Pictures from the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame
Banquet October 19th, 2001, Lakewood California
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We held a Hall of Fame event here in Lakewood on October 19th, 2001 and met some really great people.  Special thanks should go to a number of students who did a great job helping organize and set the event up, namely John Moore, Al Navarro, Greg Young, Ray Mortaloni and Ed Idian, it would not have been possible without you all! Also many anks 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. 

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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.  Students not pictured in this shot that were also very invaluable in making this event happen were Al Navarro and Greg Young.

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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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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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Lion Dancing

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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 dramatic and well choreographed.

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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

tnwolfe5.jpg (14145 bytes)Here are Sigung Tim Wolfe's students with their Awards.  Left to right are Josh McIntire, Tim Foster, Sigung Wolfe and Steve Wallace

Some of our friends that could not make it to the event are:

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!