Hall of Fame Inductees

Judy Anderson O'Neill

Judy Anderson O'Neill has been in the Martial Arts since 1974, and currently holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis (Filipino Stick Fighting). She earned her Master's of Science Degree in Physical Education / Biomechanics from the University of Delaware in 1977, and has worked side by side with Jim Clapp (a 2012 HOF inductee) since 1979, developing the curriculums and programs at the American Karate Studios. She keeps the art of Grandmaster Remy Presas’ Modern Arnis alive at AKS through teaching her Senior Leadership Team. The team performs demonstrations of Modern Arnis at AKS’ Black Belt Spectaculars and other events.

She was an active tournament competitor from 1975 to 1984, competing in both sparring and forms (kata) divisions.  She earned 2nd place in 1978 and 1979 in the Martial Arts Ratings Systems National Championships in the Women's Black Belt Kata divisions.

She was instrumental in developing the innovative Dyna-TotsTM Karate program, which she has specially designed for the 3-6 year old child. This program, now leading the way for others nationwide, is tailored to meet the coordination needs, peer interaction challenges and social development skills required of this age group. 

Mrs. O'Neill has also conducted a variety of self defense programs for women only, geared to enhancing their awareness, building their self confidence and raising their self esteem. This program has been a model for others across the country and is credited for introducing hundreds of women to the benefits of Martial Arts training.

She has received many awards and recognition for her contributions to the martial arts industry.  These include:

  • • In 1979, Judy was recognized by the National Organization for Women with their Wonder Women of the Year award, presented for community service contributions
  • In 1983, she was recognized in Who's Who in Karate
  • In 1985 and 1987, she was recognized in Who's Who in American Martial Arts
  • In 1991, she was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, in Akron, Ohio, as "Woman of the Year".
  • In 1992, she was inducted into the Eastern USA Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh, PA, as "Woman of the Year".
  • In 1995, she was awarded the "Martial Artist of the Industry Award" by the Educational Funding Company / US Martial Art Association.
  • In 2002, she was awarded the "Elite Athlete Award" presented by the Delaware Women's Alliance for Sport & Fitness, Inc. This award honors a Delaware female athlete who has excelled at the national or international level.