25 Active Facts About The World of Martial Arts

21Julie D’Aubigny

Julie D’Aubigny was a 17th-century bisexual French opera singer and fencing master who fought and won at least ten life-or-death duels, performed nightly shows on the biggest opera stage in the world and once took the Holy Orders just so she could sneak into a convent and shag a nun.

22Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal was given Serbian citizenship after starting a martial arts school in Belgrade and giving Aikido lessons to Serbian Special Forces.

23Joe Louis

The saying "He can run but he can't hide." comes from the great boxing champion Joe Louis who once said it to taunt one of his opponents, who was known for his speed.

24Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson (the first ever African American heavyweight boxing champion) was pulled over for a $50 speeding ticket, but he gave the officer $100 telling him to keep the change as he was going to make the return trip at the same speed.

25John L. Sullivan

John L. Sullivan, the fighter from the overly manly man meme, fought in a bare-knuckle boxing match that lasted 75 rounds before he won.


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