The Criteria for the Official Martial Arts Hall of Fame
The Martial Arts Hall of Fame is the only hall recognized by the Martial Arts History Museum. The following is the criteria for nomination and induction into the Hall of Fame:
1. The artist must have studied the martial arts for at least 25 years
2. The artist must have made some type of historical contribution to the martial arts.
(for example: Gene LeBell was the key driving force in exposing judo to Western
society. Al Dacascos was one of the first individuals to introduce kung fu into
both tournament forms and fighting. S. Henry Cho was not only one of the first
to bring Korean karate to the East U.S., but also runs one of the longest running
tournaments in America. Jackie Chan was one of the first martial artist/actors
to change America's view of martial arts by adding comedy to his films and
encourage a whole generation to take martial arts. This is not a popularity
contest, but based solely on historical impact to the whole community.
There are many great individuals in the martial arts community and are deserving
of praise, however, to be considered for the Hall, their impact must be felt by the
whole martial arts community.
3. The previous Hall of Famers are asked to submit ONLY 1 INDIVIDUAL for nomination.
Up to 10 individuals will be inducted each year.
4. To make a suggestion for consideration of a future Hall member, please contact
one of the previous Hall members. DO NOT CONTACT THE MUSEUM. It is these
up to these individuals to nominate the inductees, not the Museum.
DO NOT EMAIL THE MUSEUM.
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