Canada's best celebrate at the 2014 CBBHOF.
The Budo arts of Karate, Judo, Aikido, Kendo, Jujutsu, as well as Taekwondo, Muay Thai, BJJ are widely popular and attract a broad-range of participants – from preschoolers to seniors, men, women and children – throughout the great cities and provinces of Canada. Thousands of great teachers and schools teach the life-changing values of martial arts teaching through the Great White North. Established in 2006, the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame (CBBHoF) recognizes the contribution of the incredible pioneers, influential teachers and champions of Canadian martial arts. The CBBHOF has celebrated the achievements of notable masters including Masami Tsuruoka, Frank Hatashita, Paul Chan, Park Jong Soo, Takeshi Kimeda, Larry Nakamura, Wally Slocki, John Therien, Doug Rogers, Jean Yves Theriault, and other legendary martial artists. The 2014 Toronto based SRO event (hosted by Cezar Borkowski and Northern Karate Schools) was an absolute success. This event celebrated Canadian excellence. The 2014 inductees included. Rick Joslin: One Canada's dynamic champions. Kickboxing and MMA pioneer. Marion Manzo: International champion and ultra successful school operator. Mike Bernardo: International Champion in forms, fighting and weapons. Robert Kranstz: Jiujitsu master/former Sport Jiujitsu champion/coach. John Douvris: International champion, coach and successful school operator. Bob Loyer: Legendary Canadian champion, Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing. Mo Chow: Kung-fu grandmaster, crossover champion and action film star. Bill Carr: Canadian champion, international coach and world class referee. Kei Tsumura: Patriarch of Shito-ryu in Canada. International coach. Armie Rizzo: Legendary promoter, leader and a Sport Karate pioneer. Gord Latimer: Owner/Norkim Trophies, supporter of countless tournaments. Two very special awards were also presented. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau award for humanitarian excellence was presented by City Television anchor Gord Martineau to John Therien (Jujutsu Hanshi) of Ottawa.
John Therien of Ottawa receives the Pierre Elliot Trudeau humanitarian award from Cezar Borkowski, Wally Slocki and City Television anchor Gord Martineau.
Monty Guest of Toronto joyfully celebrates being named the Mas Tsuruoka Lifetime Achievement winner.
Jean Jaques Machado, Sam Moledzki, Wally Slocki and Sanjay Three Canadian champions, Robert Loyer, Cezar Borkowski and Jean Frenette. Shuroya (who traveled all the way from India) enjoy the proceedings. The Masami Tsuruoka Lifetime Achievement awards was presented by Tsuruoka-sensei (the father of Canadian Karate) to Monty Guest (Karatedo Hanshi) of Toronto. Plans are already underway for the 2015 induction ceremony to be held in the culturally rich city of Montreal. For information visit CBBHOF. com
Send us YOUR News and Notes and they might appear in a future issue of In June, Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a 4th Dan black belt in taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA for 2014. Photo: Reno Gazette-Journal
Official Karate managing editor Keith D. Yates presented Dr. He Young Kim with the 2014 OK Annual issue at the USTKDGMS.
Speaking of Keith Yates, he is on the cover of the latest issue of Totally Tae Kwon Do Magazine. http://www.totallytkd.com/
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