Long Beach International Karate Championships

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The Long Beach International Karate Championships — is an International Karate and martial arts tournament in Long Beach, California that was first held in August 1964 by Kenpo Grandmaster Ed Parker. The tournament is still in existence. Many great tournament fighters earned their stripes at this tournament, including Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Billy Blanks, and "Superfoot" Bill Wallace, to name but a few. The Long Beach Internationals is also where Bruce Lee was first introduced to the martial arts community in August 1964.

In 1967, Bruce appeared at the tournament as "Kato" and demonstrated his one-inch punch and two finger push-ups. His volunteer was Bob Baker of Stockton, California. "I told Bruce not to do this type of demonstration again", he recalled. "When he punched me that last time, I had to stay home from work because the pain in my chest was unbearable."[1] The only existing, high quality footage of Bruce Lee's 1964 Wing Chun demonstration was filmed with a 16MM camera. The sole proprietor of this 8.5 minute long video is a California based company by the name of Rising Sun Productions. The owner of this company and reported discoverer of this video is Don Warrener. Poorer quality generations of this footage can be viewed on the Internet.

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  1. ^ Vaughn 1986, p. 21