Submitted by Eric Gardner
Two Northeast Ohioans were inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame on May 5 for their commitment and dedication to the world of martial arts.
Donald J. DeVries of North Olmsted and James DeCore of Parma were honored at a special benefit dinner that followed an all-day seminar to raise money for fellow martial artist and Hall of Fame member Joe Lewis, who is fighting cancer. During a ceremony at the dinner in Independence, International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame member and representative Gary Yano presented DeVries and DeCore, both of All American Karate in Fairview Park, with awards to honor their endless dedication to the advancement of martial arts to young and old alike.
DeVries, the primary owner of All American Karate and a sixth-degree black belt in American Kenpo karate and the Bill “Superfoot” Wallace system of karate, has been an instructor of Kenpo karate and taught karate and self-defense to children and adults for almost three decades. Attending with DeVries were his father, Tom DeVries, sister Linda, brother Tom, his daughter Jennifer –a fifth-degree black belt – granddaughter Ava and many of DeVries’ private students.
DeCore, who is a partner in All American Karate, is a third-degree black belt in the Bill “Superfoot” Wallace system as well as a black belt in American Kenpo karate. DeCore was accompanied by his girlfriend Nicki and, he said, in spirit by his father, James DeCore, who died in 2007, whom he emotionally thanked at the ceremony.
This honor comes to both men shortly after the school moved in October 2011 to its new location at 4435 W. 220th St. in Fairview Park, which was Fairview Park’s old post office. The karate school is open most evenings from 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. All American Karate offers not just Kenpo karate classes, but also self-defense for women and children, MMA, grappling, fighting, weapons, Tae Kwon Do and tai chi, to name just a few.
For more information about DeVries, DeCore and All American Karate Studio, you can go to its website at www.allamericankarate.net or call 440-331-0010.