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Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Grandmaster Lee's grandfather was a well-known wrestler named Cyclone in the 1920's and ’30's and his father was a boxer. He began his study of martial arts in 1953 and got involved in it as his life's work in the 1960's, incorporating and founding R. Lee Inc. and East-West Schools in 1967. Grandmaster Lee has probably done more traveling in his research of the various martial arts styles than anybody in the history of martial arts in America. In 1972, while studying in the republic of China, Grandmaster Lee was asked to coach the United States National Team for the First World Kung-Fu (Kuoshu) Championships, held in the Republic of China, in 1975 and is now credited in the Global Who's Who as the first American to introduce the sport aspect of Kung-Fu to the United States. The team placed first in the Foreign Teams Division. He also was a coach for the team in 1992 and 1996. In 1991, he was elected to the office of Executive Vice President of the United States Chinese Kuoshu Federation. In 1994, in one of the most impressive Black Belt Presentations in the history of martial arts in America, Grandmaster Tracy Presented Grandmaster Lee with a 10th Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo. Those present included General Chen, General Wu, Grandmaster Huang, and Masters from all over the world along with Grandmaster Lee's top students. The following names are a complete list of outstanding world class Black Belt men and women, dating back to the 1960's, developed and recognized by Grandmaster Richard Lee.
* Indicates a United States Team Member (National Champion) that represented in the United States at the World Kung-Fu (Kuoshu) championships.
*w Indicates a World Champion.

Richard Lee Black Belts 1960s

Pat Douglas
Glen Hasstedt
Al Moore
Ralph Moore

Richard Lee Black Belts 1970s

Bill Kelly
Ron Lee
John Simmons **
Rich Brown *
Rich Buford
Terry Kane *
Gerry Kawaguchi *
Mark Miller *
Herb Cody *
Mike Adair *w
Mark Vanderpool *
John Coen *
Steve Gaudenzi *
Tony Ito *
Robert Ito
Jim Kane
Tyler Hanamura
Johnny Hein
Al Moore Jr.
Tom Amaral

Richard Lee Black Belt 1980s

Brad Mederios
Mike Mendoza
Jurgen Heitmann
Jurgen Reinke
Jim Harbison
Tim Coen
John Liu
Dave Thomas
John Ozuna *
Dave Kirby
Ray Slater
Todd Arend
Rich Campbell **
Bob Byers
Adam Sanchez **
John Buckley **
Mark Jacoby
Norma Futini **
Chris Long
Joan Murakami
Joe DeMeo
Jim Vincent
Kelly McGovern
Brandi Piacente *w
Marc Wheeler
Morgan Malone **w

Richard Lee Black Belt 1990s

Mia Munayer *w*w
Justin Lau
Sarah Carson *
Morgan Newman *w*w*w
Michelle Sosa
Lauren Cañas
John Worden
Collin Lee **w
Lars Wolfe *
Robert Bogolub
Art Panella
Aimee Jurewicz *
Mitch McKay
Adam Lathram
Kevin Schutzman
Ryan Hodge *w
David Curran
Jennie Mitchell
Sean Gray
Joyce Maher
Stuart Moore

Richard Lee Black Belts 2000s

Gary Toppins
Tony Zitko
Anna Liu *w
Michelle Brown **w
Pierce Timberlake *
Daryl Gerloff *
Joe Mangione *
Sydney Slater
Angie Dominguez *w*w*w*w
Allen Parco *w*w*w
Wendy Campbell
Ethan Silverman
Meghan Mannion Gray **w
Bobby Cusack *
Jane Ellett
Karen Silverman
Roz Curran
Whitney Berch *w
Kaylee Baker *w*w
Ashley Dong *w*