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Black Belt Magazine October/November 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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Black Belt Magazine 1000 LLC
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warriors and gardeners

Not long ago, I ran across an adage that’s attributed to the great Sun Tzu: “It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.” I can think of no better way to encapsulate the philosophy of the modern martial arts than these words from a Chinese general who lived 2,500 years ago. Warriors are armed — with a sword, a spear, a crossbow or a firearm — no matter where they are. Their skills are always sharp (no pun intended). If they’re in a place where their fighting ability is unlikely to be required, such as a garden, fine. They carry it concealed. There’s no need to let their state of readiness interfere with their enjoyment of the garden. However, warriors know that,…

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martial artists pay tribute to a taekwondo icon

Thousands gathered at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia, to remember Jhoon Rhee, the “father of taekwondo in America.” Rhee died on April 30 at age 86. Emceed by his oldest son Jimmy Rhee, the service featured testimonials from many of the master’s notable students and friends. Among the speakers were Chuck Norris, Allen Steen, Linda Lee Cadwell, Jeff Smith, Michael Coles and Charlie Lee. Other well-known people sent video greetings, including prominent life coach Tony Robbins (a Jhoon Rhee black belt), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland. Rhee’s children from his old “Nobody Bothers Me” TV commercial (available on YouTube) added touching observations on the grandmaster as a father. Cadwell spoke about the hours that her husband Bruce Lee would spend with Rhee, talking and…

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justin wren fights for the forgotten

Century Martial Arts has teamed up with Justin Wren to recruit martial arts schools to raise funds to provide clean drinking water in areas of Africa where it’s lacking while promoting an anti-bullying program aimed at American martial artists. “The ultimate goal is 100 martial arts academies, 100 water wells and 100 anti-bullying campaigns,” said Wren, who is Black Belt’s 2018 MMA Fighter of the Year. (See Page 20.) “The Fight for the Forgotten campaign will provide water wells in the Congo, as well as Rwanda and Uganda where our support teams are based. We want to bring access to clean, clear, safe and much healthier water resources to the gracious people in need of those services.” The effort could serve 30,000 to 100,000 people, Wren said. “We will lead with, and…

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oklahoma loses a 10th-degree grandmaster

On July 27, 2018, respected grandmaster Roger Greene passed away. He battled several health issues in his final years. Greene began training in 1964 in a school in the Kang Duk Won organization. “My first class, they had me sit in a low horse stance for an hour,” he said in a 2017 interview. “In those days, the hardcore schools would give you something difficult to do the first time to see if you could take it. And if you could, then they’d let you train there.” Greene received his black belt from Bob Babich, then switched to kenpo under Al Tracy. Greene earned a black belt from Tracy, as well, and went on to open a Tracy-kenpo school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2000 he left his commercial school and started teaching…

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world bare knuckle fighting federation formed

The combat-sports world has a new organization that will be vying for the attention of fight fans, but this one has an angle. It’s called the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation, and just like the name says, its bouts will involve gloveless combatants. The inaugural event is planned for October and will be available on pay-per-view. “This all started from our passion for hand-to-hand combat and to give fans what they deserve,” said John Carbonaro, COO and director of operations. “We’re going to give combat sports fans what they want and deserve: integrity, passion and fairness. WBKFF will soon become the biggest, most popular [event] in combat sports.” The WBKFF rule structure will allow holding and striking, spinning backfists and hammerfists in all fights, which will take place in a traditional boxing…

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professional fighters league gets $28 million investment

The Professional Fighters League announced that it has received a $28 million equity investment from a group of sports, entertainment and business titans that include Kevin Hart, actor and comedian; Mark Burnett, producer of the TV series Survivor and The Voice; Tony Robbins, speaker and author; and Ted Leonsis, majority owner of the NHL 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals and the NBA Washington Wizards. The Professional Fighters League is the first to bring a fan-friendly sports-calendar format to MMA, in which individual fighters compete in regular-season single-elimination playoffs and then a season-ending championship. It’s the same format used by major-league sports. “I once said, ‘If you get kicked in the face, you deserve it, since you saw the foot coming,’” Hart said. “That was before I became an investor in the…