HALL OF FAME SURPRISE

Hall of Fame Nomination November 2017

 

It was a nice surprise to go for a pizza with my great friend Bobby Singh Rayatt last night, but nothing prepared me for the real surprise when he, totally unexpectedly while we walked around London’s Chinatown, presented me with my nomination for a Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame Honor … the bemused look on my face says it all.

Thank you Bobby for putting such thought into the surprise and of course, my sincere gratitude to Bob Sykes and Paul Barnett of Martial Arts Illustrated, the UK’s most successful Martial Arts magazine…. see you next month!

 

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REMEMBERING LARRY HARTSELL

My Original Jeet Kune Do Teacher – Larry Hartsell

 

It is hard to believe that today is the 10th anniversary of the all-too early passing of one of Martial Arts greatest exponents, my friend and teacher, the legendary Larry Hartsell.

Widely regarded as one of Bruce Lee’s toughest and most accomplished students, Sifu Larry was a phenomenal fighter, yet beneath that toughness lay the heart of a genuinely gentle and very special person. I feel blessed and deeply honored to have known him, be taught by him and continually inspired by his memory.

Here is a video I created in his memory several years ago. Rest In Peace my friend.

 

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUCE LEE

Happy 76th Birthday!!

 

During my 43 years as a Martial Artist I have been blessed to have met so many wonderful teachers, students, friends and colleagues. In fact, my entire life has been shaped by the multi-faceted benefits of the Martial Arts. As with so many others around the world, this passion of mine was, and continues to be, inspired by Lee Hsiao Loong … Bruce Lee, the Little Dragon.

So with the utmost respect and sincere gratitude, on what would have been his 76th birthday … Happy Birthday Bruce!!!

 

Bruce Lee - Flames - wallpaper

Bruce Lee – Flaming Spirit

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THE UK MARTIAL ARTS SHOW

UK Martial Arts Show Hall of Fame

 

I was extremely grateful and felt very honoured to receive my second Hall of Fame award in the space of two weeks, this time at the fantastic UK Martial Arts Show.

It was a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by great Martial Artists of all ages and all backgrounds. reveling in the arts that we passionately train in, study and teach – day in, day out, year after year. I was especially fortunate to spend some special, one-on-one time with Bob Sykes (truly much appreciated) and with my great friend Bill Wallace. I must also give special thanks to some other brilliant people that it’s my good fortune to know … Bobby KickboxSingh Rayatt, Ben Lewis, Pete Mac, Shaun Boland, Paul Barnett and Dean Williams.

Congratulations to all those who received an award, including my good friend Darren Le Fevre who unfortunately could not attend (thanks Darren for giving me the honour of collecting your award on your behalf) … and thanks to friends, family and students for making it possible in the first place.

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HALL OF FAME AWARD

Martial Arts Illustrated Black Belt Hall of Fame Awards

 

A HUGE Thank You to Bob Sykes and Paul Barnett for nominating me to receive an award at the Martial Arts Illustrated Black Belt Hall of Fame Awards. It was a FANTASTIC evening, shared with many wonderful Martial Artists, new and old friends alike. I am so very proud to be part of this amazing brotherhood and life … Martial Arts Forever!!!

Bob Sykes & George Fitzgerald - MAI BB Hall of Fame 24.4.2016

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BRUCE LEE WISDOM

Some Wise Words of Bruce Lee

 

"Knowing Is Not Enough, We Must Do!"

“Knowing Is Not Enough, We Must Apply!”

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REMEMBERING JOE LEWIS

Miss You Joe

 

Like many people around the world, on the 31st of August I remembered the sad passing three years ago of my friend and teacher, the late and great Joe Lewis.

I first got to meet and train with Joe back in the year 2000 … what a FANTASTIC way to begin this New Millennium!! After reading about him for so many years it was awe-inspiring to finally meet Joe. To then eventually go on to become one of his Black Belts and a member of the wonderful Joe Lewis Fighting Systems Family is a tremendous honor and privilege, something I will always treasure.

Gone but never forgotten may be somewhat of an overused expression, but certainly in Joe’s case these words will always ring true. Thank You Grand Master Joe, may you forever Rest In Peace.

 

George Fitzgerald & Joe Lewis - June 2000

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THE LEGENDARY JOE LEWIS

 

My Friend & Teacher … the Legendary Joe Lewis

 

Please watch this wonderful video dedicated to my late friend and teacher, the Legendary Joe Lewis. It was created by Joe Corley at a time when Joe Lewis was facing his greatest battle. Joe, you will NEVER be forgotten and you have the eternal gratitude of countless people all around the world. I Thank You with all my heart for what you did for me personally. Rest In Peace my friend.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=4008360081166&pnref=story

 

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WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK?

The ‘Crabs’ of Life

 

If ever you walk past a seafood restaurant , perhaps on a seaside pier, you may see a big barrel, without a lid, that is full of live crabs. On seeing this you could be forgiven in thinking that the crabs could easily jump out and fall back into the sea.

But you would be wrong. If you spent some time observing them, you’d be surprised  to notice that, every time one of the crabs tried to get to the edge of the barrel to escape, all the other ones would pull him back in.

Can you recognize theseCrab type of people around you?  Think of all the times your so-called friends would talk you out of something that you wanted to do, something you knew was important to you.

Who are the crabs in your life? Who and what is holding you back from doing what you want? When you decide to work-out, go on a diet, or do something worthwhile, who and what stops you?

 

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A TOUCH OF ZEN … ‘JUST TWO WORDS’

Focus On the Positive

 

There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, no one was allowed to speak at all, except for just two words every ten years.

After spending his first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk and said, “Bed … hard!”

After another ten years had passed this same monk went to the head monk and this time said, “Food … stinks!”

Yet another ten years passed and the monk once again met with the head monk, this time saying, “I … quit!”

“Well, I can see why,” replied the head monk. “All you ever do is complain!!”

SIFU George Says…

“ I believe that we have the choice to either focus on the positive aspects of our lives or dwell on the negatives. The monk in this story chose the negatives and therefore was not accomplishing much – he was basically wasting his time. Although he spoke only six words in thirty years, he did nothing but complain the whole time – in his head. That’s why he had nothing better to say when he had the chance.”

 

 

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