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2013 Inductees

Sam Moledzki

SAM MOLEDZKI's introduction into the Martial Arts began in 1967 while studying boxing and competing as a member of the Midland Avenue Collegiate Gymnastic Team. He began practicing Karate-do under the instruction of Master Kei Tsumura at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Don Mills, Ontario.

After receiving 1st degree BLACK BELT (January 10, 1970) in Shito-ryu Karate, Sam began teaching Karate classes during the evening at Midland Collegiate Institute.

In 1972 Sam received his 2nd degree BLACK BELT in Karate and was selected as Captain of Canada's National Black Belt Team competing at the 2nd WUKO World Karate-do Championships in Paris, France. He led the Canadian Team to a 1st Place finish.

Then in 1974, he was appointed as Public Relations- Chairman of the newly formed sports governing body for Karate in the province, the KARATE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION.

Sam's dedication to karate do and his leadership of others, not to mention his strong competitive years, have lead him to being a unanimous choice for induction to the CBBHoF.

Luc Maisonneuve

Luc Maisonneuve is one of Canada and Quebec's best fighters of all time is as sure a statement as the sun will come up tomorrow morning.

Luc won the Canadian Open Karate Championships eight years in a row.

Father of four children Luc has always been a champion in both family life as well in the dojo.

He started karate with Ron DesJardins in 1966 and then he went to Fern Cleroux who he credits as the reason he won so much as Fern never accepted a half hearted effort from anyone, including himself.

His reverse punch paired with his timing and distancing were uncanny but the results speak for themselves. He has been doing Chito Ryu karate under Fern Cleroux sense those early days.

Luc's senior students are Alain Savoie, Leo Maisonneuve, and Norm Courchene

Masao Takahashi

Born in 1929 in Stave Falls, British Columbia, Masao Takahashi believes that responsible instruction improves the mind and the body, and enhances a sense of self discipline, self-confidence, and self-respect.

Takahashi Sensei started judo clubs wherever he was posted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and in 1950 he was at the Rockcliffe Air Base in Ottawa.

He then went to Montreal and practiced at the Seidokan, then Toronto and then Germany for four years and then started up back in Ottawa at Uplands Air Base 1964 until he opened up Takahashi Dojo in 1969.

He has taught thousands of students, including our 15th Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and the children of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

In 2002 he was awarded the Sacred Treasure of Gold Rays and Rosette by the Emperor of Japan he was also graded to 8th dan at the Kodokan in Japan.

His teachings and love of the traditional martial arts of Japan and their value to society have now lead him to being inducted into this the 8th Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame.

Tae E. Lee

Admired and respected within his school and the Ottawa community, Grandmaster Lee is more than just an instructor to his students. Those who take the time to know him discover a warm and compassionate person beneath the firm exterior he projects during class time. The progress and well-being of his students is of great concern to him and he strives to know each one individually as a person rather than just a pupil.

His great love for Taekwondo and his intense interest in his students make him one of the finest instructors in Canada.

Tae Eun Lee opened the first Taekwondo School here in Ottawa in 1977. Since then, his unique effort and dedication to Taekwondo have been recognized across Canada and the world. He is now considered to be one of the most important and valuable Canadian Grandmasters in Taekwondo.

He believes in a strong teacher/student relationship. It is the interaction between the master and his pupils, that transforms the environment from a 'club to exercise in' to an authentic martial arts school.

Philip Gelinas

Philip Gelinas was born in 1952, the year of the Dragon. He lives in Montreal, Quebec and runs the Gelinas Academy of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA), also known as the Cultural Martial Arts Academy.

Gelinas began his martial arts training at the age of 14 in Chito Ryu karate under Sensei Tran Quang Ba. Since then he has trained in a variety of styles including Kali, Kajukenbo, Muay Thai, Boxing, Judo, Kempo, Jeet Kune Do, Silat, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Capoeira.

His first black belt ranks were in Japanese Kempo (1973) and Kajukenbo (1975).

Philip was an early pioneer of emerging combat systems and was instrumental in establishing Kali, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Capoeira in the Montreal area. He is also an original Dog Brother (Sled Dog) of the Dog Brother stick fighting group.

Presently he holds the rank of Mandala Tuhon in Pekiti Tirsia Kali (Gaje), Full Instructorships in Kali and JKD (Inosanto), has an advanced level in Kajukenbo, and sits on the Board of Advisors to the KSDI (Kajukenbo).

Pascal Serei

Master Pascal Serei B.A. P.P.S.

Kyoshi 8th dan

Founder of Nintai Ryu Aiki Ju-Jitsu

Martial art diplomas and certifications

Intensively and continuously practicing martial arts since 1957

AIKI JU-JITSU - Black belt 8th dan Kyoshi (World Kobudo Federation)

JU-JITSU - Black belt 7th dan Kyoshi (Yudansha Ju-Jitsu Federation)

AIKI JU-JITSU - Black belt 7th dan (International Budo Association, Nintai Ryu)

GOSHIN JUTSU - Black belt 7th dan (Yoseikan World Federation)

AIKIBUDO - Black belt 5th dan (Aikibudo International Federation)

JUDO - Black belt 2nd dan (Judo Canada)

AIKIDO - Black belt 5th dan (YWF) KARATE - Black belt 2th dan (Shotokan and Yoseikan)

NIHON JU-JITSU - Black belt 1st dan (Yoseikan Ryu, Japan)

KOBUDO - Black belt Mokuroku Shoden (Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu)

SAVATE/FRENCH BOXING - Tireur (boxer) MUAY THAÏ - Trainer

George Serei

Il est né le 11 octobre 1921. Commence le judo fin 1949 au J C. Levallois et est élu président du Club début 1958.S entraine régulièrement au Collège des Ceintures Noires de France sous la direction de Me Kawashi et de ses assistants, Mes Michigami et Awazu. A son arrivée a Montréal, il ouvre en septemdre 1958 le dojo Hakudokan avec 3 jeunes c.n.,puis fonde avec leur aide le Collège des C.N. du Canada dont il est élu président. Avec la fusion avec l association de Me Hatashita, Judo Canada est né.

Titres et grades d arts martiaux.

• Kyoshi

• 8e dan aiki-ju-jitsu

• 7e dan ju-jitsu japonais.

• 3e dan judo kodokan et judo Canada.

• 3e dan aiki-do

• 3e dan Yoseikan budo

• 1e dan aiki-budo

• Président d honneur d aiki-ju-jitsu nintai ryu

• Président d honneur de l Académie Martiale Serei

• Doyen du World Kobudo Federation


Nicolas Gill

When Nicolas Gill won Canada's first medal in the 1992 Olympics by placing third in men's 86 kilograms, there was not one Canadian reporter on-site. This is a reality that often faces many Canadian Olympic athletes in low-profile sports like Judo.

In the 2000 games in Australia he was awarded a silver medal after highly contested match to Inoe of Japan.

Gill's trademark throws are a lightning-fast uchimata and a nearly-unbeatable osotogari. He competed professionally in France for Paris St-Germain.

Nicolas Gil is without a doubt one of Canada's number one athletes and has proven it time and time again being a ten time Canadian Champion in Judo.

Now a co-owner of one of Canada's oldest martial arts companies Jukado he is one of the most respected Judoka in all of Canada with a pedigree and track record that defies logic.