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South Woodham Ferrers karate champ fighting fit for new Incredible Hulk film

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A CHAMPION karate instructor could become Essex’s Jean-Claude Van Damme after being asked to star in an action flick alongside the original Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno.

Ex-Army physical training officer Steve Powell, 36, of South Woodham Ferrers, will star in Instant Death, choreographing fight scenes and taking part himself.

Filming will begin in Bristol at the end of August and world champion martial artist Steve said it will be a pleasure to meet his childhood “hero”.

“I think all budding martial artists want to star in a feature film so I suppose this is another box ticked for me and my business,” the father-of-two told the Chronicle.


“Who knows what will happen. This could lead to bigger things and to work with Lou Ferrigno is going to be amazing.

“He was my hero growing up. I think every man in his late 30s or 40s now wanted to be the Incredible Hulk when they were young. It will truly be a pleasure.”

American actor and professional bodybuilder Ferrigno has starred in a number of comic-related movies, including The Avengers.

Steve has been running fitness classes in the town for the last five years and now trains 150 karate students at his fitness centre in Chipping Row.

In the forces he trained Royal Marine Commandos and served in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Sierra Leone, but is still apprehensive about starring in the film, which is set for release in 2016.

“This is the first time I have done any acting so I’ll just see how it goes,” he said.

“I probably never thought that I would star with a legend like Lou so I’ll make sure I’m on top form.

“They contacted me by email and asked to see my portfolio, having been ex-military obviously helped with the action scenes.

“It should be a lot of fun and I’m hoping it will lead to more. Who knows, I could be the Essex Van Damme, only better.”

Steve has a ten-year military career under his belt, played combined services rugby and captained and coached the Army karate team.

This year he was made English traditional karate president for the World Karate Association.

It’s been a whirlwind year for Steve who has seen his business take control of new training facilities and has watched his students win medals in Germany, Italy, Manchester, Barnsley and Cardiff.

“We have had a lot of success in the past two years and that is credit to everyone that comes here, sacrifices themselves, and works hard,” he said.

“We have earned a good reputation in the karate world – all from this base in Woodham.”


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