Old School Martial Arts Stuff


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Dr. Mick Leone is a 9th degree black belt and chief counsel for San Diego American Kenpo Karate Assoc. (Seated second from right).  He teaches and trains with senior black belts at American Kenpo with 8th degree head instructor Todd McElhinney (standing, first row center).

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Chiropractic for Everyone Including Athletes of all Levels!

The performance of the body during athletics is more dependent on the spine than any other part of the skeletal system. While throwing, punching, jumping, running, swimming or kicking, for example, the arms or legs utilize the spine as their base. Muscle contraction and flexibility and joint mobility are essential for optimum performance. Spinal integrity is necessary for this to happen properly.

Most elite athletes use chiropractic care to optimize performance and to maximize injury recovery.  It is safe to say that most, if not all professional sports teams have their own personal chiropractor for exactly these reasons.

ChickenMickDemo-image  As a life long martial artist I have set up this page for interesting articles about styles, training etc. The left picture was taken from an extensive fighting/technique demonstration put on by myself and Mr. Orned “Chicken” Gabriel, world ranked and multiple champion light weight semi and full contact karate fighter for many years.

ChuckBruce-imageAside from Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee, two of the most famous and most publicized martial artists and stand up strike fighters of all time are Bill Wallace and Joe Lewis.

Bill Wallace is considered the greatest middle weight karate and full-contact fighter of all time. Bill “Superfoot” Wallace known to the karate world simply as “Superfoot”, retired from his illustrious 15-year career as the undefeated Professional Karate Association (PKA) Middleweight Champion in June 1980. “Superfoot” used his left foot, which was once clocked in excess of 60 mph, to fake opponents with two or three rapid fake kicks and follow with one solid knockout technique. His power was amazing, his precision astounding. 

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Wallace began studying karate in 1963-4? and came to dominate the point-tournament circuit in the next seven years. Wallace has won at the U.S. Championships (3 times), the USKA Grand Nationals (3 times), and the Top Ten Nationals (2 times). Black Belt named Wallace to its Hall of Fame three times in seven years — twice as “Competitor of the Year” and once as “Man of the Year.” In 1974, Wallace turned professional and captured the PKA Middleweight Karate Championship.

He relinquished the crown in 1980, undefeated and respected around the world. Despite his retirement, Bill Wallace continues to be one of the martial arts most popular figures. A former member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Wallace authored three books and has been active in the film industry. Click on the following link for more information about “Superfoot.com“.

I had the personal privilege of starting my training with Bill Wallace when we both attended Ball State University in 1967-68. In fact, we were part of an intramural wrestling team called “Tuckers Truckers” that were victorious in winning the school intramural championships. 

Later that year I joined the Navy and after a year at Little Creek, Virginia, I was transferred to San Diego, where I continued my training at a karate school called Tracy’s Kenpo Karate under Master Richard Willett. The Tracy brothers earned black belts under the father of American Kenpo, Ed Parker.

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While actually competing in the boxing and kick boxing arena, I trained extensively with 5 year world full contact karate champion and long time friend Larry McCraw (above).  Larry successfully defended his world lightweight title for challenge “grudge” matches 57 times with  52 knock outs.  OUCH!!  Larry likes to brag that I am the only man who has every knocked him out.  I can assure you it was purely by accident. Note that Larry also became a world-class power lifter after his fighting career.  In above picture, he is bench pressing 675 lbs.  Since that lift he acquired a personal best of  745 lbs.  To this day he is still training with weights, kick boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Not enough can be said about Joe Lewis, who is considered by many to be the JoeLewis-imagegreatest heavyweight karate fighter of all time. Early trademarks included a lightning fast back fist and bone crushing side kick. Joe was probably the most feared of all of the heavyweights.

Joe Lewis was a primary part of this system and I was able to attend many seminars with Joe. Indeed, part of my first black belt test was to fight Joe for three rounds. (Guess who got the best of that session.) Additionally, when things began shifting toward full-contact (kick boxing) I trained with both Joe and Howard Jackson at Chuck Norris’ Wilshire Blvd Karate School. Fun times! You can bet I learned a lot…Not to mention having my butt handed to me on several occasions.

Click on the following link for more information about Joe Lewis and his fighting concepts. Joe Lewis Fighting Systems

JoeLewisMick-image   The picture to the left was taken in May, 2002 at a fighting  seminar with legend Joe Lewis and many senior black belts in San Diego. It was my honor and privilege to once again work and train with Joe.  At 65+ years old, he still had deceptive quickness, awesome speed and savage power.  The techniques and details he worked with us were simple, to the point, and brutal…. Great stuff!

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