Hollywood stuntman packs a punch in Stourbridge

Stourbridge News: L-R - Ryan Norwood (Fury Fight School) and stuntman Andy Norman. Buy photo: 401221J Buy this photo L-R - Ryan Norwood (Fury Fight School) and stuntman Andy Norman. Buy photo: 401221J

A HOLLYWOOD stuntman who has put the Caped Crusader through his paces dropped into Stourbridge to show off a few of his dynamic movie moves.

Andy Norman, together with Spanish military man Justo Dieguez, devised the popular Keysi Fighting Method (KFM) which features in the fight scenes in the Batman flicks starring Christian Bale.

And on Saturday (September 22) the Yorkshire-born street fighter, who has worked with a host of A list stars, including Tom Cruise took time out to run a two-hour workshop at Fury Fight School in Stourbridge High Street run by cage fighter Ryan Norwood.

Ryan, who trains regularly with the combat maestro, said: “It was a great privilege to have him come down and do a workshop in the gym; it was amazing. He’s so skilled at what he does.”

The KFM, a fluid and constantly evolving self defence system, made its film debut in Batman Begins in 2005 and has since exploded in popularity both on screen and off.

Its success has put Norman and Dieguez in demand as film stunt co-ordinators - and, as well as the Batman franchise, their screen credits to date include Mission Impossible 3, Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace and the new Tom Cruise film Jack Reacher which is due for release in December.

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