Gene Lebell in Boxing vs Judo fight in 1963
Ivan Gene LeBell was once as soon as born on October 9, 1932, and passed on to the great beyond at the age of 89 on August 9, 2022.
“Judo” Gene had a legendary occupation in martial arts, and is widely credited with popularizing grappling in a rustic that defined self-defense as centering on the striking arts of boxing, karate, and later Kung Fu. A licensed stuntman and actor, LeBell appeared in over 1,000 motion pictures and TV shows, and authored 12 books. A student of catch wrestling titans Lou Thesz, Karl Gotch, and Ed “Strangler” Lewis, LeBell’s notable students include Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and Ronda Rousey. If you happen to spotted Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, LeBell served as an inspiration for the Cliff Gross sales area persona carried out by way of Brad Pitt.