Elvis The Martial Artist
Elvis The King of Rock n Roll Promoted Martial Arts
Elvis was very serious about Martial Arts. If you watch his performance videos or if you ever saw Elvis live, you might notice the Martial Arts influence. He was always promoting Martial Arts during his shows. Elvis became a Martial Arts student when he was in the army, in 1959. He said he was doing it every day of his life ever since..."for at least two or six hours a day."
On this page I have included information about Elvis the Martial Artist along with gifts for the Elvis fan and collector.
Image Credits Elvis Presley Gladiators:
The 1974 Elvis Karate Legacy Project Courtesy of Amazon
Do you know Elvis as The King of Rock 'n Roll or as Tiger, the Martial Artist?
"Elvis was perhaps one of biggest promoters of the martial arts during their big rise in the United States. Through his fight scenes in his movies, or his on-stage kata-inspired dance routines, Elvis introduced millions to the martial arts. Unlike many celebrities who got into the martial arts for movie roles, or because it was the "in" thing to do, Elvis truly believed in the martial arts and the benefits of martial arts study." ~~James Hom
Elvis Presley Gladiators: The 1974 Elvis Karate Legacy Project
If you're an Elvis fan you should own a copy of this DVD. The documentary features some of the best martial artists from the era. This is described as a "more or less a home movie of Elvis, his bodyguards,and several martial artists,including Bill Wallace, giving a demo at a Tennesee dojo." The CD has a commentary by Wayne Carman, an illustrated booklet about Elvis'involvement with karate and picture postcards with Elvis in his custom-made gis.
There are also outtakes from the famed '68 Comeback Special with Elvis rehearsing a martial arts routine.
If you're an Elvis collector, you will want to add this to your collection.
Elvis Presley - Karate 8
Just a Hunka Hunka Burnin' Karate-Kickin' Love
- James Hom
Celebrity Martial Artists, Part 2: The King of Rock 'N Roll Just a Hunka Hunka Burnin' Karate-Kickin' Love Most folks remember Elvis Presley in just a few of his many roles: King of Rock 'n Roll on stage and on the airwaves, baby-faced draftee in the
This Karate Elvis figure will make a great gift for any Elvis fan or collector.
Elvis Promoter of Martial Arts
You can see it in his films, you can see when he performs onstage. He's always promoting his martial arts training.
"It's not just self defense, it's about...self control, body discipline, and mind discipline...and breath techniques. It involves yoga. It involves meditation. It's an art, not a sport." ~~Elvis Presley
Elvis gave the following explanation of karate during one of his Vegas shows,"August of 1974:
"There are a lot of people who know that I have been involved in the art of Karate for some time.
Kung Fu and Karate are the same thing. There's no difference, it's just ah, the Chinese terminology is Kung Fu and Japanese is Ka-ra-te. Kara means open, The means hand,...Ka-ra-ate.
See, I've been doing this for 16 years. I started when I was in the army, in 1959. I've been doing it every day of my life ever since...for at least two or six hours a day."
Elvis The Black Belt
He started karate in West Germany, earning a 1st degree black belt there. By the time he had come under the tutelage of Master Rhee, Elvis already had a 4th degree black belt.
The KING was a Kenpo practitioner! Elvis had the Kenpo crest on his guitar, and used Kenpo in many of his films (like when he knocked the leopard out in Harem Scareum?)
Elvis' Passion for Martial Arts
'Tiger' was Elvis' Pasa Ryu karate nickname, the name Kang Rhee had given him (famous golfer Tiger Woods is named in honor of Elvis' karate name).
More Info About Elvis
- Elvis and the martial arts
Information and photographs relating to Elvis Presley's longtime passion for the martial arts.
- Tiger Man Links
Comprehensive Links to Web resources related to Elvis Presley, the martial artist.
- Elvis & Karate by Kang Rhee
Elvis Presley loved karate. I'm Kang Rhee. I was his teacher.
- FightingArts.com -
Treasure Of Â70Âs Film Footage Recovered: Includes Elvis Sponsored Karate Film
ElvisThe Lost Performances
was Elvis' Pasa Ryu karate nickname, the name Kang Rhee had given him (famous golfer Tiger Woods is named in honor of Elvis' karate name).
Elvis Presley Tiger Man
"An again confident Elvis really cuts loose here, launching into scorching versions of early classics. "That's All Right," "Heartbreak Hotel" (where he has to stop to catch his breath and remember the lyrics), and "Blue Suede Shoes" have all the fire that first made him such an arresting phenomenon. But it's the title cut, which was spliced into the TV special's second showing in August 1969, that is the showstopper. This disc instantly becomes one of the cornerstones of any Elvis collection." --Robert Baird
Top Elvis Pick
The "sit down" segment of Elvis Presley's '68 comeback special was by far his most powerful appearance on television. It was seen as both a career milestone for the "King" and a watershed moment in Tv history, reminding the world why Elvis was the indisputable "King of Rock 'N Roll."
This 6" Elvis figure with chair, guitar and microphone, was re-released to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the passing of one of history's greatest recording artists.
A heavily recommended album for hardcore Elvis lovers, or anyone who gets off on stripped-down acoustic rock and blues.
This seminal rock & roll moment featured Elvis on stage with his guitar, surrounded by Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana, and a sold-out audience.
Elvis's 1968 Comeback Special
"An again confident Elvis really cuts loose here, launching into scorching versions of early classics. "That's All Right," "Heartbreak Hotel" (where he has to stop to catch his breath and remember the lyrics), and "Blue Suede Shoes" have all the fire that first made him such an arresting phenomenon." --Robert Baird
Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel (1968 HILARIOUS PERFORMANCE)
Men's Aloha Elvis Adult Costume - White,Medium
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