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The Toughest Man Alive Hardcover – February 6, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Hnl Pub (February 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955264812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955264818
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,009,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gene LeBell is known as The Toughest Man In The World.He is a martial arts legend who was responsible for teaching the late Bruce Lee his unique system of Grappling.LeBell has taught some of the greatest fighters and martial artists in the world.Teacher, martial arts icon, World champion, Hollywood stuntman, LeBell is admired by nearly all of the greatest fighters.

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This book is highly recommended to wrestling, Judo, MMA and movie fans.
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The toughest man alive is also the funniest man alive, after you read this book I think you'll agree.
J. Swift
Please, please, please do not buy, sell, trade, or deal in that book for any reason.
E. Kriner

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Kriner on September 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wondered why I only had to pay a penny for this book.

** Special Note: There is an illegally printed book, called "The Toughest Man Alive" floating around. Please, please, please do not buy, sell, trade, or deal in that book for any reason. If you bought a copy, please go back where your purchased it, and demand a refund. Ask for the only authorized and complete book "The Godfather of Grappling".

Fiaz Rafiq, owner of Health 'n' Life (HNL) Publishing got an incomplete manuscript, full of errors, without Gene's permission. HNL Publishing offered a contract, which was refused by Gene and never signed. HNL went ahead and published the book anyway, without permission, and completely contrary to any of Gene's wishes. Furthermore, neither Gene or the ghost writer (Bob Calhoun) have ever been paid a dime for any of the copies sold. Legal action is being taken against HNL Publishing, Fiaz Rafiq, and anyone that sells, deals, or trades in that book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Hyder on December 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is in no way affiliated with Gene LeBell, and the man goes out of his way to discourage people from buying it or reading it. In his own words this is "...an illegally printed book, called "The Toughest Man Alive" floating around. Please, please, please do not buy, sell, trade, or deal in that book for any reason. If you bought a copy, please go back where your purchased it, and demand a refund. Ask for the only authorized and complete book "The Godfather of Grappling."
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Swift on March 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I first heard of Gene Lebell about ten years ago. I got the chance to watch his videos "Pro Wrestling Finsihing Holds". They had some good moves in them and were done in comdey fashion. Then later reading more about the Martial Arts in particular alot of well known Martial Artist's had nothing but praise for "Judo Gene LeBell". So on to the book.........
This book is very entertaining. This man has done it all. He was a Judo Champion, Pro Wrestler, MA teacher of teachers, commentator for Pro Wrestling, actor, stuntman, and a husband of many wives. His Mom was a promoter for boxing and wrestling in Los Angeles. So even as a youngster he had a very interesting life and rubbed shoulders with many famous people. He was training with Pro Wrestlers at 7 years of age, Ed "Strangler" Lewis being one of them. In this book is stories of Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Lou Thesz, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, OJ Simpson, Robert Conrad, James Caan, Burt Renoylds, Clint Eastwood, plus many more. If you can name them Gene probably knows them. Alot of stories in this book are hilarious. Its a very fun book to read. Wrestlers used to play jokes on each other all the time. Very funny, sometimes cruel jokes. You walk away from this book wanting more stories. Gene seems like someone that would be fun to be around. Reading this book is kind of like meeting the man. He goes into some painful details of his life as well concerning his father, and his second wife. He comes off very human in this book. And I want a part 2. Ive read some different biographies but this one was the most interesting by far. The toughest man alive is also the funniest man alive, after you read this book I think you'll agree.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Samuel L. Smith II on May 5, 2004
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I've been familiar with Gene LeBell for many years. I studied, palled around and even had dinner with his top student Gokor, originally from Armenia. I own several martial arts books written by Gene LeBell. I've been a serious martial arts student and instructor for several years. I've never known whether to take LeBell serious or not. Some of his moves are purely for showmanship. I've watched a few of his videos and he comes across as "goofy" with all the grimmacing and weird facial expressions. Then I've seen him on the cover of several martial arts magazines wearing a "Pink Gi." What's up with that?
I remember Gokor telling me that Gene LeBell was not someone to be taken lightly. He also said he was a "clown." He said he enjoyed clowning around. After reading this book, I have become a Gene LeBell fan. He's is dangerous and he's legit. He was a two time AAU national champion and during those two years he won the overall championship which made him the number one Judoka in the USA. He beat several top contenders to earn that honor. The amazing thing is that he did it two years in a row, and this was before Judo was an Olympic sport. I now wonder if LeBell could have been our first and only Olympic Gold Medalist.
I loved the stories about how he overcame the resentment that several Japanese senseis held towards caucasian Americans after WWII (they were held in internment camps, lost their professions, and property and rightfully so held harsh feelings towards their fellow Americans). He also wrote about being rejected by several Japanese instructors after his decision to go into professional wrestling (he had to find a way to make money and winning amateur titles does not feed a family).
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By El Loco on June 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book was illegaly printed without Gene LeBell's permission, and he has never been paid a dime for it. If you like Gene, avoid this book, spread the word, and go to his website and get the correct book.
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