BENDELL KARATE NEWS!!!!!!!!!
HUSBAND-WIFE FIRST COUPLE
HALL OF FAME!
5thdegree black belt Master
Shirley Bendell of Florence, Colorado, was shocked and
surprised at a banquet at the Pueblo Shrine Club Hall at
Pueblo West, Colorado,
when she was inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing
Fame, joining her husband Grandmaster
Don Bendell, a 1995 inductee, to become
the first husband and wife ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
World Champion and 1988 inductee Grandmaster Bob
Chaney flew in from Temecula,
California, to make the surprise
induction. Public about being a former victim of gang and acquaintance
Master Bendell was cited for her renowned Sexual Assault Prevention
women and girls which have saved many females from rape and domestic
her innovative Mini-Ninja program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds which was
of its kind in southern Colorado and is now copied by every major school
state; and it was brought out that Master Shirley Bendell when competing
tournament competition not only won first place every time she fought,
never had one single point scored against her by another woman in
tears flowing before the audience of several hundred, Master Bendell was
surprised with a “This is Your Life- Shirley Bendell” ceremony with
one of her 2 Green Beret sons on his way to Afghanistan walking out in
dress greens, as well as her oldest son and his family, her 2 best
high school in Youngstown, Ohio, in the late sixties, and other family
and friends who flew in from all over the country. Messages of
were read from friends Bo
Derek , H.
Ross Perot, and other celebrities.
grandmother of 7, mother of 3, and step-mother of 3; Master Bendell owns
operates Bendell Karate in Pueblo
West with her husband and is a
5th degree black belt master instructor in
Song Moo Kwan Tae Kwon
Do, Freestyle Karate, Shita Jujitsu, and Judo.