“Martial Arts Kid” Movie Has Local Ties

Movie-goers on Tuesday who take in “The Martial Arts Kid” special release at the Carmike 8 Theater won’t just see a family-friendly film — but a local connection.

The connection is Dr. Barry Broughton, owner and grandmaster of AKT Combatives Academy in Olean, who has a role in The Traditionz Entertainment film. The action movie is directed by Michael Baumgarten. The film, with its anti-bullying message, will have a one-time showing at the theater.

“I am excited that The Martial Arts Kid will be playing in Olean…and around the country,” Broughton said, noting he plays a witness to a fight scene in the movie.

“We need more family-friendly movies that have a great storyline, are action-packed, entertaining, funny and yet are socially responsible like the theme that is presented.”

Production was completed the summer of 2014 after filming in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Los Angeles wrapped up. The movie was shown at film festivals last spring and its premiere was held in September in Burbank, Calif.

Broughton said the movie has also been shown around the country in numerous communities including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. He said there are still some tickets available online for the local showing at the Carmike.

“Moviegoers will be able to identify with the characters and relate to the message,” he said. “This movie is bound to uplift, empower and inspire everyone.”

The movie centers on a troubled teen played by Panettiere, who is from Cleveland and experiences bullying when he moves to Cocoa Beach. When he learns martial arts skills, he gains confidence and self-defense skills.

Locally, Broughton has helped many youngsters gain those same set of martial arts skills, and confidence, at his studio on North Union Street.

“When I was finally able to see the finished product at the movie premiere last month in Burbank, I was excited to see that the same values that we teach at AKT Combatives Academy really came through,” Broughton said. “Often times things like honor, integrity, loyalty, respect and camaraderie, are overlooked in a film for the sake of action.

“It was an honor for me to have a part in a movie like this not only because the message, but also to work on a movie with martial artist and action film legends like Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock and TJ Storm was amazing.”

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