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Master Marco “Babyface” Sies — seven-time kickboxing world champion, seventh-degree black belt grandmaster, author, television show host and founder of Olney’s Master Method Academy — was inducted last month into the 2013 Martial Arts World Magazine International Hall of Fame in Orlando, Fla.

The induction, for Outstanding International Leader in Martial Arts, was Sies’ third. The first was in 2002 by the World Karate Ratings as a Legend in Kickboxing. The second was Master Instructor of the Year in 2008 by the World Professional Martial Arts Organization.

“I don’t believe there has been any other Chilean who has achieved more world titles or awards in their athletic career,” Lawrence Lamonica, president of the Chilean-American Foundation in Washington, D.C., said in a news release. “He truly represents Chile and the U.S. in a way that should make both countries very proud.”

After leaving Chile, Sies spent years training on his own and worked his way up to a national title fight. In 2000, Sies earned his first world championship from the U.S. Kickboxing Association, and during the next five years acquired six more world titles.

In 2011, Sies founded the Olney studio, offering martial arts and fitness programs, and community outreach to schools, organizations and businesses.

“My intention was to not only help people become healthy physically, but to help give them the tools to feel better inside, to live better, and to teach them how to create their own success, happiness and feel true inner peace,” he said in the release.