Black Belt Magazine

Black Belt Magazine

June/July 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.
learning under lockdown

We martial artists like to think we’re tough, able to take a punch and keep on fighting. And most of the time, we are. With COVID-19, however, the situation is radically different. We can’t just soldier on in our collective battle against it and pretend we won’t be affected — because we already have been. Our schools are closed. Our travels are restricted. Our home workouts are hampered. Our gear purchases are shifting from in person to online. The staff of Black Belt is not going to offer advice on what you should or shouldn’t do to fight the coronavirus on a personal level. We’ll leave that to the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What we will do is focus on our mission: dispensing information about the…

6 min.
the lady sensei is taking her message to the masses

Most people who get into the martial arts for self-defense reasons do so out of some vague concern that one day they might be the victim of a random crime and therefore should probably have a method of protecting themselves. But for some, the need to learn self-defense is a much more pressing matter, one that can require a whole different mindset on the part of both the student and the instructor. “For women — or men — who’ve experienced some kind of trauma or violation, there’s a difference in training because they’ve already had that experience and they don’t want to experience it again,” Gerry Chisolm said. “They remember the feeling of powerlessness. Trauma gives us a different mindset.” Known in martial arts circles as “Lady Sensei,” Chisolm speaks from personal…

3 min.
rich franklin recruits fighters for one

In 2015, mixed-martial arts pioneer Rich Franklin retired from his role inside the cage, but he couldn’t quite get the cage out of his life. He now serves as vice president for ONE Championship. Among the talents he’s cultivated with the Singapore-based organization is the ability to scout up-and-coming stars, and one of the ways he does that is via ONE Warrior Series. Along with director and co-host Jonathan Fong, Franklin travels the globe in search of the best martial arts talent. The series began as a reality documentary in 2018, and it’s grown into ONE’s premier method for discovering new athletes. On multiple occasions, Franklin has managed to find a diamond in the rough. “The ONE Warrior Series program has proven to be one of the most effective in discovering superstar…

1 min.
tang soo do master passes

The World Tang Soo Do Association recently lost its beloved leader when Robert Beaudoin, Ph.D., succumbed to a sudden illness. Beaudoin assumed leadership of the organization in 2012 when Jae Chul Shin died. He immediately set about making sure that Shin’s dream of perpetuating a pure martial arts organization continued. Consequently, the WTSDA flourished under Beaudoin, and it now includes more than 205,000 members in 34 countries. He worked tirelessly to promote and spread tang soo do. In 2019 alone, he spent 15 weeks on the road, visiting member studios around the globe. Hundreds of tang soo do black belts and masters attended Beaudoin’s memorial services. Tearful testimonials evidenced the love and respect that members felt for him and his work. He was renowned for his technical knowledge, as well as his…

1 min.
dojo listings

California Blain Cort’s Total Self-Defense 2955 McMurry Drive Anderson, CA 96007 blaincort@gmail.com Golden Tiger Karate 9501 Flushing Quail Bakersfeild, CA 93312 (661) 345-4371 goldentigerkarate@yahoo.com Kuk Sool Won-Rohnert Park Martial Arts 311 Professional Center Drive Rohert Park, CA 94928 (707) 494-1151 Kuksoolwonrp@yahoo.com Red Dragon Championship Martial Arts 1603 Garnet Ave. San Diego, CA 92109 (858) 263-4212 reddragonpb@live.com Connecticut New England Rendokan 1845 Silas Deane Highway Rocky Hill, CT 06067 (860) 628-1022 Info@ner1.net Florida All American Martial Arts & Krav Maga Academy 4255 US Highway 1 South, Suite 4 St. Augustine, FL 32086 (904) 797-2262 lessons@staugustinetaekwondo.com Georgia Kombative Academy of Traditional Martial Arts Savannah Mall, 1st Floor 14045 Abercorn St., Suite 1512 Savannah, GA 31419 (912) 459-8693 katmadefense@gmail.com Massachusetts Aikido of Bristol County 985 Monmouth St. New Bedford, MA 02745 (508) 542-9437 hatch121@aol.com Massachusetts Borges Martial Arts 122 West St. Winchendon, MA 01440 (978) 612-6272 Borgesmartialarts@gmail.com North…

4 min.

On Our April/May 2020 Fightbook Column BLACK BELT incorrectly implied that Rodrigo Antunes coached Gokor Chivichyan before Chivichyan won a gold medal at the World Master IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in August 2020. In actuality, Antunes is a student of Chivichyan’s whose role was to make sure his teacher understood the rules of the IBJJF event. Rodrigo Antunes: I explained the BJJ rules extensively when I found out that sensei Gokor was going to compete in the BJJ championship. I have been training in BJJ for over 25 years [and] have won many world championships in gi competition. My no-gi grappling was good but not great. I have known sensei Gokor for many years, and I know how great he is in grappling. I always wanted to train with him and decided to call…