INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

2001 Awards

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2001 WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY “EXCELLENCE” AWARD, (for excellence in teaching the ethical, moral & legitimate teachings of martial arts.)

Professor Gary Dill-Oklahoma-SDS SELF DEFENSE SYSTEMS-JEET KUNE DO-member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

LIVING LEGEND AWARD (Must be world renowned.)

Grandmaster In Sun Seo-Chairman- WORLD KI-DO FEDERATION- KOREA-accepting on Grandmaster In Sun Seo’s behalf is Grandmaster John Pellegrini, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL”

Known as the “BAYONNE BLEEDER”, his boxing match with the GREAT MOHAMMAD ALI is listed as one of the top fights of the century. He was the inspiration for the hit movie “ROCKY”- a member of BOXING’S HALL OF FAME & also a Black Belt in martial arts under Vincent Marchetti of New Jersey......Chuck Wepner.

 EUROPEAN LIVING LEGEND– Switzerland’s “LIGHTING FIST”, Grandmaster Jurg Ziegler, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

HISTORICAL FIGURE OF THE YEAR AWARD

For introducing the GREEK ART OF PANKRATION to the world– formerly of New Hampshire & now living in Florida– Grandmaster Jim Arvanitis, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

CELEBRITY MARTIAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

5 Time WORLD FEMALE KICKBOXING CHAMPION & Popular Martial Arts Personality– Kathy Long


COUNCIL’S INTERNATIONAL MAN OF THE YEAR
(Awarded to two individuals this year)

Grandmaster Daniel Verkerke-Canada-COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER & CREATOR of the “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL” WEBSITE.

Grandmaster Neal Hummerstone-Florida– SEMINAR COORDINATOR for the WHFSC INTERNATIONAL HALL OF FAME for the last several years.


 MARTIAL ART’S AMBASSADOR AWARD
(for promoting martial arts in a positive light)

Soke Dai Henry Blankenship– Virginia– member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL”- Soke Dai Blankenship could not be here tonight because of a back injury and accepting on his behalf is Professor Gary Dill of Oklahoma.

Hanshi Phil Little– LONG/SHIMABAKU ISSHINRYU– South Carolina, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL”


AMBASSADOR OF TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS AWARD

Master Edward N. Szrejter - the U.S.J.A.- UNITED STATES JUDO ASSOCIATION - Colorado – member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Hanshi Sam Pearson - WATAI RYU & SHORINRYU - North Carolina - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


MEDIA STAR OF THE YEAR

European Media Star & Writer - Andy Kunz - Switzerland.


PIONEER

Honoring the deceased memory of the creator of the ISRAELI ART OF KRAV MAGA, Grandmaster Imi Lichtenfeld as nominated by Master H. Zut, 8th Dan KRAV MAGA & Dr. Dennis Hanover of the “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL” - Israel -

Accepting the POSTHUMOUS AWARD on behalf of the KRAV MAGA ASSOCIATION is Master - At - Arms Bram Frank.

 Honoring the deceased memory of WHFSC member, Professor Chas Gaven of South Africa - Sensei Nigel Sessions accepting.

 The first to PIONEER A MARTIAL ARTS RADIO SHOW NATIONWIDE - Dr. Jerry Aiello’s “WARRIORS TALK” radio show, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 AMERICAN SHORINRYU PIONEER - Hanshi Tom Hunnicutt - Arkansas, member -WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


FOUNDER’S AWARD (new style recognition)

Master Dave Mcneill of Nevada - GOJU SHOREI WEAPONS -nominated by Professor Lyle Ho of Hawaii.

 Shodai Soke David Dye of California - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”- accepting on his behalf is Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu, also a member of the“WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Soke Dave Shelton - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”-Alabama.

 Hanshi Curtis Futch - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.” -Arkansas.

 Master Vincent J. Sands & Master Dennis Wheeler of Florida - nominated by Professor John Chambers, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Jeff Cook - WABUJITSU - nominated by Grandmaster Mark Shuey.


