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Ivan Gene LeBell (born October 9, 1932) is a judoka, {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er and UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts trainer. He started his career training catch wrestling and some boxing, but it was in judo where he shined, gaining several championships and being sent to the Kodokan school in Japan, where he cleaned house. Back in United States, he competed in the regional pro wrestling circuit without much success until 1963, year in which he took part in a primitive (and ridiculously rigged against him) style vs style fight against boxing champion Milo Savage, who [=LeBell=] ended choking out. Now as a known name in the world of martial arts, [=LeBell=] went to work as a stuntman, actor and choreographer, eventually befriending Creator/BruceLee and Creator/ChuckNorris. He also stood out as a trainer, founding the Hayastan academy along his pal and apprentice Gokor Chivichyan and being the man behind MMA fighter Creator/RondaRousey.

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Ivan Gene LeBell [=LeBell=] (born October 9, 1932) is a judoka, {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er and UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts trainer. He started his career training catch wrestling and some boxing, but it was in judo where he shined, gaining several championships and being sent to the Kodokan school in Japan, where he cleaned house. Back in United States, he competed in the regional pro wrestling circuit without much success until 1963, year in which he took part in a primitive (and ridiculously rigged against him) style vs style fight against boxing champion Milo Savage, who [=LeBell=] ended choking out. Now as a known name in the world of martial arts, [=LeBell=] went to work as a stuntman, actor and choreographer, eventually befriending Creator/BruceLee and Creator/ChuckNorris. He also stood out as a trainer, founding the Hayastan academy along his pal and apprentice Gokor Chivichyan and being the man behind MMA fighter Creator/RondaRousey.




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'''Gene [=LeBell=]''' (b.1932) is a judoka, {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er and UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts trainer. He started his career training catch wrestling and some boxing, but it was in judo where he shined, gaining several championships and being sent to the Kodokan school in Japan, where he cleaned house. Back in United States, he competed in the regional pro wrestling circuit without much success until 1963, year in which he took part in a primitive (and ridiculously rigged against him) style vs style fight against boxing champion Milo Savage, who [=LeBell=] ended choking out. Now as a known name in the world of martial arts, [=LeBell=] went to work as a stuntman, actor and choreographer, eventually befriending Creator/BruceLee and Creator/ChuckNorris. He also stood out as a trainer, founding the Hayastan academy along his pal and apprentice Gokor Chivichyan and being the man behind MMA fighter Creator/RondaRousey.

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'''Gene [=LeBell=]''' (b.Ivan Gene LeBell (born October 9, 1932) is a judoka, {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er and UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts trainer. He started his career training catch wrestling and some boxing, but it was in judo where he shined, gaining several championships and being sent to the Kodokan school in Japan, where he cleaned house. Back in United States, he competed in the regional pro wrestling circuit without much success until 1963, year in which he took part in a primitive (and ridiculously rigged against him) style vs style fight against boxing champion Milo Savage, who [=LeBell=] ended choking out. Now as a known name in the world of martial arts, [=LeBell=] went to work as a stuntman, actor and choreographer, eventually befriending Creator/BruceLee and Creator/ChuckNorris. He also stood out as a trainer, founding the Hayastan academy along his pal and apprentice Gokor Chivichyan and being the man behind MMA fighter Creator/RondaRousey.


* HeAlsoDid: Helped to develop the rules, techniques, form and organization of the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling Championships along with Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Nelson Monteiro.

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* HeAlsoDid: Helped to develop the rules, techniques, form and organization of the Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling Championships along with Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Nelson Monteiro.


* InstantExpert: He shocked the Machado brothers with his positional and submission knowledge the first time he rolled with them, which he explained with the obvious relation between his judo and their Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At the end, it was him the one who taught them, especially about leglocks and neck cranks, which he knew from catch wrestling.

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* InstantExpert: He shocked the Machado brothers with his positional and submission knowledge the first time he rolled with them, which he explained with the obvious relation between his judo and their Brazilian jiu-jitsu.UsefulNotes/BrazilianJiuJitsu. At the end, it was him the one who taught them, especially about leglocks and neck cranks, which he knew from catch wrestling.


[=LeBell=] is one of those charismatic if controversial guys in the mixed martial arts business. He might have take part some [[BrownNote awkward incident]] with Creator/StevenSeagal, and he also talked out some opinions about Bruce Lee which are debated and disputed. But he is more famous for his possibility to be the flagbearer for the RealMenWearPink trope.

