Masters Hall of Fame Inducts Kancho John Chang at Hollywood Awards Ceremony

Hollywood, CA (For Release) – The Masters Hall of Fame inducted Kancho John Chang, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, at the 2015 Awards Banquet sponsored by Monster Energy on Saturday, June 6. The historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Academy Awards ceremony, was the venue for this signature event. Martial arts actor T.J. Storm hosted the evening as Master of Ceremonies, and Martial Arts History Museum President Michael Matsuda presented the keynote address.

“This award is special for me because it acknowledges my years of hard work combining these different styles to form Chan Tai Do.” Kancho John Chang

Kancho Chang first studied Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Chin na and Kung Fu while a Chinese refugee in Malaysia, forced to leave Vietnam, after the Vietnam War. At the age of eight his family immigrated to the United States, where his father forbad his study of the martial arts in the fear that he might injure another child and possibly lead to the family’s deportation. To get around this, Kancho Chang became involved in grappling in junior and senior high school, joining the school wrestling teams. Unable to afford a four-year institution, he attended Foothill Junior College where he found a thriving Shotokan Karate group, eventually working his way up to 4th Degree Black Belt.

In 2003 Kancho Chang brought all of his martial arts experiences together to found Chang Tai Do, a martial arts form based on a mixture of Kung Fu, Karate, and the grappling methods of wrestling and Chin na. His Chang Tai Do group now holds classes in the Bay Area cities of Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Los Altos and Menlo Park.

“I am very honored to accept this award from the Masters Hall of Fame,” says Kancho Chang. “I would like to thank my family, especially my wife and daughter, for their support, dedication and patience. I would also like to thank Senseis Rick Roberts, Brian Keats and Gene Tibon for their mentoring and friendship. Thank you also to all the parents, students, friends and families that have made Chang Tai Do unique and special. There are no words to express how humbled and honored I have been for all their help.”

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and their work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

To learn more about Chang Tai Do, visit the website at http://changtaido.com. For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at http://www.mastershalloffame.org. For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844-526-2869 (844-KAMATOY) or press@jugglemail.com.

 


Taekwondo Master Rafael Alderete Inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame

Hollywood, CA (For Release) – Master Rafael Alderete, a 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekowndo WTF, was inducted into the martial arts Masters Hall of Fame at the 2015 Awards Banquet at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Saturday, June 6. Master Alderete has more than four decades of experience in a variety of martial arts, including Taekwondo, K.A.P.U. (Karate Puma), Brazilian Jiujitsu and Kapap. He is currently an instructor in Kapap at House of Champions in Van Nuys, CA, under Sensei Jacov Bresler and Grandmaster Moshee Galisko, and assists Grand Master Martin Ramirez with training and testing at Ramirez Twin Tigers Tae Kwon Do in Oxnard, CA.

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“I want to thank Professor Jorge Cerezoli and Grandmaster Hugo Alberto Gomez Fernandez, who took me off the streets and put me onto the right path. Their guidance changed my life completely.” Master Rafael Alderete

A native of Rosario, Argentina, Master Alderete began his studies in the 1970s in K.A.P.U., a martial arts form developed in Argentina by Grandmaster Hugo Alberto Gomez Fernandez. This would be a turning point in his life, which up to then had been on what he admits was a wrong path. “I want to thank Professor Jorge Cerezoli and Grandmaster Hugo Alberto Gomez Fernandez, who took me off the streets and put me onto the right path.,” says Master Alderete. “Their guidance changed my life completely.”

With his induction into the Masters Hall of Fame, Master Alderete is now turning his sights back to Argentina, with plans to open a school in Rosario, Santa Fe. His goal is to give back to his community in recognition of the benefits he has received through the martial arts.

“There are a lot of youngsters over there that need help,” Master Alderete explains. “Because of the level of poverty, they don’t have the opportunity to be guided properly. I believe that by using the martial arts as a tool, I can help these youngsters. As a boy I grew up on the streets having a lot of problems. Now it’s time for me to bring what I have learned back to my own people.”

Master Alderete also hopes to take the ideals of the Masters Hall of Fame back to South America, to acknowledge the efforts of those already teaching. “I want to thank Chairman Daniel Hect and everyone else at the Masters Hall of Fame for the tremendous work they have done, particularly this year. I believe that such an event as this needs to take place in every country because there are many martial arts masters who are still unknown.”

