Ron Van Clief

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Ron Van Clief was born January 25, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York. He began his martial arts career competing in both full-contact and non-contact karate tournaments in New York, going on to win several tournaments and championships. Van Clief was a student of Goju-ryu masters Peter Urban, Frank Ruiz, and Moses Powell, as well as Wing Tsun founder Leung Ting. In 1971, Van Clief created his own style of martial arts, called "Chinese Goju," attempting to unify Japanese style goju-ryu with its roots in Chinese martial arts. He currently holds the rank of 10th degree red belt (shidoshi or grandmaster), in this system.

On December 16, 1994, Ron Van Clief returned to the ring to fight in the 4th Ultimate Fighting Championship, as the oldest competitor to date to Van Clief's first acting job came when he was selected to star in the Hong Kong film The Black Dragon (1974). His films were Blaxploitation, following in the footsteps of Jim Kelly.

His movie career led to his one Mixed Martial Arts fight, at UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors, December 16, 1994, at the age of 51. Royce Gracie defeated him with a rear naked choke in 3:59.

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