Texas Honored Pugilists


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Texas Honored Pugilists

Grandmaster Raymond McCallum

Grandmaster Raymond McCallum is one of the most successful and electrifying fighters to ever compete in point fighting, full contact fighting, and kata (forms) competitions. He competed during karate’s “glory days” in the 1970s and 1980s. In fact, in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, the Dallas, Texas native was always ranked in the top echelon among national karate competitors.

Grandmaster McCallum started his karate journey in 1972 at the age of 14. A year later, in 1973, he was already winning tournaments in the brown belt divisions. By the age of 16, he had already earned his black belt and was well on his way to winning many national championships.

Grandmaster Raymond’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but suffice it to say, he has competed extensively in tournaments throughout Texas, the United States, and the world.


Delio “Baby Red” Palacios

Delio “Baby Red” Palacios, of Benavides, Texas, is a boxer who had a superb career in both the amateur and professional ranks. Perhaps his best year as an amateur was in 1980, when he fought his way to the National Quarter Finals and captured the Western Olympics Trials Crown. As an amateur, Delio’s record was 97-6.

Palacios turned pro in 1981, and his bouts were frequently televised on the ESPN, HSE, and Telemundo networks. As a pro, his record was 30-4. At one time he was ranked #10 in the world, according to the World Boxing Organization. Other rankings he attained included #8 in the North American Boxing Federation, #1 in the Texas Ratings, and #2 in the Mid-America Listings. Delio is also the founder of Hebbronville’s Police Activities League (PAL), and he’s actively involved in helping children through his amateur boxing program.

A devout family man, he and his wife, Veronica, have five children and currently reside in the small city of Hebbronville, Texas.


Professor Manuel Lozano

Professor Manuel Lozano, a native of Brownsville, Texas, is one of the most diverse and talented martial arts
instructors in the country. He has studied a wide range of fighting styles from unarmed hand-to-hand combat to different types of bladed weaponry from various cultures. In the early 1970s, Professor Lozano started learning the Korean fighting methods. He has trained in Small Circle Jiu-Jitsu with founder and grandmaster, Prof. Wally Jay. He has also spent time learning lucha libre (free style professional wrestling)  under the tutelage of legendary Mexican wrestling sensation and film star, Mil Mascaras.

Professor Manuel has learned other Mexican martial arts from various grandmasters in Mexico. In fact, he is the first to introduce a Meso-American martial art to the world, the art of Yaomachtia, which has its
basis in Aztec and Mayan traditions. Professor Lozano has the unique distinction of studying under the first American, Alfonso Tamez, who was the first foreigner, to receive a teaching certificate in Thailand in Krabi-Krabonj.

When it comes to bladed weapons, Prof. Manuel trained in classical fencing under Maestri de Armas Ramon Martinez and Jeannette Acosta-Martinez, specializing in Spanish swordsmanship called la Verdadera Destreza. In addition to all his accomplishments as a martial artist, Professor Manuel Lozano is also a Texas certified peace officer and a Texas certified personal protection instructor.


Master Jesus Lozano:

Kuk Sool Won

Master Jesus “Chuy” H. Lozano has dedicated most of his life to training and teaching martial arts. He was
instrumental in bringing the Korean art of Kuk Sool Won to Texas in the early 1980s.

An awesome competitor, Master Lozano won many titles in his day, including the United States Kuk Sool Won Championships held in San Francisco, California in 1985. That same year he also won the World Kuk Sool Won Championships held in Pusan, South Korea.

Master Lozano, along with his brother, Professor Manuel Lozano, helped research, investigate, and restructure the ancient Meso-American martial art of Yaomachtia. Master Jesus “Chuy” Lozano is a legendary competitor whose accomplishments have been recognized all over Texas, the United States, Mexico, and Korea.

Master Lozano has won countless titles in all types of martial arts competitions such as free fighting, weapons, and kata (forms).


Sifu David Cinoceros:

Kenpo

Sifu David Cinoceros was born and raised in the West Texas city of El Paso. He started his epic Kenpo karate journey in the late 1960s under Sifu Tom Kelly in Santa Monica, California. He is a 2nd generation student of Kenpo founder, Grandmaster Ed Parker. But, because of this teaching experience in the early years of Kenpo, and because of his closeness to Grandmaster Parker, he is also considered a 1st generation student.

In the early 1970s, Sifu Cinoceros was a top competitor in Kenpo, winning countless tournaments.

In the mid 1970s, Sifu David was sent to the Dallas and Arlington to open schools and spread the philosophy of Kenpo. He was widely recognized as being the teacher who best conveyed the smoothness and finesse of Kenpo.

Finally, in the 1980s, he was sent to his hometown of El Paso to revive and encourage the growth of Kenpo karate.

