REMEMBERING JOE LEWIS

Remembering Another Friend

 

Sunday 31st August 2014 marked the second anniversary of the sad passing of Martial Arts immortal, Joe Lewis. The first heavyweight World Kickboxing Champion, twice elected the Greatest Karate Fighter of All Time … and NUMEROUS other accolades, his genius is truly missed. I am proud and fortunate that I am among those lucky enough to be one of his Black Belts, his student … and most importantly, a friend. Rest In Peace Joe.

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REMEMBERING SIFU LARRY HARTSELL

Rest In Peace My Friend

 

It is incredible to believe that today, the 2oth August 2014, marks seven years since the sad passing of my friend and teacher, Sifu Larry Hartsell.

Sifu Larry was widely regarded as the premier fighter of those fortunate to be classed as original students of Bruce Lee. It is well known to the students of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do that Bruce Lee broke combat down into the four ranges of Kicking, Boxing, Trapping and Grappling. The serious students of Jeet Kune Do are also aware that the development of the grappling range techniques in this system were assigned to Larry Hartsell. 

Larry Hartsell authored several books on the subject of Jeet Kune Do Grappling. “Entering to Trapping To Grappling and takedowns, Counters, and Reversals.” In addition he nine internationally distributed videotapes on the grappling arts. These books, videos and his skill in the grappling arts have resulted in Larry Hartsell being listed in the “Who’s Who in Martial Arts” and cover shots with numerous feature articles in Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, Martial Arts Training, Inside Karate, Australasian Fighting Arts, and many others.

Larry Hartsell’s skill in hand-to-hand combat, his weapons training and his development of techniques in the grappling range led to a wide and varied range of professional experiences. With his training under Bruce Lee, his degree in criminology, his ten years of law enforcement experience, and his training under Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell was in wide demand as a professional bodyguard for celebrities like Mr. T of the A-Team fame, and as a trainer for both the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.

Sifu Larry conducted two outstanding seminars in 2004 at my former school, the Tang Lung Combat Academy, and I felt immensely proud and privileged to be his seminar assistant in Los Angeles 2005 at Black Belt magazine’s first Festival of Martial Arts.

Sifu Larry Hartsell & Sifu George Fitzgerald

Sifu Larry Hartsell & Sifu George Fitzgerald

Not only was he a legendary Martial Artist, but also a genuinely warm-hearted person who is missed by countless people all over the world. Sifu Larry, God Bless You.

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WHO WAS THE FITTEST MAN EVER?

Men’s Fitness Magazine

100 Fittest Men Ever

 

Probably the greatest influence in my life as a Martial Artist was the legendary Bruce Lee. I started my Martial Arts journey in the same year that Bruce died, back in 1973. For those of you not of the right age to know this time, it would be hard for you to understand the Kung Fu and Bruce Lee boom of the 70’s. Of course nowadays, martial arts are to be seen in every blockbuster action movie; but back in the early 1970s and earlier, fight scenes looked very different!! It was the explosion of Kung Fu movies, spear-headed by Bruce Lee that changed the movie scene forever. It was after sneaking into one of the late night cinemas (because you had to be 18) to see my first Bruce Lee movie, Fist of Fury … that my path in life was firmly set.

So, I was very happy that in a list of the 100 Fittest Men Ever, published by Men’s Fitness magazine, Bruce Lee came in at Number Two, beaten only by Olympic swimming legend, Michael Phelps. Of course I think that Bruce should have been Numero Uno, but I guess my opinion is slightly biased! In fact, there were several other Martial Artists and boxers included in this list, such as Chuck Norris, George St. Pierre and Mohammed Ali.

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The Martial Arts have long been recognised for their value as a means to physical fitness. Just as an example, it has been estimated that a good kickboxing workout can burn up to 8oo calories in just one hour!! Depending on which art is practised, a martial arts routine works the body for flexibility, strength, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, speed, endurance, balance and just about every other attribute required to reach a great level of fitness. In fact, if you never have to use Martial Arts as a defence against physical assault, you are still practising the art of self-defence against all kinds of ailments. Prevention is after-all, always better than cure.

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BRUCE LEE’S TRAINING DUMMY

Sifu George Works With Bruce Lee’s Original Training Dummy

 

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Sifu George Fitzgerald & Bruce Lee’s Training Dummy

 

At Sifu Richard Bustillo’s IMB Academy in Los Angeles working out on a training dummy that belonged to the legendary Bruce Lee!!

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BRUCE LEE’S GRIP TRAINER

Sifu George Works With Bruce Lee’s Original Grip/Forearm Trainer

 

How cool is this?

