Joe Lewis
Kickboxer
Joe Lewis
Joe Lewis is an American kickboxer, point karate fighter, and actor. As a fighter, Lewis gained fame for his matches in the 1960s and 1970s. He has twice been voted the greatest fighter in karate history, and has attained the titles of "United States Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion," "World Heavyweight Karate Champion," and "United States National Black Belt Kata Champion."
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Ladies and Gentleman... Nigel Hall!
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Have you ever been so mesmerized by a musician that time stands still the moment they open their mouth? It seems like they are channeling something bigger than themselves and they can't help but create something magical right there right then. You feel you are witnessing something special that could only possibly happen once in a lifetime. Nigel Hall does just that at every single show and that magic comes across in his new album entitled "Ladies & Gentleman...Nigel Hall." I am a huge fan of Nigel and felt called to share his awesome with you all right here right now. Photo by Jay Sansone Here's a little about Nigel Hall if you don't know who he is yet. He grew up in a musical family and his fingers first touched the keys before he hit kindergarten age, and his ears were wide open. "I grew up with records," he said. "That's why I'm obsessed. My father had a vast collection. I'd be in third grade with my Walkman and everyone's listening to Ace of Bass, and I'm listening to "R ...
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Dog Dies Saving Its Owners Life When It Blocked A Bullet Zooming Toward Him
Information Nigeria - almost 2 years
Gunfire that struck a Montana bartender as he carried his injured dog outside his house after a shift likely would have killed him if it didn’t hit the pit bull first, the man’s brother said this week. The dog died after a bar customer opened fire early Saturday because he was angry that his neighbor and bartender Joe Lewis made his red beer with Clamato instead of tomato juice, according to court records. Yahoo! News reports: Monte Hanson, 59, who is charged with attempted deliberate homicide and animal cruelty, said drinking Clamato, which is tomato juice flavored with clam broth, is against his Jewish religion, according to documents. Lewis’ brother, Mike Lewis, said Tuesday that a gunshot hit the dog, Jackson, in the head. He said that if his brother had not been carrying the pit bull, who was in a cast after having a toe removed, the shot could have hit Joe Lewis in the head. “Joe’s alive today, because he was carrying Jackson to go to the bathroom, and when he was shot at ...
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Black Joe Lewis On World Cafe
NPR - over 3 years
The Austin-based blues-funk band revisits the World Cafe to perform songs from its new album, Electric Slave, which features a significant shift toward rock for the group. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Those Who Changed History but Won't Be in the History Books
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As a history teacher, I have read and taught about every figure in our textbooks and curriculum. Some are more than deserving of their recognition and immortalization in school texts nationwide, while others just happen to be very lucky that they were chosen for one reason or another. Now, as a historian, I have found that, sadly, there are far more figures throughout history whose acts, though not mentioned in books, have changed the world and lives for the better. There are so many who, though they will not be featured in history textbooks or have monuments built in their names, are as deserving as those who do. Of course, it is impossible to give credit to all those who have contributed to the betterment of mankind, but it is our job as historians and educators to ensure that these individuals and their contributions are not forgotten or lost among those we choose to make sure are remembered. Now, I am not going to be able to mention every single figure whose acts of courage and a ...
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Black Joe Lewis And His Band Stay The Course, Lose The Name
NPR - over 3 years
The leader of the blues-rock ensemble formerly known as Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears discusses its latest album, Electric Slave. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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A band in a body: Zoe Lewis
Boston Globe - almost 4 years
On Friday, May 10, the me&thee welcomes Zoë Lewis to our stage. Zoë Lewis is a band in a body. She plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons.     
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Allen Hershkowitz: Backstage at the Oscars: The Environmental Advisor Speaks
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
For the past six years, my colleagues and I at the Natural Resources Defense Council have coordinated the environmental stewardship work at the Academy Awards, this year known simply as "The Oscars." The work began at the instigation of Laurie David and that year's telecast producer Laura Ziskin, a major environmental activist, during the 79th Academy Awards in 2007. Back then the Oscars pioneered the use of ecologically intelligent practices into the world's most prominent awards show, and since that time, environmental stewardship has been an essential feature integrated into the planning and production of the Academy Awards telecast and related events. Moreover, because so many of the talented people who put on the Oscars also work at the movie studios, in TV and on other telecasts, the work pioneered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has influenced other awards shows and film and TV productions globally. The commitment to this cause by the Moti ...
