GM Al Dacascos
We are excited to announce that Sifu Al Dacascos will be one of the featured instructors at this year's Gathering of Eagles in Dallas, Texas. Sifu will also be leading a Grand Masters/Seniors council on the Friday evening of the GOE to cover recent events in the martial arts world and future plans.
Al Dacascos was born on September 6, 1942 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, USA as Albert Joseph Dacascos. He is known for his work on the movies Showdown in Manila (2016) and Masters of the Martial Arts Presented by Wesley Snipes (1998). He is married to Melveen Leed and the father of the actor Mark Dacascos.
He is a charter member of the Martial Arts History Museum Hall of Fame and was voted into the first class in 1999 with other martial arts luminaries including Bruce Lee, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Chuck Norris, Toshirô Mifune and Cynthia Rothrock. He had more votes than Norris, Mifune and Rothrock!
Grand master Al Dacascos (“Sifu” as he likes to be called) is an American Kajukenbo and kung fu instructor and former competitor, widely known as the first kung fu practitioner to enter American karate tournaments. Dacascos competed in the late 1960’s and retired in 1973 as a top ten fighter and a kata (forms) competitor. He was the Central North American Grand Champion three times, (1969-1971) and the Rocky Mountain Grand Champion twice, (1971-1972). At the 1972 Internationals in Long Beach, Calif., he won five awards, Forms Grand Champion, Chinese Forms champion, Lightweight runner-up, best Sportsmanship award and the Decathlon title for most points accumulated. A feat that has never been topped yet! He had previously won the Chinese kata championship in 1966, 1970 and 1971. His demonstration in 1974 at the World Professional Karate Championships was telecast nationally on ABC Wide World of Entertainment and on the Nationally known Merv Griffen Show gave the world a hint of what Dacascos had to offer.
He was approached to play the part of Bruce Lee in a film that was called, “The life and legend of Bruce Lee”, but the movie was shelved. 25 years later, the film was renamed “Dragon” and was filmed with actor Jason Scott Lee at the lead after Al Dacascos’ son Mark turned it down to do, “Only the Strong”, which gave Mark a turning point in his career to movie stardom.
Al Dacascos’ “style” or “expression” as he likes to call it, is Wun Hop Kuen Do, which means “way of the combined fists”. He restructured and added to kajukenbo as a result of his intense studies of other martial arts. By 1969, this evolution had led him to informing Professor Adriano Emperado, the co founder of kajukenbo, that he felt he should no longer call his art kajukenbo. Expanding kajukenbo beyond its ch’uan fa component, he developed his new expression, wun hop kuen do.
He was named to Who’s Who in the Martial Arts in 1975 and with his election to the 1977 Black Belt Hall of Fame, as Kung Fu martial artist of the Year, Dacascos received the recognition many observers believed was long overdue for one of the foremost martial artists of our time.
He has trained a host of outstanding champions, including Malia Dacascos Bernal, Eric Lee, Karyn Turner, Karen Sheperd, Emanuel Bettencourt, Christian Wulf, Winfred Jozko, Bill Owens and his son, Mark Dacascos. He now lives in Hawaii and recently published the #1 selling book “Legacy: Through the Eyes of the Warrior” which will be available at the Gathering of Eagles event in August!
Some of his other accomplishments include:
- Founder of the Wun Hop Kuen Do Association as a branch of Kajukenbo.
- More than 50 Dacascos schools worldwide.
- More than 225 awards in his competitive career (5 yrs.) with “Best Fighter of the Year” award each year.
- Graduate of ESI, Executive Security International, Anti-terrorist and Security Academy, 1985, Aspen, Colorado.
- Over 250 magazine covers worldwide covering 50 years of experience and dedication.
- “First successful Kung Fu fighter in a sport in which Karate and TKD fighters dominate”- Black Belt Magazine.
- Other fighters called him “The Fox” to justify his natural speed.
- “Al Dacascos is the champion behind champions.” Black Belt Magazine.
- Actor in the “Good-Will Tour” group of Hong Kong and Berlin.
- Fight choreographer for the stunt team in the movie “Ninja Turtles III” and other films and television programs.
- Co-director of the Martial Art Society of the Rocky Mountain Area.
- Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame “Kung fu Fighter of the Year”.
- Living Legend Award “Hall of Fame”.
- Masters 2000 Hall of Fame by IKKI and Steve Spry.
- Masters of the 20th Century, hosted by Wesley Snipes.
- “Inside Kung Fu” magazine’s “Hall of Fame”.
- Hawaii’s Society of Martial Art’s “Hall of Fame”.
- Legends Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the “Gathering of Eagles” in Las Vegas
- Pioneer Award and Living Legend Award at the Soke Council of Martial Arts in Florida.
- ABC Worldwide Sports recognition and demonstrations (1974).
- Demonstrations on the Merv Griffin Show (1974).
And many more achievements and involvements....
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