Pictures from the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame
Banquet October 19th, 2001, Lakewood California
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SPECIAL THANKS! Credit should always be given where credit is due and special thanks are in order to a few people for helping setting up and organizing this event, without them it might have been impossible, it certainly would not have been as wonderful as it was.  I want to specifically thank and name those people.  My thanks go out to our good friend Sigung Tim Wolfe for his support over the 1 plus year that I have set up the event, Sifu Bill Wilson for his help and support in so many areas, my sister Jean West and my wife Nancy who helped extensively as well.  Also my thanks to my students who helped in so many areas, John Moore, Al Navarro, Greg Young, Ray Mortaloni and Ed Idian, it would not have been possible without you all!  All thanks and acknowledgement should go soley to the people just mentioned because they worked very hard ot make it happen!

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Richard Mieir-King and  students.  Between these students, my sister, Jean West, and my wife, Nancy, they are the ones who really helped to make the event happen and run smoothly so all thanks should go to them.  Left to right is Ray Mortaloni, Richard Mieir-King, Ed Idian and in front, John Moore


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CEO Professor Rocky Farley

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Koncho Howard Moore, President
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Left to right: Sigung Tim Wolfe, Howard Moore and Richard Mieir-King

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Sifu James McNeil

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Sifu McNeil with Richard Mieir-King and wife Nancy

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Our friend Sigung Tim Wolfe

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Sigung Tim Wolfe and Richard Mieir-King

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Tim Wolfe's father and Richard Mieir-King

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Tim Wolfe's father and Richard Mieir-King

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Our friend Shihan Craig Garret and Richard Mieir-King

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Sensei Arnold Sandubrae of Palm Springs

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Tim Foster, a student of Sigung Tim Wolfe

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Steve Wallace, a student of Sigung Tim Wolfe

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Pastor Joe Ely offered the opening prayer and benediction at the event

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Pastor Joe Ely offered the opening prayer and benediction at the event

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Sigung Ray Manzon

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Datu Tim Hartman

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John Moore and Richard Mieir-King, now you see why we squatted John Moore down in front in the previous picture :-).

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Greg Young clowning around and Richard Mieir-King.  Greg was also a big help at the banquet.

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Al Navarro and Richard Mieir-King, Al was a tremendous help at the door, helping seat people and just working behind the scenes.

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Tim Hartman and Sifu Richard Mieir-King

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Jean West and Sifu Richard Mieir-King

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Rocky Farley, Richard Mieir-King and Ed Idian

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Sifu Richard Mieir-King calling the event and awards banquet to order

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The first entertainment for the evening was Lion Dancing

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More Lion Dancing that evening.

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Lion Dancing

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The second group of entertainers were the Hikari Taiko Drummers

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The drummers were not only powerful and dramatic to hear but were visually interesting and dramatic. 

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Hikari Taiko Drummers

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Hikari Taiko Drummers

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Hikari Taiko Drummers

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After the entertainment and dinner the Awards ceremony and presentation was called to order and began

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Our Youth recipient of the evening was Josh McIntire for Jr. Martial Artist of the Year Award.

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Tim Foster was inducted in the category of Special Recognition Award

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Sifu Steve Cooper was inducted in the category of Instructor of the Year Kenpo

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Sifu Robert Redfeather was inducted for the category of Master of the Year Kung-Fu

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Here are Sigung Tim Wolfe's students with their Awards.  Left to right are Josh McIntire, Tim Foster, Sigung Wolfe and Steve Wallace.

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Sifu John Bono was inducted in the category of Male Instructor of the Year

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Shihan Craig Garret is inducted for the category of the Leadership Award

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Here is a shot of our elite group of inductees

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Hall of Fame Inductees

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Hall of Fame Inductees

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Hall of Fame Inductees

Once again, thanks to all those named, Sigung Tim Wolfe, Sifu Bill Wilson, my students, my sister Jean West, and my wife Nancy, they are the ones to thank for the success of this event.

We have a few inductees that were not able to make it to the event for various reasons.  Those inductees were:

Master John W. Wolfe
Professor Larry Hilton
Sigung George Lim
Sigung Rich Mooney
Sifu Bill Wilson
Soke W. Dan Hausel
Master Jorgen Rasmussen
Shidoshi Jimmy Wennberg
Professor Wolf Hillesheim
Sifu Johnny Lee
Sifu Jimmy Willis
Sifu John G. San Agustin
Soke Frank M. Schneider
Soke D. Benedetto Stumpf


Our thanks also to our entertainers, CAOC Lion Dancers, Hikari Taiko Drummers, and our DJ Alex Galindo, everyone did a wonderful job!

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