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UPDATE 1-US media mogul and banker Allbritton dies at 87
Reuters.com - about 4 years
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Joe Lewis Allbritton, a media mogul and owner of the scandal-plagued Riggs National Bank, died on Wednesday at a hospital in Houston. He was 87.
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Timeweave jumps after Lewis takeover offer
Ft.com Financial Times Blogs - over 4 years
The horseracing broadcaster leaps 12.8% as it says it is considering a response to the takeover offer from its 30% shareholder Joe Lewis
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Week in Review: A MASSV Week in Boise Arts
Boise Weekly - over 4 years
MASSV's and Oklahomas and honeybears oh my. by Tara Morgan Despite the omnipresent heat, this week brought live music lovers to their feet. Alive After Five kicked things off in sweltering, ass-shaking style with a performance by throwback funk/soulsters Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears on July 11.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Joe Lewis Williams
Charlton County Herald - over 4 years
Mr. Joe Lewis Williams, affectionately known as “Joe Joe” and “Tall Dogg” departed his earthly home on Monday, May 28, 2012.
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2012 Alive After Five Headliners Announced
Boise Weekly - almost 5 years
The lineup of headliners for Alive After Five, Boise's free summer music series, is now ... live. Highlights include Polecat on Wednesday, June 20, and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears on Wednesday, July 11.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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Lewis shows spirit in time trial victory
Evening Telegraph - almost 5 years
On board a new time trial bike, Joel Lewis showed no ill effects from a road race crash two days earlier to win the opening round of Kettering’s evening 10-mile time trial series on the Lamport to Rothwell course.
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KSU Shooting Survivor: We Need Other Side of the Story
Fox 8 Cleveland - almost 5 years
KENT, Ohio — The 42nd anniversary of a shooting at Kent State that left four students dead brought calls for a new investigation into the events of May 4, 1970. Survivors of the shooting on Friday gathered with others to remember the lives of Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Schroeder and Sandra Scheuer. All were killed when national guardsmen opened fire on students demonstrating the Vietnam War. Professor Jerry Lewis made his way to the parking lot at Prentice Hall, where he may have saved additional lives that day by urging students to leave after he heard the gunfire and realized guardsmen were firing real bullets. “It’s very real, and this commemoration captures the spirit of the rally that we were going to hold, but the national guard told us to leave within five minutes,” said Lewis. Also present for Friday’s ceremonies, were survivors including Alan Canfora, Dean Kahler and Joe Lewis, Jr., all of whom support the effort to closely examine an audio tape recorde ...
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Netflix, Yahoo Take Note: Amazon to Develop Original Comedy, Children's Series
The Wrap - almost 5 years
Amazon will soon join the likes of Hulu, Netflix and Yahoo in producing original episodic programming for the web as Amazon Studios, its content development division, will begin to develop comedy and children's series. Starting Wednesday, aspiring television showrunners can upload proposals for those series to the Amazon Studios website. This pushes Amazon into the world of episodic series, adding to the film projects it has been developing since Amazon Studios launched in November 2010. It currently has 15 movies in development. A few outlets reported that Amazon was looking for creative executives in this field back in February, but this marks the official soliciting of series ideas and the impending development of shows. “A lot of writers and filmmakers reached out and expressed an interest in developing series,” Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, told TheWrap. “The customers on Amazon love TV series, of course, so it seemed like a great match.” Price said it is u ...
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Posh Review 2011/12: Who’s played most games, scored most goals and has most ET MoM awards?