 MOST DISTINGUISHED GRANDMASTER AWARD

Hanshi Lou Angel-Missouri - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Grandmaster Ron Balas - Ohio - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Professor John Denora - U.S.A. DAITO RYU - California - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


 INTERNATIONAL GRANDMASTER AWARD

From Singapore, Grandmaster Jack Wang - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Grandmaster Gary Wasniewski - TY GA  KARATE - England - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Grandmaster Hanns Von Rolbeck - Germany, member “WOLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Grandmaster Serge Baubil - Founder of HOSHINKIDO HAPKIDO - Canada.

 Dai Soke Foster Macleod - POLICE MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION of Canada, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Soke Doug Devlin - POLICE MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION of Canada, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 From the Philippines - Grandmaster Ernesto Presas Sr. - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


GRANDMASTER FOUNDER OF THE YEAR

Grandmaster John Byrne - 5 CIRCLE SYSTEM - Nebraska, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Professor Robert Edwards - West Virginia - CO - FOUNDER MANABI MASHO JU-JITSU SYSTEM, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Grandmaster Vincent Marchetti - KEARNY MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL - New Jersey - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Grandmaster Buddy Amato - New Jersey, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


GRANDMASTER OF THE YEAR

Grandmaster Raul M. Soto - Puerto Rico.

Grandmaster Federico T. Lazo - Florida.

Grandmaster John Spinks - Tae Shin Doh Karate.

Grandmaster Brian Adams - INTEGRATED MARTIAL ARTS SYSTEMS. - California.


GRANDMASTER INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR

Professor Randy Choy - KAPOLEI, Hawaii. - nominated by Professor Jaime Abregana Jr. of Hawaii.

Professor Jeda Figueroa, Dr. Carlos Dias & Hanshi Giovani Acevedo - Puerto Rico.

Professor James Muro - KOSHU RYU KEMPO - California.

Dr. John Larlee Sr. - Connecticut. - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Grandmaster Charles Ferraro - WEST HAVEN ACADEMY of  KARATE. - Connecticut, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Professor Philip Chenique - SANUCES RYU JU-JITSU - Florida.


PLATINUM LIFE ACHIEVEMENT (Over 50 Yrs. In the Martial Arts)

KWAN JANG Rudy Timmerman - Canada, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Professor John Chambers - Yudo - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Grandmaster Alexander Archie - Nevada - nominated by Grandmaster Mark Shuey.

Professor John Casarez - MANABI MASHO JU-JITSU - Ohio, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


 GOLDEN LIFE ACHIEVEMENT (Over 40 Yrs. In The Martial Arts)

Charles (Gus) R. Carper - JUDO - nominated by Master Edward Szrejter, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Professor Robert Williams - Washington, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sijo Dan Miller - Minnesota, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


SILVER LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Over 30 Yrs. In The Martial Arts)

Master Michael Hinzman of Minnesota - ZU WIE SHU KUNG FU - nominated by Grandmaster Dana Miller, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Jackie D. Johnson - Missouri - nominated by Hanshi Curtis Futch, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

N. Morgan Woods - New Jersey - nominated by Grandmaster Gary Alexander, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Master Nick Hines-MU TAU PANKRATION - New Hampshire, member “MASTERS DIVISION” of the “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Luis C. Dabila - Ohio - nominated by Grandmaster Ron Balas, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Kyoshi Robert Kucera & Sensei Rick Chenoweth - Alabama - nominated by Hanshi Dave Shelton, member  “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

From South Africa, Sensei Nigel Sessions - GAVEN RYU JU-JITSU.

N. Hart - South Africa - GAVEN RYU JU-JITSU.

Sifu Johnny Wu - Ohio member of World Head of Family Sokeship Council


OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD

Dr. Eugene De Silva - England - accepting for Dr. De Silva who could not be here tonight is Professor Joseph Connolly.

Professor Jaime Abregana Jr. - KAPOLEI - Hawaii, nominated by Grandmaster Ming Lum of California.