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[=LeBell=] is one of those charismatic if controversial guys in the mixed martial arts business. He might have take taken part in some [[BrownNote awkward incident]] with Creator/StevenSeagal, and he also talked out has some opinions about Bruce Lee which are debated and disputed. But he is more possibly most famous for his possibility to be as the flagbearer for the RealMenWearPink trope.


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* [[IKnowKarate I Know Judo]]: 9º dan black belt and national champion. He also knows catch wrestling, and some boxing and Japanese jujutsu, alonh with some other traditional martial arts.

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* [[IKnowKarate I Know Judo]]: IKnowKarate: Judo, 9º dan black belt and national champion. He also knows catch wrestling, and some boxing and Japanese jujutsu, alonh with some other traditional martial arts.


* DefeatMeansFriendship: According to him, he and Creator/BruceLee became friends when they were sparring on the set on ''TheGreenHornet'' - Gene threw down Lee and he asked him to let him get up, which [=LeBell=] refused on the saying Lee was gonna punch the hell out of him if he did so. They then laughed and became usual sparring partners.

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: According to him, he and Creator/BruceLee became friends when they were sparring on the set on ''TheGreenHornet'' ''Series/TheGreenHornet'' - Gene threw down Lee and he asked him to let him get up, which [=LeBell=] refused on the saying Lee was gonna punch the hell out of him if he did so. They then laughed and became usual sparring partners.


-->''"Creator/BruceLee's bodyguard was a very good friend of mine: Gene [=LeBell=]. When Creator/BruceLee got in problems, they called for [=LeBell=] to take care of it."''

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-->''"Creator/BruceLee's bodyguard was a very good friend of mine: Gene [=LeBell=]. When Creator/BruceLee Bruce Lee got in problems, they called for [=LeBell=] to take care of it."''


-->''"I didn’t know anything about fighting until I met Gene [=LeBell=]. [...] The wealth and quality of knowledge he possesses are stunning. Forty years ago he was on the road we’re on now."''
--->--'''John Perretti''', former UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship matchmaker

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-->''"I %%-->''"I didn’t know anything about fighting until I met Gene [=LeBell=]. [...] The wealth and quality of knowledge he possesses are stunning. Forty years ago he was on the road we’re on now."''
--->--'''John %%--->--'''John Perretti''', former UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship matchmaker


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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Mostly averted by the ever goody Gene, but according to his own testimony, he used to be kicked out from gyms because he punched wrestlers around and threw boxers down when he felt like it thanks to his knowledge in both. Still now, he seems to have a wicked penchant for recommending to break arms.

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Mostly averted by the ever goody Gene, but according to his own testimony, he used to be kicked out from gyms because he punched wrestlers around and threw boxers down when he felt like it thanks to his knowledge in both. Still now, he seems to have a wicked penchant for recommending to break arms.arms and such.



* BadassTeacher: Has trained people like Creator/RondaRousey, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Bob Wall, Creator/ChuckNorris, Creator/BruceLee, Ed Parker, Gokor Chivichyan, Karo Parisyan, [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]], Mando Guerrero, Manny Gamburyan, etc.

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* BadassTeacher: Has trained people like Creator/RondaRousey, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Bob Wall, Creator/ChuckNorris, Creator/BruceLee, Ed Parker, Gokor Chivichyan, Karo Parisyan, [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]], Mando Guerrero, Manny Gamburyan, etc.Gamburyan and others.



** Boxer Jim Beck should have thought better before challenging the America community of judoka. Even against an opponent who secretly knew judo as well, was oiled up, wore tight clothes to avoid being gripped instead of the intended uniform and wielded concealed brass knuckles, [=LeBell=] was too much for the challenge.
** Related to above, the host of a sports show who was interviewing both [=LeBell=] and Milo Savage was openly mocking of judo and his techniques, and asked Gene to demonstrate a choke on him. Gene proceeded to choke the host out for total KO and took his turn to laugh at his unconscious body.

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** Boxer Jim Beck should have thought better before challenging the America community of judoka.American judo community. Even against an opponent who secretly knew judo as well, was oiled up, wore tight clothes to avoid being gripped instead of the intended uniform and wielded concealed brass knuckles, [=LeBell=] was too much for the challenge.
** Related to above, the host of a sports show who was interviewing both [=LeBell=] and Milo Savage was openly mocking of judo and his techniques, and asked Gene to demonstrate a choke on him. Gene proceeded to choke the host out for total KO and took take his turn to laugh at his unconscious body.



