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Jon Valera was a pioneer of extreme martial arts and his competitive career would go down in history as one of the greatest of all time. He famously retired after winning both the forms and weapons overall grand championships at the prestigious Diamond Nationals in 1999, with a speech that tugged the heartstrings of everyone in the sport karate community.

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