Cutline: Hollywood actor and recent Atascocita transplant, Geoff Meed, has opened a dojo in the Pinehurst Shopping Center. Photo by Susan McFarland Hollywood actor Geoff Meed recently moved to Atascocita and is opening a new self-defense and circuit-training studio in the Pinehurst Shopping Center. Meed has been seen in more than a dozen movies, including The Fast and the Furious Five and in many television shows, including CSI, The Closer, Days of Our Lives and Without a Trace. Meed grew up in Houston, but moved to Los Angeles more than 20 years ago to pursue an acting career after graduating from UT-Austin. He found work as a stunt man at the Universal Studios Hollywood Tour, while he pursued acting jobs. Meed recalled, Back then, I would sneak on to movie studio lots with a manila envelope and pretend I was delivering something and go visit casting directors. He eventually got a break when he was sent on an audition, and landed a role on the television show China Beach. Other roles quickly followed. In February 2012, while on the set of the Hallmark Channel movie Shadow on the Mesa, Meed suffered extensive injuries from a horse accident. The horse got spooked by gunshots coming from over the hill. It started rearing, which wasnt a big deal, but my foot got stuck in the stirrup. I broke eight ribs, broke my sternum in two pieces and shattered my face, said Meed. He has already had multiple surgeries, and will need additional surgeries in the next few years to repair his wounds from the accident. Recuperating in LA, Meed made the decision to move back to Houston, with his new wife, Kristen. The couple met when Kristen wrote to Meed to let him know she enjoyed his performance in Little Miss Sunshine (he played Biker Dad). She was funny, so I wrote her back. She came to visit for spring break and by the end of the week, I didnt want her to leave, and now we are married, said Meed. The new dojo studio offers circuit training, which includes the performance of a series of strength, core, stability and cardio exercises in short bursts in a sequence. The studio also offers self-defense training, which is built primarily upon traditional martial art, taking the flowing multiple hand strikes of Chinese Kempo, the joint manipulation, throws and unbalancing techniques of Korean Hap Ki Do, and the powerful kicks from Kyokushin Karate and their adaptation to provide a diverse, useful skill set in the modern real world, said Meed. Classes are offered for children, teens and adults. Meed holds a third-degree black belt in Kempo, and black belts in Hap Ki Do and Tae Kwon Do. Ive done martial arts since I was 12, for 36 years. Ive studied nine different systems of martial arts, at several schools in Texas and LA. Im in three martial arts halls of fame. Ive also taught the Marine Corp, said Meed. In addition, Meed noted he is a certified personal trainer and a certified group fitness instructor. He also has experience applying his martial arts skills to the real world. During his downtime in LA, between jobs, Meed worked security and as a bodyguard. I was a bodyguard for Marilyn Manson, I worked security for Black Sabbath and I ran Rage Against the Machines mosh pit. For more information on the new studio, visit www.gmdojofit.com.

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