Martial Arts specialist Mark Weaver to enter CSHOF

Mark Weaver

Grandmaster is defined as a “title that is honorary in nature, meaning it does not confer rank, but rather distinguishes the individual as very highly revered in his school, system or style.”

There’s reason that Mark Weaver has that moniker in front of his name.

In his 42-year involvement in martial arts, Weaver has built quite a resume, one that has landed him in multiple halls of fame for his prowess in the sport.

Did you know that Weaver, who works at Gustavus Adolphus Services in Jamestown:

— Is a member of the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2015).

— Is proficient in the disciplines of karate, Gung-Fu, Kunato, Ninjitsu, kickboxing, Shaolin, Yangshen, Kung-Fu; and has trained in Hapan, Singapore, Korea and Thailand.

— Is founder/chief executive officer of Warrior Combat International.

— Was the International Fellowship of Martial Arts Grandmaster of the Year in Asian Martial Arts (2016).

— Was the recipient of the Action Magazine Martial Arts Hall of Fame Excellence in Teaching Award (2017).

— Named in Who’s Who in Martial Arts.

— Was named the USA Martial Arts Hall of Kung-Fu Master of the Year (2017).=

— Coached the U.S. National Martial Arts team (2015, 2018).

— Is an 8th-degree black belt.

That’s quite a resume.

Well, Weaver is about to add another line to it — 2019 Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductee. The banquet will be held Feb. 18 at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. Joining Weaver in the inductee class are Cheryl Bailey, Tiffany Decker, Vincent Gullo, Luella Kye, Mike Lopriore, Bob Palcic, Jack Harper and Charles Johnston.

Tickets for the induction dinner are $50. CSHOF members receive a $5 discount. Reservations can be made by calling banquet chairman Chip Johnson at 716-485-6991. Tickets are also available at the Jamestown Cycle Shop, 10 Harrison St., Jamestown; Matt’s News, 93 E. 3rd St., Dunkirk; and the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, 15 W. 3rd St., Jamestown.

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