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Terry Notary

Inventor of Quadrufit

Terry began his journey as a 4-time NCAA All-American UCLA gymnast. His unparalleled abilities were soon recognized by the creators of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil where he was recruited as an original cast member and collaborator for their signature show “Mystere”. For four years he starred as an acrobat, musician and character actor.

It was “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” director Ron Howard who would launch Terry’s career in film when he asked him to bring his diverse range of talents to play the fabled “Whos”, perform acrobatics, and head up the ‘Who School’— teaching movement and performance to the entire cast.

With Terry’s vast talent for movement now recognized in Hollywood, he was asked to create an ‘Ape School’ for Tim Burton’s cast of the ‘Planet of the Apes’. In preparation, Terry underwent an extensive research and development process including months of work with twin chimpanzees, Jacob and Jonah. His time with these primates gave him an extraordinary perspective into movement and behavior patterns of our closest animal relatives. 

Understanding the subtle differences between apes and humans.

At first Terry began to study them from an outside perspective, noting the subtle differences in ape and human behavior. As his relationship with the apes evolved, Terry began to understand them on in a whole new way. He realized their similarities with humans far outweighed their differences. He questioned, ‘How are apes able to perform incredible acrobatic feats with such ease and grace? What was that subtle difference that made them able to transcend the ‘threshold of effort’, and execute with such undeniable presence?

Terry reflects how, ’My relationship with Jacob and Jonah taught me the meaning of grounded-ness and gravitas that I now refer to as ‘soft connection’….as well as what is means to be open, like a child, which I call ‘peripheral widening’. There was this fluidity….an integrity between their mind and body, where thoughts did not get in the way of their intention….but most notably, there was a profound presence and an economy of movement that was supported by a deep, fluid, intrinsic strength. As I watched them, the moments seemed to unfold with ease….uninterrupted….free and clear of any noise or static of the mind.”

Our Foundation

Brad Chedister

Special Advisor for Advanced Technologies / Bio-Technologies / Human

From 2013-2016, Brad Chedister was the Lead Engineer / Subject Matter Expert supporting USSOCOM HQ Commander’s Science and Technology Initiative, the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) Joint Task Force. Before that, he spent 2004-2016 as a Technology Scout / Subject Matter Expert supporting multiple Special Operations Command (SOCOM) priorities. Chedister is a Biomedical Engineer by training and holds a double Masters in Engineering Management and Technology Management. From 2005 to 2017 he supported several R&D SOCOM programs including Human Performance Program (HPP) Chedister held the position of Warfighter Systems Architect Director at MIT affiliated Draper Laboratories from 2016-2018.

He is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer of DEFENSEWERX in partnership with the Department of Defense – leading technology development and facilitation at multiple Facility locations and teams across the United States; and serving as a Special Advisor for Bio-Tech / Med-Tech / Human Performance Optimization Technologies for SOFWERX, Special Operations Command’s partner. Before joining USSOCOM in 2005 – he played professional baseball for the Houston Astros MLB organization.

Chedister currently serves as a Co-Chairman for the Warfighter Sustainment and Performance Working Group (NDIA / DOD entity); Chairman of the Automobile Industry’s Exoskeleton Working Group (Current and Future Technologies Sub- group); Member of the Cognitive Performer Working Group (Industry and DOD)

 

We feel very privileged to have Brad serving as our Technical Consultant here at QuadruFit.

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Eric Rice

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From 2013-2016, Brad Chedister was the Lead Engineer / Subject Matter Expert supporting USSOCOM HQ Commander’s Science and Technology Initiative, the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) Joint Task Force. Before that, he spent 2004-2016 as a Technology Scout / Subject Matter Expert supporting multiple Special Operations Command (SOCOM) priorities. Chedister is a Biomedical Engineer by training and holds a double Masters in Engineering Management and Technology Management. From 2005 to 2017 he supported several R&D SOCOM programs including Human Performance Program (HPP) Chedister held the position of Warfighter Systems Architect Director at MIT affiliated Draper Laboratories from 2016-2018.

He is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer of DEFENSEWERX in partnership with the Department of Defense – leading technology development and facilitation at multiple Facility locations and teams across the United States; and serving as a Special Advisor for Bio-Tech / Med-Tech / Human Performance Optimization Technologies for SOFWERX, Special Operations Command’s partner. Before joining USSOCOM in 2005 – he played professional baseball for the Houston Astros MLB organization.

Chedister currently serves as a Co-Chairman for the Warfighter Sustainment and Performance Working Group (NDIA / DOD entity); Chairman of the Automobile Industry’s Exoskeleton Working Group (Current and Future Technologies Sub- group); Member of the Cognitive Performer Working Group (Industry and DOD)

 

We feel very privileged to have Brad serving as our Technical Consultant here at QuadruFit.

Clint Carleton

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