posted on Jul, 2 2006 @ 09:08 AM
personnaly i think you are all wrong.
indeed you have all quoted great fighters, but none great. Mainy of what all of you have said are great leaders and military tactians, using their
skills to conquer or defend what is there's.
i agree to that the likes of 'khengis kahn' , 'alexander the great' , 'napoleon' , 'sun tzu' were all simply amazing leaders and knew what
they were doing but who's to say they were THE greatest fighter physically, undoubtably they would have been good and taught well because of their
rank however there were probably better fighters physically in their own army.
my personal recommendation to who would be the greatest fighter, no weapons, would be 'Masutatsu Oyamo', Founder of Kyokushinkai Karate.
This korean moved to japan to become an aviator in the early 1940's, and dreamed of being a great marshall artist, he was shamefully defeated and
later in 1946 entered the mountains to train himself. In 1947 when he returned he had created Kyokushinkai Karate and became the champion of All Japan
Karate-Do tournement. He then studied Goju-ryu Karate extensively under Master Gogen Yamaguchi, and became Vice Chairman in the organization, holding
9th Dan degree. In 1948 he returned to the mountains for a further 18 months self-training.
In 1950 oyama started training against live bulls, living beside the cattle butchery. Out of 47 bulls, all were killed with his bare hands often by
removing the horns with a technique called 'shuto strike' (knife hand), 4 bulls were killed in an instant.
In 1952, he travelled the United States for a year, demonstrating his karate live and on national televison. During subsequent years, he took on all
challengers, resulting in fights with 270 different people. The vast majority of these were defeated with one punch! A fight never lasted more than
three minutes, and most rarely lasted more than a few seconds. His fighting principle was simple — if he got through to you, that was it.
If he hit you, you broke. If you blocked a rib punch, you arm was broken or dislocated. If you didn't block, your rib was broken. He became known as
the Godhand, a living manifestation of the Japanese warriors' maxim Ichi geki, Hissatsu or "One strike, certain death". To him, this was the true
aim of technique in karate. The fancy footwork and intricate techniques were secondary (though he was also known for the power of his head kicks).
After oyama had bin to train in the mountains no-one had ever defeated him.
In 1956 he opened a small Kyokushinkai school which is now the biggest karate organisation in the world with students numbers of 12,000,000 students
in 140 nations worldwide. He is also noted for starting the Full-Contact, Bare-Knuckle tournament system.
In 1964 Thai Boxing challenges Karate-do, where Oyama Dojo alone accepts. 3 matches, 2 wins, 1 draw.
Kyokushinkai karate was also adopted by the japanese police force.
April 26, 1994. Dies of lung cancer at the age of 70.
Who know? In history they will have been so many great fighters, many unknown, (many of the greatest chinese monks prefered to remain in the mountains
unknown) but all i can say is, to date, and of all time Masutatsu Oyama is one of the greatest fighters (not leaders).
As to with a weapon, just learn china's history, they are and will have been an unlimited amount of great sword fighters there. As asia is the best
continent of martial arts and china of sword fighting.