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Gloria Hendry pays Tribute to Grandmaster Jim Kelly


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Grandmaster Eric “LIONMAN” O’Neal, a 7-Time USKA World Karate Champion and 2-time Gold Medalist, led an intimate gathering of family and friends in a moving tribute to a fellow legend – Grandmaster Jim “The Dragon” Kelly, who passed away last month from cancer. The special memorial tribute was open to the public and truly celebrated the life of a karate master and mentor, actor and beloved member of the martial arts community, featuring appearances by many of the community’s luminaries.

This past Saturday afternoon at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, joy mingled with tears as Kelly’s colleagues and only daughter, Sabrena Kelly-Lewis reminisced and remembered a great man.

Gloria Hendry also remembered her experience working with Jim on the 1974 movie,”Black Belt Jones.”  Gloria still maintains a very active life style and continues to be an inspiration to others.


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