Recently, the martial arts world was stunned by the great loss of Joe Lewis. while serving in the United States Marine Corps, the North Carolina native studied Shorin-ryu Karate in Okinawa. During this process, he earned his black belt in seven months. Upon returning to the USA, he began a winning tournament career. Bruce Lee was his private teacher during the late 60s. It was rumored Lewis was originally the pick as the villian colt in Bruce Lee’s The Way of The Dragon. Instead, it was given to colleague Chuck Norris which was his breakout role into the entertainment industry.
Despite the rejection the film, Lewis has continued to work in the entertainment industry as well as having a very successful martial arts career on the point circuit and kickboxing record of 16 wins – 4 loses – 1 Draw.
Unfortunately on July 2011, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Doctors told him that if he did nothing, he’d have six to eight weeks to live. In July 2011, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor with only six to eight weeks to live. Despite the doctors expectations, he lived over a year longer as he was put to rest on 8/31/12. Despite his death, he will be respected for over a lifetime! osu!