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Black Belt Magazine February/March 2018

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.

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back in the headlines: boxing vs. martial arts

The wake of the boxing bout in which Floyd Mayweather Jr. took on Conor McGregor is continuing to wash up on the beach even though the fight took place on August 26, 2017 — more than three months before this issue of Black Belt went to print. More than anything else, it seems to be precipitating talk of other big matchups in a way the Milo Savage-Gene LeBell fight in 1963 and the Art Jimmerson-Royce Gracie match in the UFC 1 never seemed to.The big bout was won by Mayweather, of course, with a 10th-round TKO. No surprise there, really, given the champ’s 49-0 record going into it. However, most pundits give McGregor great credit for nearly going the distance against the champ, and all three judges had the mixed…

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time honoring richard chun

America Loses a Taekwondo PioneerOn November 15, 2017, Richard Chun, one of the principal pioneers of taekwondo in America, passed away. Born on January 30, 1935, he was 82.Chun began his formal martial arts education under the direction of Ki Whang Kim and Chong Soo Hong at the famed Moo Duk Kwan (“Institute of Martial Virtue”) in Seoul, South Korea. By age 14, he’d received his first-degree black belt. He graduated from Yonsei University in 1957.Entering the United States in 1962 as a student, Chun lived in Washington, D.C., and began studying for a master’s degree in business and marketing at George Washington University. He eventually earned his MBA at Long Island University and went on to obtain a Ph.D. That enabled him to become a professor of health and…

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kung fu tv series to be rebooted!

Kung Fu, the iconic television series that ran on ABC from 1972 to 1975, will be the next classic property to get a reboot, according to a Deadline.com report. A recent bidding war among TV networks saw Fox emerge victorious. Fox’s high bid grants it the rights to revive and update the action-adventure drama, this time with a female hero taking the place of David Carradine.The project, to be executive-produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), was given a “put pilot” commitment. A put pilot is a pilot that the network has agreed to air, either as a special or a series. Generally, this guarantees that the pilot will be picked up by the network.The Kung Fu reboot will reportedly center on a female protagonist named Lucy Chang. Like…

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martial arts movie news for the new year

A sequel to 1984’s hit flick The Karate Kid is in the works, Entertainment Weekly reported. Ralph Macchio (Danielsan) and William Zabka (Johnny) will be involved in the project, which will be called Cobra Kai and will premiere in 2018 on YouTube Red.The usual news outlets announced that Mel Gibson and Danny Glover may be reprising their roles as Riggs and Murtaugh for a fifth Lethal Weapon movie. There’s good reason to expect the film will include martial arts: The first Lethal Weapon (1987) helped introduce Brazilian jiu-jitsu to the masses with its dynamic fight choreography by Rorion Gracie, who served as special technical adviser. And Lethal Weapon 4 featured Cheryl Wheeler Sanders (then Cheryl Wheeler) performing fight scenes for co-star Rene Russo, as well as Jet Li, who portrayed…

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‘the last dragon’ star taimak crowdfunding new film

“Who’s the master!?” Thirty-two years after that question was made famous in the 1985 cult classic The Last Dragon, the answer remains the same: It’s actor and martial artist Taimak.The man who achieved global stardom and pop-culture immortality with his iconic portrayal of Bruce Leroy recently ran an Indiegogo campaign to finance his long-awaited return to the big screen. The movie, to be titled Master, is co-written by Taimak. It’s a martial arts adventure set in ancient China, where a reluctant warrior embarks on a journey of vengeance and self-discovery. Taimak plays a Persian-African soldier out to avenge the murder of his adopted Chinese family. Hunted by an army of assassins, he must battle unknown forces while trying to uncover the truth about his past.“The story of Master is one…

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news bites

• Black Belt survived a road trip that took the editor to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to meet with BB Hall of Famer Greg Jackson at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy, with MMA fighter Michelle Waterson at said academy and with Master Ken at the world Ameri-Do-Te headquarters.• On November 27, Bruce Lee would have turned 77. He was born in San Franciscoin 1940.• Black Belt has a new app, and it’s available in the Apple iTunes Store.• The South China Morning Post ran a story claiming that China has ordered its traditional martial artists to stop engaging in fights with MMA practitioners.• The Pan America 2017 Taekwondo Hanmadang took place December 16-17, 2017, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event was promoted by South Korea’s Kukkiwon, headquarters of the…