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Al Dacascos

Al Dacascos was one of the few selected and honored in Wesley Snipes, “Martial Arts Masters of the 21st Century”, aired Internationally in the summer of 1999. Much sought after, Al Dacascos American kung fu instructor and former competitor, widely known as the first kung fu practitioner to enter American karate tournaments. Dacascos competing in the late 1960’s and retired in 1973 as a top ten fighter and a kata (form) competitor. He was the Central North American Grand Champion three times, (1969-1971) and the Rocky Mountain Grand Champion twice, (1971-1972). At the 1972 Internationals in Long Beach, Calif., he won five awards, Form Grand Champion, Chinese Form champion, Lightweight runner-up, best Sportsmanship award and the Decathlon title for most points accumulated. A feat that has never been topped yet. He had previously won the Chinese kata championship in 1966, 1970 and 1971. His demonstration in 1974 at the World Professional Karate Championships was telecast nationally on ABC Wide World of Entertainment and on the Nationally known Merv Griffen Show gave the world a hint of what Dacascos had to offer. He was consider to play the part of the late Bruce Lee’s life in a film that was called, “The life and legend of Bruce Lee”, soon after, put on the “shelf”. 25 years later, the film was renamed “Dragon” and was done with actor Jason Scott Lee at the lead after Al Dacascos’ son Mark turned it down to do, “Only the Strong”, which gave Mark a turning point in his career to movie stardom.

Al Dacascos style or expression as he likes to call it, is Wun Hop Kuen Do, which means “way of the combine fists”. He overhauled the kajukenbo kenpo karate as a result of intense studies of other martial arts. By 1969 this exchange between instructors led him to informing Professor Adriano Emperado, co founder of kajukenbo, that he no longer wished to call his art kajukenbo. Expanding kajukenbo beyond its ch’uan fa component, he developed a new expression, wun hop kuen do.

With his election to the 1977, Black Belt Hall of Fame as Kung fu artist of the Year, Dacascos received the recognition many observers believe was long overdue on of the foremost martial artist of all time. Dacascos and his family moved to Germany in 1975 He was named to Who’s Who in the Martial Arts in 1975. He has trained a host of outstanding champion, including Malia Dacascos Bernal, Eric Lee, Karyn Turner, Karen Sheperd, Emanuel Bettencourt, Christian Wulf, Winfred Jozko, Bill Owens and his son, Mark Dacascos. Some of his other accomplishments listed below are:

 

  • Founder of the Wun Hop Kuen Do Association
  • Founder of the Wun Hop Kuen Do Association
  • Approximately 51 Dacascos schools worldwide
  • More than 225 awards in competitive career (5 yrs.) and won Best Fighter of the Year award each year.
  • Graduate of ESI, Executive Security International, Anti-terrorist and Security Academy, 1985, Aspen, Colorado
  • Over 250 Magazine covers worldwide over 50 years experience and dedication.
  • “First successful Kung fu fighter in a sport in which Karate and TKD fighters dominate”- Black Belt Magazine.
  • other fighters called him “The Fox” to justify his natural speed.
  • “Al Dacascos is the champion behind champions.” Black Belt Magazine.
  • Actor in the “Good-Will Tour”group of Hong Kong and Berlin.
  • Fight choreographer for the stunt team in the movie Ninja Turtles III and other films and television programs.
  • Co-director of the Martial Art Society of the Rocky Mountain Area.
  • Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame “Kung fu Fighter of the Year”.
  • Living Legend Award “Hall of Fame”.
  • Masters 2000 Hall of Fame by IKKI and Steve Spry
  • Masters of the 20th Century hosted by Wesley Snipes
  • Inside Kungfu Magazine “Hall of Fame”
  • Hawaii’s Society of Martial Art’s Hall of Fame
  • Legends Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gathering of the Eagles in Las Vegas
  • Pioneer Award and Living Legend Award at the Soke Council of Martial Arts in Florida.
  • ABC Worldwide Sports recognition and demonstrations. (1974)
  • Demonstrations on the Merv Griffin Show (1974)
  • And many more achievements and involvements....
  • Approximately 51 Dacascos schools worldwide.
  • More than 225 awards in competitive career (5 yrs.) and won Best Fighter of the Year award each year.
  • Graduate of ESI, Executive Security International, Anti-terrorist and Security Academy, 1985, Aspen, Colorado
  • Over 250 Magazine covers worldwide over 50 years experience and dedication.
  • “First successful Kung fu fighter in a sport in which Karate and TKD fighters dominate”- Black Belt Magazine.
  • other fighters called him “The Fox” to justify his natural speed.
  • “Al Dacascos is the champion behind champions.” Black Belt Magazine.
  • Actor in the “Good-Will Tour”group of Hong Kong and Berlin.
  • Fight choreographer for the stunt team in the movie Ninja Turtles III and other films and television programs.
  • Co-director of the Martial Art Society of the Rocky Mountain Area.
  • Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame “Kung fu Fighter of the Year”.
  • Living Legend Award “Hall of Fame”.
  • Masters 2000 Hall of Fame by IKKI and Steve Spry
  • Masters of the 20th Century hosted by Wesley Snipes
  • Inside Kungfu Magazine “Hall of Fame”
  • Hawaii’s Society of Martial Art’s Hall of Fame
  • Legends Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gathering of the Eagles in Las Vegas
  • Pioneer Award and Living Legend Award at the Soke Council of Martial Arts in Florida.
  • ABC Worldwide Sports recognition and demonstrations. (1974)
  • Demonstrations on the Merv Griffin Show (1974)
  • And many more achievements and involvement....

 

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