25 Active Facts About The World of Martial Arts

11Rope-a-dope

Rope-a-dope is a boxing technique where you allow your opponent to punch you heavily against the ropes, tiring them out. The ropes absorb most of the impact of the punches.


12Khutulun

Kublai Khan's niece Khutulun insisted that any man who wished to marry her must defeat her in wrestling and forfeit horses to her if they lost. She gained 10,000 horses defeating prospective suitors.


13Muhammad Ali

As a child, Muhammad Ali was refused an autograph by his boxing idol, Sugar Ray Robinson. When Ali became a prizefighter, he vowed never to deny an autograph request, which he honored throughout his career.


14Andy Bowen and Jack Burke

On April 6, 1893, Andy Bowen and Jack Burke were involved in the longest boxing fight in history. The fight lasted 111 rounds (3-minute rounds each), it took 7 hours and 19 minutes until referee John Duffy called "no contest" after both men were too dazed and tired to come out of their corners.


15Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson was an Irish amateur boxing champion, a forklift driver for Guinness and dropped out of a degree in computer Science all before the age of 25.


16Picasso

In an incident that Picasso recalled fondly, two of his mistresses once encountered each other at the artist’s studio. They demanded that he choose between them, but the artist refused, stating that they should fight it out, which led to their wrestling on the floor.


17John Cusack

John Cusack has trained in kickboxing for over 20 years and is a sixth-degree black belt.


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18Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin

Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin learned to fence both left-and right-handed and performed all of the fencings in the sword fight scene for The Princess Bride.


19George Foreman

George Foreman has made more money selling his grills than for his boxing career in which he was a 2-time heavyweight champion.


20Filipino Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts are considered the most advanced practical modern blade system in the world and are used by the U.S. Army, the Spetsnaz, and various branches of India's military.

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