Professor Mike Tiwanak of C.H.A. KENPO - Hawaii, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”- accepting on Professor Tiwanak’s behalf who could not be here tonight is Rudy Montane.

Sensei Robert Rosado-WHITE CRANE FIST MARTIAL ARTS Representative for Puerto Rico.

Dr. Dan Mc Eaddy-CIRCLE OF  MASTERS - New Jersey, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sensei Michael L. Szrejter - JUDO - Florida.

Professor Bill Dewart - A.A.U. TAEKWONDO - California - Professor Dewart could not be here tonight, but accepting on his behalf is A.A.U. - AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION representative, Ms. Beth Hecquet.

Hanshi J.R. Ruiz - I.K.K.U. HOMBU - South Carolina - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Scott Sonnon - AMERICAN ANNEX FOR RUSSIAN FEDERATION OF RUSSIAN MARTIAL ART - Washington - member “MASTERS DIVISION” of “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Joey Snyder - ISSHINRYU - nominated by Hanshi Phil Little, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Maher Bashi - SHITOKAN - Michigan.

Professor Joseph F. Connolly II - U.S. YUDO ASSOCATION.

John Alan Baker - U.S. QUAN FA, WU SHI PROGRAM - Georgia.

Master Glenn Gavin - Illinois - nominated by Master Randy Stigall.

Master Randy Stigall - Chief Instructor - HAPKIDO ACADEMY INC. - Illinois - nominated by Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, FOUNDER “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Marty Manuel - OLYMPIC CENTER KARATE & KICKBOXING - New Jersey, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

John San Agustin - TEXAS SHAOLIN BOXING - IRON DOG FIST STYLE - Texas, nominated by Sifu Robert  Redfeather, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Alexander B. France - nominated by Grandmaster Ernesto Presas, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


REGIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

Brandon L. Fisher - Ohio, nominated by Tai Shin Doh Grandmaster Ron Balas - member World Head of Family Sokeship Council

Sheridan Lupo - TAI CHI MARTIAL ARTS & SAN-JITSU - Tennessee - nominated by Mike Joiner & Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, FOUNDER “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Harvey Johnson Jr. - Georgia - nominated by Soke J.R. Ruiz, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Valerie Mcgill - 5 CIRCLE SYSTEM - Nebraska - nominated by Grandmaster John Byrne, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


MASTER INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR

Master Herbert Brunoro - MIXED STYLIST - Austria - nominated by Hanshi Lou Angel, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Heinz Scheidereiter - TAEKWONDO - Germany - nominated by Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, FOUNDER “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Jorg Digulla - MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION OF GERMANY.

Master Bernd Hoehle - MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION OF GERMANY - nominated by Grandmaster Jurg Ziegler of Switzerland, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Kazuo Tajima, SHIHAN OF OKINAWA - accepting on Shihan Tajima’s behalf is Grandmaster Tom Hunnicutt of Arkansas, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Ernesto Presas Jr. - USA.

Master Rhonda macleod - Canada.

Masters Kevin & Bernard Lingasin - KOMBATAN - Canada.

Master Bernardo Salinas - Canada.

Master Daniel Levac - Canada, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Dr. Michael Defillipo - Puerto Rico.

From Hawaii - Shihan Anthony “TONY” Troche - SHOTOKAN.

Master Robert Castro - California, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Sherry Mcgregor - SHORINRYU - Florida.

Master Keith Badyna, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Shihan Radu Teodorescu - New York.

Master Robert Ito-KOSHO RYU KEMPO - California.

Master Robert L. Mallin - GOJU KARATE - Georgia.

Master Jason Landaas - North Carolina.

Master John Geyston - PROGRESSIVE KENPO - Illinois.

Master Paul Irizarry - Massachusetts, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Shihan Ronald Van Clief - CHINESE GOJU - California - nominated by his illustrious father,Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Shihan Terry Webb - KOSHO RYU KEMPO - California.

Sifu Michael Cataline - KENPO - California.

Shihan Mark Murdock - MANABI MOSHO JU-JITSU - North Carolina.

