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Karate Kid III “Bad Boy” Sean Kanan to be Inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame

Costa Mesa, CA (For Release) - Actor, author and producer Sean Kanan, who played “bad boy” Mike Barnes in Karate Kid III, will be inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame at the 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 27, at the Hilton Costa Mesa Hotel. The event will feature Dr. Robert Goldman as Grandmaster of Ceremonies and Sifu Cynthia Rothrock as Keynote Speaker. 

Ralph Macchio and Sean Kanan in Karate Kid

Calling himself a “lifelong student” of the martial arts, Kanan has studied several styles, including Shito-Ryu Karate, American Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He began studying karate with Sensei William Stoner of New Castle, Pennsylvania, whose school later had the honor of joining The Japan Karate Federation under Sensei Fumio Demura. When Kanan got his breakthrough role as Mike Barnes after being chosen over 2000 other hopefuls by Oscar-winning director, John Avildsen, he worked extensively with Sensei Demura and fight choreographer Pat Johnson to hone his technique.

In addition to acting, Kanan has become a successful author. Most recently, his book Success Factor X has become an Amazon new release best seller after only one week. Written with co-author Jill Liberman, the book shares insights into success from fifty remarkable individuals including billionaire Mark Cuban, speaker Anthony Robbins, actor Martin Kove, Sensei Demura and fight choreographer Johnson. 

“I am honored to be in the presence of so many gifted martial artists and teachers,” said Kanan about his induction. “I dedicate this to my late Sensei, William Stoner, and Sensei Fumio Demura. These two men have given me more than they could possibly know. I am eternally grateful to them both and humbled to have had the good fortune to consider myself their student. With sincerity and humility, I hope that I may bring honor to my teachers and the martial arts, and demonstrate the highest precepts of what it means to be a martial artist.”

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.

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