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Pat Hardy

Pat Hardy was born 06/14/49. He started taking Tae Kwon Do at the age of 16 from Jack Hebert. In 1975 he became the 2nd Black Belt Jack ever promoted. In addition he started training in Shotokan under the great Ernest "Radar" Smith in 1973. In 1974 he became the first black belt ever promoted by Smith.

He made his name on the Karate circuit in the seventies and earned numerous titles and awards In 1994 Pat started training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with Royce Gracie. On September 18, 2004 Pat Hardy was promoted to BLACK BELT by Royce Gracie. The promotion ceremony was held in North Carolina and Royce promoted five of his students to black belt. These are the first students promoted to black belt by Royce Gracie. Pat Hardy was the first one of the five Royce handed a black belt to. Pat said that even with all his accomplishments, this was his proudest moment.

In private life Pat Hardy is a long time law enforcement officer and is a retired prosecuting attorney in east Texas. Pat has competed in numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments including:

• 1975 U.S. Karate Champion

• 1976 Mardi Gras National Champion

• Numerous Regional Titles-Texas & Louisiana

• Texas Full Contact Karate Champion-Hvy.-1975 & 1976

• La. Full Contact Karate Champion-Hvy.- 1976

• World Rated in Full Contact Karate-1976

• Fought for World Title and defeated by Ross Scott-1977

• Internacional De Masters Rio De Janiero-August 27th and 28th, 2005

• Pat Hardy-Black Belt Senior 5 - 1st Place-Super-Pesado - 3rd Place-Absoluto

• Internacional De Masters Rio De Janiero-Sept. 8, 2002 - Senior 4 Brown Belt Pesadissimo - 1st Place - Senior 4 Brown Belt Absoluto - 1st Place

• Internacional De Masters Rio De Janiero-Sept. 1, 2001

• Senior 4 Purple Belt Super-Pesado - 1st Place

• Senior 4 Purple Belt Absoluto - 1st Place

• Pan American Championships-Orlando, FL April 7 & 8, 2001

• Purple Belt-Senior 3 Super-Pesado 1st Place

• 4th Annual Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Association National Tournament Gracie Academy Torrance, CA August 5-6, 2000 211-222-Blue Belt-2nd Place

• Pan-Am 2000 April 15-16, 2000 Senior 3- 46 & over, Super-Pesado, 2nd Place •

• Third Annual Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Association Tournament August 21-22, 1999 in Southgate, Michigan Men 41 & over Gold Medal- 211-222LB

• Second Annual Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Association Tournament 211-22 Blue Belt 45 & over 1st First Annual Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training Association Tournament Seniors-211-222 lbs.-Blue Belt- 1st Place

On June 08, 1999, Pat Hardy was inducted into the "Sports Legend" section of the Museum of the Gulf Coast for his accomplishments in the sport of Full Contact Karate. He is the only Martial Artist to be inducted. His display went up on Nov. 28, 1999.

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