Master Frank R. Blenman - New Jersey - nominated by Dr. Dan Mc Eaddy, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Shihan Mitch Maynard - JEET KUNE DO & BUSHIDO KEMPO TEXAS - nominated by Professor Gary Dill, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sifu Chris Serras - WORLD MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY OF TRADITIONAL WING CHUN KUNG-FU - New York.

Master Eddie Rose - Pennsylvania, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Lynn Ross - SHOTOKAN - Michigan.

Master Tom Daly - CHINESE GOJU - New York.

Master Dan Lane - ISSHINRYU KARATE.

Master Alberto Friedman - SELF DEFENSE FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED.

Guro Steven K. Dowd - ARNIS BALITE - Nevada.

Renshi Kevin Morris - THE COBRA & BUTTERFLY KARATE SCHOOL - California.

Sifu Robert Redfeather - TIE GOU QUAN SHAOLIN BOXING - California.

Master Ray Terry - SIN MOO HAPKIDO & TAEKWONDO - California - nominated by Professor Eugene Humesky, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Shelley Millspaugh - KOMBATAN - Missouri.

Master Tim Kietzmann - AMERICAN FREE STYLE KENPO - nominated by Hanshi Curtis Futch, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master-At-Arms Bram Frank - KNIFE COMBATIVES - Florida - nominated by Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, FOUNDER “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Nominated by Hanshi Lou Angel - Truman Briggs - Oklahoma.

Master Ray Gilbert - Missouri.

Master Dallas A. Jones - MANABI MASHO JU-JITSU - W. Virginia.

Master John P. Jackson - Ohio.

Master Tim Cunningham - ISSHINRYU.

Shihan Bob Kristensen - ISSHINRYU.

Master Warlito S. Concepcion - California.

Master George Lukacs - KUNG-FU - Virginia.

Master Thomas Felder - nominated by Soke Glen Perry, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

 Kyoshi Tanka Ramos - CHINESE GOJU - Connecticut - nominated by Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Anthony Williams - Georgia.

Master Randy J. Lundberg - Michigan.

Master Sharon P. Clifton - Florida, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Dr. Monty Atchley - KEMPO/GING-FU - Arkansas.

Master Gus Kaparos - New York.

Master Nate Meade - USA GOJU - New Jersey - nominated by Master Marty Manuel -member “MASTERS DIVISION”, ”WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Shihan Michael Albenze - SHOTOKAN, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Keith Badyna - SABOTEN RYU DOJO - Pennsylvania.

Master Linda Reim - GOJU KARATE/SAYOC SYSTEM/MODERN ARNIS - New Jersey.

Master M. Gene Holden-Pennsylvania.

Master Billy Farris - AMERICAN FREESTYLE KENPO - Arkansas.

Kyoshi Jeff Hughes - KOKUBA MATSUMURA SHITORYU - Mississippi.

Master Dean James Konley - AMERICAN DOJO INC. - Wisconsin.

Master Harold Mead - SHORINRYU - Minnesota.

Master Jeanette K. Morris - Michigan.

Master Michael Allman - New Jersey - nominated by Dr. Dan Mceaddy, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Joseph F. Wilson - nominated by master John Geyston, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Jeff Sprawls-Missouri.

Master Steve Overton - accepting on Master Overton’s behalf who could not be here is Hanshi Tom Hunnicutt, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Mike Purdy - SHORINRYU - Virginia.

Master Michael Dale Bowers - Oregon.

Shihan Arthur Debue - SANSEI GOJU-RYU - Virginia.

Master Richard Smith - USA GOJU - New Jersey.

Master Steve Todd - KOMBATAN - Arkansas.

Master Charles Duff - Missouri - nominated by Hanshi Lou Angel, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Craig Hamann - Plano,Texas - nominated by Grandmaster John Pellegrini, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master Leon Ramsey - KEMPO/KUNG-FU - West Virginia.

