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Black Belt Magazine June/July 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.

United States
Black Belt Magazine 1000 LLC
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6 Issues


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why chinese martial arts movies rock!

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t watch a lot of movies, mostly because I’d rather be doing things than sitting in a recliner watching someone else do things. But every once in a while, I do get the urge, and more often than not, I wind up watching a martial arts movie. It was that pattern that led me to view Ip Man 3 some three years after it was released. Now, anything with Donnie Yen is well worth watching, but I must say that I didn’t enjoy this installment quite as much as the first two. However, so many things jumped out at me — some of which I agree with and some of which made me wonder — that I just had to write about it.…

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combat-sports league

An organization called Karate Combat has created a professional combat-sports league that it says will revitalize the art of karate. The action is full contact with rules developed by martial arts experts and top fighters. It takes place in the patent-pending Karate Combat Fighting Pit, which is designed to encourage continuous action. Viewers can access league content now through Karate.com, as well as on branded iOS and Android apps. The league was scheduled to air its first live event, Karate Combat: Inception in Miami Beach, on April 26, 2018. An all USA-vs.-Iran fight card will follow in May in Dubai. A string of exotic locations for future fight cards will be announced soon, including Athens, Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Karate Combat: Genesis, the company’s private preseason event, took place in…

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hapkido leader passes away

On February 23, 2018, the family of Chinil Chang announced that the hapkido grandmaster had passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was 77. His death was attributed to hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Funeral services were held on February 28 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, with many family members and close friends in attendance. For more than 30 years, Chang served as the doju (successor) of the Korean martial art. He inherited the title from his instructor Yong-Sul Choi on January 15, 1985. Chang was born on June 11, 1940, in Seoul, South Korea. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Yonsei University, after which he devoted his life to the study and preservation of the martial arts. Chang’s dedication to training was unparalleled. Over his lifetime, he earned the title of…

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a quick trip to the kung fu drive-in

Anyone who’s ready to enjoy a celebration of kung fu and martial arts cinema that comes from a fan and is intended for fans should check out the Kung Fu Drive-In Podcast. Producer and host Jeof Vita covers everything from the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest classics of the 1970s and ’80s to the action brawlers of today, all while keeping an eye on tomorrow’s stars, who often showcase themselves on YouTube. Vita grew up in an era when everybody was kung fu fighting. He spent many Saturday afternoons lost in swordplay and Shaolin, wire work and wu tang, and now he’s on a mission to share his love of kung fu with a new generation. To that end, he also interviews influential voices in the genre: actors, choreographers, authors, directors…

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battle of atlanta to hold 50 th event in june

The brainchild of Black Belt Hall of Fame member and former tournament champion Joe Corley, the Battle of Atlanta has reigned as perhaps the most prestigious competition in the martial arts. It has taken place in Atlanta — hence the name — since 1969. Over the years, Corley and his tournament have seen martial arts legends like Bill Wallace, Thomas LaPuppet, Jeff Smith and Howard Jackson vie for top honors. In 2018 the Battle of Atlanta will host its 50th show. From June 14-16, plenty of activities are planned, including seminars and a training camp. During that time, the competition will occur at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Centre in forms, weapons and sparring (under NASKA rules and Ring Contact Fighting Arts International rules). Winners of the various…

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black belt hall of famer debuts global martial arts digital network

Cinedigm and JungoTV, which is helmed by George Chung, a five-time world karate champion and member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame, joined forces to launch Combat Go, a 24/7 free streaming channel on Twitch. It promises to bring together MMA, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay Thai and traditional Asian martial arts promotions. As JungoTV CEO, Chung combines his martial arts background with his knowledge of and passion for media. His new network will provide more than 600 hours of content, including 100-plus hours of live fights, all of which will be curated by martial arts experts. It will highlight martial arts promotions across the globe from the United States, Europe and Latin America to East Asia, India and the Middle East. Combat Go’s lineup will cater to the underserved global martial arts…