LOS ANGELES May 24, 2019
Dame Nicole Brandon (Actress, Humanitarian, Writer, Producer) is a 6-time inductee of the Hall of Fame for her Mastery of Motion and the Physical Arts in Television and Motion Pictures. Nicole has been awarded over one hundred National and International Titles in the world of Dance, Acrobatics, and Martial Arts. Nicole is noted as the youngest Physical Master in the World. Her books, videos, television shows and films can be found across the globe. Nicole is recognized and synonymous with Physical Mastery in the Arts. She has also been Knighted for her humanitarian work and she has been titled Ratu Muda (Duchess) for her global outreach, in the Royal House of Kupang. Nicole is also a multiple recipient and inductee into the “Elite Black Belt Hall of Fame.” This event will mark Nicole’s 7th USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame induction. This year she will be awarded the prestigious “International Actress of the Year Award” by the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Leo Fung was born Nov 23rd, 1928. His career spans the world of Martial Arts, Boxing and Film-making since 1970. He is a former Methodist Minister who has taken the Martial Arts World by storm. The “Living Legend Award” will recognize his body of work and his rich contribution to the World of Martial Arts.
Cynthia Rothrock is superstar. She has taken 1st place 32 times and she’s most noted as the first woman to appear on the cover of a martial arts magazine, and in 1986 co-authored a book with George Chung titled, “Advanced Dynamic Kicks.” Cynthia is being awarded the “Living Legend Award” for Competition in Films.
This renowned Hall of Fame was founded by Grandmaster Jim Thomas, Ph.D./D.Sc./Ma.Dsc. Dr. Thomas is a 10th degree grand master. He has been active in the martial arts for over half a century. In addition to serving as the head coach for Team USA, he was inducted into 6 various martial arts ‘Hall of Fame’ institutions and listed in ‘Who’s – Who’ in the world of Martial Arts. Grandmaster Thomas has won over 200 awards and trophies and served in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years during the Vietnam Evacuation Era. He was a former athlete for the USA World Class Competition Team and has appeared in over 8 Martial Arts Motions pictures.
The U.S.A. Martial Arts ‘Hall of Fame’ “Hall of Heroes” was originally created in 1976 by Grand Master Robert Trias, the first man to open a martial arts school in the U.S.
Jim Thomas’s father, Jim Thomas Sr. was an original student of Grandmaster Trias. One day he brought his very young boy Jim Thomas Jr in to the Dojo and the rest is history. That event that would change Jim Thomas Jr’s life and change the course of Martial Arts History. Grandmaster Trias, Grandmaster Jim Thomas and their friend Mike Day collaborated in the growth of the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame blossoming it to a national and a globally recognized organization throughout the Martial Arts world. With the passing of Grandmaster Trias and Mike Day, the baton was passed to Grandmaster Jim Thomas who flourished the Martial Arts Hall of Fame to world competitions, international venues, USA team exhibitions, presentations, and international mastery. Movies and Television keep the Martial Arts excitement and enthusiasm alive as the world learns from this artistic form, and art of global communication. It is a mastery that grows thru every generation.
Saturday leading up to the awards, classes are offered from 10:00 to 4:00 to the public. The classes are taught and led by the world’s top Grandmasters making this the most sought after, Martial Arts Event in the World. A congratulations is extended to all the winners, past and present for their skill, brilliance and commitment to the world of Martial Arts.
Previous Celebrities awarded include:
Legendary actor and master Stephen Lang (Avatar, Tombstone, Conan the Barbarian)
Legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones, An Eye for an Eye)
Steve McQueen: American Icon
Legendary action star Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 and 2, Hundra, Airplane II
Multi award-winning actress, model and martial artist Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Nemesis 5: The New Model),
Multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Nation’s Fire)
Multi award- winning actress and martial artist Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live)
Legendary action star Gloria Hendry (Live and Let Die)
Former five-time World Kickboxing Champion and former four-time Sport Karate Champion
Filmmaker – Robert Parham (The Toughman World Championship, Buster Jones)
Five-time World Karate Kick Champion and Action Star appearing on the cover of 35 Magazines – Kathy Long (Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Under the Gun, The Stranger, Natural Born Killers)
Filmmaker and Martial Art Celebrity (The Fight Master) – Art Camacho (Half Past Dead 2, Assassin X, Confessions of a Pit Fighter)
Winner of over 100 World Titles – Actor and Fight Choreographer in over 80 movies and TV Productions, Film Producer and Author- Grandmaster Eric Lee
Master and Action Hero – Dan Southworth (The Scorpion King, Power Rangers, Mortal Kombat Legacy 2)
Actress – Joycelyne Lew (The Big Brawl, Deadly Vengeance, Samurai Cop 2, Mad Cowgirl)
Stunts – Master Brian Kula Fung – (Alien: Resurrection, Galaxy Quest)
Martial Artist, Actor and 5 times Golden Glove Boxing Champion – Jeff Meacham (Temporary Insanity, Warlock’s Magic)
Three times Hall of Fame inductee – Sifu – Mark Hoadley (Mark of the Cobra)
Producer, Film Director – Writer, Stunt Man, Martial Arts Champion – Sonny Syonese (John Kincaid Unleashed) (Elephant Stomp, Asian Assassin)
Ed Spielman – Creator of the TV Series – Kung Fu.
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