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Blast from the Power Past – Steve Cardenas Then and Now

The highlight of Power Rangers back in the day was that you got to see the actual ranger actors pull off great martial arts and stunts. None of this covering-your-face-to-hide-the-stuntie business. What we didn’t get to see a lot of were the actors who were martial artists doing their stuff outside of the show. How would we? Most of us were drooling kids, the Internet was AOL with its lovely modem noises…you get the idea.

Now, we’ve got technology to show us what our favorite rangers really can do. Sure, you’ll be able to see video of Mike Chaturantabut (Chad from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue) doing his XMA thing, or Jason David Frank do demos at conventions, but is there video of any rangers showing their skills back in the day and then now sans Power Rangers? Enter Steve Cardenas.

The first video is from a 1996 tournament that Steve won. The second is from the gold medal Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match at American Nationals 2009, which Steve won. Still got it.

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Comments ( 6 )

Awesome :-)

Simone added these pithy words on Feb 07 10 at 4:02 pm

Both the awkwardness and the talent of the first clip is so much better than the second. I’m not even sure I understand how Steve can spend all that time on his back and still be declared the winner.

Spy added these pithy words on Feb 09 10 at 4:43 pm

Get the other person out of bounds and you win? I don’t know myself, but Steve was really proud of it!

Lisa J added these pithy words on Feb 10 10 at 9:40 am

Ah, maybe that’s it. I didn’t notice they were all in those squares.

Spy added these pithy words on Feb 10 10 at 6:08 pm

I think he was about to cinch an armbar elbow lock.

Joshua Kahn added these pithy words on Feb 11 10 at 11:56 am

Yes.. He had the armbar set in and if you look closely as they roll over, the man in the black Gi taps out.

Ryan added these pithy words on Feb 14 10 at 11:54 am