Tonight's Featured Guest is Grand Master Malia Dacascos Bernal of Won Hop Kuen Do & Kaju Kenbo. In the 1970’s, many people discovered Bruce Lee and martial arts, as a whole, took off like a wildfire throughout the USA as well as Europe. But to thousands of people, martial arts was already a solid part of their lives. Malia Bernal was one of them. She became involved in martial arts in the 1960’s and by the 1970’s was considered the top competitor on the martial arts circuits and is widely believed to be the pioneer for women in martial arts. In her career, she accomplished what few women had done: became a multi winning Forms Champion, a 3x winner of the Golden Fist award (the martial arts equivalent to the Academy awards) winning for Best Forms, Best Sparring and Best Overall, is part of the AMA Hall of Fame, the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame and Who’s Who in the Martial Arts, a #1 rating in Professional Karate Magazine, and numerous television, movie and media appearances, including a film cameo alongside Chuck Norris in the movie, "SideKicks." She is a Grandmaster of Kajukenbo -promoted by GrandMaster Ted Sotelo in 2012 as well as a member of the Kajukenbo Hall of Fame, an 8th degree black sash in Wun Hop Kuen Do and the first woman to ever grace the cover of Black Belt magazine. Long before Billy Blanks hit it big with Tae Bo, Malia was already putting the combination of martial arts and cardio fitness together, she called it aerobics defense, for her students. “Being fit,” she said, “is a big part of being a better martial artist.”
Professor Darrell Sarjeant would like to invite you to call in tonight and speak directly to our featured guest. Call in by dialing 1-(646)-716-6825
Co-Host and Executive Producer Kancho Daniel J. Vena
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