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Kumite To MMA: America's Underground History of the Origins by Joshua Westmiller

By Joshua Westmiller

during this no-holds barred, tell-all account, Headmaster and Martial Arts corridor of Famer, Dr. Joshua WestMiller tells of his days because the first American to be invited to compete within the elite and underground Kumite. Westmiller is the unique competitor to first coin the time period combined Martial Arts and struggle lower than the MMA identify, and can be the founding Headmaster of usa No Holds Barred. He first begun battling Kumite at grasp Hidetaka Nishiyama’s recommendation in 1962, and retired in 1964 with an stunning list of 27 wins and 0 losses. Ten years later, Frank Dux could identify his Martial Arts “Flying Horse” identify through combating during this related no-holds barred Kumite global. As Frank Dux similar in an interview with Martial Arts Illustrated, the early days of MMA within the US have been jam-packed with genuine, full-contact, no-holds-barred combatants who didn’t conceal at the back of types, yet have been keen to struggle someone, at any place. as a result of the underground nature of such competitions, Dux stated, few have been filmed and plenty of warring parties competed below pseudonyms, like “a fighter identified purely by way of his deal with ‘Cherokee’ whose genuine identification is Joshua WestMiller, Hidetaka Nishiyama’s student.”

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