Chuck Norris Karate demonstration on the Merv Griffin Show in 1971

Friday, April 15, 2016

He’s a man of myth and legend, along with being one of America’s greatest action film stars he was also a very accomplished martial artist. In 1968 he won the Professional Middleweight Karate Championship Title which he held for six years, in 1969 he won Karate’s Triple Crown for the most tournament victories in one year and was also named Black Belt magazine’s Fighter of the Year for 1969.

Chuck Norris Karate demonstration on the Merv Griffin Show in 1971
Chuck Norris Karate demonstration on the Merv Griffin Show in 1971

In the following clip from 1971, Chuck Norris makes an appearance on The Merv Griffin Show alongside Marv Griffin and Hollywood starlet Eva Gabor where he demonstrates the finer points of Karate on her and how she can apply the principals in a self-defense situation.

Flirting with Chuck during the whole segment, she quizzed him on whether women can learn karate, how old you should be to partake, and how much strength one may need.

He then takes her to the mat where he shows her how to escape someone choking you front behind, an outside leg sweep, how to escape someone choking you from the front and of course the karate chop to the throat.

About Chuck Norris:
Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist and then an action film star.

Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the Dragon, in which he starred alongside Bruce Lee. He also played the starring role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 until 2001.

Since 2005 Norris has been widely associated with an internet meme which documents fictional and often absurd feats associated with him.

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