Master Dan Megill - Koga Ha Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo- Ontario, Canada


NATIONAL INSTUCTOR OF THE YEAR

Tory Robinson - SDS JEET KUNE DO - Bermuda - nominated by Professor Gary Dill, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Gary Gomez Wong - Panama - nominated by Grandmaster John Pelligrini, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sensei Jens Fricke - SHOTOKAN - Germany - nominated by Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, Founder “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Thomas Lehman - SENIOR INSRUCTOR OF KNIFE COMBATIVES - Germany -nominated by MASTER-AT-ARMS Bram Frank.

Todd A. Martin - SHORENJI KENPO - Wisconsin.

Jeremy Jackson - KENPO KARATE - North Carolina.

Kyoshi David L. Wynn - CHINESE GOJU - New Jersey - nominated by Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Scott Fabel, Benjamin Brackbill, Shawn Menard & Mike Hults - AMERICAN ANNEX RUSSIAN FEDERATION OF RUSSIAN MARTIAL ART.


REGIONAL INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR

Louis Charles Levasseur - HOSHINKIDO HAPKIDO - Canada - nominated by Grandmaster Founder, Serge Baubil.

Rhonda Bourdagh - Canada.

Steven Shinde - MBC GUNTING - Canada.

Guy Rafaeli - REGIONAL GUNTING INSTRUCTOR - Israel - accepting for Guy Rafaeli who could not be here tonight due to the current terrorist situation in Israel is - Senior-AT-ARMS Thomas Lehman.

Andrea Martin - MBC GUNTING INSRUCTOR - Germany - nominated by MASTER-AT-ARMS Bram Frank.

David A. Rivas - COMBAT HAPKIDO - Puerto Rico - nominated by Grandmaster John Pelligrini, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Frederick B. Lazo & Joel Barkemeyer - nominated by Grandmaster Ernesto Presas, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Librando V. Castillo - KOMBATAN - California.

Mark Siwinski - Ohio.

Mark C. Mckay - California.

Bill Dutill - New Jersey - nominated by Professor Gary Dill, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Frank Olesen - MBC GUNTING - Washington.

Simo Patrice Lim - LIM’S KENPO - Arizona.

Jon Rudy & John Malmo - KOMBATAN - Arizona.

Bill Mcbride - SHOTOKAN KARATE - Alabama - Sensei Mcbride could not be here tonight so accepting on his behalf is Hanshi Dave Shelton, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Fenton “Bud” Cohn - TAI SHIN DOH - Florida.

Tony Rogers - Florida.

David Mizell - Missouri.

Andrew Wires & Jody Mehlman - MBC GUNTING - Florida.

 Ryan Osborn - nominated by Hanshi Lou Angel, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sensei Richard Torres - nominated by Professor John Chambers, member “WORLD HEAD

OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Brian Cheek - ISSHINRYU - nominated by Grandmaster Phil Little, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Tom Harris - KENPO - nominated by Grandmaster Neal Hummerstone, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMIL SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sensei Donald J. Ishmael - ISSHINRYU.

Mike C. Mason - SHOTOKAN KARATE - Mississippi - accepting on Sensei Mason’s behalf who could not be here tonight is Hanshi Curtis Futch, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Patrick M. Stanton - TAEKWONDO/HAPKIDO - nominated by Grandmaster John Pelligrini, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Johnny Coil - HAPKIDO - Missouri.

Eugene Johnson - HAWAIIAN KENPO - California.

Simina Prohor - CHINESE GOJU - New York - nominated by Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sensei Lou & Scotty Klaff - SAN-JITSU - Arizona - nominated by Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, Founder “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Greg Beeman of Washington - THE MBC - GUNTING KNIFE - nominated by MASTER-AT-ARMS Bram Frank.

David Driscoll of Florida - THE MBC-GUNTING KNIFE - nominated by MASTER-AT-ARMS Bram Frank.

Michael Euler - TENSHI GOJU - Missouri.


INTERNATIONAL INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR

Kevin M. Janisse - nominated by KWAN JANG Rudy Timmerman - Canada, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Dr. Dennis Hanover - DENNIS SURVIVAL JU-JITSU - Israel - member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”- Master Peter Roman accepting.

Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, WORLD KARATE CHAMPION, ACTOR & FOUNDER OF CHINESE GOJU, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Professor Eugene A. Humesky - UKRANIAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION - Michigan-member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


REGIONAL ACHEIVEMENT

KOMBATAN - from Oregon - Daniel R. Tiliano.


RISING STAR AWARD

(For up and coming Martial Artists)

Brian O. Arthur - WAT AI RYU KARATE - nominated by Hanshi Sam Pearson, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


SEMINAR LEADER AWARD

Master Roberto Torres, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Janet Gee - KUNG-FU STYLIST - California.


BEST BREAKER

Will Mikeska - KIM’S KENPO - Arizona - nominated by Sigung George Lim, member “MASTERS DIVISION” - “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


WORLD’S OUTSTANDING ADULT MALE COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR

Sensei Pete Keko - ISSHINRYU KARATE.

John “Bosco” Waldrop - Illinois.


WORLD’S OUTSTANDING  ADULT FEMALE COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR

Sensei Maria Kristensen - ISSHINRYU KARATE.


MALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

From Austria - Rene Mueller-MUAY THAI - accepting on behalf of   Mr. Mueller who could not be here tonight is Master Herbert Brunoro, also from Austria.

Lima Lama’s TOP INTERNATIONAL FULL CONTACT FIGHTER - Professor Joshua St. Ives.

Eric D. Hill - MU TAU PANKRATION - New Hampshire.

 Jon Haupt - SAN-JITSU GRAPPLING - Florida.

Master Chris Spruiell - ISSHINRYU.

George Randolph - West Virginia - nominated by Hanshi Lou Angel.

Brian Barkley-ASKA/USKA REGINAL FIGHTER-KENPO-Arizona.

Keith May - BUSHIDO KEMPO - Oklahoma.


FEMALE FORMS COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR

Erin Barkley - ASKA/USKA REGIONAL FORMS COMPETITOR - KENPO - Arizona.

Lauren Chandler & Elizabeth Corwin - TAI SHIN DOH - Ohio.


STYLE MAN OF THE YEAR

Aubrey Millard - SEICHO JUTSU - Canada - nominated by Grandmaster Daniel Verkerke, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Renshi Ricky Cobb - ISSHINRYU.

Rob “Super foot” Ludgate - TAEKIDOKWON - Georgia.

Allen Wilson-KARATE - Kentucky.

 

  PROMOTER OF THE YEAR - INTERNATIONAL

Hanshi Peter Browne - England.

For RUSSIAN MARTIAL ART - Nikolay Travkin - Georgia.

Kratios Master Vasilios Katsaitis - PANKRATION. member“WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”-nominated by Grandmaster Jim Arvantis, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


TOURNAMENT PROMOTER OF THE YEAR - NATIONAL

From North carolina - Sensei Patrick E. Szrejter - JUDO.


OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE MARTIAL ARTS

Ama Guro Raffy Pambuan & Gat Puno Abon Baet - PHILIPPINE MARTIAL ARTS, members of the “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Kyoshi Rocky Willeford - California - nominated by Hanshi Tom Hunnicutt, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Master John Starzynski & Sensei Bryan Kernels - ISSHINRYU - nominated by Hanshi Phil Little, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Judy Duke - AMERICAN FREESTYLE KENPO - Arkansas - nominated by Hanshi Curtis Futch, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Larry Griffin-Georgia - nominated by Soke Joe Ruiz, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Robert J. Valentin - nominated by Professor John Chambers, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

RUSSIAN FEDERATION OF RUSSIAN MARTIAL ART - Grandmaster/General Alexander Retuinskih, Russian representative “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

THE “MARTIAL ARTS COLLECTIVE SOCIETY” - Hanshi Bruce Juchnik - California, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


BEST MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL OF THE YEAR - INTERNATIONAL

Nicholas Mechling - INTERNATIONAL SELF-DEFENSE CENTERS - California-nominated by Professor John Denora, member “WOLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


BEST MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL OF THE YEAR - NATIONAL

Mark Nash - MU TAU PANKRATION - New Hampshire.

