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History of Achievements 

RON VAN CLIEF HOLDS A BLACK BELT OR THE EQUIVALENT IN KARATE, JU-JITSU, AIKI-JITSU, KUNG-FU, ARNIS DE MANO AND ZEN JUTSU. HE IS A MASTER OF THE SWORD, SAI, NUNCHAKU AND OTHER MARTIAL ARTS WEAPONS. 

 

A 5-TIME WORLD CHAMPION AND 15-TIME ALL AMERICAN CHAMPION.FROM 1965-2002 HE COMPETED IN OVER 900 TOURNAMENTS. IN 1995, HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THR WORLD MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME, WITH THE LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. IN 2002, HE WAS INDUCTED IN THE BLACK BELT HALL OF FAME.

ACHIEVEMENTS/ AKNOWLEDGEMENTS/ AWARDS

5 Time WORLD CHAMPION KARATE AND KUNG FU
15 Time ALL AMERICAN OPEN KARATE/KUNG FU CHAMPION
2018 INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF GRAND MASTERS MEMBER AND ADVISORY BOARD
2018 URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE URBAN FISTS OF LEGENDS AWARD HONOREE
2018 At 75 yrs old competed in HAWAII MASTERS OF BJJ CHAMPIONSHIP (2ND PLACE )
2018 THE PHILADELPHIA HISTORIC MARTIAL ARTS SOCIETY HALL OF FAME AWARD HONOREE
2017 THE ICON AWARD at ACTION ON FILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2017 BLACK BELT MAGAZINE LEGENDS AWARD
2017 NEW JERSEY FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING
2017 THE LIVING LEGEND AWARD at THE URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE AND EXPO
2016 UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS 241st BIRTHDAY BALL VIP GUEST SPEAKER
2016 ASIAN MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME (BEIJING)
2016 THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS HALL OF FAME NOMINEE
2015 LEGACY AWARD at THE URBAN ACTION FILM FESTIVAL
2015 SILVER MEDALIST at TRIPLE CROWN BJJ CHAMPIONSHIP
2014 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at URBAN ACTION SHOWCASE AND EXPO
2012 POLICE TACTICS INSTRUCTORS OF AMERICA CERTIFICATION
2011 COMBAT PTSD PROGRAM completed at LYONS VA HOSPITAL, NJ
2010 AWARDED  PH. D  MARTIAL ARTS EDUCATION AND ASIAN STUDIES
2009 THE MMA FIGHT COUNCIL ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
2009 ELITE MMA REFEREE CERTIFICATION
2009 MONTESSORI SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM SELF DEFENSE 101
2009 IVANA EUDORA KEAN SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM SELF DEFENSE 101
2009 BERTHA C BOSHULTE MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM SELF DEFENSE 101
2009 ANTILLES SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM SELF DEFENSE 101
2008 GRANDMASTER OF THE YEAR at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN HALL OF FAME HONOREE
2007 AN AFTERNOON WITH RON VAN CLIEF at THE MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE
2004 BRONX INTERNATIONAL HIGH  SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM SELF DEFENSE 101
2003 MORRIS HIGH SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM SELF DEFENSE 101
2003 BUDO INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE GRANDMASTER OF THE MARTIAL ARTS HONOREE
2002 BLACK BELT MAGAZINE HALL OF FAME HONOREE INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR
2002 ALL AMERICAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 1ST PLACE FIGHTING/1st PLACE KATA at 60 yrs old
2001 HISTORIC FIGURE AWARD HALL OF FAME SOKESHIP COUNCIL HONOREE
2000 MILLINEUM LIVING LEGEND AWARD HONOREE at WORLD SOKESHIP COUNCIL
1998 MASTERS OF THE MARTIAL ARTS OF THE 20th CENTURY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
1996 GRANDMASTER OF THE YEAR WORLD HEADMASTERS SOKESHIP COUNCIL HONOREE
1994 UFCIV at age 51 FOUGHT ROYCE GRACIE IN THE OCTAGON UFC 4
1983 ALL AMERICAN OPEN HALL OF FAME  HONOREE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN  NYC
1983-1993 SENIOR DEFENSIVE TACTICS INSTRUCTOR  for UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE  at WTC

The United States Marine Corps 1960-1966
New York City Transit Police Department  1965-1969
Screen Actors Guild/Stunt  and  Safety Committee 1973-2018
Appointed Grandmaster of the Martial Arts 10th Degree Red Belt 1971
Hong Kong Movie World “Ron Van Clief is the 1st foreigner to headline Hong Kong Films”
Author  of  THE MANUAL OF THE MARTIAL ARTS 1981
Author  of  THE  RON VAN CLIEF WHITE BELT GUIDEBOOK 1985
Author  of  THE  RON VAN CLIEF GREEN & PURPLE BELT GUIDEBOOK 1985
Author  of  THE BLACK HEROES OF THE MARTIAL ARTS 1996
Author  of  THE HANGED MAN The Story of Ron Van Clief 2012
Graduate of THE NEW YORK VIETNAM VETERANS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
Commissioner of  the UFC ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 1994-1995
Competed in over 900 tournaments from 1962-2018 (point, full contact, mma and bjj)

RON VAN CLIEF DVD COLLECTION (5 FILMS)     
OZ HBO SERIES                                   
THE SOPRANOS HBO SERIES              
RYANS HOPE TV SERIES
NEW YORK UNDERCOVER SERIES                     
HOST OF BLACK BELT DRIVE IN THEATER  CHANNEL  5
THE BLACK DRAGON MOVIE SERIES (10 FILMS)
THE BLACK KUNG FU EXPERIENCE ON PBS
THE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT (ABC TELEVISION SERIES)
THIS IS US NBC TELEVISION SERIES (FEATURED)

THE HANGED MAN THE STORY OF RON VAN CLIEF DOCUMENTARY  2018
BLACK DRAGON THE LEGEND OF RON VAN CLIEF DOCUMENTARY  2017

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

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