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One of the most famous Hungarian martial artists has passed away

The family told the Hungarian Karate Association that Josef Polyak, the bodyguard who died at the age of 83, had reached the highest level in many martial arts. Josef Polyak was the first to introduce the basics of many martial arts and entrepreneurs in Hungary, and many famous actors got acquainted with martial arts.


Joseph Poliak was born in 1938 in Velsantivan. He moved to Budapest at the age of fourteen, where he studied to become a sculptor. He dealt with juggling and fencing games at an early age. After the 1956 revolution, he took off to the world, after months in Yugoslavia and Italy, where he studied and taught with the sculptor Andor Mizaros. During his years in Australia, he got acquainted with martial arts, which he continued his studies at master’s level in Japan. His experience in martial arts also paved the way for him to work as a bodyguard. By this time, in addition to his native language, he was fluent in Serbian, Russian, Italian, English and Japanese.

Joseph Polyak excelled in several branches of martial artsSource: Hungarian Karate Federation

He returned to Hungary in 1967. He took a job in a film factory and worked as a stuntman in addition to setting up sculpture. Soon, he founded the first organized Hungarian game group. In this era, almost every Hungarian action movie hero had a double. He can call artists such as Zoltán Latinovits, Péter Máté or Géza Hofi his close friend.

In the year of his return he gave a lecture at the Faculty of Physical Education. He has worked tirelessly to teach and promote martial arts in the East, obtaining master’s degrees in many styles. With his work he played an important role in the promotion and formation of martial arts in Hungary.

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In 1994, he was a founding member of the International Association of Bodyguards and Security Services. He was trained in law enforcement agencies performing special duties, including the Republican Regiment and other commando units. His second bodyguard included. Pope Janos, as well as many other Hungarian state leaders and world celebrities – The likes of Aristotle Onassis, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, La Toya Jackson, Amanda Lear, Hans Dietrich Genscher and Otto Habsburg They also asked their bodyguard.

In 2003, he was awarded a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. In 2014, Eszterházy won the Miksa Prize. In addition, he has received several national and international awards for his outstanding work in the field of martial arts and bodyguards.