Although he has a healthy respect for tradition, when Sensei Roger Hamilton was called to the podium at this year's USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame induction ceremony, he didn't hesitate to break from tradition. Hamilton brought his two sons, Omar and Ali, to the podium with him to accept his Hall of Fame certificate.
Hamilton was recognized as the institution's Multi-Disciplined Master or the Year, an award tailor made for the 52-year-old instructor, who has dedicated his life to the combat arts and spent most of his life training in wrestling, boxing and Asian martial arts. He also recently earned doctorates in martial arts philosophy and martial arts science from the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies.
What the accomplished sensei is most proud of is the work he's done helping his students at Hamilton Martial Arts grow and develop not only as martial artists but as thoughtful, well-balanced individuals. In his eyes, his crowning achievement as a mentor is the way his sons carry themselves in the world.
I felt appropriate. I felt like I belonged there, said Hamilton, reflecting on his experience at the Hall of Fame awards banquet. I think I felt that way that because my boys were there with me and they were my proof positive that we'd done positive work. It's one thing for me to puff my chest out, but for them to be there as humble, polite, great people was really what was special.
Hamilton's dedicated study of the philosophy of martial arts and his advocacy of martial arts as a tool that can be used to help people change their lives for the better, both physically and philosophically, is evident in his personal training regimen and the instruction he provides his prot