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Two Berlin martial artists inducted in the Hall of Honors

February 19, 2014
BERLIN Two Berlin men have dedicated most of their lives training in the martial arts, and their hard work has paid off.

Dick Kimber and John Chaloux were recently inducted in the Action Magazine's Hall of Honors. The three-day event was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the Tropicana from Jan. 23-25. This is the largest martial arts award ceremony in the world. Over 5000 people attended the event.

World Champion Dick "The Destroyer" Kimber was given a championship belt for his dedication in the sport of kickboxing. He was also presented with a special award for "Man of the Year." John Chaloux was inducted for his board holding equipment. Chaloux is given credit for his contribution in the art of breaking boards and bricks.

Kimber, who has trained in boxing, kickboxing, and many other styles of martial arts, is a three-time world champion in two different weight classes. In 1993, he won his first world title as a cruiserweight. In 1997 he achieved the heavyweight world cup, and in 1998, he won the heavyweight world title. His record is 24 wins, 22 knockouts, and 3 losses he refers to as "lessons." In earlier years, he won the mid-Atlantic championship title and was inducted into his high school hall of fame.

Kimber, who was born and raised in Lynn, Mass., moved to Berlin in the late 90's and he has trained, and still trains people in boxing and kickboxing. He is an advocate in helping to get people into shape.

Aside from his training, Kimber has been involved in film throughout his career. He acted as an extra in the movie "Once Bitten," and an episode of "The Twilight Zone" with Bruce Willis. He had a role in an episode of "Walker: Texas Ranger" and 12 episodes of "Spencer for Hire." He also acted in the Japanese film "Mr. X" with kickboxing master Joe Lewis. He also played Weird Al's roadie in the film "The Complete Al." While at the Atlantic City honors, he was asked to play a role in one of Don "The Dragon" Wilson's upcoming movies. Wilson is an 11 time world kickboxing champion who has starred and produced many martial arts films. When Kimber moved to Berlin about 15 years ago, he and Wilson competed against each other in a pay-per-view event.

"We start filming in June. You're in the movie. Start training," Wilson told Kimber at the awards convention.

Kimber has also been a bodyguard for famous actors, served 10 years as a Lt. Deputy Sheriff, and was fourth in command for Special Tactical Patrol Force in Massachusetts.

Kimber grew up in a rough neighborhood in Lynn, Mass. This inspired him to learn how to fight. His whole family is involved in boxing and kickboxing including his son Russell, his daughters Alexia, 14, and Elianna, 11, and his brother Tommy Kimber, who is a three time middleweight world champion. One of his biggest inspirations is his older brother Bobby Kimber who recently won a body building competition at the age of 62.

"I saw three kids beating another. I was shaken. I told myself 'that could be me or my brothers'," said the "destroyer." He has trained in the martial arts ever since.

John Chaloux has trained in the martial arts for over 40 years.

"I have been blessed by God to have been able to achieve all the goals I have set for myself. I wanted to become a black belt, have my own school/dojo, go to martial arts tournaments and compete, and have students also compete. I wanted to be an inventor," he said.

Chaloux has reached these goals, and he has set another goal to have his board holding device used in film. The device has many different arms that hold boards and bricks suspended in a variation of angles. Boards and bricks can be struck using different hand and foot strikes. He invented the device many years ago and has upgraded it throughout the years. The device has been prospected by a few film producers and he has also been approached by some trade specialists in martial arts equipment. His device can be used in the fields of breaking and conditioning. He was inducted in the Hall of Honors as Ambassador of the Arts, and this is his third induction. He has also been inducted in a few other events.

"Master Kimber has been such a great influence and friend. I want to put out a very special thanks to this great man who helped me with my first induction which came about because mister Kimber told me to contact people, the right people, to show, display and share my ideas with," he said.

Chaloux also noted that he would like to give credit to his son, Joel, a black belt, who recently broke six concrete blocks using the device.

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