My Trainer, Friend and Mentor Joe Lewis
By Jim Graden
Preparing for the Time of My Life!
This article is about how over the last three years I have done what the great Joe Lewis asked to do before his passing. That is to create a White to Black Belt belt
martial arts Curriculum from my over 25 year of training and being mentored by one of the greatest martial arts to ever live.
First, I would like to tell you how the legendary Joe Lewis influenced me and motivated me to become a champion and why I am dedicated to make sure that what Joe taught me lives on for ever!
I have had a great career in the martial arts; having won a world kickboxing title, represented my country in international competitions, created two popular martial arts fitness programs, Cardio Karate and the Ultimate Body Challenge (UBC), certified over 6,000 instructors, sold over 50,000 training manuals and licensed my UBC program to over 500 martial arts and fitness studios.
Mr. Lewis was a close friend of my first martial arts instructor, Walt Bone. He stayed at Walt’s house when he was in Florida, in the 70’s, and he worked out at his karate school. I was just a 13 year old kid watching Mr. Lewis work out. Joe Lewis was already a legend in the martial arts and having him at the school that I trained at was like a football player watching Joe Montana workout. My hero was working out at my karate school – so very cool!
Coming soon Part 2