Mady's kickboxing Eric Montgomery, Jeff Walsh Martyniuk and Ali Mokdad Brennan of Mady's Kickboxing and Martial Arts won matches Saturday at the Oneida First Nations community centre near London.
Montgomery defeated Nelson Sobral of Toronto by a tap out, Martyniuk then defeated Ridl Bawden of London by submission and Mokdad defeated Brennan Ireland of London in a three round kickboxing match by TKO.
Star Staff, Windsor Star
Published: Monday, September 17, 2007
Alyssa Brown of Mady's Karate School took first place in fighting and fifth place in traditional kata in the 14-15 co-ed yellow belt and advanced kata division of the Twin Towers karate classic in New York.
Her sister, Kaitlyn Brown, competing in 16-17 girls second and third degree black belt division, took fourth place in open weapons, traditional weapons kata and kumite events.
WESPYspump up Brown, Cameron
Dave Waddell, Windsor Star
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The thought of it made boxer Josh Cameron more nervous than before a fight while karate champion Kaitlyn Brown lost a night's sleep over the same thing.
What has the duo on edge was their nominations for the Windsor Essex Sports Persons of the Year awards to be held at the Caboto Club Sept. 25.
The 16-year-old Brown, along with St. Anne basketball star Brittany Hedderson and boxer Mary Spencer, was nominated for the female athlete of the year.
NOMINATED: Kaitlyn Brown is nominated for the top female athlete of the year award along with Brittany Hedderson and Mary Spencer.
Nick Brancaccio, Windsor Star
Cameron is up for the male version of the award along with Catholic Central basketball standout Tyrone Crawford and University of Windsor football star Daryl Stephenson.
"This nomination means more to me (than other awards) because it's from my hometown," said Brown, who has left a trail of championships and opponents in her wake the past year.
"To be recognized for all the hard work is a real honour. I was so pumped up I couldn't sleep (Sunday) after they phoned me."
Brown, who is based at Mady's Institute of Isshinryu, is the first athlete from her sport to be nominated for the award.
Among the litany of honours she's earned, the Villanova student was named female fighter of the year by 21 masters from around the world at the World Head of Family Sokeship awards ceremony in Florida. The group is the world's largest martial arts organization.
The 17-year-old Cameron is only the second boxer to be nominated for the male athlete award and he's looking to become the first to win it.
The Border City Boxing Club member won a gold medal in the 64-kg division at the Canada Winter Games, a provincial title and was a member of the Canadian team at the Brandenburg Cup in Germany and won his bout in a dual meet with Italy.
One of the new wrinkles to this year's ceremony is the introduction of the John Ferguson Male and Female Volunteer of the Year Awards.
The award was created to honour the memory of the late Montreal Canadiens great, who also was a major contributor to charities in his adopted hometown.
Nominated in the female category are Blanche Richards, Denise Hebert and Sandy Repko. Up for the male award are Ted Farron, Jerry Slavik and Egidio Novelletto.
Also announced Tuesday were the Legacy Awards for long-time service to local sports.
The female winner is former St. Clair Saints coach Rose Boretsky while Don Gilbert, who has had a hand in a variety of sports and organizations, is the male honoree.
This year's guest speaker is former Toronto Maple Leaf forward and the hero of the 1972 Canada-Soviet Series Paul Henderson.
Tickets are $100 apiece or $850 for a table of 10 and can still be purchased at the Caboto Club (519-252-8383) online at www.accesstickets.ca or by phone at 1-866-337-3322.
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At the Oneida 1st Nations Community Center near London ON., we had three fighter win there matches in great style. With the first fight of the night, 3 five minite rounds, MMA rules, our fighter Eric Montgomery fought a tough fight against Nelson Sobral of Toronto, early in the round Eric came out with strong striking with hands and feet, his opponent, came back with strikes and a take down, Eric remained on his back in a good guard position trying to work his game, he took a couple of good punches but late in the round Eric plan worked and caught his opponent in and arm bar and made him tap out.
The second match of the night was our fighter Jeff Walsh Martyniuk, he faught a tough MMA match against Ridl Bawden of London, they both came out kicking and punching, but with Jeff's "money shot" left hook, he rattled his opponet and then went to the ground, after a few times of being stood back up for no activitey on the ground, Jeff got his groove on the ground and ground and bounded his opponent. We thought the match was won there but the referee stood them up to give Jeff a one point deduction for an illegal "spiking elbow to the head" there is no way he did that. But, Jeff's oppent was a local boy. The sencond round end in the first minute, Jeff was in his zone and nailed his opponent with some strong low kicks and left hooks that ratted his opponent. Bawden tried to shoot and take Jeff down and shot himself into a Giotine choke. Jeff won by submission.
Our final fight of the night was switched to a K1 rules, kickboxing match, which we gladly accepted. Our fighter Ali Mokdad, fought Brennan Ireland of London, in a 3 round match. He started slow, but picked up the pace hit his opponent with strong left right combinations and well place high round house kicks. During the three second clinches he use his knees to punish his opponent. Early in the sencond round Ali came out strong and stopped his opponent with a blitzing attack of punches and kicks, the referee stoped the match. Ali wins with a TKO.
Thats all for now,
Mady becomes first Canadian inducted in martial arts hall of fame
BY AMANDA FERGUSON STAR STAFF REPORTER
Taken from the July 11th 2006 issue of the Windsor Star
It can't be easy to sneak up and surprise an eighth-degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate.
