World Taekwondo champion from KZN trains for movie stunts

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Budo Martial Arts Centre owner and world Taekwondo champion Timur Kurmanov during a horse archery session.
Budo Martial Arts Centre owner and world Taekwondo champion Timur Kurmanov during a horse archery session.

World Taekwondo champion, martial artist Timur Kurmanov participated in an intensive movie horse-riding stunt course recently in George, in the Western Cape.

KZN North Coast-based Kurmanov was invited to the course by his friend, famous horse stunt co-ordinator, stunt double, horse trick rider, trainer and owner at Equus, Russian-South African Elbrus Ourtaev.

Speaking to Weekend Witness, Kurmanov said Ourtaev joined the Moscow State Circus School at the age 15 and worked with the Moscow State Circus for five years. He then joined a horse-stunt theatre with Muhtarbek Kantimirov and they performed for audiences around Europe.

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