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Black Belt Magazine

Black Belt Magazine

February/March 2020

Black Belt tells you everything you need to know about every style of self-defense in the world! It offers the broadest, most informative coverage of all aspects of the traditional fighting disciplines that were developed in Asia, as well as the modern eclectic systems that were devised in the West.

United States
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6 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
8 things i need to know to be a complete martial artist

It’s the holiday season and — probably like you — I find myself spending more than the usual amount of time reflecting. I reflect about my life and I reflect about the decisions I’ve made, but mostly I reflect about the four decades I’ve spent in the martial arts. I tend to focus on the big picture rather than little things like who’s on top in MMA or what the latest fad is on the tournament circuit. My take on the big picture has boiled down to the eight goals listed below. I’ve set these as my personal training goals. Maybe they’ll match you and your training, as well. • Be able to strike. Here, “strike” means hit with all body parts, including the fist, open hand, elbow, knee, shin, foot…

1 min.
black belt magazine

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Robert W. Young ADVERTISING MANAGER Kinzy Palumbo COPY CHIEF Jeannine Santiago A/R MANAGER Jennifer Rozon ART DIRECTOR Paul Duarte DIGITAL MARKETING DIRECTOR Patrick Sternkopf VIDEO EDITOR Alec Sprinkle CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Floyd Burk, Mark Cheng, Antonio Graceffo, Mark Hatmaker, Mark Jacobs, Dave Lowry, Kelly McCann, Dr. Craig D. Reid, Keith Vargo CONTRIBUTORS John T. Bingham, Herb Borkland Eddie Goldman, Jason Kelly, Perry William Kelly, Harinder Singh Sabharwal, Ian Spanier Black Belt 1000 1705 National Blvd. Midwest City, OK 73110 (866) 626-6226 Newsstand Distribution For more information about selling Black Belt magazine, contact MagDogs at (800) 365-5548. Back issues can be purchased from Palm Coast Data, (800) 266-4066 PRESIDENT & CEO Michael A. Dillard EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT David Wahl VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS Robert W. Young VICE PRESIDENT OF DISTRIBUTION Darren Chesnut VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY Mike Maloney DIRECTOR OF SALES & ADVERTISING Kinzy Palumbo…

7 min.
5 random reader questions on the japanese sword

Is it true that in the past, Japanese swordsmen would say, “If I draw my blade, I can’t put it away until it tastes blood”? Dana Abbott: People who say that are ones I wouldn’t trust with a sword. (laughs) It’s what they’ve read in some book or seen in a movie. There were probably people in Japan 600 years ago who believed that because everyone believes what they want. But it doesn’t mean it was universal. Think about it: If a person is that enamored with the sword, it must have been a blade that belonged to a relative, maybe a grandfather, and if the person disrespects it, he’s disrespecting his grandfather, so he’d better draw a little blood with it — which doesn’t really make sense because the blood…

3 min.
dojo listings

Alaska Junau Karate Academy 8800 Glacier Hwy. #106 Juneau, AK 99801 (907) 723-7314 sensei@juneaukarate.com Arizona DePalma’s TEAM USA Martial Arts 3107 S. Lindsay Rd. Suite 104 Gilbert, AZ 85295 (480) 892-3949 depalmas.sg@gmail.com 78 N. Cooper Rd. Suite 104 Gilbert, AZ 85233 (480) 892-3949 depalmas.g@gmail.com 2727 E. McKellips Rd. 104-105 Mesa, AZ 85213 (480) 892-3949 depalmas.mesa@gmail.com 11485 N. 136th St. Suite 106 Scottsdale, AZ 85259 (480) 892-3949 mrc@depalmaskarate.com 4720 E. Queen Creek Rd. Suite 103 Gilbert, AZ 85297 (480) 892-3949 depalmas.pr@gmail.com 21365 S. Ellsworth Rd. Suite 108 Queen Creek, AZ 85142 (480) 892-3949 Depalmasqc@gmail.com 13681 N. Litchfield Rd. Suite 134 Surprise, AZ 85379 (480) 892-3949 Depalmas.surprise@gmail.com 67 S. Higley Rd. Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85296 (480) 892-3949 Depalmas.H@gmail.com 6616 E. 2nd St. Suite D & E Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 (480) 892-3949 Depalmas.pv@gmail.com California American Martial Arts Academy 6360 Pacific Ave. Suite 1 Stockton, CA 95207 (209)…

2 min.

On a Painted Dog BLACK BELT: Here’s a link to “Indian Farmer Paints Tiger Stripes on Dog to Scare Away Monkeys Eating Crops.” So if I wear a martial arts T-shirt around town, it will scare away bad guys. Right? Anthony Maguire: If it works, it ain’t stupid. Omar Gilani: Why wouldn’t anyone be scared? Isn’t wearing Tapout apparel synonymous with having a black belt? Alexander Vieux: From my experience watching Shaw Brothers movies, a martial arts shirt will just attract the evil minions of whatever dynasty is in power. Jason McNeil: Hah! I pretty much stopped wearing dojo T-shirts while out and about some time around brown belt. Got tired of people saying “Hey, what would you do if I did THIS!” Kenneth Baillie: Why advertise on a T-shirt? Just get a few Chinese dragon…

4 min.
release your mind!

THIS MIGHT COME as a surprise to many who train in Japanese karate, who have come to regard Funakoshi (1868-1957) as the most towering figure in the art, the man who brought it from the countryside of Okinawa to Japan and the man who oversaw its introduction to the rest of the world. But it’s true. While Funakoshi was a central figure in those accomplishments, we know that there were others — some with more experience in karate than he had — who also contributed. We also know that a primary reason Funakoshi was promoted to bring karate to mainland Japan was the fact that he was well-educated and able to communicate with the Japanese at a level that wouldn’t lead to his dismissal as an uncouth hillbilly — which is…