In conjunction with celebrating the 12th anniversary of Metamora Martial Arts this month, I’m honored to announce that I will be inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame this April alongside a multitude of stellar martial artists.
Dr. Jim Thomas, the co-founder of this Hall of Fame, wrote the following in his acceptance letter:
“You as a leader in our martial arts industry have paved the way for our new and up and coming generation of skilled martial artists. It’s you who walks in the path of “Bushido” as you diligently run your school, sacrifice a lot of your free time living your dream and love. Consequently your students are mirrors of your teaching!”
The ceremony takes place Saturday, April 12, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
By accepting this nomination into the Hall of Fame, I aim to learn from the other instructors who belong to this group. In turn, this will allow me to share new knowledge with my students and teach new techniques and strategies in the hopes of shaping superior martial artists.
Other events for the weekend include seminars Friday evening and during the day on Saturday, as well as a tournament to cap off the weekend on Sunday.
Seminar guests include:
- Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, one of the most renowned competitors in the world
- Master Ken, star of Enter the Dojo, the world’s only 11th-degree black belt and founder of the greatest martial art in the world, Ameri-Do-Te (heads up: Enter the Dojo is probably a PG-13 rating)
- Ray McCallum, a legendary point fighter from the 70s and 80s
- Art Camacho, a well-known martial arts figure in Hollywood
- Frank Dux, who was portrayed in Blood Sport by Jean-Claude Van Damme
- Geoff Meed, a Hollywood stuntman
- Tony Rivera, an original Guardian Angel
- Alvin “Goldie” Mack, president of the Alliance and instructor of Sinbad