the official Erik Betts website. Throughout these pages
you will find my exciting portfolio, including a complete
BIOGRAPHY section, where I'll
introduce you to Erik the Actor and the Man!
Take a look at some of my favorite pictures in the PHOTOS
section. Visit some of my latest film roles in the RESUME
section, listing my current and previous appearances. I
also have a variety of DEMO clips
of some of the work I have appeared in.
You will discover my deep passion for MOVEMENT, and my exciting
ongoing evolution into a well rounded ACTOR in film and
My hope is that this site inspires you towards a wide variety
of experiences, and remember that its NEVER TOO LATE to
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS... You just have to give yourself permission.
You ARE worth it!
to his approach to film and action Erik Betts has had an
opportunity to consult and train a wide variety of people
from major Hollywood stars like Will Smith, to Senior Citizens
(on how to fall safely), to Martial Artists, Gymnasts, Stunt
People, Cheerleaders, Dancers, Ms. Fitness Competitors,
to the kids next door.
a fan of kung fu theater, Betts took an immediate liking to
the combination of acrobatics and martial arts. He reveled
in the attitude by which it was delivered. Born in Boston,
MA in a single family household where there wasn't a lot of
money to spend on extra curricular activities, and not a wide
variety of after school programs for children. Betts' mother,
Betty Hurst of Naples, Fls., began investigating many martial
arts schools and gymnastic facilities. She mapped out a plan
where Erik would attend a free trial class. He dabbled in
arts of every shape and size, traditional and untraditional,
ancient and modern. These became the tools by which he used
to create his own art form.
22 yrs in the making, Mr. Betts' style is "Hollywood
Kung Fu", or HKF and he is the Grandmaster. HKF is a
combination of fiction and reality intertwined, opening a
new dimension in action films, or in simple terms, "film
fighting". It's concept is to take what you already know,
and apply it to what you don't so that you do. Thus, enabling
you to approach anything with a strong sense of familiarity.
Philosophically speaking, the essence of HKF is the art of
constant motion through the projection of emotion.
Betts has now recently started a mobile gym called "Flip
N Kick Acrobatic Centers". "Gymobile" and his
newest, "HUMMOBILE 2000 S.M.G." or "Specialized
Mobile Gym". It's a program where he teaches acrobatics
combined with martial arts-film fighting, action-reactions,
and much more to different martial art, dance, cheerleading
and stunt facilities nationwide. Its unorthodox approach to
martial arts and acrobatics makes it a unique and endless
experience. Erik believes, we are forever experiencing, therefore
we are always changing. HKF has no set forms or stances, or
kicks and punches. It is formless and waits for its practitioner
before taking mold.
not as well-publicized as the unfortunate injury that intruded
and altered Christopher Reeve's life, Erik Betts recently
recovered from his own nightmarish trek with death. On March
14, 1996, Erik "Panther" Betts broke his right hip
and thigh while performing a simple fight scene during an
actual taping of his series, "WMAC MASTERS" on FOX.
This not so simple injury landed him in the hospital under
24 hr watch for two weeks due to heavy blood clotting. Apparently,
a blood clot to the heart or lung through a vein or artery
is lethal. Well, due to the size of Panther's blood clot he
had an 85% chance of that happening. Five surgeries and now
three years later Panther has died, but Erik through the power
of God is back in the loop again, and gettin' betts(er) all
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