Friday, January 13, 2006

In Memory of Stuart Quan 

Stuart Quan: 1962-2006. Picture courtesy of martialinfo.comPosted by Picasa

I hate it when I return to Fresno and hear bad news:

Fresno martial arts teacher, actor and stuntman Stuart Quan died back on January 8th. He collapsed suddenly while skiing at Sierra Summit resort. He was only 43. His funeral took place last Friday in Fresno and was attended by thousands of people he connected with over his eventful life.

I had the good fortune of being his student for a couple of years during the late 80's and early 90's. Kids loved him. He had a great sense of humor, he pushed everyone to do more than they thought they could do, plus he could kick anyone's ass if it was necessary. When I was taking his classes (and ever sine then), I would wonder what the heck is this guy doing still teaching in Fresno? He was a working actor, constantly taking roles in movies and television series. He was a martial arts champion, earning the friendship and respect of the world's martial arts community. But yet his primary commitment was to his dojo in Fresno, especially to the kids who trained and learned there. He was truly one of Fresno's best kept secrets; a local celebrity to be sure, but he generally flew under the radar of the city's consciousness.

My thoughts are with his family, friends, and students. A memorial with tributes from both the famous and ordinary can be found here.

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