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Cameron Shayne: Sculpting Celebs, Cultivating Spirit
You can't evolve if you're not pursuing something. I want to give people purpose and bring them to health outside their 9-to-5 reality. A job is the pursuit of intellectual knowledge; Budokon is the pursuit of self knowledge.
A high-ranking black belt in both Olympic-style taekwondo and Okinawan Karate-Do, Cameron Shayne was a martial arts trainer for Renee Russo in the “Lethal Weapon“ series and the fight scene choreographer for Chris Tucker in the “Rush Hour” series. He has trained for more than 20 years in the martial arts, and for nearly a decade in hatha yoga and meditation techniques.
Bullied as a kid and inspired by episodes of Kung Fu on TV, Cameron was drawn early to the martial arts — beginning (against a friend's advice) with taekwondo and its explosive, spinning kicking techniques. His diverse study, practice and competition in the Eastern arts includes training under the legendary Rickson Gracie in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, yoga training under OM Yoga founder Cindy Lee and Ashtanga teachers William and Patti Asad, and extensive studies in Eastern philosophies and holistic nutrition. His studies inspired him to synergize yoga, martial arts and meditation with whole-foods nutrition and self-mastery coaching to create his holistic Budokon training system.
Now a highly sought-after personal trainer to Hollywood celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette, David Arquette, Meg Ryan, Renee Russo and Amber Valetta, and athletes including U.S. Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh. He has worked as a personal bodyguard for entertainers including Sean Penn and Charlie Sheen, and has been sought after by top athletes for peak performance training, working with Sugar Ray Leonard, Carolina Panthers Quarterback Rodney Peat and volleyball pro Cassey Jennings.
Cameron lives and teaches in Los Angeles. He shares his expertise in Budokon workshops and teacher training across the country, and through his Budokon series from Gaiam. He says Budokon is not just a workout, but also a complete, empowering way of looking at and living life — and a potent way to achieve lasting health and personal power.
"Yoga and martial arts are simply external expressions of one's internal being,” Cameron Shayne says. “By better organizing the way a person moves, I can help that person better organize the way he or she thinks and lives. Budokon cultivates the human spirit."