The Japanese art of martial arts was converted to modern American sport karate by US soldiers who learned hand-to-hand combat during both wars in Korea and Vietnam. One of the marine soldiers who became worldfamous for his karata style he learned in Okinawa island was Joe Lewis. He mixed learned skills from Japan with teachings of Bruce Lee to dominate the American Karate Circuit. Control of body and mind converted techniques known to be deadly to non-lethal competition and self-defense based karate concept know as Joe Lewis Karate.
Joe Lewis was one of the best karate fighters of his time. He fought with Chuck Norris and others. In 1971 he won the first fullcontact karate match ever. In 1974 was crowned the first heavyweight fullcontact karate champion in the history of modern martial arts during Mike Anderson’s PKA world championship tournament. Joe Lewis died in August 2012 from cancer. One of his last projects included shooting a wartime drama movie in Thailand’s Kanchaburi province and Bangkok together with Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock and Matt Mullins: White Tiger.