PASADENA, CA – Local martial artist Antranig (Anto) Parseghian was inducted into the “Masters Hall of Fame” at the organization’s annual awards ceremony held August 11, 2012 in Costa Mesa. Parseghian, a 5th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate, owns and runs the Jeff Speakman Kenpo 5.0 karate studio on Washington Boulevard in Pasadena. He has been teaching Kenpo for 16 years, and is the highest-ranking student of Jeff Speakman, well-known Kenpo stylist and actor.
“This is an amazing honor,” Parseghian said about the award. “The people who have received it in previous years, as well as many of those who shared the floor with me this evening, include legends in the martial arts, my seniors, whom I have long admired and who continue to be inspirations to me. This of course includes my own instructor, Mr. Speakman.”
Founded in 1999, the Masters Hall of Fame recognizes martial arts leaders and legends for their contributions to and achievements in the arts, and for their commitment to the martial arts community. Its annual award ceremony is viewed by many as one of the premier martial arts events on the west coast. Inductees are chosen from a cross section of the community of practitioners, from legends and champions to police and military leaders. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.mastershalloffame.org/
Parseghian was presented a “Life Achievement Award” upon his induction. “I question my worthiness to receive this award,” he later said, “and to even be included in this roster of legendary artists I have always looked up to. But I humbly accept it, with tremendous gratitude, and I pledge to continue training rigorously – physically, mentally, and spiritually – in order to live up to it.”
The Pasadena Jeff Speakman Kenpo 5.0 school began as Hye-Kenpo Karate, teaching American Kenpo to youth without charge at the Pasadena Armenian Center. Now housed in its own building, the school currently has more than 150 students, ranging from 4 to 61 years in age. Besides martial arts training, it also offers a year-round after-school program, as well as seasonal camp programs and various school-wide activities. As Parseghian describes it, “Our teachers and students are like a large family, and the school is like the students’ second home, where their instructors and fellow students can help them achieve their goals, increase their confidence, and develop leadership skills. It becomes much more than self-defense, although Kenpo training is definitely its core, and its heart.”
For more information about Kenpo 5.0 or Sensei Anto Parseghian’s various programs, contact Jeff Speakman Kenpo 5.0 – Pasadena at 626-794-1700 or visit the school at 1614 E. Washington Blvd. Pasadena 91104