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and their work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

To learn more about House of Champions, visit http://www.houseofchampions.com; learn more about Ramirez Twin Tigers Tae Kwon Do at http://www.ramireztkd.com/. For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at http://www.mastershalloffame.org. For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844­526­2869 (844­KAMATOY) or press@jugglemail.com.


Masters Hall of Fame to Induct Wing Chun Master Clark Tang

Hollywood, CA (For Release) – Sifu Clark Tang, a Master in Wing Chun Kung Fu and disciple of the late Grandmaster Wong Long Ching, will be inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame at the Annual Banquet sponsored by Monster Energy on Saturday, June 6. The event takes place at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. The evening will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies and martial arts actor T.J. Storm. Michael Matsuda, the founder and president of the Martial Arts History Museum, will be the keynote speaker. Sifu Tang is the founder of Wing Chun Temple and chief instructor of the Wong Long Wing Chun Association.

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“I believe learning martial arts is all about the path to discovering your own TAO, your way.” Sifu Clark Tang

Tang500web-1439Sifu Tang began his martial arts training informally at age 6, later taking formal training in kickboxing and American Kenpo under Grandmaster Ed Parker’s system. Although he also studied Lama Kenpo Karate with Lua integration, Tai Kwon Do and Tai Chi, he always wanted to learn Wing Chun Kung Fu, inspired by Master Ti Lung and Master Bruce Lee. Finally in 1993 he found a Wing Chung School under Chanh Wah Shun’s lineage and began attending three times each week under his first Wing Chun Sifu, Grandmaster Donald Fling.

Since that early training, Sifu Tang has had the honor to study with several other Wing Chung masters, including Sifu Jerry McKinley, and Sifu Franco Lung. His most important and influential teacher has been Sifu Grandmaster Wong Long Ching, the direct and first generation student of Grandmaster Ip Man. In early 2012, Sifu Tang opened Wing Chun Temple in Signal Hill, CA, to carry on the legacy of Grandmaster Wong Long Ching.

“I am honored to be inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame, and I would like to dedicate this award to my Sifu Grandmaster Wong Long Ching, whom I love and respect dearly,” says Sifu Tang. “I believe learning martial arts is all about the path to discovering your own TAO, your way. I am inspired by Master Bruce Lee’s quote: ‘Using no way as way, having no limitation as limitation.’”

TangThe Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and their work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

To learn more about Wing Chun Temple, visit http://WingChunTemple.com. For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at http://www.mastershalloffame.org.  For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844­526­2869 (844­KAMATOY) or press@jugglemail.com.


Taekowndo Master Rafael Alderete to be Inducted Into Masters Hall of Fame at Hollywood Awards Banquet

Hollywood, CA (For Release) – Master Rafael Alderete,  a 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo WTF, will be inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame at the 2015 Awards Banquet sponsored by Monster Energy on Saturday, June 6. The event takes place at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. The event will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies and martial arts actor T.J. Storm. Michael Matsuda, the founder and president of the Martial Arts History Museum, will be the keynote speaker.

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“I want to dedicate my life exclusively to the legacy of the martial arts and to helping people through my Christian beliefs.” Master Rafael Alderete

A native of Rosario, Argentina, Master Alderete began his martial arts studies in the 1970s under Professor Jorge Cerezoli in K.A.P.U. (Karate Puma), an Argentinean Martial Art founded by Grand Master and 10th Dan Hugo Alberto Gomez Fernandez. Master Alderete then began studying Taekwondo in military school in Buenos Aires, eventually graduating and joining the Special Forces Cobra Commando unit.

During and after his military career, Master Alderete competed around the world as an amateur fighter, also training and competing in kickboxing. In the 1980s he came to the United States and trained under several Taekwondo masters, including Masters Num Wang Kim, Jun Chong and Kwang Sam Kim.

Today Master Alderete trains in Kapap under Sensei Jacov Bresler and Grand Master Moshee Galisko. Master Alderete also trains in Brazilian Jiujitsu, under 3rd Degree Black Belt Professor Alberto Crane from Gracie Barra in Burbank, CA, and assists Grand Master Martin Ramirez with training and testing at Ramirez Twin Tigers Tae Kwon Do. He is currently working toward advanced certification as an instructor and plans to return to Argentina to open a training studio.