The Evening Telegraph - almost 5 years
Peterborough United season stats for appearances, goals scored, and ET man-of-the-match awards: Appearances (Maximum 49, inc sub apps) 48 George Boyd 47 Paul Taylor 46 Tomny Rowe 44 Craig Alcock 43 Gaby Zakuani 42 Grant McCann 40 Lee Tomlin 39 Lee Frecklington 38 Mark Little 37 Paul Jones 36 Emile Sinclair 35 Ryan Bennett 30 Ryan Tunnicliffe 24 David Ball 21 Danny Kearns 15 Joe Newell 14 Scott Wootton 13 Tyrone Barnett 12 Joe Lewis 11 Shaun Brisley 10 Tom Kennedy 5 Matthew Briggs 4 Grant Basey 2 Nicky Ajose 2 Ben Gordon 2 Kgosi Nthle 1 Charlie Coulson 1 Josh Thompson Goals (71) 12 Paul Taylor 10 Emile Sinclair 9 Lee Tomlin 8 George Boyd 8 Grant McCann 6 David Ball 5 Lee Frecklington 4 Tyrone Barnett 4 Tommy Rowe 1 Ryan Bennett 1 Mark Little 1 Joe Newell 1 Gaby Zakuani 1 og ET Man-of-the-Match awards (49 games, some shared awards) 12 Gaby Zakuani 7 Craig Alcock 6 Ryan Bennett 6 Paul Taylor 5 George Boyd 5 Paul Jones 3 Grant McCann ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Lewis
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 67
    Lewis died one year and forty-five days later, on the morning of August 31, 2012 at Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
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  • 2011
    Age 66
    In July 2011, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
    More Details Hide Details Doctors told him that if he did nothing, he’d have six to eight weeks to live. On July 18, surgeons removed the tumor. “He had the best doctors, and they think they did a good job of getting it all out,” said Dennis Nackord, Lewis’ senior black belt.
  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 45
    In 1990 Lewis (198 lbs) fought one last exhibition kickboxing/karate match with friend Bill Wallace (166 lbs) on pay per view.
    More Details Hide Details Both Lewis and Wallace were refused a boxing license because of their age. Though it was only an exhibition, many people believed it was the main event of the night due to the publicity it attracted. The fight was billed "Speed vs Power". The exhibition ended with two judges scoring a tie and one judge giving the fight to Wallace in the exhibition event, however Lewis later recounted that he was warned not to cross the line with Wallace, as Lewis enjoyed a 30-pound advantage on Wallace. Joe Lewis' seemingly dominating characteristic as a fighter was his phenomenal strength. Thanks to a youth of weight lifting and collegiate wrestling, Lewis was an intimidating adversary and would use his relentless power to see him through. He was considered a very intimidating presence in the Karate tournament scene. However, he was also very fast, which allowed him to score his thunderous signature side kick on his opponents. In later years, Joe would be able to replicate some of Bruce Lee's legendary speed feats, such as asking a volunteer to block his punches, which would prove too fast to be blocked. As a Karate point fighter, Joe was famous for his lead side kick, particularly his left. At one point he was asked by on-lookers why he only used that technique. He replied: "Why not? They can't block it." He also developed a fast back fist punch, and failing that, he would grab his opponent's gi and use the reverse punch until the fight was stopped.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 38
    At the age of 39, in 1983, Joe Lewis launched a comeback which saw him earn a top-10 PKA world ranking.
    More Details Hide Details Neglecting an extended training time to begin his comeback for a title Lewis defeated T. Morrison by KO, decisioned Charleton Young and Curtis Crandall and knocked out Melvin Cole. On April 16, Lewis lost a decision to Tom Hall in an upset, in a fight in which Lewis focused on getting a body punch KO and suffered a serious cut. On August 10, Lewis suffered a disappointing 4th round stoppage due to yet another cut to US heavyweight champion Kerry Roop for the PKA US heavyweight title. Lewis retired after the defeat. Joe Lewis's competitive career in kickboxing and PKA full-contact karate ended with a combined record of 17 wins and 4 losses with 15 wins obtained by knockout, a K.O ratio of 71.4% (The PKA World title record was 5 wins 4 losses).
  • 1978
    Age 33
    Lewis continued with his acting career and starred in Jaguar Lives in 1978 and Force: Five in 1981.
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  • 1975
    Age 30
    In a 1975 comeback fight in Hawaii Lewis lost a 3-round decision (non title) to Teddy Limoz in Hawaii, and in September, he lost a 7-round decision to Ross Scott after suffering a dislocated shoulder.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis was stripped of the PKA World Heavyweight championship title after contract disputes.
