30 Interesting Facts about Martial Arts

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26 Joe Louis

Joe 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.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World Max Baer wore a Star of David during his title match against Hitler’s favorite fighter, Max Schmeling. Baer won the bout and continued wearing the Star of David throughout the remainder of his career.

30. Mas Oyama, a karate master, would fight live bulls with his bare-hands during his martial arts demonstrations. Occasionally, he would kill them with a single blow, earning him the nickname “Godhand.”

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