Elvis Presley began studying it in the 1950s, above – battling with Red West in Graceland; incorporating karate into his 1960s movie fight scenes and his 1970s concert performances
Elvis certainly would have earned his early belts – but he really did lack the discipline as evidences by his manic retail therapy and general binging – of all his interests, Karate remained a passion over his lifetime.
Elvis with Shotokan Sensei Tetsuji Murakimi in Paris January 1960
. Elvis enjoyed being on the karate culture circuit and trained with many of the personalities of the era Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Ed Parker and others.
Kang Rhee issued Elvis his upper black belt certifications and Elvis gave him a car.
In the 1970s, Elvis famously broke up a street fight and kicked a pack of cigarettes out of a guy’s shirt pocket.
Elvis designed his own patch.
Mike Stone was a karate name…
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