Recognized by the Martial Arts History Museum as the “official Hall of Fame” for the martial arts community in America, the MUSEUM HALL OF FAME consists of those individuals who have made historic and iconic impacts upon the martial arts community as a whole. A Hall of Fame should be the hardest thing to get into, not the easiest.
The martial arts is not regulated and as a result, anyone can purchase a black belt at their local store and open a school without any martial arts training at all. The same thing has occurred in regard to the Hall of Fame. Anyone and everyone can establish their own version of a Hall of Fame at any time. Today, there are over a thousand martial arts halls of fame across America alone.
Nearly all of these halls induct people with little or no criteria. We have witnessed fifteen-year-old martial artists being inducted along side 40-year veterans. A hall should be the accomplishments over decades of a persons life and should be the most difficult thing to get inducted into. Halls like these are not only confusing to the martial arts community, but even more confusing to the general public.
In 1999, the Martial Arts History Museum felt it was important to at least bring some validity to the Hall of Fame and focus its efforts and providing the reason in which each inductee was selected. The Museum Hall of Fame was established with its inductees having an historical impact on the martial arts as a whole. Although winning countless tournaments or learning the arts for 40 years or teaching children who cannot afford classes is a great accomplishment, it does not alter history for the arts a whole.
Ten individuals are inducted into the Museum’s Hall of Fame each year. The nomination process of this prestigious club is selected by the PAST INDUCTEES, NOT THE MUSEUM. The Museum will conduct a check on their stats, information, etc. and then the board members will select ten from the nominee list. There is no “of the year” categories (such as baseball’s Cy Young Award, or MVP for that year) which only reflects a specific time period, a Hall should reflect nearly a lifetime on an individuals work.
Museum Hall Consideration
For those wishing to be considered for Hall induction should contact one of the previous nominees. THEY will need to contact the Museum on your behalf and provide an outline of your historical accomplishments (not a bio of tournaments won, movies played in, etc.). DO NOT contact the Museum under any circumstances for consideration. Any individual who contacts the Museum for inclusion will IMMEDIATELY be put on the probation list for three years. Any threatening emails, letters or facebook messages from any individual or statements such as “why aren’t I in there” risk the possibility of never being considered at all. This is one of the many reasons we have established this Hall of the official Hall for the arts; because of its strict criteria.
Museum Hall Nominees
Consideration for induction should follow these simple guidelines:
1. Be a practitioner of the arts for at least 25 years (some exceptions are considered)
2. Made an historical contribution or an historical impact on the arts as a whole
This information should be provided to a previous inductee, NOT THE MUSEUM. It is up to the previous inductee to submit a letter or recommendation on your behalf.
All previous Hall inductees are eligible to nominate only one(1) individual per year. It is up to the inductee to contact the Museum, the Museum will not send out reminders for nomination. Voting is available all year round but the deadline for a particular year ends on February of the next year. (For example, to be considered for the 2012 year, final voting ends on February 2013). The Museum will not reveal a list of nominees.
Press or Other Inquiries
This is the only Hall of Fame recognized by the Museum as the official Hall for the martial arts. Any inquiries from the press or any individuals asking if a certain individual was inducted into the Hall of Fame will be based solely upon the inductees included here. The Museum will not provide names of the thousands of different halls a person may have been inducted into. Listing of the Hall inductees are provided here online or in book form.
The Museum spends a great deal of time establishing a Hall of Fame the non-martial arts community and press can look to and rely that our information is as accurate as possible. (Mistakes have been made but we do everything possible to correct them as soon as possible). However, should any previous Hall inductee prove to provide false, misleading and untrue information regarding their accomplishments, they can and without any notice, be permanently removed from the Museum Hall. Should any previous Hall inductee provide false or misleading statements regarding the Museum, harass the Museum or misrepresent the Museum in any fashion, or simply tell lies about the Museum, can and without any notice, be permanently removed from the Museum’s Hall of Fame at any time. (This dates back to the beginning of the Museum, 1999).