Grand Master Bob Chaney will almost certainly be remembered by those who knew him personally for his essential human warmth and dignity. At a basic gut level, some losses are irreplaceable. This is one of them.
Bob Chaney trained in the Martial Arts for over 43 years. He was promoted, with Chuck Norris and Bob Wall, to Eighth (8) Dan Grand Master Black Belt with the International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF) personally by Tae Kwon Do founder, General Choi in April 2002 at a ceremony in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, (just shortly before the General’s death).
Bob Chaney started his original training in Issinryu in 1962 then switched to Tae Kwon Do in 1964 under Korean Grand Master Ill Joo Kim. Bob was the former player coach of the United States Karate team with the World Union of Karate Organization (WUKO) in 1975/76. A 1975 Gold Medalist, Bob Chaney also won 6 Grand Championships and garnered over 300 national and international trophies and awards in both Tae Kwon Do and Karate competitions over a span of 12 years. Bob Chaney and former World Champion Al Gene Caraulia were the first Americans to earn Class-A international referee licenses. Bob Chaney was the first chairmen of the appeals committee and first vice chairmen of the AAU National Certification program, the United States governing body for the World Union of Karate Organizations in the mid 1970’s. Bob Chaney and Al Gene Caraulia were the pioneers that appointed most of the original referees and (WUKO) judges. Bob Chaney was currently licensed, at the time of his death, by the Nevada State Athletic commission as a professional Kickboxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) judge.
Boxing Background and Experience
Bob Chaney originally trained in boxing as an eight year old under his father, retired Pro Boxer Bob Chaney Senior. He began kickboxing in 1973. Then in 1989 he became the student and God Son of legendary boxing trainer Johnny Tocco of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bob Chaney started training in Muay Thai with former Thai fighter Comb Sasatan in 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to Bangkok, Thailand in November of 1993 to train at “Osothapha camp” in Bangkok, Thailand. The Gym was owned by Chanai Pongsupha. It was renamed after Army General Sasipaprapa to Sasipaprapa Gym in the mid 1990’s. He continued training under and working with formerly #1 rated Super Middle Weight boxing champion Chuck “Hurricane Kid” Siminnoni in 1997.
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Bob was on the cover of several martial arts magazines and highlighted in over 25 feature articles in many Martial Arts publications such as “Black Belt”, “Inside Kung Fu”, “Fighting Stars” “Tommy Mc Kay’s ‘Big Book of Karate’”, “Secrets of the Masters”, “Tae Kwon Do Times”, “Combat”, and “Grappling Magazine”.