“Today I am fully involved in the martial arts,” says Master Alderete. “I want to dedicate my life exclusively to the legacy of the martial arts and to helping people through my Christian beliefs. I am honored to be a part of the Masters Hall of Fame, and I look forward to being a part of MHOF in Latin America.”

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and their work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

To learn more about Ramirez Twin Tigers Tae Kwon Do, visit http://www.ramireztkd.com/; learn more about Gracie Barra, Burbank at http://gbburbank.com/. For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at http://www.mastershalloffame.org. For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844­526­2869 (844­KAMATOY) or press@jugglemail.com.


Masters Hall of Fame to Induct Hung Gar Master Peter Chan at Hollywood Event

Hollywood, CA (For Release) – The Masters Hall of Fame will induct Master Peter Chan (See How Chan), a practitioner of Hung Gar, at the 2015 Awards Banquet sponsored by Monster Energy on Saturday, June 6. The event will take place at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Academy Awards ceremony. Martial arts actor T.J. Storm will host the evening as Master of Ceremonies, and Martial Arts History Museum President Michael Matsuda will present the keynote address.

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"By receiving this award I hope to bring awareness to our bright future, the students of Shaolin Kung Fu Lion Dance Team.” Master Peter Chan

Master Chan began his studies in Hong Jia Quan and lion dancing at the age of 12, and recalls the hours of practice to perfect his art. “If you practice martial arts without total concentration, without making an effort, without correct practice, without attentiveness during practice, the Master can fling you or perhaps scold you,” he says. Master Chan is the third generation in lineage from martial arts master Lam Sai Wing; his direct Sifu is Grandmaster Dr. Chiu Chi Ling.

Along with his wife Amy Chan, Master Chan is the founder of Shaolin Kung Fu Lion Dance Team, based in the Chinatown section of Oakland, CA. Master Chan founded the company, a self­funded nonprofit, to teach traditional Chinese culture and Lion Dance techniques to a new generation for free. The training focuses on the martial spirit of say­wuy and the qualities of politeness (luy), uprightness of mind (yee), honesty (lien) and sense of honor and respect (chih) in order to help students excel in life and become better individuals.

“I am humbled, honored, and at the same time excited to receive this Masters Hall of Fame award,” says Master Chan. “By receiving this award I hope to bring awareness to our bright future, the students of Shaolin Kung Fu Lion Dance Team.”

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and their work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

To learn more about Shaolin Kung Fu Lion Dance Team visit their website at http://shaolinliondance.weebly.com or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/shaolinliondance.  For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at http://www.mastershalloffame.org. For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844­526­2869 (844­KAMATOY) or press@jugglemail.com.


Bond Girl Gloria Hendry to Attend Masters Hall of Fame in Hollywood

Hollywood, CA (For Release) – Actress Gloria Hendry, who played James Bond love interest Rosie Carver opposite Roger Moore in Live and Let Die, will be inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame at the 2015 Awards Banquet sponsored by Monster Energy on Saturday, June 6. The event takes place at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. The evening will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies and martial arts actor T.J. Storm, with Martial Arts History Museum founder and president Michael Matsuda as keynote speaker.


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Gloria Hendry made her mark in a number of action films in the 1970s, including Black Caesar, Black Belt Jones, and Live and Let Die.

 

Ms. Hendry got her start in film in For Love of Ivy with Sidney Poitier after being discovered working at the Playboy Club in New York. She would go on to appear in several action­-centered films, including Black Caesar with Fred Williamson and Black Belt Jones with martial arts legend Jim Kelly. When she took on the role of Rosie Carver in Live and Let Die she became the first African-­American actress to play a character romantically involved with super spy James Bond.

Inspired by her movie roles, Ms. Hendry went on to study several martial arts. She learned American Kenpo from 9th Degree Black Belt Robert Wall, and Hapkido and Jiu Jitsu from Maha Guru Cliff Stewart. Ms. Hendry also studied Shorin­Ju Kenpo, Shorin­Ryu, Jiu Jitsu and Tang Soo Do with Senior Grandmaster Jerry Smith.

