Hudson resident to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Ryan Andrachik to go into karate, kickboxing HOF Sept. 2

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Hudson resident Ryan Andrachik is scheduled to be inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame Sept. 2, in a public ceremony at Asian Sun Martial Arts' Hudson location, 5837 Darrow Road.

Founded in 1975, the Hall of Fame's inductees include Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Joe Lewis.

Andrachik was nominated by Grandmaster Bob Chaney, whose storied martial arts career includes an eighth-degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Chaney has trained more than 200 national and world champions in karate and taekwondo, seven world kickboxing champions, and five world Muay Thai champions.

To be inducted, you must be nominated by an inductee (other halls of fame inductees may nominate themselves or pay for induction).

"Most people are inducted for their legendary fighting careers or for their impact on the martial arts community worldwide," Chaney said.

"Master Andrachik is being inducted for his longevity in martial arts and his national reputation as producing thousands of students and black belts.

"What separates Master Andrachik from other school owners is the positive attitude of his students and his ability to produce many quality instructors, students and fighters with excellent attitudes."

Andrachik is the owner and president of Asian Sun; the training centers' nine locations compose the largest martial arts school in Ohio.

He is a seventh-degree black belt in taekwondo recognized by USA Taekwondo and Kukkiwon (Korean world governing body) and a fourth degree in Muay Thai received from Grandmaster Bob Cheney ,a fighting style commonly identified as "kickboxing."

Andrachik has 35 continuous years of martial arts experience. He founded Asian Sun in 1994.

He is the head coach of the Asian Sun competition team, which won eight medals at July's USA Taekwondo National Championships in San Jose, California.

His son Vincent "Vincie" Ripepi is the No. 3 men's welterweight, age 18-to-32 division, in America as ranked by the USA Taekwondo Association, the National Governing Body for the sport of taekwondo in the United States and by the United States Olympic Committee.

Ripepi accepted an invitation to audition for the United States National Team Olympic Taekwondo Team in February.

"It is an unexpected honor" Andrachik said. "We pride ourselves at Asian Sun of not holding up the achievement of our staff ... rather to hold up the achievement of our students. A master with no students is not a master. I am truly thankful to Grandmaster Bob Cheney."

Following the ceremony, Chaney plans to conduct a kickboxing seminar, which is open to the public.

Chaney is offering an advanced kickboxing seminar at the Asian Sun World Kickboxing Academy (3301 Kent Road in Stow) Aug. 30 from noon to 2:30 p.m.

For more about Asian Sun Martial Arts, visit www.asiansun.net. For more information about World Kickboxing Academy, visit www.worldkickboxingacademy.com.

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