Jim Clapp

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Nationally recognized for his accomplishments in martial arts as an instructor and professional school owner, H. James “Jim” Clapp holds one of the highest martial arts ranks among
Delawareans. Clapp was an inductee of the National Federation Black Belt Hall of Fame (“Kenpo Instructor of the Year”) in 1980; The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame (“Promoter of the Year”) in 1991;
the Eastern Martial Arts Hall of Fame (“Man of the Year”) in 1992; and the International Martial Arts Association’s Hall of Fame (1997). Jim began his training at West Chester University in 1967. He
earned a first degree Black Belt in 1971, a 5th degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis in 1989 and an 8th degree Black Belt in American Kenpo in 1995. Jim placed second in the Japan Karate Association
(JKA) East Coast Collegiate Karate Championships and 4th in JKA National Championships in 1970. Since 1973, Clapp has instructed more than 11,000 students at his American Karate Studios including
John Sarmousakis, who won four national championship titles in two years (1978-79) in Black Belt Kata (forms), and Judy Anderson Clapp, who was a National Martial Arts Ratings System Black Belt
Women’s Forms champion in 1978-79. Jim and Judy Clapp produced TV American Karate, one of the first locally aired cable TV shows in America to feature the martial arts. In addition, many area
athletes have trained with Jim including NFL standouts Randy White, Steve Watson, Kwame and Orien Harris and boxer Henry Milligan.



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