On Saturday, May 19th, many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world and yours truly (!) will be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton at 6161 West Centinela in Los Angeles. I will the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted into this prestigious hall of fame and be awarded amongst the likes of legendary actor and master Stephen Lang (Avatar), legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), legendary action star Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 and 2, Sky opposite Norman Reedus), multi award-winning actress, model and martial artist Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance opposite Tommy Wiseau, Nemesis 5: The New Model), multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Nation’s Fire), legendary action star Gloria Hendry (Live and Let Die), former five time world kickboxing champion and former four time sport karate champion and filmmaker Robert Parham, five time world karate kick champion and action star Kathy Long, filmmaker and martial Art Camacho, grandmaster Eric Lee, master and action hero Dan Southworth (The Scorpion King), actress Joycelyne Lew (The Big Brawl), master Brian Kula Fung, martial artist and performer Alan Koa, martial artist and dancer Michelle Manu, Dr. Robert Goldman who will receive the Living Legend Award, special guest of honor and creator of the TV series Kung Fu, Ed Spielman and many more. Martial Artist and stand-up comic Mark Hoadley will be opening the gala with his unique style of stand-up comedy. Sifu Hoadley is a 3 time Hall of Fame inductee and last year’s Alliance inductee. Mark frequently performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Ice House and the Clown House. For the first time ever, it will be a mini Black Belt Jones reunion with stars Gloria Hendry and Mel Novak with a special tribute to Jim Kelly.
This renowned Hall of Fame was founded by Grandmaster Jim Thomas, Ph.D./D.Sc./
The U.S.A. Martial Arts ‘Hall of Fame’ “Hall of Heroes” was originally created in 1976 by Grand Master Robert Trias, the first man to open a martial arts school in the U.S. In its beginning it was very small in nature and was done spontaneously at various Martial Arts functions. Grandmaster Thomas and Mike Day were called upon to orchestrate this function into what it is today. Even with the passing of Grandmaster Trias and Day, Thomas has kept this event alive himself and includes new exciting things each and every year! This event actually spans three days from May 19th to May 21st with seminars and classes and the gala being on the 19th.
For more info and to purchase tickets, as seating is limited and selling out fast, please go to https://www.usamartialartshalloffame.com/