YI’S KARATE INSTITUTE - Julius Melegrito - Nebraska - nominated by Grandmaster Ernesto Presas, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


BEST MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL OF THE YEAR - REGIONAL

CHAMPION KARATE ACADEMY LIM KENPO KARATE - Chandler,Arizona - Sigung George & Simo Patrice Lim, Head Instructors-Mr. Kelly Corder will be accepting on behalf of “CHAMPION KARATE ACADEMY LIM KENPO KARATE”

Mickey E. Metz - MANABI MASHO JU-JITSU - W. Virginia.

UNITED MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMIES - Instruction in Taekwondo & Combat Hapkido -Master Marvin Dickerson will be accepting on behalf of “UNITED MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMIES.”


HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Renshi J. Carlos Suarez - MANGO’S KARATE SCHOOL - New York.

Thomas Hargrove Jr. - New Jersey - nominated by Dr. Dan Mceaddy, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Deborah Carpenter - Michigan - nominated by Dr. Jerry Aiello, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Caroline Concepcion - California - nominated by Grandmaster Ernesto Presas, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Nimr R. Hassan-Pennsyvania - nominated by Menkyo Shihan Mike Megill.


MOST INNOVATIVE TRAINING PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

CANE MASTERS - Grandmaster Mark Shuey - Nevada.


TOP MARTIAL ARTS VIDEO AWARD

GEORGE DENSON PRODUCTIONS - Master George Denson - nominated by Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, Founder “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Keny  Smotherman - Nebraska - nominated by grandmaster John Byrne, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


PUBLICATION MEDIA AWARD

ARTIST’S AWARD - MARTIAL ARTS PORTRAITS - Gina Katsaitis - nominated by Grandmaster Jim Arvanitis, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


WRITER’S AWARD

Professoe Wayne Carman - LEGACY ENTERTAINMENT-MISSOURI, nominated by Grandmasters Mark Shuey & Carlos Diaz.


 

JUNIOR DIVISIONS FOR THE YEAR



 

OUTSTANDING JUNIOR BLACK BELT

Brandon Newton - ISSHINRYU.


JUNIOR COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR

Jeremy Evans - ISSHINRYU.


JUNIOR NATIONAL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Jerome Regadio & Alexander Manansala - KOBATAN - Canada.



RECOGNITION AWARDS BY INSTRUCTOR


 

RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR STUDENTS
(Recognition for outstanding achievement by the instructor - not an induction award.)

ASSOCIATE AWARD - OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR

Jimmy Rutherford - Florida &  Phillip Spears-Texas - SAN-JITSU - nominated by Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, Founder “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sensei Marion Weeks - SHORINRYU - Arkansas - nominated by Garandmaster Tom Hunnicutt, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.” - accepting for Ms. Weeks  who could not be here tonight is Hanshi Curtis Futch, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sharon Fox - Florida - nominated by Hanshi Curtis Futch, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sensei Don Gregory - Arkansas - nominated by Hanshi Tom Hunnicutt, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.” - Sensei Gregory could not be here tonight & accepting on his behalf is Hanshi Curtis Futch, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Sensei Oliver Hurst - ISSHINRYU - nominated by Hanshi Phil Little, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Kenneth Harvey, Joyce Palmer, Duane Palmer, Al Nyman, Michael DeSouza & Philip L. Anthony - AIKI TORA RYU - Florida - nominated by Grandmaster Neal Hummerstone, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Stephen K. Badyna - AIKIBUJUTSU - nominated by Shihan Keith Badyna, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Peter Janko - CHINESE GOJU/TAEKWONDO - New York - nominated by Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Eddie Cox - North Carolina, Crystal Metz - W. Virginia, Cole Bailey - California, Ron J. Nicholson - Tennessee, Adam Snipes - Kentucky - MANABI MASHO JU-JITSU - nominated by Grandmaster John Casarez, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Trasi Albenze, Louis Garvey & Chris Keane - SHOTOKAN KARATE - Florida - nominated by Master Michael Albenze.


