in 1993.
Along with his niece, survivors embody his spouse of greater than 50 years, Sue; sons Brett (and his spouse, Leah), Garth (Lisa), Larry (Kim) and Erik; and siblings Richard and Cindy.