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Alfonso Petrosino

This Akron native becomes the SCSHOF's first inductee from the field of martial arts. Alfonso Petrosino has turned his love of martial arts into the business of educating anyone and everyone in the art of self defense. "My goal in life is to be able to teach as many individuals as possible to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones," explains Petrosino. Petrosino is a former two-time, 1996-97, Professional Karate Commission (PKC) national champion in self defense and a four-time Ohio PKC Champion. His state championships came in self defense in 1994-96 and in '95 he also won for forms. A fourth Degree Black Belt, Petrosino became a Certified Ohio Instructor in Compliance Direction Takedown (CDT) and also a Certified Counter Terrorist Tactics Specialist in '99. CDT is a system that justifies the use of force for personal protection. He has conducted self defense seminars around the state as well as for the Akron Police Department, the Summit County Prosecutors' Office and the Summit County Board of Mental Retardation. In addition, he received commendations from the Ohio State Senate for his contributions to martial arts in 1994 and '95. In 1998 Alfonso was inducted into the U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame, was the Ohio Martial Artist of the Year in '99 and was the Ohio CDT Instructor of the Year in 2001.

Inducted 2003 | Martial Arts