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Grand Master Maurice Elmalem
A Seven Time World Champion, 7th Dan Black belt with W.T.F. 9th Baysa/Dan/ KUF and 10th Dan Black belt with PWMAF. He holds a PH.D. in Martial Arts from the National Dragon Council University of Asian Studies, Virginia, USA, eight Guinness World Records, a Seven Time U.S. Cup Gold Medalist and Four Time AAU Champion.
He has studied the Martial Arts for 43 years under renowned Grand Masters, such as Dr. Richard Chun, World Champion Joe Hays, Tiger Kim and Gidon Kadari. Maurice’s fighting and breaking skills have been documented in the Guinness Book of World Records witnessed by millions on live television; Channel 5, ABC Wide World of Sports, David Letterman, Chanel Plus, MSG Network, Discovery, Spike TV, live shows at Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, Studio 54, Apollo Theatre and the Gleason Arena.
Many who see Grand Master Maurice look up to him and try to emulate him. They understand the discipline, hard work and commitment to excellence and to a dream required to master such feats. He has become a consummate martial artist. He credits discipline, hard work and dedication to becoming the best. Winning with honor has made Maurice a hero to both adults and children alike. He has been featured in over 250 magazines and newspapers, participated in over 750 Championships worldwide, and has accumulated over 700 trophies and over 50 gold medals in fighting and breaking.
Maurice has been inducted into many Halls of Fame. He holds eight World Records in breaking, splitting five 1” boards with speed head break, shattering 105 sheets of glass with an elbow strike, and 50 sheets of glass with a knife hand strike, breaking five 1” boards with a flying side kick over six chairs. Most boards broken simultaneously with each leg while in mid air, won Maurice his 6th World Championship Title. Maurice has perfected his art of breaking and transforming its potential to fighting and made him a master fighter.
He is known as the “World Champion Greatest Martial Arts Daredevil” and the Architect of martial arts. Guinness World Records Organization awarded him the title of “A Renaissance Man,” and most outstanding martial artists at all time. He was nicknamed, “The Houdini and Architect of Martial Arts,” in September 2000 after his performance in “Oriental World of Self Defense” at Madison Square Garden, New York City, movie star, Chuck Norris presented him with the world champion belt, which was engraved, “World Extreme Daredevil Champion” and said to Mr. Elmalem, “You are a Great Champion.” In 2006 Maurice won his Best of the Best Champion Belt at the Arnold Sports Festival, Ohio hosted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The two most recent Guinness World Records held by Maurice Elmalem were established in 2001. He shattered 50 sheets, amounting to 8½ inches of glass, with a karate chop at Fox Studios in Hollywood, California. It was televised on Fox Channels worldwide. In April 2002, Maurice established a new world record at Budo Martial Arts Magazine Studio in Madrid, Spain, breaking a hundred sheets of glass reaching to 13 inches high and in May 2003, Maurice established a new world record at Placio de Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain, breaking a hundred and five sheets of glass measuring 13 5/8 inches high with one single elbow strike downward.
With his outstanding grades in school and high IQ he has achieved and experienced much in his life. He is a gifted musician, artist, sculptor, marathon runner, gymnast and acrobat, photographer, craftsman, a real estate developer and architectural designer. He studied at Columbia University and New York University.
Maurice is listed several times in “Who’s Who” in the East for outstanding contribution to Architectural Design, and was voted among the Top 400 General Contractors in the U.S.A. by Engineering Report Magazine. His Motto is, “Work hard and go for the best, win and nothing less.” Author of three books “The Will Power,” “Fighting Dynamics The Sport for Champions,” and “Breaking Unlimited The Complete Version,” producer and creator of 24 instructional DVD programs, and editor of Budo Magazine.