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Joe Lewis, The World’s Greatest Karate Fighter Of All Time

Whenever I ask people, who aren’t involved in martial arts and karate in specific, about the greatest karate fighter they will in most cases name Bruce Lee and/or Chuck Norris.

Joe Lewis? Not really.

That got me thinking.

Without a doubt, Bruce Lee was and Chuck Norris still is a formidable martial artist and fighter.

The exposure both of them received through television and movies made them household names, worldwide.

Again, Joe Lewis? Nope.

What amazes me about Joe Lewis is that as a U.S. Marine stationed in Okinawa in 1965 he started studying Shorin-Ryu Karate at the youthful age of 18 and reportedly attained his black belt in only 7 (seven!) months.

After his military service Joe Lewis returned to the United States and in 1966 he began his unmatched tournament karate career.

At times, he trained with martial arts legend Bruce Lee, who by the way did not compete in any tournaments.

During 1966 to 1974 Joe Lewis competed on the tournament circuit as well as a professional kick-boxer winning national and world titles as a heavyweight fighter. He is considered the “Founding Father of Kickboxing in the Western Hemisphere”.

Throughout his career he fought famous fighters such as Allen Steen, Thomas LaPuppet, Louis Delgado, Skipper Mullins, Victor Moore, Joe Hayes, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez and yes, Chuck Norris.

Joe Lewis was an original member of the U.S. World Karate Team that also consisted of Mike Stone, Skipper Mullins, Chuck Norris and his friend and student, Bob Wall.

Joe Lewis starred in a number of action-adventure movies such as “Jaguar Lives” and “Force Five” and has received numerous awards for his achievements in and out of the ring.

In 1983, karate living legend Joe Lewis was chosen by his peers and fellow fighters as “The World’s Greatest Karate Fighter Of All Time”.

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Get A Great Lower Body Stretching Workout In Only 3 Minutes!

No matter what kind of martial art you practice or not, it’s pretty safe to say that appropriate stretching before AND after any workout can offer a number of benefits such as:

  • Increase of range of motion
  • Reduce the risk of injury
  • Prevent sore muscles after your workout

I speak from personal experience. Maybe some of you out there can relate.

Very often we don’t take the time for proper warming up AND cooling down. It is soooo important, especially the older you, I mean, I get. Haha.

Years ago, we did a lot of ballistic stretching which I today would not favor for lower body stretching. I now prefer static stretching, whereas you stretch a muscle to the point of a tolerable discomfort or better warming sensation and then hold for a defined period like 30 seconds. Just don’t overdo it! Work with your body, not against it.

This has worked for me very well and I just wanted to pass it on to you.

To close today’s post, of course I will not leave you without some visuals:

I came across one of the most effective lower body stretching workouts that really takes only 3 minutes to do.

I highly recommend stretching before AND after your actual workout.

In my humble opinion, it doesn’t matter whether you are a martial artist or not, you will benefit from it.  Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Who’s The World’s Most Famous Martial Artist Ever?

Who do you think is the world’s most famous martial artist ever?

Are we talking about a martial artist becoming a famous household name?

Or are we talking about a famous household name who happens to be
a martial artist?

Hmmm.

Let’s see who comes to mind:

1. Bruce Lee was at first a martial artist and then became a household name.

2. Jackie Chan pretty much the same, right?

3. Chuck Norris, same way, I guess.

4. Steven Seagal, dto.

5. Oh, wait, how about “The King” aka Elvis Presley?
Everybody, young and old, martial artist or not, knows about the singer, entertainer,
songwriter Elvis Presley.

But most people don’t know that Elvis Presley was a dedicated martial artist in the style
of American Kenpo for many years until his untimely passing in 1977.

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So, again, who would you consider the world’s most famous martial artist ever?

Tell me who comes to your mind!