Sifu George Fitzgerald & Bruce Lee's Grip Trainer

Sifu George Fitzgerald & Bruce Lee’s Grip Trainer

At my teacher’s, Richard Bustillo, IMB Academy in Los Angeles working out with the grip/forearm trainer that actually belonged to the legendary Bruce Lee!!

 

 

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LUXURIOUS MAGAZINE

 

Sifu George Fitzgerald was recently featured in Luxurious Magazine

 

Sifu George was recently featured in Luxurious Magazine – the online and digital luxury magazine. As possibly the most visible luxury magazine in the world online, Luxurious Magazine uses it’s unique journalistic style to provide news, features, reviews and exclusive interviews. It provides impartial information to consumers and fans worldwide of luxury goods. The magazine features personalities and marques who are well-known or considered outstanding in the sphere of luxury.

My sincere thanks to Paul Godbold and the Team at Luxurious Magazine.

 

Sifu George Fitzgerald in Luxurious Magazine

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INTERVIEW – MARTIAL ARTS ILLUSTRATED

Video Except of  Sifu George Fitzgerald’s M.A.I. Interview

 

In November 2012 Sifu George was interview by Martial Arts Illustrated magazine. The interviewed was conducted by Lakhvinder Madahar at his great school in Coventry – Total Martial Arts Academy.

The interview will appear in the first quarter of 2013.

 

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MY NEW RADIO SHOW

SIFU George’s Martial Arts World …

My Brand New Radio Show

 

I’m very excited as it’s almost time for the premiere of my new, weekly radio show – SIFU George’s Martial Arts World. The first show is due on air Sunday 28th October 2012 from 3 – 4 pm on guessradio.co.uk

Please try to tune in each week as I will be talking about some of the different styles I have studied and the teachers who have taught me. Basically, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the world of Martial Arts and Self Defence … ideas and techniques that can save lives – maybe yours!

In addition to these tips and principles, I will also talk about the history and philosophy of the different arts, interviewing other Martial Artists and discussing any newsworthy items relevant to the world of Martial Arts.

One of the topics I will be discussing on this premiere show will be my Ten Principles of Self-Defence Survival, common-sense advice and tips that have proven themselves on the streets and battlefields of the world.

So, don’t forget to listen in this Sunday 28th October from 3 – 4 pm on Guess Radio.

 

Peter Terry (owner/producer at Guess Radio) & George Fitzgerald

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RADIO INTERVIEW

Sifu George Fitzgerald is Interviewed on Guess Radio

 

What a busy week! I feel a little as I have been here, there and everywhere this week – but all in a positive way.

My good friend, celebrity hairdresser Stuart Phillips, kindly invited me to be interviewed on his weekly show at www.guessradio.co.uk and by all accounts, everything went really good and the show was well received. There was even listeners from afar afield as Chile and the Ukraine listening in!

Stuart Phillips & Sifu George Fitzgerald at Guess Radio

Stuart Phillips & Sifu George Fitzgerald at Guess Radio

In fact, the very next day the station’s producer invited me back to the studio as he was intrigued by some of the things I talked about during the interview and now wants me to run my own radio show!!

So, starting on the 28th of October 2012 I will be broadcasting my own radio show every Sunday between 3 – 4 pm. I will be discussing all facets of the martial arts such as history, martial arts in the movies, self defense tips and much, much more. Please try to listen in as I think it will be both fun and informative.

I’m also in talks to appear regularly in Guess Radio’s upcoming web TV show!!

 

 

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THE WINNERS CREED

Sifu George Fitzgerald Says …

I am a fighter.

Every problem in life, every struggle, is merely a game for me
to enjoy and win.

I am an intelligent fighter, using the brain and instinct for
survival that was passed on to me by countless generations of
ancestors, a genetic gift, my inheritance.

I am a winner, because I refuse to accept defeat. I can only be
defeated if I give up, which I never shall.

Every success makes me stronger.

Every experience makes me wiser.

Every new fight gives me another chance to win.

And I enjoy winning.

To the timid, the approaching battle looks worse than to the
fighter. It is magnified by fear, but reduced and overcome by
courage.

I begin and finish a winner, because I know that all I have to
do is to stay strong and keep fighting, until I tire out the
opposition.

That is the rule of persistence and determination – that the last
man on his feet is the winner.

Merely being prepared and willing to fight is my greatest asset.

I shall always strive to be a winner.

The Winner's Creed

Sifu George Fitzgerald
The Winner’s Creed

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