Everett Dutschke, lead instructor at Tupelo Taekwondo Plus will represent Tupelo at the induction ceremony in the Big Apple and former Tennessee congressman Harold Ford of Memphis will represent that city, home to Elvis' Graceland mansion.
Duplicate awards will also be presented for placement at Graceland and the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo. Dutschke said "I think it's long overdue. I've been lobbying hard, because this is good for Tupelo. It's probably just being done now because nobody asked before."
Elvis was devoted to the study of martial arts and his display of martial arts in his movies gave great exposure to the art.
Elvis can be seen practising karate and explaining some of the moves in the new Elvis By The Presleys DVD.
The New Gladiators contains nearly every photo of Elvis doing karate.