When Jim Kelly passed away in 2013, Ms. Hendry was invited to a memorial organized by Masters Hall of Fame alumni Eric “Lionman” O’Neil where she shared her thoughts about working with the great martial artist and actor. In an interview, she recalled Kelly’s support not only on the set but beyond as she continued to work in action films and television series. Ms. Hendry was nominated to the Masters Hall of Fame by actor and martial artist Robert Parham for her contributions to the martial arts in film and television.

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and their work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at http://www.mastershalloffame.org. For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844­526­2869 (844­KAMATOY) or press@jugglemail.com.


Master Sueyoshi Akeshi to Demonstrate at the Masters Hall of Fame Awards Banquet

Hollywood, CA (For Release) – Master Sueyoshi Akeshi, a Shugendo Buddhist monk fromTokyo, Japan, will demonstrate his unique sword technique at the 2015 Masters Hall of Fame Awards Banquet sponsored by Monster Energy on Saturday, June 6, at the famed Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. The event will feature the induction of more than 50 new members into the Masters Hall of Fame, an organization which recognizes excellence in the martial arts. Film star T.J. Storm will act as Master of Ceremonies, and Michael Matsuda, President of the Martial Arts History Museum, will be the keynote speaker.

Past inductees into the Masters Hall of Fame include Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, and Professor Bob White.

Master Akeshi has been training in the martial arts since his teen years and has taught all over the world. He has been featured in books, DVDs and magazines in Canada, Europe and Brazil, where he has schools under his tutelage. Master Akeshi has taught many notables and celebrities, including Van Halen’s David Lee Roth. He has become well known for his unique sword style, which includes many exceptional quick­draw techniques. This will be Master Akeshi’s first time demonstrating in the United States.

Over the years, the Masters Hall of Fame has held its award ceremonies in conjunction with events such as the Disney Martial Arts Festival® and, in 2014, the Long Beach International Karate Championships. Also in 2014 the organization held its first event east of the Rocky Mountains, the Dallas, Texas, Masters Hall of Fame. The 2015 venue honors the legacy of martial arts in films, as the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was the site of the first Academy Awards presentation. The 2015 Awards Banquet will also honor martial artists from Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Switzerland and Japan.

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Past inductees include Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, and Professor Bob White. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at www.mastershalloffame.org. For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844­526­2869 (844­KAMATOY) or press@jugglemail.com.


Tai Shing Grandmaster Michael Matsuda to Speak at Masters Hall of Fame Banquet

Hollywood, CA (For Release) – Tai Shing (Monkey Kung Fu) Grandmaster Michael Matsuda, the founder and President of the Martial Arts History Museum, will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Masters Hall of Fame Awards Banquet sponsored by Monster Energy on Saturday, June 6, at Hollywood’s famed Roosevelt Hotel. The event recognizes excellence in the martial arts and will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies and martial arts film star T.J. Storm. More than 50 new members will be inducted for their contributions to the martial arts, their work in the community and their personal successes.

As grandmaster in Monkey Kung Fu, Matsuda is the sixth generation successor and only the second non­Chinese to master the art.

In addition to being the founder of the Martial Arts History Museum, Matsuda is the founder and former publisher of Martial Art Magazine, a contributor to Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu magazines, and the author of several books. He has been practicing the martial arts for over four decades and has studied judo, jiujitsu, karate and jeet kune do, along with forms of kung fu. As grandmaster in Monkey Kung Fu, Matsuda is the sixth generation successor and only the second non­Chinese to master the art.

In addition to his work in the martial arts, Matsuda is active in the community, taking full advantage of his background and degrees in business, journalism and art design. He has been involved in organizing programs for Save the Children Foundation, the Tsunami Relief Fund and numerous blood drives.

Over the years, the Masters Hall of Fame has held its award ceremonies in conjunction with events such as the Disney Martial Arts Festival® and, in 2014, the Long Beach International Karate Championships. Also in 2014 the organization held its first event east of the Rocky Mountains, the Dallas, Texas, Masters Hall of Fame. The 2015 venue honors the legacy of martial arts in films, as the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was the site of the first Academy Awards presentation. The 2015 Awards Banquet will also honor martial artists from Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Switzerland and Japan.

