Fathers are the voices of our families. They are the wisdom, the strength, and the wind in the sails of their children. Over the years, they have made countless sacrifices for us to make sure that we have the best future possible and that we are safe and well taken care of each and every day.
Father’s Day is upon us, and it only feels right to honor our fathers with a tribute. After all, our dads, through their hard work and dedication, are responsible for providing for our everyday lives. In many ways, fathers are our inspirational everyday heroes.
These fathers have sacrificed their time and effort, imparted their wisdom, and imprinted their entire being into the welfare of their famous children. They are responsible for introducing their children to martial arts and are better off for it.
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Martial Arts Fathers That Raised Famous Children.
1) Floyd Mayweather Sr.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is an undefeated professional boxer and perhaps the most well-known boxer in the world today. With an absolutely perfect professional record of 49-0, Mayweather has seen the best of them inside the ring and has emerged victorious in every contest. His unparalleled defensive skill and pinpoint accurate punching is the stuff of legend.
Who taught him everything he knows? Mayweather often credits his own father, Floyd Sr., for making him the fighter he is today. Floyd Sr. was also previously a professional boxer who finished his career in 1990 with a record of 28-6-1.
Throughout his childhood, and during his days as an amateur, Mayweather learned the art of the sweet science from his dad and uncle, Roger. Today he is history’s richest prizefighter and a boxing legend, worthy of being in the conversation for greatest of all time.
On August 26, Mayweather will take on MMA fighter Conor McGregor in what is expected to be one of the richest fights in combat sports history.
2) Ken Lee
Before entering the cage, Angela Lee only hears ONE thing. Istela Nunes fights to honor ONE man.
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When ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee walks down to the ONE Championship cage, there is a tall, ominous figure often following right behind her. That’s Angela’s dad, Ken Lee.
Ken, a master martial artist highly-decorated in multiple disciplines, is a patriarch of a fighting family of martial artists. His wife Jewelz Lee is a Taekwondo Black Belt while his children all practice martial arts.
At a young age, Ken taught his children how to physically protect themselves. Today, they not only possess the ability of self-defense but are also very successful professional martial arts athletes. With such a dedicated father like Ken, it surely comes as no surprise.
Credit Ken with his famous daughter’s rise through the ranks. Angela has reached unprecedented levels of success as a martial artist, and younger brother Christian is not far behind.
3) Helio Gracie
He is not only one of the founding fathers of the great martial art that is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but he was also responsible for his famous offspring. Helio Gracie is Rickson, Royler, Rorion, Royce, and Relson Gracie’s dad, amongst others, and one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history.
Today, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most popular martial arts in the entire world, practiced by millions of people of different nationalities. It has become one of the most significant bases in mixed martial arts and a necessary discipline to perfect in the sport.
One of Helio’s sons, Royce, is credited as a pioneer of mixed martial arts and the UFC, becoming one of the most famous fighters in the world. Helio died in 2009, but his memory and legacy will live on forever. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will forever live on as an integral aspect of human history.
If it weren’t for Helio, however, none of it would be possible. Hats off to you, Helio!
4) “The Dragon” Bruce Lee
Former American actor and martial artist Brandon Lee is famous for his roles in Kung Fu: The Movie, Showdown in Little Tokyo, and The Crow. He is also famous for being the son of perhaps the greatest martial arts hero in history, Bruce Lee.
“The Dragon” Bruce Lee is without a doubt the most recognizable name in the world of martial arts. The contributions Lee has made to the world have extended far beyond martial arts, however. The legend was also an actor, film director, and philosopher. He is the founder of Jeet Kune Do, or The Way of the Intercepting Fist.
Today, Lee is also known as the father of modern day mixed martial arts, because he always believed in taking the best aspects of every single martial art in the world and blending it together seamlessly, which has become the concept for the sport of MMA as we know it today.
5) Genaro Rodriguez
Popular 32-year-old American actress Gina Rodriguez is best known for her role as Jane Villanueva on the comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin. She has been nominated for three Golden Globes, winning once in 2015 for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. But did you know that her father is a martial artist?
Gina is the youngest daughter of Genaro Rodriguez, a big name in the boxing industry and one of the most experienced boxing referees in the sport. Over the course of a career which spans over 25 years, Genaro has officiated some of the biggest names in boxing including names like Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford.
His daughter Gina has however seen success not in the ring, but in Hollywood. That doesn’t mean that Genaro didn’t teach his daughter a few tricks though. Gina is known to be a huge boxing fan and can pack a pretty punch too.