Manassa Mauler Knocks Out Giant in 1919

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While doing research, I found this picture of the Manassa Mauler training for his July 4th, 1919 title fight with Jess Willard, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champions.  Willard had knocked out the great Jack Johnson in 1915 to become champion.  Willard was a giant of a man at 6’06” and 235 pounds.  He posed a threat to anyone based on size alone. However,

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William Muldoon, Physical Culture Legend

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I first read about William Muldoon in a biography of John L. Sullivan, the last bare knuckle heavyweight champion.  Sullivan ushered in gloved boxing by refusing to take part in any more bare knuckle bouts. The last major bare knuckle bout was fought by Sullivan against Jake Kilrain in 1889.  Odds were against Sullivan, a binge drinker indulging heavily between bouts.  He was

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Introducing Our New Black Belt

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On April 27, 2013, on what would have been his grandfather and namesake’s 71st birthday, Ken “Trey” Zimmerman III became the first black belt in the Zimmerman Self-Defense System under his father Ken Zimmerman Jr. “Trey” began studying martial arts shortly before his fifth birthday.  “Trey” has trained in Taekwondo, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Gojo Shroei Weapons System.  His goals

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Theodore Roosevelt on Judo

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Theodore Roosevelt served as the twenty-sixth President of the United States from 1901 to 1909.  TR is famous for the “Strenuous Life”.  He practiced boxing and wrestling through his twenties and thirties.  What is not as widely known is that he practiced Judo around 1904, when he was in his mid-40s. Roosevelt would eventually earn a brown belt in Judo.  Yoshiaki

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Can TKD Learn from MMA?

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Despite its worldwide popularity and it’s rank as the most popular martial art in the United States,  (TKD) is beginning to lose some of it’s luster due to its perceived lack of success in Mixed Martial Arts.   (MMA) is the biggest thing to hit the martial arts world since Jigaro Kano decided to go to a colored and black belt system to denote rank within his school,

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