Karate Hall of Fame

IIMAA Karate Hall of Fame unites and gives recognition to influential martial artists throughout the world who develop high ethical and technical abilities within the broader martial arts and associated industries.


PURPOSE
– To recognize and reward the outstanding service of martial artists of all styles in the pursuit of excellence in the martial arts
– To encourage, promote, and develop martial arts throughout the world
– To coordinate and generally direct the activities of the Association
– To liaise and advise Government bodies on issues relating to the development of martial arts in world.


OBJECTIVES

Encourage and foster:
– High ethical standards in business, professions and sport
– The application of budo by each member to his personal, business and community life
– The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business, professional and sporting persons, united in the pursuit of excellence in the way martial arts

.– Regular and effective exchanges between Association, and other affiliated organizations throughout the world


We recognize those Students, Instructors, Masters and Grandmasters who have gone before us, and whose lives have enriched and paved the way for others to excel while maintaining the highest integrity and honor for the martial arts and its future. Many contribute and strive on always forward without any recognition or asking for any means of gratuity for their sacrifices. Our purpose is to give that recognition and honor to those who have traveled the path and never take time out to honor themselves. Our honoree candidates are selected by ballots sent in by families, friends, instructors, and students who feel the these dedicated individuals be given recognition for their dedication and contributions for the growth of the Martial Arts. And for the discipline that has enriched the lives of others.


Favoritism, Politics, Origin, Race, Creed and Color do not enter into the selection of an honoree. Candidates are closely screened and carefully selected by their individual accomplishment and achievements in their field of expertise. Martial Artist come from different walks of life and practice varied styles and systems. However, one thing remains the same; we all seem to share the love for the Martial Arts way.


IIMAA Karate Hall of Fame recognizes the worlds best martial artists in a variety of styles.

2010 Karate Hall of Fame

International Hall of Fame

 

Lifetime Dedication to the Martial Arts


Sifu Richard Bustillo

Grandmaster Bill “Superfoot” Wallace

Michael DePasquale Jr.


Golden Life Award


Sifu Rex W. McCoy

Soke Jaime Ortiz


Master Instructor of the Year


Master George C. Heath

Master Frank Raimondi

Master David Merrell

Master Albert Greber

Master Mitchell Saba

Master William Norton

Dr. Danny Reid


​Founder of the Year


Grandmaster Son Myung Soo

Shidoshi Geoffrey R. Spohn


Instructor of the Year


Instructor Leslie R. Richardson

Sensei Chris Feldt

Anshu Christa Jacobson

Master Paul Moon

Instructor Wylie Mitchell


Martial Artist of the Year


Master Eric Alders

School of the Year

Master Eric Alders

Master Paul Moon

Masters Jim and Paula Van Wicklin


​Organization of the Year


Master Kris Kademian

Grandmaster Gunther Benjamins

Soke Jagdish Singh Khatri


Non-Profit Organization of the Year


Side Kick Foundation


Soke of the Year


Soke Dave Johnson


International Instructor of the Year


​Kyoshi Kevin Blundell


Grandmaster of the Year


Grandmaster Matthew Plewes

Grandmaster Michael W. Neal


Most Outstanding Contributions of the Year


Kyoshi Kevin Blundell


Reality Based Martial Artist of the Year


Instructor Malvin Traylor

Soke Greg Goepfert


Martial Arts Performer of the Year


Master Yavor Nestorov


Innovator of the Year


Master Werner Leuschner


Outstanding Achievements in the Martial Arts


Sifu Matthew Freetage


Most Distinguished Grandmaster of the Year


Grandmaster Tony Southard


Female Competitor of the Year


Instructor Becca Ross


Guro of the Year

Guro John Kovacs


Outstanding Martial Artist of the Year


Sensei Kenton Vanzandt


Most Distinguished Master of the Year


Master Steven Smith


International Instructor of the Year


Master Franklin J. Gomez


Sifu of the Year


Sifu Alvin D. Mack Jr.


​Breaking Competitor of the Year


​Master Drew Serrano

2011

Karate Hall of Fame

 

International Instructor of the Year


Master Bruce Haynes


Master of the Year


Master James Hogwood


Master Instructor of the Year


Master Paul Vierheller

Master Juan Martin Alvarez

Master Bill Shaw

Dr. Darrell Smith

Master Chris Edwards

Instructor of the Year

Master Niklas Albrecht

Soke Yavor Nestorov

​Master Fred Mergen


Grandmaster of the Year


Grandmaster  Petrotta

Grandmaster Jody Perry

Soke of the Year

Soke Jamie Ortiz

Soke Greg Goepfert

Qigong Instructor of the Year

Dr. Keith B Cini

Escrima Teacher of the Year

Grandmaster Dan Medina


Weapons and Forms Instructor of the Year


Master Becca Ross


JKD instructor of the Year


Master Lazaro Bueno


Most Distinguished Master of the Year


Master Michael Thigpen


Outstanding Contributions in the 

Martial Arts


Dr. Thomas Williams

Instructor Ann Etzler

Shihan Kovacs

Master Roy Eby


School of the Year


Grandmaster Quoc Tran

Goshin Karate and Judo Academy


Organization of the Year


​Grandmaster Dave Johnson Executive Protection

David Schluep


Silver Life Award


Master Albert Greber

Master Philip Caldwell


Gold Life Award


Master Robert Aubrey

Grandmaster Jeffrey Everetts

Master Michael Mitchell


Living Legend


Grandmaster WG Snyder


Man of the Year


Shidoshi Geoffrey Spohn


Women of the Year


Master Isa Tenchio


Humanitarian of the Year


​Master Art Pryor