|Name:||Ron Van Clief|
|Birth Day:||January 25, 1943|
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While serving as a United States Marine in the 1960s, he was honored with a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, and a Rifle Badge.
Ronald Van Clief was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. On November 16, 1960, he joined the United States Marine Corps, serving at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC from March 30, 1961 to March 21, 1962. He was stationed in Okinawa with the Third Marine Division from June 6, 1962 to June 1, 1963. He returned to Camp Lejeune and served there from August 3, 1963 until April 16, 1964, at which time he was sent on Temporary Additional Duty to the Marine Barracks at U.S. Navy Base Guantanamo, Cuba until September 12 that year. He returned to Camp Lejeune once more, where he remained until his release from Active Duty on April 16, 1965. His military decorations include: Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Rifle "Sharpshooter" Badge.
Van Clief was a student of Gōjū-ryū masters Peter Urban, Frank Ruiz and Moses Powell, as well as WingTsun founder Leung Ting, Modern Arnis (Remy Presas) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Joe Moreira). In 1971, Van Clief created his own style of martial arts, called "Chinese Goju", attempting to unify Japanese style gōjū-ryū with its roots in Chinese martial arts. He currently holds the rank of 10th degree red belt (shidoshi or grandmaster), in this system.
Ron Van Clief's first acting job came when he was selected to star in the 1974 Hong Kong film The Black Dragon (aka Super Dragon) opposite Jason Pai Piao. Some of his film roles during the 1970s were Blaxploitation films which capitalized on the then-novelty of an African-American martial artist, following in the tradition of Jim Kelly's role in Enter the Dragon. He starred alongside Leo Fong in a Filipino action film called Bamboo Trap in 1975. Van Clief's film roles earned him the nickname "The Black Dragon", and the name inspired the titles of his films The Black Dragon's Revenge (aka The Black Dragon Revenges the Death of Bruce Lee) (1975) and Way of the Black Dragon (1979). He appeared in the 1977 Italian crime film The Squeeze opposite Lee Van Cleef and Karen Black, and was also the fight choreographer for the 1985 film The Last Dragon.
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 fight in the UFC at the age of 51. Van Clief's sole fight in the tournament was against Brazilian jiu-jitsu exponent Royce Gracie. Gracie won the match by submission with a rear naked choke near the four-minute mark. Ron went on to serve as the commissioner of the UFC. Ron Van Clief retired from competition in 2002 after winning the All American Karate Championship at 60 years old. Ron competed in over 900 tournaments in over 40 years on the tournament circuit. Ron Van Clief retired as a 5 time world karate/kungfu champion and 15 time all American champion. Ron Van Clief has been competing in BJJ tournaments since 2015 and still competes today. Van Clief is also the author and creator of a number of instructional books and video recordings. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild for over 3 decades.
Ron's son Shihan van Clief had a career as a poet.
Currently, Ron Van Clief is 78 years, 4 months and 18 days old. Ron Van Clief will celebrate 79th birthday on a Tuesday 25th of January 2022. Below we countdown to Ron Van Clief upcoming birthday.