Thanks for posting that, Buka. I’ve heard so many William Oliver stories from my teacher, others in Seido, and from people in my former organization (they were Kyokushin/Seido before they broke off) that I feel like I knew him. As crazy as that one sounds.I don't think Jim Harrison is along the same lines as anyone, I really don't. He's before my time, but I've met and spoke with him several times when I was young and on the circuit. To give you an idea, read this, look at his background and accomplishments. And when Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee talk all nice nice about you, well, you know. I think when they made up the that adage, He's the wrong guy to fight with....they were probably thinking about Mister Harrison.
Tough Guys: Jim "Ronin" Harrison - Tom Furman Fitness
And Jim Harrison still trains today. He is something else.
As for William Oliver, wow. What a loss when he passed. I competed against him when I was a kid. I got smoked. But so did everyone else that day. And he was a really nice man. But I'll tell you, that man had some of the best timing I've ever seen.
It's possible to catch anyone's kick, I guess. But Oliver was way too smart for that. WAY.
My teacher speaks very highly of him, and if 2 weeks go by without him mentioning Oliver, it’s a long time. One of my favorites was when my teacher sparred him and Charles Martin at the end of his first and second dan tests. Oliver picked up his right foot and windshield wipered his face with it. After picking himself up off the floor, Oliver picked up his left foot and did it all over again. Oliver did that to him BOTH tests. He expected it the second time around, but couldn’t do anything about it.