NEWBURYPORT — After traveling the world and learning all there is to know about the sport he loves, Guy Chase has decided to bring a martial arts academy to his hometown.
It’s easy to see that Chase is passionate about the sport he loves. Not only has he dedicated his life to learning, training and teaching several different styles of martial arts, but he has traveled the globe to do so. In his travels, he has earned diplomas from the Federation of France to the Consulate of Thailand to the Education Board of the Philippines to Japan to China. Despite filling three passports over his life, Chase hopes to continue his path of world travel to the country of Burma.
What drives someone to love a sport enough to follow it around the world?
“For me, I wasn’t very good in baseball or football,” Chase said. “I had to try a different activity. One of the things I like about martial arts is that it’s an individual type of accomplishment. What you put into it yourself is what you get out of it. I could really find my type of individualism in this type of atmosphere.”
The dedication toward improving his skill and becoming one of the best martial artists in the world earned him a spot alongside just two others in the Black Belt Hall of Fame. For Chase, the invitation came as a result of his diligence and desire to know and become an expert at all that martial arts has to offer. In his career, he has learned, been certified in and teaches 13 different styles of martial arts.
For Chase, the path toward becoming one of his sport’s greats began at just age 8 years old. He learned under the advisement of Sensi Herby Crooks in Newburyport and was elevated to black belt status in Kodokan Judo, Kenpo Karate and Kung Fu by the age of 15.