* CrazyPrepared: One of the judo black belts who acted as cornermen to [=LeBell=] in his match with Savage was an attorney, just in case. He also was accompanied by some pro wrestler in case (as it was) that the crowd turned in torches and pitchforks against him.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Won over John Osako (a grand judo champion who was not only heavier than [=LeBell=], but also was known for winning his weight division championship and defeating all the other weights’s champions) by ippon and sode both times he competed against him.

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* CrazyPrepared: One of the judo black belts who acted as cornermen to [=LeBell=] in his match with Savage was an attorney, just in case. He also was accompanied by some pro wrestler wrestlers in case (as it was) that the crowd turned in into torches and pitchforks against him.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Won over John Osako (a grand judo champion who was not only heavier than [=LeBell=], but also was known for winning his weight division championship and defeating all the other weights’s champions) by ippon and sode both times he competed against him.



* TheDreaded: [=LeBell=] had some challenge on and off with Hélio Gracie, but the latter only wanted to face him if Gene lost at least 60 ibs to be in equal conditions. This is really notable because Gracie had faced guys much heavier than [=LeBell=] for all his career.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Was nicknamed as "Daikon" ("Raddish") by Japanese press, after he won a judo tournament clad in a pink gi.

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* TheDreaded: [=LeBell=] had some challenge on and off with Hélio Gracie, but the latter only wanted to face him if Gene lost at least 60 ibs to be in equal conditions. This is really notable because Gracie had faced guys much heavier than [=LeBell=] for through all his career.
career without any problem.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Was nicknamed as "Daikon" ("Raddish") by Japanese press, press after he won a judo tournament clad in a pink gi.



* HeroKiller: At the time of his match with Milo Savage, judo was relatively unknown to the public while boxing was huge. Seeing a national boxing champion lying on the ground unconscious before a dude in a white pajama was quite a shock.

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* HeroKiller: At the time of his match with Milo Savage, judo was relatively unknown to the public while boxing was huge. Seeing a national boxing champion lying on the ground unconscious before a dude in a white pajama was quite a shock.shock for everybody.



* HonorBeforeReason: According to Gene, he had many opportunities to finish Milo Savage with armbars, but he preferred to wait for the rear naked choke as he deducted that the boxer would not tap out even if he broke his arm, and he wanted to prove that judo could disable an opponent without maiming him.
* [[IKnowKarate I Know Judo]]: 9º dan black belt and national champion. He also knows catch wrestling, and some boxing and Japanese jujutsu.

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* HonorBeforeReason: According to Gene, he had many opportunities to finish Milo Savage with armbars, but he preferred to wait opted for waiting for the rear naked choke as he deducted that the boxer would not tap out even if he broke his arm, and he wanted to prove that judo could disable an opponent without maiming him.
* [[IKnowKarate I Know Judo]]: 9º dan black belt and national champion. He also knows catch wrestling, and some boxing and Japanese jujutsu.jujutsu, alonh with some other traditional martial arts.



* NotSoFastBucko: Gene featured an outlandish moment in pro wrestling when he was stripped out of the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Championship belt mere seconds after winning, due to him accidentally striking a referee with it which he was whipping to the air in celebration.
* OneHitKill: According to witnesses, Gene is able to choke out an average opponent out in three seconds.
* OnlySaneMan: When you are standing in a building full of ridiculously angry boxing fans who throw chairs and want to stab you, or refereeing in a fight between a crazy boxing champion and a possibly crazier Japanese pro wrestler, you know you are.

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* NotSoFastBucko: Gene featured an outlandish moment in pro wrestling when history whem he was stripped out of the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Championship belt mere seconds after winning, due to him accidentally striking a referee with it which while he was whipping to the air in celebration.
* OneHitKill: According to witnesses, Gene is able to choke out unconscious an average opponent out in three seconds.
seconds after locking up the hold.
* OnlySaneMan: When you are standing in a building full of ridiculously angry boxing fans who throw chairs and want to stab you, or refereeing in a fight between a crazy boxing champion and a possibly crazier Japanese pro wrestler, you know you are.

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