MASTERS HALL OF FAME 2019

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Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. In 2006, under the new leadership of Daniel Hect, the Masters Hall of Fame expanded the focus and operations to include the recognition of exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through Induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. (Read More)

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Masters Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees

Costa Mesa, CA (For Release) - The Masters Hall of Fame is proud to announce the Masters Hall of Fame Inductees and Legend Award recipients who were honored at the 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa. The event featured Dr. Robert Goldman as Grandmaster of Ceremonies, action film star Sifu Cynthia Rothrock as Keynote Speaker, and a special screening of the short film “The Last Dojo.”

“I am excited to announce these remarkable Martial Artists who were inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame at our 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet.” Dr. Daniel Hect, Masters Hall of Fame Chairman.

MHOF 2019 Poster.jpg2019 Masters Hall of Fame Inductees

Grandmaster Robert V. Alejandre

Rick Avery 

Master Lin Barry

Sensei Gary W. Baugh Jr.

Sr. Grandmaster Marc Bechic

Grandmaster John Chang

Hanshi Dan Cliff Belschner

Sensei Benny Benavides

Master Erik C. Buenaflor

Oso Mfundishi Tayari Casel 

Sensei Ric Chadd

Grandmaster John J. Conway

Sensei John Fonseca

Hanshi Margarito Gaspar

Sensei Ricardo Gonzalez

Shichidan Michael Gregston

Associate Master Rich Hale

Grand Master George C. Heath

Sifu Joshua Horne

Sifu Vik Hothi

Master Raymond James

Sean Kanan

Professor Kenneth R. Kellogg

Senior Professor Shawn Knight

Grandmaster Robbie Lee

Master of Arts Graham Lelliott

Hanshi Ricardo Llewelyn

Tuhon Belton Lubas

Sensei Enrique Mares

Kyoshi Sensei Garry L. McKee

Mike McLaughlin

Grandmaster Daniel Medina

Master Tanya Monroe

Grandmaster Jamie Moore

Grandmaster Steven E. Nemetz

Master John K. Olson

Shihan Chris Pellitteri 

K1 Champion Tofan Pirani

Grandmaster Guy Rafaeli

Master Ken Rebstock

Grandmaster David Rivera

Master Dr. Davood Roostaei 

Grand Master Steve Ross

Renshi Sensei Ernesto X. Ruiz

Sifu Harinder Singh Sabharwal

Sifu Hector Santana Jr. 

Sifu Linda Sedig

Grandmaster Howard M. Singer

Professor Rod Smith 

Sr. Sifu Dennis E.Stewart

Professor Brian Strain

Sifu Patrick Strong

Sahyun Nim Victor Teran 

Si-Sung Angel A. Velazquez

Sr Master of the Arts Lee Wedlake 

Shichi Dan Jacqui Bee Wendling

Sensei Shannon Wong 

Sensei Dr. Reza Yaghoubi

2019 Masters Hall of Fame Legend Award Honorees

Soke Dr. Keyvan Dehnad

Soke David Dye

Grandmaster Robert Goldman

Grandmaster Cynthia Rothrock

Master Darren Tibon

Grandmaster Darryl Vidal

Sr. Master of the Arts Bob White

Sensei Bertha G. Wilkes

Doshu Edward E. Wilkes

2019 Mike Stone Leadership Award

Sr. Master of the Arts Lee Wedlake








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Grandmaster Darryl Vidal Inducts Six into the Masters Hall of Fame

 Grandmaster Darryl Vidal Inducts Six into the Masters Hall of Fame

Costa Mesa, CA (for Release) - Grandmaster Darryl Vidal, a 10th Degree Black Belt (Ju Dan) in Chinese Kenpo Karate, inducted six new members into the Masters Hall of Fame at the 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa on Saturday, July 26, 2019.  The event featured Dr. Robert Goldman as Grandmaster of Ceremonies, action film star Sifu Cynthia Rothrock as Keynote Speaker, and a special screening of the short film “The Last Dojo.”

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Costa Mesa, CA- Red Carpet Masters Hall of Fame 2019. From left to right...
Jacqui Wendling, Ric Chadd, Chris Peliteri, Cliff Belschner, Sean Kanan, Darryl Vidal and Michael Gregston.

A writer and businessman as well as a respected martial arts instructor, Grandmaster Vidal gained a measure of fame when he appeared in the original Karate Kid movie. In addition to playing one of the semi-final contestants, he was asked to create and perform the iconic “crane kick” as Pat Morita’s stunt double. He currently instructs students in Kenpo Karate, Wing Chun and Filipino Stick Fighting through the Murrieta Parks and Recreation Department. 

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Costa Mesa, CA - Red Carpet Masters Hall of Fame 2019.
Shihan Chris Peliteri and Darryl Vidal.
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"The Masters Hall of Fame continues to be a superlative organization in recognition of outstanding Martial Artists who have impacted the martial arts world but also give directly to their community through advocacy of martial arts discipline, training, self-improvement and self-defense,” said Grandmaster Vidal. “This year I have inducted several lifelong martial artists, some that I have known my whole martial arts life. Two of my other inductees are martial artists and dojo owners that I have known and respected for at least a decade.”

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Ric Chadd and Daryl Vidal on the Red Carpet at Masters Hall of Fame 2019.

Masters Cliff Belschner, Jacqui Wendling, and Michael Gregston are from Grandmaster Vidal’s dojo and have have been teaching and training for decades. Two others, Shihan Chris Peliteri and Shihan Ric Chadd, have been outstanding representatives of martial arts leadership and active volunteers within their community.

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Darryl Vidal and Sean Kanan at Masters Hall of Fame 2019.

Grandmaster Vidal’s final 2019 inductee, Sean Kanan, is an actor and author who is well known for his role as Mike Barnes in the Karate Kid Part 3. “Sean has trained in martial arts his entire adult life and continues to live up to the standards and discipline we all aspire to,” said Vidal, “as well as being a lifelong advocate for martial arts for self-improvement and self-esteem."

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Cliff Belschner and Darryl Vidal.

The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and is recognized as the premier Martial Arts event 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 and support of the martial arts and their work in the community. Find more information on the Masters Hall of Fame at mastershalloffame.org. For media inquiries please contact KamatoyMediaGroup.com 307-461-9833  press@jugglemail.com.

Michael Gregston and Darryl VidalJacqui Wendling and Darryl Vidal

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