Awards

   JIM CLAPP, President and Executive Director of AKS, Newark, is an 8th Degree Black Belt, who helped establish AKS in Delaware in 1970.  Jim graduated from West Chester State College in 1970, earning a B.S. after having majored in Political Science.  Jim began his karate training in 1967 at West Chester, where he helped to establish the Karate Club which is still in existence today.  Jim also holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis, the art of Filipino stick fighting.

    Jim’s awards in the Martial Arts industry are numerous, brought about through his many contributions to the Arts world wide.

  • In 2012, Jim was inducted into the International Modern Arnis Foundation Black Belt Hall of Fame.

  • In 2008, he was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum Hall of Fame. He is the first martial artist in the country to be inducted into their state’s sports hall of fame.

  • In 1992, he was inducted into the Eastern USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, in Pittsburgh, PA as “Man of the Year.’

  • In 1992, he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Educational Funding Company/International Martial Arts Association.

  • In 1991, he was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, in Akron Ohio as “Promoter of the Year.’

  • In 1990, he was awarded the “Outstanding Martial Artist of the Decade: 1980-90” by the US Martial Arts Association.

  • In 1989, he was inducted into the National Federation of Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “Kenpo Instructor of the Year.”.

           Jim has also been recognized and featured in many reference volumes that recognize distinguished individuals for their accomplishments.  These include:

  • The National Registry of Who’ Who, 1998

  • Who’s Who in Martial Arts Elite, 1992

  • Masters, Founders and Leaders of American Martial Arts, 1985

  • Who’s Who in American Martial Arts, 1984-5 and 1986-7

  • Who’s Who in Karate, 1982-3

  • Personalities of America, 1983

  • Community Leaders of America, 1983

  • Dictionary of International Biography, 1982

  • Men of Achievement, 1981

  • Who’s Who in the East, 1979-80 and 1981-2


   JUDY ANDERSON O’NEILL is a 7th Degree Black Belt, having begun her training in 1974.  Judy graduated from the University of Delaware in 1975 and earned her Master’s Degree in Physical Education/Biomechanics in 1997.  Her Master’s thesis was one of the first technical studies to have been done in the field of the martial arts.  She also holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis.

          Judy was an active tournament competitor from 1975 to 1984, competing in both sparring and forms (kata) divisions.  She earned 2nd place in 1978 and 1979 Martial Arts Ratings Systems National Championships in the Women’s Black Belt Kara divisions.

She has received many awards and recognition for her contributions to the field of the martial arts.  These include:

  • In 2014, Judy was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.  She is the first Martial Arts woman to be inducted.

  • In 2013, Judy was inducted into the International Modern Arnis Foundation Black Belt Hall of Fame.

  • In 2002, she was awarded the Delaware Women’s Alliance for Sports & Fitness, the “Elite Athlete Award.”

  • In 1995, she was awarded the “Martial Artist of the Industry” award, awarded by the Educational Funding Company/US Martial Arts Association.

  • In 1992, she was inducted into the Eastern USA Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh, PA as “Woman of the Year.”

  • In 1991, Judy was awarded “Woman of the Year” honors at the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.

  • She was recognized in Who’s Who in American Martial Arts, in 1985 and 1987.

  • She was recognized in Who’s Who in Karate, in 1983

  • In 1979, Judy was recognized by the National Organization for Women with their Wonder Woman of the Year award, presented for community service contributions.


   Together, as well as individually, Jim and Judy have established themselves as experts in their field.  They have been recognized and have accumulated many awards.  These include:

  • In 1998 & 1999, they received recognition as the International Martial Arts Association/Educational Funding Company’s “School of the Year.”

  • In 1997, they were inducted into the International Martial Arts Association/Educational Funding Company’s “Hall of Fame,” in recognition of their achievements and contributions in the Martial Arts.

  • In 1992, they were presented the “Humanitarian Award” by the Educational Funding Company/US Martial Arts Association.

  • In 1992, they were presented with the “Community Service Award” by the IABC/IMA media organizations.

  • In 1991, Jim and Judy were awarded the “Spirit of Delaware Award” by the Delaware Business Review.

 In 1980 and 1984, they were recognized by the Delaware Association for Blind Athletes for their efforts to raise funds for their organization.

  • Together they produced and starred in a weekly Cable TV program called American Karate, which aired on the public access channel for ten years, from 1985 to 1995.


    JOHN SARMOUSAKIS is our General Administrator.    He is committed and dedicated to providing you with the best service available.  Any questions regarding policies and/or procedures can be directed to him.

  •    In 1997, John was awarded the “Instructor of the Year” award by the Educational Funding Company/International Martial Arts Association.

  • In 1993, he was awarded the “Program Director of the Year” award.

   John was a frequent tournament competitor in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  He won the Martial Arts Ratings Systems National Championships in 1978 and 1979 in the Men’s Black Belt Kata (Forms) division.  His other major championships include the 1978 Professional Karate Association Grand Champion in Chinese Kata and 1979 Ed Parker International Kenpo Kata Championship.