    In 1975 Joe Lewis was inducted into the Black Belt magazine Hall of Fame as the 1974 full contact karate "fighter of the year".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    The original 1974 PKA world champions, including Joe Lewis (heavyweight), Jeff Smith (light heavyweight) and Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace (middleweight) received so much fanfare from the PKA title wins and resultant publicity in popular martial arts magazines that their status as "legends of the karate world" was guaranteed.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis advanced his public persona the next year by appearing on the cover of Playgirl magazine.
    In 1974 he beat his only opponent in the new sport of full contact karate with a 2nd round ridge hand knockout over Yugoslavia's Frank Brodar in Los Angeles, California to win the Professional Karate Association (PKA) Heavyweight full-contact karate title.
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  • 1972
    Age 27
    At Ed Parker's 1972 'International Karate Championships', Darnell Garcia scored an upset victory over Lewis.
    More Details Hide Details At the 1972 Grande Nationals in Memphis Tennessee,Joe Lewis beat Jerry Piddington winning his grande title match in a 1 - victory. Joe Lewis was voted by the top fighters and promoters as the greatest karate fighter of all time in 1983. Chuck Norris and Bill Wallace tied for second place. Gene Lebell has credited Joe as the person who "brought us full-contact karate." 1974 was to be a busy year for Joe Lewis and it would mark his final year in tournament karate competition. In May, Lewis lost to Charles Curry in New York at the Hidy Ochiai National Karate Tournament. That same month, Lewis won the PAWAK tournament which lasted from May 11-May 12. Lewis scored victories over Frank Harvey, Smiley Urquidez, Benny Urquidez, and Cecil Peoples in the elimination matches. Joe won the championship with a 4-3 points decision over Steve Sanders. Finally, at Mike Anderson's, 'Top 10 National Professional Karate Tournament', Lewis lost to Everett "Monster Man" Eddy in the finals.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    Lewis retired as undefeated United States Heavyweight Kickboxing champion in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details His record as the undisputed United States heavyweight kickboxing champion was a perfect 10-0 with 10 KO's. September 14, 1974 on ABC's Wide World of Entertainment promoter Mike Anderson introduced PKA 'full-contact' karate. In the bouts, competitors wore foam hand and foot protection and fought to the knockout (Kickboxing rules allowed for leg kicks: full-contact karate rules did not permit kicks to the legs). Lewis, the retired US Heavyweight Kickboxing champion was accustomed to full contact fighting.
    On January 24, 1971, at the 2nd Annual United Nations Open Karate Championships promoted by Aaron Banks, Lewis knocked out Ronnie Barkoot at 1:25 of the first round.
    More Details Hide Details At another Banks promotion; United States Championship Kickboxing Bouts, Lewis scored a 3rd round knockout over "Atlas" Jesse King.
  • 1970
    Age 25
    In total, Lewis defended his United States Heavyweight Kickboxing title with 8 straight knockouts between 1970/71.
    More Details Hide Details The 1970-71 rules for US kickboxing included striking, kicking, knees, elbows and footsweeps. Only crescent kicks and round kicks were permitted to the head. Lewis is the first kickboxer to be featured in both The Ring boxing magazine and Sports Illustrated. Although promoter Lee Faulkner attempted to organize a legitimate "world" title fight between US champ Joe Lewis and a Thai kickboxing champion, a fight never materialized. By the end of 1971, interest in kickboxing had hit an all-time low, with promoters unable to attract a crowd to a kickboxing event.
    On June 20, 1970 in Dallas, Texas, Lewis defended his United States Kickboxing Association heavyweight title against "Big" Ed Daniel at the U.S.A. Professional Open Karate Championships promoted by Lee Faulkner and Allen Steen.
    More Details Hide Details Daniels had a background in professional wrestling, and amateur boxing, as well has having received his black belt from Lewis' original teacher and being a police officer at the time. He also enjoyed a vast weight and size advantage over Lewis. In a veritable David vs Goliath bout, Lewis knocked out Daniel in 2 rounds. In a later rematch, Lewis KO'd Daniel in 3 rounds.
    That night Joe Lewis won the first-ever kickboxing bout in North America on January 17, 1970 with a second round knockout over Greg Baines.
    More Details Hide Details Previous to this bout, Lewis defeated Chuck Lemmons in point karate at the US Pro Team Karate finals that were held prior to the kickboxing main event.
    In 1970, Lewis lost in yet another upset to John Natividad at the All-Star Team Championships in Long Beach, California.
