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The KO technique Muhammad Ali learned from a taekwondo master, who learned it from Bruce Lee

Muhammad Ali's head coach for the bout in which he earned his last KO was The Father of American Taekwondo, Jhoon Rhee, who taught him a punch he learned from Bruce Lee.

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Over the course of his lifetime, Jhoon Rhee, The Father of American Taekwondo, had a large number of celebrity students. Rhee taught Bruce Lee how to kick. He taught Tony Robbins how to break boards, and eventually awarded him a black belt. He taught over 350 U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, three mornings a week from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. since June 5, 1965. However, Rhee's most famous student was the most famous man in the world, Muhammad Ali.

Rhee met Ali in 1975, before his “Thrilla in Manila” trilogy title fight with Joe Frazier. Rhee taught Ali a special punch he called The AccuPunch, which he learned from Bruce Lee. The idea behind the non-telegraphic movement is to complete the strike inside human reaction time, which is around 0.25 seconds with a visual stimulus.

“My physical technique is just like anybody else’s, but developed more closely to perfection by continuous training," explained Rhee in an interview. "I don’t claim that I have any particular special technique other than I created the AccuPunch, which I taught Muhammed Ali. The AccPunch is a punch with your body and mind as one. When you decide to punch, you’ve already punched. This creates a tremendous acceleration and increases the punching power. I’ve demonstrated my punching power, breaking three boards dangling. If you don’t have really explosive punching speed, you will push and they will not break. But, I always break them.”

Ali used the AccuPunch to knock out British champion Richard Dunn on May 24, 1976. It was The Greatest's last KO. Ali was showed a slow motion replay of the punch by a television interviewer, and explained what happened.

“Mr. Jhoon Rhee is his name," said Ali. "He's training me now for the Japanese rassler. That wasn't a right hand, that was a unique AccuPunch. ... It would hurt a man as soon as you reach the target. It's quick!"

"The Sonny Liston punch was a little different. That was called The Anchor Punch. This is called the Unique AccuPunch."

Ali expanded on the remarks in a later interview.

"It acts at the exact moment you decide to hit, and there is no lag time at all," he said. "It is instantaneous. It moves at tremendous speed with no warning and accelerates like a bullet in flight. You can hardly see it.”

Rhee also helped prepare Ali for his mixed rules match with professional wrestler Antonio Inoki later that year. Check out that story HERE. Check out Ali vs. four wrestlers HERE.

Jhoon Rhee, Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali wearing Jhonn Rhee's safety gear blocks a kick.

Jhoon Rhee, Muhammad Ali

Jhoon Rhee and Muhammad Ali in deep conversation.

Jhoon Rhee, Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali and Jhoon Rhee received Bicentennial Sports Award's for Man of The Century in their respective disciplines.

Jhoon Rhee

Jhoon Rhee at 80.

Jhoon Rhee passed away on April 30, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia, at the age of 86, surrounded by loving family and friends. His record of service to the martial arts is extraordinary.

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