ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

It was confirmed today my "The Chemist" director Art Camacho that Eric Kovaleski is part of the cast.

"Eric is a right hand man to a mob boss in the movie", says Camacho. "It's a featured role for Eric."

Camacho calls Kovaleski a "great person" and says the rising star - who filmed his first role in "The Martial Arts Kid" in June - will have a fight scene with star Oliver Gruner in "The Chemist".

"Yes, he definitely does", confirms Camacho.

A Dickson City, PA resident, Kovaleski has an impressive list of accomplishments.

Kovaleski, who started training in the discipline of Tang Soo Do at the age of three and is currently the youngest Grandmaster of Tang Soo worldwide, has made the cover of the March 2014 issue of "Tae Kwon Do Times". It is comparable to a football or baseball player in our area making the cover of "The Sporting News" or "Sports Illustrated". Even the legendary "Black Belt" magazine regards "Tae Kwon Do Times" as one of the top five publications devoted to martial arts in the world - with correspondents everywhere from the USA to Australia to Nigeria.

Kovaleski's other accomplishments include: Competing on the National Karate Circuit for over 20 years, earning numerous national grand championships as well as a World Championship in Fighting in 1994. Additionally, he has won over 300 trophies in regional, state and national competition in both Forms and Fighting and has been inducted into many karate Halls of Fame and has been selected as the East Coast Representative for the World tang Soo Do General Federation Moo Duk Kwan for Seoul, Korea.

Kovaleski has also been the recipient of many citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives , as well as the Governor's office naming "Pennsylvania Martial Arts Day" in honor of Kovaleski's event, the Legends of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Filming for "The Chemist" begins on August 18.


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