Hanshi Daniel Hect, CEO of the Masters Hall of Fame, has announced that martial arts legend Frank Dux will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Masters Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. The event will take place on Saturday, June 4, at the Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel. This will be the first of two awards events; the second ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 18, at the Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square in Columbus, OH.
“We are proud and honored to have Frank Dux as our keynote speaker for our San Antonio awards ceremony. He is not only a legend in the martial arts but a man I am proud to call a friend.”
Hanshi Daniel Hect, CEO of the Masters Hall of Fame
Born in Canada and raised in California’s San Fernando Valley, Dux was fascinated with the martial arts. Unable to afford tuition to any of the local schools, he recalls how he would watch through the window of such masters as Bill Ryusaki, Bob Ozman, Bong Soo Han, S.B. Moon and John Leone. Through this eclectic “auditing” of styles, Dux developed his own mixed style that he later codified into what he called Dux Ryu Ninjutsu.
In 1975 Dux entered into the Kumite, an event that is considered by some as the predecessor for Mixed Martial Arts. It was said to be a no-holds-barred competition that matched fighters from around the world. Dux entered as a heavyweight and eventually came away with the championship. His experience was written about in Black Belt magazine in 1980 and later became the basis for the 1988 film Bloodsport, in which Jean-Claude Van Damme played Dux.
Dux was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in 2011, receiving the Platinum Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the martial arts. “We are proud and honored to have Frank Dux as our keynote speaker for our San Antonio awards ceremony,” says Hect. “He is not only a legend in the martial arts but a man I am proud to call a friend.”
Sifu Alan Goldberg, the CEO of Action Martial Arts Magazine and Associate Producer of The Martial Arts Kid, will be the keynote speaker at the Masters Hall of Fame Awards Banquet in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, June 18. The event will be held at the Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square Hotel and honors members of the martial arts community for
“For our first ever event in Columbus, I cannot think of anyone better as keynote speaker than Alan Goldberg.” -Daniel Hect, Chairman of the Masters Hall of Fame
Sifu Goldberg has dedicated his personal and professional life to promoting and teaching the martial arts. In addition to his work in martial arts publishing and film, he is a successful businessman who believes in giving back to the community. Sifu Goldberg has served on the board of the Arnold Sports Festival, along with his involvement in other charitable organizations.
“I am excited to be the Masters Hall of Fame keynote speaker; it gives me another platform to speak to leaders in the martial arts.” said Sifu Goldberg. “However my greatest motivation and inspiration is to help promote martial arts businesses facing new challenges and achieving new success. This is my way of showing them that anything is possible.”
“For our first ever event in Columbus, I cannot think of anyone better as keynote speaker than Alan Goldberg,” said Masters Hall of Fame Chairman Daniel Hect. “Alan’s leadership continues to develop professionalism in the Martial Arts community. He is a successful businessman, Martial Arts legend and role model; I am excited to have him as our keynote speaker.”
The Masters Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and has long been recognized as one of the premier Martial Arts events on the West Coast. The association recognizes exceptional Martial Arts Leaders and Legends through induction into the Masters Hall of Fame. Members of the Masters Hall of Fame include Professor Bob White, Grandmaster Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Sifu Cynthia Rothrock and Kru Lisa “The Black Widow” King.