As of this writing, Sifu David Cinoceros still resides in his native El Paso.


Master Rudy R. Smedley:  Tae Kwon Do

Master Rudy R. Smedley, originally of Fort Worth, is a long time martial artist who is also a multi-gifted athlete. In high school he excelled in track & field, earning a full scholarship to North Texas State
University in that sport. He also served a four year stint playing quarterback for the Arlington Drillers, a Texas semi-pro football team.

Master Smedley began his martial arts journey in 1971, at the age of 16. It was that year that he took up the study of Tae Kwon Do at the Fort Worth downtown YMCA under the tutelage of Grandmasters Billy R. Brammer and J. Pat Burleson. He would eventually earn his Black Belt in 1975 from Grandmaster Burleson, and in attendance that day was karate legend Bob Wall who played “O’Hara” in Bruce Lee’s epic film, Enter the Dragon.

One of Master Rudy’s distinctions is having won 78 straight matches and 16
tournament championships in a row, and in the mid to late 1980s he reigned supreme in the world of tournament karate, winning 5 World Championships.
Possessed of a great sense of community involvement, he has also been instrumental in many programs geared toward keeping youth away from drugs, gangs, violence, and suicide.

Currently, Master Smedley resides in Granbury, TX with his wife Cindy and their two lovely daughters. A man of deep spiritual convictions, Master Rudy says he is thankful to God for all the blessings in his life and has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.


Moses Williams – Kajukenpo

Professor Moses Williams of the Austin, Texas area is one of the most accomplished martial arts masters in the fields of karate, kung fu, and Kajukenbo with close to forty years experience.

He holds one of the highest rankings achievable in karate, being that of 10th degree Black Belt. He is also an 8th degree Black Belt in the system of Kajukenbo.

Prof. Williams states that he has had the privilege of training under some of the world’s greatest Grand Masters. This training has served him well as he has achieved two world titles in his fighting career. Also, in 1997, 1998, and 1999 he won three Texas Golden Greek Awards in the Executive Black Belt Division, 35-years-of-age-or-older category, in both forms and free fighting.

As an instructor, Professor Moses specializes in youth development, discipline, and educational programs. He has worked in the Austin community for more than 26 years. He has established good relationships with the Austin Police Department and has trained countless law enforcement officers, as well as the children of the community.

Professor Williams says that his philosophy of teaching encompasses training that develops the body, mind, and spirit.

 


Mike Blackgrave – Escrima

Guro Michael Blackgrave of the San Antonio, Texas region is one of the most accomplished and diversified martial artists in this year’s World Pugilist Hall of Fame ceremonies. He is the founder of SEAMOK Tactical Solutions and has well over 30 years of experience in the pugilistic arts.

Guro Blackgrave has amassed credentials in the following martial arts: Goju Ryu Karate, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Pekititseria Kali, BaHad ZuBu Kali’s Ilustrisimo, and Kuntao.

Guro Mike also has a strong working knowledge in the disciplines of Harimau-Silat, Western style boxing, Kenpo, WWII combatives, and Free-style wrestling. Besides being an authority on unarmed combat, he is also a strong advocate of practical and tactical firearm usage. This expertise in the use of firearms comes as a result of his being a U.S. Army combat arms veteran.

In addition to all the afore-mentioned credentials, Guro Michael Blackgrave has worked vigorously and extensively in the security field with over 20 years experience in body guarding, club security, and special events security.


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 Mike Keller – Jeet Kune Do

Sifu Mike Keller is one of the most diversified martial artists to be inducted into the World Pugilist Hall of Fame this year. He has over 40 years experience in the martial arts and over 20 years in law enforcement work.

 

Born in 1952, Sifu Keller began training at the age of 6 in Western-style boxing. In 1972 he was introduced to Judo and Tae Kwon Doand continued training in multiple disciplines. He would eventually earn Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do, American Kickboxing, Tang Soo Do, and Ho Sin Sul.

Sifu Mike is also a former military police officer and close quarters combat instructor, having served as a USAF Security Specialist for 8 years. He also competed on a rifle shooting team while stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio.

Sifu Keller is a certified instructor in the art of JeetKune Do, the system synthesized by the legendary Bruce Lee. In fact, he has the distinction of having trained with several of Bruce Lee’s original students.

Currently residing in Sweetwater, Texas, Sifu Mike Keller is the founder of the Practical Defensive Tactics (PDT) training system. His methods are taught to law enforcement/security personnel, concealed handgun owners, and those seeking realistic personal protection training.

Always trying to hone his impressive skills, Sifu Mike continues to train with many highly regarded martial artists in Kali, Silat, Catch Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.