Former Winn Parish Resident Mark Rudd Inducted Into Martial Arts Hall of Fame

On July 19, 2018 Sensei Mark Rudd (7th degree black belt) of Andalusia Alabama was Inducted into the World Isshinryu Hall of Fame held at the Convention Center in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Mr Rudd was the 113th inductee into the highest honor given within the Isshinryu Karate System since the Isshinryu Hall of Fame (IHOF) began back in 1979.

The IHOF board reviews the qualifications of each person considered for this honor. Some of these requirements include 20 years of uninterrupt- ed training in Isshinryu karate, and to hold a 6th degree black belt or above as head instructor of his/her karate school. It is required that one must be an ambassador of Isshinryu Karate and to have traveled in promotion of the system. Many other requirements are set forth but it isrequired that one must demonstrate a high degree of personal Integrity, dignity, honor and must possess the character that will be a legacy to all of the Isshinryu karate community. Mark Rudd’s first contact with Isshinryu was around 1972, when as a 5th grader at Dodson High School, he had the opportunity to go with a friend to a karate tournament held on the campus of Louisiana Tech University, where he is now an alumni member. At this tournament he purchased an Isshinryu patch and brought it home.


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