But Master Lewis Lizotte managed to surprise Windsorite Albert Mady, 47, during Lizotte’s retirement speech at the 32nd Annual Okinawan Karate Association World Championship in Windsor on Saturday.
Lizotte announced he would be awarding Mady with the prestigious rank of ninth-degree black belt in Isshinryu, making him the first Canadian to achieve such a rank.
“The rank was totally unexpected,” Mady said. “My instructor was giving his retirement speech and then he announced someone was getting their ninth-degree. Then the next thing I knew he was calling my name.”
Mady, the founder of Mady’s Martial Arts Centre, was also inducted into the International Martial Arts and Kickboxing Hall of Fame. Mady joins the likes of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, becoming the first Canadian to be inducted into the Ohio-based hall of fame.
“It felt great,” Mady said of winning the awards.
The honours given to Mady struck a chord in karate instructor Bob Markovich, who taught Mady when he was starting out in martial arts at the age of 11.
“He progressed so quickly we had to take him out of the kids’ class because he was just too good,” Markovich said. “He’s just one of those rare people who have the ability and the mental focus.”
Markovich said Mady was able to achieve his ninth-degree belt because of the time he dedicated to the sport, his skill, maturity and knowledge of martial arts.
“He’s very much involved in Canada and the United States and in Europe,” he said.
“He’s just so well-known.”
About 250 competitors from across North America and Puerto Rico came to compete in the championships on the weekend, drawing about 500 spectators to see the martial arts experts battle their way to the top. But Mady says there is a disturbing trend in North America in which people are moving up the ranks of martial arts without earning it. “It’s really bad in North America with people moving up the ranks with nothing to show for it,” Mady said. “That’s one reason we can be proud of our ranks, we all have the bumps and bruises to show for it and we teach on a regular basis.”
Mady will also be inducted into the Isshinryu Karate Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
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Mady gets a kick being named to karate shrine
From the July 6th Issue of the Windsor Star 2006
By Dave Waddel Star sports writer
They’re going to make Albert Mady earn his induction into the International Martial Arts and Kickboxing Hall of Fame Saturday.
The Windsor native will use his hands, feet and body to smash a variety bricks and boards as part the opening ceremonies to the 32nd annual American Okinawan Karate Association World Championships at the Cleary International Centre.
After his performance, Mady will become the first Canadian inducted into the Ohiobased hall of fame that also features such luminaries as Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris.
“To be in there with those names and being the first Canadian is a great honour and I feel pride in that,” said the 47-year-old Mady, who is also the tournament director of the AOKA World Championships which are being held in Canada for the first time.
“It’s not what I trained long and hard for for all those years, but it’s always nice to get a little pat on the back from your peers. It tells you that your efforts have been noticed and appreciated.”
Saturday’s induction is the first of two hall of fames Mady will enter this year.
The founder of Mady’s Martial Arts Centre will be welcomed into the International Isshinryu Karate Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Both halls are honouring Mady for a career that includes world and North American championships in a variety of disciplines, a reign as the world’s top-rated breaker, the first Canadian to become an eighth-degree black belt in Isshinryu as well as numerous honours as the top instructor in his sport. Mady has also taught martial arts and selfdefence classes in area high schools for more than a decade.
“I’m proud of what I accomplished as an athlete, but I’m more proud of being considered a top instructor,” Mady said.
“I work with students from five- to 67-yearsold and I get more satisfaction out of the smiles on their faces when they accomplish something new.” Mady won’t be the only local being honoured this weekend. At Friday’s AOKA awards banquet, Laurie Challans, who teaches at Mady’s centre, will be honoured as the female instructor of the year. Another one of Mady’s students, LaSalle’s Kaitlyn Brown, will pick up the award for the outstanding young female competitor of the year. Also Friday, testing for black belts up to the sixth degree and four seminars on the martial arts will be held at the Cleary.
The actual karate competition takes place Saturday with more than 200 athletes from across North America, including 50 from Essex County. Competition will be offered from white belt to master black belt and from age six and up in kumite, weapons kata and empty-hand kata.
Jon Henderson is a guy I have watched a lot. He is a solid kick boxer with excellent skill from a dangerous camp. He entered the ring to compete against another Muay Thai fighter that I had not seen before. He looked to me like a kid out of a video game in his Kung Fu shirt. Enter, Arthur Ramsey, and he didn’t look like much. Well, we have heard the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” for years. Hey, it works here. Ramsey came out guns a blazing. After 10 seconds you could just tell, this kid was talented and Henderson was in for a battle. Ramsey landed a spinning back kick right out of K-1 and the movies, and it stung Henderson big-time. Moments later in the match, Ramsey landed a high kick to the chops that put Henderson to the canvas. And hard. WOW, the crowd went wild. That was one of the best knockouts I have seen at a local event. I hope they bring Arthur Ramsey back, he has mad skills.
For the first Pro under card, we saw Agostino DeNatale against Jeff Walsh from Ontario. I have seen Agostino fight a number of times, and he is solid. He was undefeated coming in with a 3 and 0 pro record. The last time I saw him fight, he won his match in highlight reel style in under 20 seconds. As for this Jeff Walsh character, I had no idea what to expect. I did not expect what happened. From the moment the bell rang Jeff Walsh picked away at the younger DeNatale and had him wobbled. A series of punches and solid kicks had Agostino walking on rubber legs until the end came. In a show of class and sportsmanship, Walsh remained over with Duke Rufus and the downed Agostino DeNatale until he was righted onto a chair to be examined. Jeff Walsh looked very impressive this night.