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Mr. Alberto Friedmann – 2003 MSED in Kinesiology

Coach, U.S. Martial Arts Team

Alberto Friedmann is the Head Coach of the U.S. Martial Arts Team, a World Martial Arts Champion, and Medical Researcher. One of the top martial arts competitors and coaches in the world, Eighth-Degree Black Belt Grand Master Alberto Friedmann has won more awards than can be listed. Among the highlights of his career are induction into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, 12 Gold Medals, one Silver Medal, and one Bronze Medal from the World Championships between 2000 and 2006. He was a Bronze Medalist at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel as part of Team USA, and Olympic Torch Bearer for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

His accolades reach well beyond sports. Due to his own rare disorder, Alberto Friedmann went into medical research where he has made a name for himself studying hypermobility syndromes, recovery from chronic stroke and recovery from brain injury. Among other work, he teaches course for the American College of Sports Medicine, works with athletes with disabilities, and helps stroke victims recover their walking ability and self-sufficiency. He is a member of the 2009 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.

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