    More Details Hide Details However, at the 'Battle of Atlanta' promoted by Joe Corley, Joe Lewis defeated Mitchell Bobrow in a closely contested come from behind victory for the Heavyweight Championship, and Joe Hayes for the Grand Championship.
  • 1969
    Age 24
    In late 1969 promoter Lee Faulkner contacted Joe Lewis to fight in his upcoming United States Karate Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis had retired from point fighting at the time but agreed to fight if Faulkner would promote a full-contact karate bout with Lewis and an opponent who would fight to the knockout. Faulkner agreed. As Lewis and Greg Baines entered the ring wearing boxing gloves the announcer identified the fighters as "kickboxers".
  • 1968
    Age 23
    On November 24, 1968 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, Lewis won Aaron Banks', World Professional Karate Championships by defeating Victor Moore to win the World Heavyweight Title.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis was paid $600 for his title winning effort.
    In August, 1968, Lewis was defeated by Victor Moore at the 2nd professional karate tournament in history.
    More Details Hide Details The event was called the World's Hemisphere Karate Championships and it took place in San Antonio, Texas; promoted by Robert Trias and Atlee Chittim. Both Moore and Lewis split the championship purse of 1-thousand dollars. That same year, Lewis defeated Louis Delgado (Delgado had beaten Chuck Norris the year before).
    At the 1968 'Orient vs. U.S. Tournament', promoted by Aaron Banks, Lewis lost a decision to Japanese-American N. Tanaka.
    More Details Hide Details In Dallas, Texas, at the 'First Professional Karate Tournament', Lewis won the championship trophy by decisioning Larry Whitner, Phil Ola, and Skipper Mullins.
    In February, 1968, Lewis and five other top rated fighters (Bob Wall, Skipper Mullins, J. Pat Burleson, David Moon, and Fred Wren) fought in the 1st World Professional Karate Championships (WPKC) promoted by Jim Harrison.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first "professional" tournament in karate history and took place in Harrison's dojo in Kansas City. The rules allowed "heavy contact." Lewis won the tournament and was paid one dollar, thus officially making him the first professional champion in karate history.
  • 1967
    Age 22
    In 1967, Lewis defeated Weiland Norris (brother of Chuck Norris), Steve LaBounty, Frank Knoll, and Frank Hargrove (for the 3rd time).
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    At the 1967 Nationals in Washington, Lewis won the championship by defeating Mitchell Bobrow in the semi final and beating Frank Hargrove 3-2 in the finals.
    More Details Hide Details Previously, Lewis defeated Hargrove in New York City at 'Henry Cho's Karate Tournament'. During that time he defeated Chuck Norris
  • 1966
    Age 21
    In 1966, at the Long Beach Internationals, Lewis lost an upset decision to Allen Steen.
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    Lewis reigned as the U.S. Nationals grand champion from 1966-1969.
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    In 1966, with only 22 months of training, Lewis won the grand championship of the 1st tournament he entered, The U.S. Nationals promoted by Jhoon Rhee.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis defeated 7 opponents before defeating Thomas Carroll by 2-0 decision.
    From February 7 to July 14, 1966, he was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, at which time he was released from Active Duty.
    More Details Hide Details Upon returning to the USA, he began a winning tournament career. From 1967 to 1968, he studied privately with the influential Wing-Chun kung fu teacher, Jeet Kune Do founder, and Chinese/Hollywood movie legend Bruce Lee. Hong Kong cinema historian Bey Logan says Lewis was the original pick of Bruce Lee for the villain Colt in Way of the Dragon, but that Lee and Lewis had a falling out before the film and thus Chuck Norris was tapped instead.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 17
    He joined the United States Marine Corps on March 13, 1962 and was stationed at Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina from July 20, 1962 to April 12, 1964.
    More Details Hide Details He studied Shorin-ryu Karate with Eizo Shimabukuro, John Korab, Chinsaku Kinjo and Seiyu Oyata while stationed in Okinawa between May 21, 1964 and November 29, 1965, earning his black belt in a mere seven months. He was one of the first Marines stationed in Vietnam, there meeting Anthony (Rocky) Graziano.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Joseph Henry Lewis was born on March 7, 1944, in Knightdale, North Carolina.
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