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Past inductees include Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, and Professor Bob White. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at www.mastershalloffame.org. For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844­526­2869 (844­KAMATOY) or press@jugglemail.com.


Martial Arts Film Star T.J. Storm to MC Masters Hall of Fame Awards Banquet

Hollywood, CA (For Immediate Release) – World-­class martial artist and film star T.J. Storm will host the 2015 Masters Hall of Fame Awards Banquet sponsored by Monster Energy on  Saturday, June 6, at famed the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Masters Hall of Fame recognizes excellence in martial arts, honoring practitioners for their efforts in their fields as well as their work in the community. As Master of Ceremonies Storm will preside over the induction of more than 50 new honorees and will introduce keynote speaker Michael Matsuda, the President of the Martial Arts History Museum.

Past inductees into the Masters Hall of Fame include Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia  “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, and Professor Bob White.

Trained in a variety of styles from youth, Storm holds black belts in Arashi­Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ninjitsu, Jujitsu and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. He also studied dance as a youth, and went on to win dance competitions in both hip­hop and break­dancing. His varied background, and training at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Acting Academy, helped him develop the confidence to break into acting. He has performed alongside such luminaries as Jet Li and Sir Ben Kingsley, and will appear with Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock in the new film The Martial Arts Kid. In addition to film and television roles, Storm has become well known for his work in video gaming as both a motion capture and voice actor.

Over the years, the Masters Hall of Fame has held its award ceremonies in conjunction with events such as the Disney Martial Arts Festival® and, in 2014, the Long Beach International Karate Championships. Also in 2014 the organization held its first event east of the Rocky Mountains, the Dallas, Texas, Masters Hall of Fame. The 2015 venue honors the legacy of martial arts in films, as the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was the site of the first Academy Awards presentation. The 2015 Awards Banquet will also honor martial artists from Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Switzerland and Japan.

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Past inductees include Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, and Professor Bob White. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at www.mastershalloffame.org. For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844­526­2869 (844­KAMATOY) or press@jugglemail.com.


Masters Hall of Fame Set to Celebrate Excellence in Martial Arts – Hollywood Style

Hollywood, CA (For Release) – The Masters Hall of Fame, a leading organization dedicated to recognizing excellence in martial arts, will celebrate its 2015 Awards Banquet sponsored by Monster Energy in Hollywood style on Saturday, June 6, at the famed Roosevelt Hotel. More than 50 new members will be inducted at the event, which will feature martial arts films star and Master of Ceremonies T.J. Storm. The keynote speaker will be Michael Matsuda, the President of the Martial Arts History Museum.

"This is an exciting time for the Masters Hall of Fame. I am proud to be involved with such an outstanding organization.” Daniel Hect, Chairman of the Masters Hall of Fame.

The rolls of the Masters Hall of Fame read like a who’s who of the great martial arts masters. Film stars such as Grandmaster Don “The Dragon” Wilson, “Lady Dragon” Sifu Cynthia Rothrock, and Sensei Carl Van Meter have been inducted for their contributions to the martial arts. Other past inductees include Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Lisa “The Black Widow” King and Professor Bob White. Many of these great artists will walk the red carpet at the 2015 event.

Over the years, the Masters Hall of Fame has held its award ceremonies in conjunction with events such as the Disney Martial Arts Festival® and, in 2014, the Long Beach International Karate Championships. Also in 2014 the organization held its first event east of the Rocky Mountains, the Fort Worth, Texas, Masters Hall of Fame. In recognition of its international reach, the 2015 Awards Banquet will honor martial artists from Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Switzerland and Japan.

Daniel Hect, Chairmen of the Masters Hall of Fame, is excited about the organization’s efforts in 2015. “We are excited to hold the Masters Hall of Fame Awards Banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the very first Academy Awards,” said Hect. “This is an exciting time for the Masters Hall of Fame. I am proud to be involved with such an outstanding organization.”

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Honorees are chosen for their dedication to the martial arts and work in the community, as well as their individual successes.

For more information on the Masters Hall of Fame, visit the website at Mastershalloffame.org.  For media information contact Kamatoy Media Group at 844­KAMATOY 844­526­2869 or press@jugglemail.com.