|Born||Héctor E. Echavarría
(1969-12-06) December 6, 1969 (age 42)
7th dan black belt in Shury-ryu Karate
7th dan black belt in Kenpo Karate
5th dan black belt in Taekwondo
2nd dan black belt in Jujitsu
2nd dan black belt in Judo
|Occupation||Actor, Director, Producer|
Héctor Echavarría (b. December 6, 1969) is an Argentine-born kickboxer, martial arts master, fitness guru, filmmaker, and actor. Apart from being a kickboxer World Champion for many years, he also has had a long television and film career in his native Argentina. Today Hector continues his film career in the United States.
In his native Argentina, Hector Echavarria has acquired mythic status. As a sickly child who suffered from severe asthma, Echavarria was encouraged by his parents to use martial arts to overcome his handicap. He began his training at the age of 4 by studying Tai Chi Chuan and Chinese boxing with a Shaolin Monk, Grand Master Tung Kuo Tsao. By the age of 6 he had been trained in Judo and Jujitsu under Grand Master Mayamoto of Kodokan. By the age of 14, now a superb athlete, Hector had learned Judo and Jiu Jitsu under Mayamoto of the Kodokan. As a young teenager he was learning Karate, Kung Fu, and Tae Kwon Do, and he became the youngest kickboxer to ever enter the ring professionally.
Echavarria’s martial arts achievements are legion. He was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also named the “Full Contact Fighter of the Year” in 2000 and is the current Vale-Tudo Kickboxing Champion of the World. He has won World Champion status in both the United States Karate Association and the World Kung-Fu Association and remains undefeated in eleven world kickboxing bouts. He is a Kung-Fu Master and has reached the following levels: 7th dan Karate Shury-ryu, 7th dan Kenpo Karate, 5th dan Tae Kwon Do, 2nd dan Jujitsu, 2nd dan Judo.
When he went to the United States he trained and thrived under the guidance of Grand Master Robert Trias. Eventually, Ed Parker, who was Elvis Presley‘s bodyguard and the man who put Bruce Lee in movies, discovered Echavarria, who was known for having showmanship in the ring.
Echavarria began his martial arts training at age 4 and his competitive martial arts career at the age of 14 in his native country of Argentina.
Echavarria was chosen Full Contact Fighter of the Year by the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He also was chosen to represent and be the leader of the International Karate and Kickboxing Association and Joe Corley‘s Professional Karate Association for all Latin America. Hector has appeared in more than one hundred martial arts and fitness magazine covers, including Blackbelt, which named Hector “The Next Martial Arts Movie Star”, Inside Karate, Men’s Fitness, and Martial Arts Illustrated.
He has given more than one hundred kickboxing exhibitions around the world, some in which he sparred with kickboxing champion of the world, Bill Wallace. Echavarria has also given numerous demonstrations with celebrities including the Bee Gees, Philip Michael Thomas, and Richard Simmons.
Echavarria has personally trained and helped achieve higher levels of fitness and health to other martial artits, professional sports athletes and celebrities, including Kendra Wilkinson of Playboy Superstars and The Girls Next Door), former three time World boxing champion Macho Camacho, and professional NFL kicker for the New England Patriots, Super Bowl winner Al Del Greco, and mixed martial arts champions such as Quinton Jackson, Cheik Kongo, and many others. Hector has created his own unique home training fitness system that helped him achieve maximum ultimate results for his friends and clients called Ultimate System.