ASSOCIATE AWARD-OUTSTANDING ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

James Hines - MU TA PANKRATION - nominated by Grandmaster Jim Arvanitis, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Matthew Evans - ISSHINRYU - nominated by Grandmaster Phil Little, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Kelly Larsen - KENPO - Arizona - nominated by Sigung George Lim, member “MASTERS DIVISION” - “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Chuck Farrell & Tim Peatman - AIKI TORA RYU - nominated by Grandmaster Neal Hummerstone, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Arelis Matas Cardona - USA GOJU - Florida - nominated by Master Marty Manuel, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

W. C. Clifton Jr. - SHORINRYU - Florida - nominated by Master Sharon P. Clifton, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Tom Neish - North Carolina, Dallas Hashaman & Jack Hatfield - W. Virginia, Chris Johnson -Ohio, Adam Dyer & Jedediah Thornburgh - Tennessee, Josh Frye - Kentucky - MANABI MASHO JU-JITSU - nominated by Grandmaster John Casarez, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Zebulun Norris - SHORINRYU - Arkansas - nominated by Hanshi Curtis Futch, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Ryan Killiment - New Jersey - nominated by Dr. Dan McEaddy, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


ASSOCIATE AWARD-ADMINISTRATION

Zella Duff of Missouri & Evelyn Rosier Robinson of Georgia - nominated by Hanshi Lou Angel, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


ASSOCIATE AWARD-OUTSTANDING STUDENT

Chris Marquez - SAN-JITSU - Florida - nominated by Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, Founder “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Claudia Draniceanu - CHINESE GOJU  & Virgil Horatiu Pena - JUDO - New York -nominated by Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Curtis W. Williams - North Carolina - nominated by Hanshi Sam Pearson, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Dustin Mydock - SHORINRYU - Florida - nominated by Master Sharon P. Clifton, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Ryan Moriarty - 5 CIRCLE SYSTEM - Nebraska - nominated by Grandmaster John Byrne, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Joe Price & Tina Price - North Carolina, Santana Maynard - W. Virginia - MANABI  MASHO JU-JITSU - nominated by Grandmaster John Casarez, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Gerry Ward - AIKIDO - Pennsylvania- nominated by Master Keith Badyna, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Colleen M. Rowe - Florida - nominated by Professor John Chambers, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.” 


ASSOCIATE AWARD - OUTSTANDING LOYALTY

Michael Pinkney, Jose Rodriguez, John LaRue & Steve LaBostrie - SAN-JITSU - Florida -nominated by Grandmaster Frank E. Sanchez, Founder “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Jack Wimbish, Kelly M. Smith - LIM’S KENPO KARATE - Arizona - nominated by Sigung George Lim, member “MASTERS DIVISION” of the “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Kyoshi Joe Laney - nominated by Hanshi Phil Little, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Donald R. Wells - North Carolina - nominated by Hanshi Sam Pearson, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Err Lee Bowen - MANABI MASHO JU-JITSU - North Carolina - nominated by Grandmaster John Casarez, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Steve Tolton - Pennsylvania - nominated by Master Keith Badyna, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Dan Avsec - Nebraska - nominated by Grandmaster John Byrne, member “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”

Thuy T. Nguyen - Pennsylvania - nominated by Master Eddie Rose, member “MASTERS DIVISION”, “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.”


ASSOCIATE AWARD - CONTRIBUTOR(may be non-martial artist/institution, etc.)

A posthumous award to Edmund L. Badyna - New Jersey - nominated by his son, Master Keith Badyna, member “MASTERS DIVISION” of the “WORLD HEAD OF FAMILY SOKESHIP COUNCIL.” For his father’s constant support and guidance throughout Master Badyna’s 30 years of Martial Arts Training. Accepting on his behalf of the late Edmund Badyna is his Wife & Master Badyna’s Mother, Carolyn O. Badyna.

 


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