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Black Belt Magazine August/September 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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the other role of a weapon

The defeatists of the world love to denounce anyone who carries a weapon for self-defense. “When somebody jumps you from behind in a dark alley, you won’t have time to fish that out of your pocket (or purse) and use it on him,” they say. “By the time you take it out, you’ll be dead.” Is there any logic in what they say? Sure. lf the assault involves an evil grappler who jumps onto your back and slaps on a rear-naked choke like an Alien face-hugger with a poor sense of direction, that’s probably what would happen. But that’s the nature of an ambush: It’s a surprise attack effected by an enemy who’s hiding. It’s hard to imagine anything aiding you in such circumstances except maybe a suit of armor. But…

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martial arts community loses allen joe, jkd icon and true american hero

Allen Joe wore many hats in his adult life: World War II veteran, bodybuilding champion and martial artist are a few of them. That last one was especially important because Joe was not only a student of Bruce Lee’s but also a close friend. Sadly, he passed away on April 2, 2018, at age 94. Allen Joe played a pivotal role in the jeet kune do community. He was a founding member of the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Nucleus, a board member of the Bruce Lee Educational Foundation and a member of the board of directors for the current Bruce Lee Foundation. He held his friendship with Lee so dear to his heart that he always carried a photo of Lee in his wallet. Joe, who lived in the Oakland, California,…

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in memory of kenpo's frank trejo

“I’m a student of Ed Parker and nothing more.” Frank Trejo was born on Christmas Eve in 1952, and the American-kenpo master died on April 11, 2018. A legendary figure in the kenpo world, he was larger than life. When you were around him, you knew that he breathed, lived and loved the art. I was lucky enough to have spent time with him on several occasions, and I enjoyed hearing his stories about the old days at the Ed Parker Kenpo Karate Studio in Pasadena, California. Trejo would often talk about the railroad tracks behind the school where he interacted with bikers and other characters. He had plenty of stories about his days doing bodyguard work for the rock band Van Halen and various celebrities. I quickly learned that he was…

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karate club celebrates 45th anniversary!

On May 1, 2018, the Karate Club at Radford University (Virginia) celebrated 45 years of active instruction. It was founded by Black Belt Hall of Famer Dr. Jerry Beasley in 1973 while he was a senior majoring in philosophy at nearby Virginia Tech. Beasley earned a Master of Science and a doctorate from Virginia Tech in part by writing and defending both a thesis and a dissertation on martial arts education. Having earned the necessary academic credentials, Beasley became a professor of health and human performance at Radford University, where he supervised the Karate Club and headed the Asian martial arts minor. The Karate Club was first certified by the American Taekwondo Association but quickly converted to full-contact karate when the Jhoon Rhee Safe-T gear became available in 1974. In 1983…

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american judo organizations sign historic alliance agreement

History was made recently when the first American Judo Alliance Agreement was signed by representatives of the United States Judo Association, the United States Judo Federation and United States Judo Inc. The agreement paves the way for the three organizations to work together to grow the sport of judo in the United States. In addition to updating agreements that were put in place over the years, the American Judo Alliance Agreement focuses on the following initiatives: • Revising the reciprocal participation agreement so that members of the USJA, USJF and USA Judo can continue to take part in each other’s local and regional events. • Adding safeguards and requirements for insurance coverage to protect members and participants. • Providing reciprocal recognition of coach certifications, assuming that insurance, background screenings and SafeSport training have been…

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martial artist, combatives system honored

Thomas LeBrun has been promoted to ninth dan and LeBrun’s American Combatives has been certified as a “21st century modern martial art” by Ron Van Clief, Glenn Perry and Kevin McGrath. LeBrun describes his system as a hybrid composed of concepts that will help practitioners learn real-world applications of techniques derived from a number of fighting disciplines. The goal, he says, is to bridge the gap between prearranged practice and real combat. LeBrun notes that street fighting differs greatly from simulated attacks in a controlled environment, and he’s confident that his creation is a proven way to make the transition. To that end, LeBrun’s American Combatives also teaches fear management and forces students to demonstrate proficiency in unchoreographed self-defense interactions. The martial arts journey that brought LeBrun to this point in his…