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New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame

The New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame honours New Zealand Martial Artists, regardless of style or politics. Martial Artists come from all walks of life and the NZMAHOF members share a common goal, to further the essence of their chosen art and to promote good relations between styles. Fellowship between inducted members assists in the further sharing of knowledge among the leading martial artists in the industry. See a list of all former inductees


2013

Congratulations to Master Rocky Rounthwaite, Master James Rimmer and Mr Lawrence Mantjika for their induction into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame on Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Palmerston North. See other inductees here and Master Rounthwaite's acceptance speech here.



Masters Mahesh Bhana, Steve Pellow and Mr Andrew Salton will be special guests in Hobart Tasmania in August. All three are to be inducted into the Australasian Martial Art Hall of Fame as well as the USA based World Karate Union Hall of Fame. Congratulations!


2011

6TH New Zealand Martial Art Hall of Fame Awards

Congratulations to Master Mahesh Bhana who is this year to be inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held on Saturday 12th November 2011.



2010

Masters Davison and McPhailOn 28th August 2010 Masters Davidson and McPhail were inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame in a ceremony being held in Sydney Australia. The Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame was formed in 1996 for the purpose of giving worldwide recognition to the contributions and dedication made to the industry by martial artists from all disciplines. Inductees are also automatically inducted into the the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.

Nominations are accepted from instructors, students, families and friends. Nominees have met the high standards of AMAHOF; favouritism, politics, race, creed and style play no part in the selection of a nominee.

2009

Two of our senior instructors were inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame at a ceremony on 7th November 2009 in Wanganui. Congratulations to Mr Steve Pellow and Mr Andrew Salton for being inducted.


2005

Two of ITFNZ's senior members were inducted into the NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame on Saturday 12th November 2005.


Mr Michael Lowe with wife Jenny
 
Mr Peter Graham with wife June

Supporters from Central Districts, Wellington and Auckland witnessed the induction of Mr Lowe and Mr Graham at the 3rd NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame Ceremonies held on 12th November.

Masters Davidson and McPhail were also issued certificates as returning inductees and Master Davidson gave a brief speech about the importance of all martial arts leaders contributing to society on a positive way, and so helping to build a more peaceful world.

Mr Lowe and Mr Graham made their own speeches which were warmly accepted by all the martial arts leaders present. You can read their speeches here.


Mr Lowe started Taekwon-Do in 1974 at the age of 21, at Massey Club when he was a student at Massey University. He has been Instructing since 1978. He has been a key person of our organisation as an Executive Committee and Technical Committee member.

 

Mr Peter Graham began his training in 1978. He served as the President of ITFNZ for many years and made many long lasting contributions to Taekwon-Do and Martial Arts in New Zealand. Mr Graham was nominated for the Martial Arts Hall of Fame by the Late Mr Harry Hemena (former inductee).


2002

Mr Paul McPhail was to be the fourth member of ITFNZ to be inducted into the NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame. The ceremonies were held at the Taupo Events Centre 1st June 2002.

Also acknowledged with the Insights to Martial Arts Magazine awards were ITFNZ members:

Norman Ng - First Generation Martial Arts Pioneer
Evan Davidson - Second Generation Martial Arts Pioneer
Sue Breen - Contribution to Martial Arts Administration in New Zealand
Michael Lowe - Leading Teacher
Andrew Salton - Top Fighter
Graham Patterson - Excellence in Breaking Techniques


2000

Master Evan Davidson was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2000. You can read his speeches here.


1997

Mr Norman Ng was honoured in 1997 at the New Zealand Martial Arts Achievement Awards by being inducted into the NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Mr Ng was also recognised by the "Century of New Zealand Martial Arts Awards".


 

 




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