On Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Dayton, Ohio, the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame held its 11th annual awards ceremony. With a small beginning, the Hall of Fame has grown to be a very prestigious establishment. Dr. Jim Thomas, Director, Founder, and Curator, has established this organization to recognize those who, by their constant efforts, help the growth of martial arts. Master Thomas also organized and heads the U.S. National Martial Arts Team Alliance, which has hundreds of members both nationally and internationally.
Jim, Tana, and Jesse Fox, of Terre Haute, were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their accomplishments this year. Jesse received the award of Under Black Belt Jr. Martial Artist of the year. Jesse, age 8, competed in many tournaments over the past year, including winning a World Champion Title n Forms at the Martial Arts World Cup in Cancun, Mexico. He also received a silver medal in Breaking, and bronze medals in Sparring, Self-defense, and Synchronized Forms. He is currently a brown belt with four and a half years of training.
Tana received the award of Female Instructor of the Year. Due to her continuous dedication to running classes at her husband's school, Fox Family Fitness, plus competing and coaching their students at tournaments, she received the award. Tana also competed at the Martial Arts World Cup, receiving silver medals in Forms, Weapons, and Self-Defense, and a bronze medal in Synchronized Forms. She is currently a second degree black belt and is training very hard to receive her third degree.
Jim received the award of Outstanding Christian Competitor of the Year. Because of Jim's Christian witness in and out of the competitive ring and his accomplishments in competing during the last year he was presented with the award. Jim also became a world champion by winning in two events in the Martial Arts World Cup, Forms and Breaking, additionally receiving silver medals in Weapons, Self-defense, and Musical Forms. He also received bronze medals in Self-defense and Synchronized Forms. In May he won State Champion in Weapons and State Grand Champion in Weapons for the American Martial Arts Alliance State Tournament. This makes Jim's third year of inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
The Fox family also received a special award: Outstanding Family of the Year. The Foxes also all qualified to compete in the 2004Martial Arts World Cup in Athens, Geece, an exhibition sport for the 2004 Summer Olympics. They are raising money and looking for sponsors so they can attend this once-in-a-lifetime event. Interested parties may contact Jim and Tana at 232-7584.