ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Just when you think the list of legendary and champion martial artists couldn't get any more impressive for the just-wrapped "The Martial Arts Kid", you realize that a huge component of the film's success has been Excecutive Producer Maurice Elmalem.

"We are very happy to have Maurice as Executive Producer", says James Wilson, Co-Producer of "The Martial Arts Kid" (along with former kickboxing champion Cheryl Wheeler-Duncan. "Maurice brings experience, business knowledge and more martial arts expertise. This is a martial arts production with the highest caliber of people."

Indeed, in addition to legendary co-headliners Cynthia Rothrock and Don "The Dragon" Wilson, the cast is busting at the seams with real-life martial arts Masters, Grandmasters and champions, including Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, Inga Van Ardenn, Eric Kovaleski, Olando Rivera, Christine Bannon-Rodrigues, Alan Goldberg, Jesse-Jane "JJ Golden Dragon" McParland, Nassim "Young Dragon" Lahrizi, Jeff Smith, Rick St. Clair and Glenn Wilson.

However, save for perhaps the film's two marquee stars, Elmalem's accomplishments equal and in many cases surpass the rest of the impressive cast James Wilson Wheeler-Duncan assembled.

Elmalem is a 7-time World Champion, 7th Dan Black Belt with W.T.F. 9th Baysa/Dan/ KUF and 10th Dan Black belt with PWMAF. He holds a PH.D. in Martial Arts from the National Dragon Council University of Asian Studies, Virginia, USA, eight Guinness World Records, is a 7-Time U.S. Cup Gold Medalist and 4-Time AAU Champion.

Elmalem has studied the Martial Arts for 43 years under renowned Grand Masters, such as Dr. Richard Chun, World Champion Joe Hays, Tiger Kim and Gidon Kadari. His fighting and breaking skills have been documented in the Guinness Book of World Records and witnessed by millions on live television; including Channel 5, ABC Wide World of Sports, David Letterman, Chanel Plus, MSG Network, Discovery, Spike TV. He also has marveled crowds during live shows at Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, Studio 54, Apollo Theatre and the Gleason Arena.

Crowds who watch Elmalem live are not only impressed but often look up to him and try to emulate him. They understand the discipline, hard work and commitment to excellence and to a dream required to master such feats.

Elmalem has become a consummate martial artist and he credits discipline, hard work and dedication to becoming the best. Winning with honor has made Elmalem a hero to both adults and children alike. He has been featured in over 250 magazines and newspapers, participated in over 750 Championships worldwide, and has accumulated over 700 trophies and over 50 gold medals in fighting and breaking.

Elmalem has been inducted into many Halls of Fame. He holds eight World Records in breaking, splitting five 1” boards with speed head break, shattering 105 sheets of glass with an elbow strike, and 50 sheets of glass with a knife hand strike, breaking five 1” boards with a flying side kick over six chairs. Setting a new record for most boards broken simultaneously with each leg while in mid air, won Elmalem his 6th World Championship Title.

Elmalem has perfected his art of breaking and transforming its potential to fighting and this has made him a master fighter.

Elmalem is known as the “World Champion Greatest Martial Arts Daredevil,” and the "Architect" of martial arts and that is just scratching the surface of the nicknames and titles that have been bestowed upon him .

The Guinness World Records Organization awarded him the title of “A Renaissance Man,” and one of the most outstanding martial artists at all time. He was nicknamed, “The Houdini and Architect of Martial Arts,” in September 2000 after his performance in “Oriental World of Self Defense” at Madison Square Garden, New York City, movie star, Chuck Norris presented him with the world champion belt, which was engraved, “World Extreme Daredevil Champion” and said to Mr. Elmalem, “You are a Great Champion.”

The two most recent Guinness World Records held by Elmalem were established iafter 2000. He shattered 50 sheets, amounting to 8½ inches of glass, with a karate chop at Fox Studios in Hollywood, California. It was televised on Fox television channels worldwide. In April 2002, Maurice established a new world record at Budo Martial Arts Magazine Studio in Madrid, Spain, breaking a hundred sheets of glass reaching to 13 inches high and in May 2003, Maurice established a new world record at Placio de Vistalegre in Madrid, Spain, breaking a hundred and five sheets of glass measuring 13⅝ inches high with one single elbow strike downward.

In 2006 Elmalem won his Best of the Best Champion Belt at the Arnold Sports Festival, Ohio hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

With his outstanding grades in school and high IQ Elmalem has achieved and experienced much in his life. He is a gifted musician, artist, sculptor, marathon runner, gymnast and acrobat, photographer, craftsman, a real estate developer and architectural designer. He studied at Columbia University and New York University.

Elmalem is listed several times in “Who’s Who” in the East for outstanding contribution to Architectural Design and was voted among the Top 400 General Contractors in the U.S.A. by Engineering Report Magazine. His motto is, “Work hard and go for the best, win and nothing less.” He is also the author of three books “The Will Power,” “Fighting Dynamics: The Sport for Champions,” and “Breaking Unlimited: The Complete Version,” and has been the producer
and creator of 24 instructional DVD programs, and an editor of "Budo Magazine".


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