The Hamer Reports
THR: Brother's Gonna Work It Out
Martial Artist: Brother James Kelly Daniels
Born: May 5,1946
Died: June 29,2013
Birth Place: Millersburg, Kentucky
Brother Kelly's unique life started in the "Blue Grass State" and through martial arts, evolved to "Black Belt Status". He graduated high school from Bourbon County High School in Paris, Kentucky. He excelled in sports and briefly attended the Univ. of Louisville.
Jim withdrew from college to persue his studies of martial arts, mainly Okinawan karate. In 1971, Kelly moved to Long Branch, CA. He started to build a reputation by winning tournaments and becoming a World Middleweight Champion. He opened his own Dojo and developed celebrity clientele. One of his students was Brother Calvin Lockhart. (See:THR: Brother's Gonna Work It Out/Calvin Lockhart)
In 1973, Jim got his big break when he was casted as Williams in martial arts classic film, "Enter the Dragon", starring Bruce Lee. Surprisingly, Brother Kelly was a last minute replacement to the cast, when the actor who was to play Williams quit days before production was to start. The producer heard about Jim and offered him the role.
The rest is Black History.
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