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Ex-Green Ranger teaches Mighty Morphin' prowess to new generation

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PEARLAND, Texas (FOX 26) -

You won't find much green on Jason David Frank these days.

Nearly 20 years after "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers", the ex-Green Ranger has traded in his uniform, Dragon Flute and Dragonzord for a successful martial arts career.

== Dragon Flutes for dojos ==

In sunny Pearland, in the 2800 block of Business Drive, dozens gathered to see the grand opening of Frank's fourth martial arts school, Rising Sun Karate.  Inside, his tiny students were busy practicing for the grand opening, twirling staffs and nunchaku on a crowded mat.

For this new generation, the 39-year-old Frank is a 35-year martial artist with a seventh degree black belt and a self-created fighting style, Toso Kune Do, the Way of the Fighting Fist.

"What I'm doing is teaching the kids my codes of the dragon which are brotherhood, dedication, respect, cooperation, discipline, confidence, attitude and self-respect," he said.  "It's all about self-protection, self-defense and just making kids aware of stranger danger."

== Once a ranger ... ==

For an older generation, Frank was Tommy Oliver, the first Green and White Ranger in the 1990s children's show "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers".  Frank stayed with the show for several of its reiterations and wears his past career as a badge of honor.

Immediately entering the Rising Sun Karate School, you'll find a wall of memorabilia, including action figures, autographed pictures and clothes.  During the grand opening, the Mighty Morphin' Texas Rangers fan club paid a visit to regroup, take photos, and reminisce on an important part of their childhood.

President Kevin Bianchi was decked out in his White Ranger costume, posing for fans of the show and promoting his merry band of cosplayers, prop makers, collectors and die-hard fans.

"We just get together.  We have people take pictures of us, but if people want to become a Power Ranger or know where to get certain things like action figures or memorabilia, we try to help them out as much as we can," Bianchi said.

== Cage brawler ==

Frank may not be fighting Putty Patrollers and weird monsters anymore, but he is dominating in a new arena: the steel cage.  With incredible flexibility, strength and a seventh-degree black belt, Frank has handily dispatched seven brawlers as a mixed martial artist.  How does he do it?

"All dedication, it's all in your head.  Everything we do in life, I teach my kids it's just mental.  I can, I can, I can, believe, believe, believe, speak it, speak it, speak it, and get it," he said.  "Of course, in my system we have the kuntaos triangle which we all have spiritual beliefs, we have our physical and we have all of our mental, so if we keep those together, it creates pressure which creates diamonds."

Frank takes kids and adults with him on his journey towards fighting perfection.  Hit him up at any of his schools in the Houston area and California.

Plus, it's also close to Skydive Spaceland.  Frank made it no secret why he and his wife set up shop in that Pearland strip mall.

"I thought combination package: skydiving and mixed martial arts.  I can skydive all day, come here at 4 and hammer the kids," he said, beaming.


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