Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell was born on December 17, 1969 in Santa Barbara, California. Chuck currently lives in San Luis Obisbo, California and owns and operates with his partner, Scott Adams, San Luis Obispo (SLO) Kickboxing School. Chuck is 6'2", weighs 205 lbs., and is currently ranked third in the world in the Light Heavyweight Division, following UFC champion Tito Ortiz and Pride fighting (Japan) champion Vanderlei Silva.
Chuck became interested in martial arts when he was 12 years old. At that time, he began to train in the martial art of Koei Kan Karate. Chuck continued to train in Karate through high school and college. While at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California, Chuck was captain of both the football and wrestling teams. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, University recruited Chuck for their Division I/Pacific 10 conference wrestling team. Chuck eventually attended Cal Poly University and was a four-year starter on the wrestling team. Chuck graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business/Accounting in 1995.
In 1993, Chuck viewed the very first UFC I on Pay-Per-View and became immediately intrigued by the sport. Chuck believed that the UFC was an excellent mix of his skills, background, and talent. It became Chuck's goal to fight in mixed martial arts and the UFC.
After Chuck's graduation from college, he began to seek continued combat competition in the form of Kickboxing. Chuck began to train with John Hackleman of the The Pit in Arroyo Grande, California. Chuck ultimately held heavyweight titles in the USMPA, WKA, and two national Kickboxing titles. Chuck's kickboxing record was 20 and 2 with 16 knockouts.
In 1998, immediately prior to his UFC debut, Chuck began to train in Brazilian Ju-jitsu with John Lewis of the J-Sect Brazilian Ju-jitsu Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Both John Hackleman and John Lewis remain Chuck Liddell's two principal cornermen.
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Chuck Liddell, Dave Kovar, John Hackleman and Cecil Peoples speak about Teaching Martial Arts
John Hackleman introduces Chuck Liddell at Kovar's Instructor College
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