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Black Belt Magazine

December/January 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


3 min.
full speed ahead — not!

Aristotle said the best way to learn an art is to imitate great art. He had a word for it: mimesis. Vince Lombardi took that notion one step further when he said, “Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” Just repeating something won’t make you a master of it; you have to repeat it without error. This is a powerful combination for learning. Find a master, perform his or her movements over and over, and do them slowly enough so that they’re exactly the same. Simply put, never practice a mistake. Most martial artists, in their eagerness to advance, move too quickly. The real secret to improvement is practicing what you already know — perfectly. Learning is the biological process of creating neural pathways in the brain. Every perfect repetition builds a…

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 Jim Brassard, James D. Brewer, Tommy Cowan, Michael Dillard, Ricardo Liborio, Peter Lueders, Simon Scher, Terry L. Wilson 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…

4 min.
fight smarts from john hackleman

As soon as a developing self-defense situation is detected, a wise martial artist thinks about quickly removing himself or herself from the situation, says John Hackleman, a master of Hawaiian kempo. “If you can, talk your way out of it. Use verbal judo or de-escalation. Or get in your car and lock the door — that’s the best-case scenario. If you have to, use stun and run. “But you need to train for the worstcase scenario. If somebody punches you in the face for no reason, the de-escalation period is over. That’s the scenario I’m interested in. I’ll let the psychologists deal with everything else.” Some instructors recommend trying to instill fear in an attacker, but Hackleman is not a fan of that tactic. “If he’s on crack, there is no logic,”…

3 min.
dojo listings

Alaska Juneau 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 Our Previous Issue Terry L. Kovacks: I loved the mix you squeezed into your last issue. Ueshiba and aikido, Machado and BJJ, Kelly McCann who is always good and even John Wick 3. Respectful suggestion … how about an article on Keanu Reeves? We would love to know more about his jiu-jitsu and firearms training. You can tell from his work in the John Wick movies that he has some serious chops. On a Link to a Black Belt Web Post BLACK BELT: Go here to read about taekwondo and the WTF/ITF unification problem. Kenneth Baillie: TKD has changed over the years. WTF changed to traditional TKD at our school because our chief instructor didn’t like the Olympic status. He said the sport detracts from the tradition. We had a certain rivalry even…

5 min.
the sword behind the smile

THINKING ABOUT THESE figures of speech, I remembered one that I heard as a child: umi no uchi no katana, “the sword behind the smile.” This is a curious saying. How should one interpret it? A smile behind the sword would seem obvious in meaning. You are ready, even eager to use the weapon and happy to do so. But the other way around? We associate smiles with politeness and friendliness. The sword hiding behind that seems incompatible. Much has been written about the politeness of the Japanese people in general and the samurai in particular. In Japan, the emphasis supposedly placed on manners is so pronounced that it’s almost a caricature. Old cartoons used to show the smiling Japanese bowing to his attacker before unleashing a judo throw or karate…