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Among the Greats

November 13, 2018

Submitted report

Fitchburg native Jim Brassard has received countless awards throughout his liftime, and he can add another honor to his illustrious martial arts career.

Brassard is a 1981 graduate of Fitchburg High School and teaches martial arts in Hyannis, and has schools in Colorado and Oregon. Most recently, he was recognized as one of the great teachers in his field when his name was included in the new book, “The Sensational 600 -- The World’s Greatest Martial Artists,” by grandmaster Ted Gambordella of Texas.

Gambordella took the time to research world’s greatest martial artists, honing the elite list down to 600 individuals.

Brassard, also a grandmaster, has more than 40 years in the martial arts, and more than 10 Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards, including “A Pioneer in the Martial Arts” (won in 2007), the “Silver Lifetime Achievement Award” (2008) and “Outstanding Contribution to The Martial Arts as a Grand Master” (2010).

He received this 2010 award with Grandmaster Ji Han Jae, who was honored as well. Jae was the gold hapkido fighter who fights Bruce Lee in the movie “Game of Death”

Brassard was also recognized by President Barack Obama with the Sports Award for the Martial Arts in 2016.

Soon after, in 2017, the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in New York awarded Brassard “The Presidentially Awarded Martial Arts Grandmaster of the Year.” It was the first time the award had been given out since the Hall of Fame opened in 1976.

Brassard’s honors, as well as his reputation as an international author with his martial arts and fitness course, vaulted him into this top 600 category along with names such as Chuck Norris, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.

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