Professor John E. Chambers has been involved in the Martial Arts for fifty three years. He became absolutely fascinated with Judo at the age of fourteen after seeing a movie staring Humphrey Bogart back in the 1940's. In the movie Bogart portrayed a Judo expert who got into a fight in a bar with a Judo Grandmaster. The throw by the experts in the movie were awesome to a fourteen year old skinny kid. He left the movie determined to find someone to teach him Judo. He soon found a Judo class being taught at the YMCA by a young new black belt who was in the Navy just back for Japan. Not having any money for dues, he just sat on the gym floor and watched the class for weeks. One day the instructor came over and asked him to join the class, after explaining that he did not have the money for dues, the instructor took him by the hand and said; "To hell with the dues kid, you come on and get in this class." That started his Martial Arts career; he has never stopped studying and / or teaching after that. He received his black belt from the Korea Yudo College and the Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan. In his travels he has studied with Mas Oyama, Bruce Lee, and the entire Korea Yudo Olympic Team. He has instructed such notables as former world champion Joe Lewis and Chuck Norris.
Professor Chambers has distinguished himself over the years as a martial artist by being ranked in black belt grades in Yudo / Judo, Yusool, Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do and Moo Duk Kwan. Professor Chambers was also awarded the highest martial arts honor that Korea can bestow upon a martial artist, “The Meritorious Letter of Commendation.” Professor Chambers was the very first American to ever receive this award.
After many years of training, Professor Chambers was summoned to travel to Korea where their highest Yudo Grandmaster, Won Tae Lee, promoted him to 9th Dan. Grandmaster Lee was 100 years old and could barely speak when he said, “You are the first and only non-Korean to ever be elevated to the rank of 9th degree black belt, outside of the Republic of Korea!”
Professor Cambers is the President and Founder of Martial Arts USA and an advisor of the American Martial Arts Renmei, Inc.
"It is with great regret that Professor Chambers announced his retirement from the martial arts and passed the reigns of Martial Arts USA to his successor Master Larry Beard. AMAR would like to wish Professor Chambers peace and harmony in his retirement. Our professional association blossomed into a beautiful friendship and has been a rewarding one for those in AMAR. Master Beard has chosen to continue the professional association between the American Martial Arts Renmei and Martial Arts USA. We at AMAR are looking forward to an expanded relationship with Master Beard and MAUSA." - Professor John E. Chambers
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