Tim STORMS- Head Coach/ Owner
Tim grew up in Minnesota. The son of musicians, he began his performance career at 4 years old, performing traditional German dancing (yes, he still has lederhosen!), and doing gymnastics. He started taekwondo at 12, earning his first black belt by 16. He studied wushu under Eric Chen, He Jing De, and Jet Li's teacher, Coach Wu Bin. He has also trained in aikido and Brazilian jiujitsu. Tim began studying clowning and circus arts in high school, performing with his troupe of jugglers and acrobats. He earned a BS in Classical and Musical Theatre from Minnesota State University. He has studied many dance styles, including ballet, salsa, swing and ball-room. Tim writes, directs, acts and does stunts for stage, film and television. His greatest passion is teaching, and especially loves teaching kids wushu and gymnastics!
Laurent "Lohan" Buson- Fight Choreography
Laurent studied martial arts and gymnastics at an early age in Marseille, France. After high school, he traveled to the Shaolin monastery in China, where he trained under the supervision of 2nd master Shi Yong Xu. Serendipity led Laurent to meet fellow Frenchman Fabien Garcia, his future partner in Z TEAM, on their shared first day at Shaolin. The monks’ tutelage lived up to its reputation: mornings there began with running 1500 steps up the mountainside, in blazing summer or frozen winter. Laurent picked up the nickname “Lohan,” which proved to be fortuitous: it was a mis-translation of his name to “luóhàn,” also meaning “the worthy one” in Sanskrit. Laurent moved to Beijing Sport University and earned an advanced degree in wushu. He studied under Chinese champion Wang Xiao Na and was also a student of the Shi Cha Hai Sports School, home to the world-class Beijing Wushu Team.