The Passing of a Great One

Champion Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis,
undiluted talent

It is with regret that I have to announce the passing of Joe Lewis, one of the greatest American Karate players of all time. From earning his black belt in a record seven months, to becoming a major freestyle champion to his later years of teaching and passing on his knowledge and experience, Lewis was always a vanguard, always cutting a trail into new territory. There are many people who have stories about Lewis and I have a few too, but in the brief time I knew and hung around him I was particularly struck with his dedication, open encouragement of others and probably the closest thing I have ever encountered of what might be called “martial genius.” Joe was not just in a class by himself, he was the creator of classes. There are things and idea I do now in my teaching that he mentioned decades ago. And now he is missed.

One Response to “The Passing of a Great One”

  1. Yaphett Pruitt says:

    All I can say is that I’ve been hearing the name all my martial arts life, and I know he was well respected (and a black belt in five months, wow). I’m sorry to hear this news.

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