Black Belt Magazine

Black Belt Magazine

October/November 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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in this issue

4 min.
diversity in the dojo

As I sat in my Brazilian jiu-jitsu class, I looked around at the people I train with every week. The group I once thought of as a bunch of strangers was now family. It’s the type of family every martial artist shares a special bond with. We train together, we sweat together, we sometimes bleed together and, when it’s called for, we celebrate together. However, in light of the situations our country is facing, that night I took an extra moment to see my classmates in a different light. It had been brought to my attention by some peers in the Martial Arts Industry Association that our community may not be as impervious to racial issues as I had presumed. So I sat there, for the first time judging my classmates…

1 min.
mike tyson to fight roy jones jr. in exhibition bout

Two legendary boxers are set to clash at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, on November 28, 2020. The bout will be available on pay-per-view and Triller, a multimedia platform. Triller also will debut a 10-part docuseries leading up to the event, ESPN reported. Tyson’s training videos have caused a stir on social media over the past few months, and his reputation as the youngest heavyweight champion ever and one of the greatest boxers in history has fueled the public’s interest in a comeback. However, his opponent is an extremely accomplished boxer, too. Roy Jones Jr. was once thought to be untouchable as he won titles in four different weight classes, an unprecedented feat. Both athletes are older than 50, but they are confident that their extensive experience in the…

1 min.
korean archery designated intangible cultural heritage

The martial art of hwalssogi, or traditional Korean archery, has been designated as an intangible cultural heritage by the Cultural Heritage Administration in South Korea. Citing its frequent appearance in historical literature and records, the administration said that hwalssogi has played a significant role in the traditional Korean martial arts. Although archery became a formal sport known as gungdo under the Japanese occupation during the early 20th century, unlike taekwondo, which is primarily based on Japanese karate, hwalssogi does appear to have legitimate roots in a traditional Korean art of archery. The bow used in Korea is much shorter than the Japanese bow and closer to that used by Mongolian archers.…

1 min.
cobra kai moves to netflix

YouTube recruited millions of fans to its streaming service to watch its flagship scripted series Cobra Kai, a sequel to the classic Karate Kid movies. The first two seasons of the series did extremely well and received two Emmy nominations for stunt coordination while providing nostalgia for martial artists around the world. Now, Netflix has landed exclusive rights to season 3. In addition to the production of a third season, Netflix has announced that seasons 1 and 2 of Cobra Kai will be made available later this year on a nonexclusive basis so fans can catch up on the series. Cobra Kai Photo Courtesy of YouTube • Archery Photo by Robert W. Young…

1 min.
john saxon, co-star of “enter the dragon,” dies

Best-known to martial artists as Roper, Bruce Lee’s roguish co-star in Enter the Dragon, John Saxon has passed away at age 83 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The cause of death was pneumonia. A veteran of numerous B movies and TV shows, Saxon also was known for his role in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Although no expert, Saxon had a legitimate background in the martial arts before garnering his role in Enter the Dragon. He first studied judo in the 1950s — “I learned some things but didn’t pursue it,” he said in a 2008 Black Belt interview — and then studied shotokan karate with Hidetaka Nishiyama in the 1960s — “I trained there for four years, just missing black belt.” Saxon would go on to practice tai chi chuan under Black Belt…

1 min.
2020 diamond nationals canceled

JLB Productions recently announced the cancelation of the 43rd Annual Diamond National Karate Championships. The world-renowned event was originally scheduled for October 29-31, 2020. With this year’s iteration canceled, the next Diamond Nationals is scheduled to take place October 7-9, 2021. In a press release, JLB Productions explained that “normal operational activities are no longer possible at this time” because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Competitors and spectators who already reserved rooms at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis in preparation for the event can contact the hotel directly for a no-penalty cancelation. The press release did not indicate that JLB Productions would organize any kind of virtual event in place of the Diamond Nationals. Although the understandable cancelation of the Diamonds may be disheartening for sport karate fans, there is still hope…