About James E. Whitley III
James E. Whitley III is a martial artist who has studied Kung Fu for thirteen years under world renowned Shaolin Hung Fut Kung Fu Grandmaster Sifu Tai Yim. James will play the role of Jason Tallmadge in the Yes They Bleed short film. James began practicing at the age of fourteen. At that time he was diagnosed as clinically obese and was being medicated for depression. After studying for only a short time he lost 66 pounds, stopped taking medication, and was promoted to be an assistant instructor before the age of sixteen. After seeing how much martial arts impacted his life, James dedicated himself to furthering his skills by practicing six to eight hours a day and teaching others. Since then James has taught thousands of students from age four all the way up to ninety. James is a two time international Grand Champion in forms, weapons and fighting. He was Channel 7s sports prep of the week. He has taught street self-defense to the CIA and NAVSEA. He has also appeared in Inside Kung Fu Magazine and New Martial Hero Magazine. He has demonstrated internationally performing traditional Chinese Kung Fu as well as Lion and Dragon Dancing. James currently teaches privately and is acting full time.