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Black Belt Magazine December/January 2018-19

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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greener grass

The trigger for the memory was unrelated and unimportant, but what followed was much more interesting. And potentially enlightening. In a nutshell: Back in the mid-1980s, I was living in South Korea as an English teacher by day and a martial arts practitioner/researcher/writer by night (and on almost every weekend). One of the investigations that pertained to my passion led me to a dojang where an instructor mentioned tae kyon, which some erroneously believe was the parent art of taekwondo. Subsequent prodding got me vague directions to the tae kyon school, and a bit of legwork — which is appropriate because tae kyon is renowned for its kicking — revealed the exact location. A couple of weeks later, I was a uniformed student of tae kyon, ecstatic that I had been accepted…

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On August 25-26, 2018, Michael Matsuda and the Martial Arts History Museum hosted the Dragonfest martial arts expo in Burbank, California. Founded by Gerald Okamura in 1999, Dragonfest ran for nine years before lying dormant for a decade. Matsuda resurrected it in 2014, and it’s now the biggest fundraiser for the museum. “We have moved every year because we have continually outgrown the facility,” Matsuda said. “We have now settled on Burbank’s Pickwick Gardens.” Although plenty of masters were in attendance, this year’s event once again was celebrity-centric, and fans showed up in droves to snap selfies with members of both groups. The public seemed to appreciate the fact that almost all the celebs had a real martial arts connection, which they eagerly spoke about onstage. Black Belt goes to Dragonfest every year…

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son of a judo legend becomes a leader for youth

It’s always gratifying to see martial artists take an active role in the battle against bullying. One of the most inspiring is a relative newcomer to the war, a man named Arthur Chivichyan. If that surname sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the son of Black Belt Hall of Famer and judo legend Gokor Chivichyan. Two years ago, Arthur Chivichyan started a leadership institute for kids, the nonprofit side of which is devoted to helping victims of bullying. Chivichyan arranges to have former bullies and the people they picked on speak about prevention, but that’s just part of the comprehensive program he’s devised. “For leadership development, I’ve taken elements from old scriptures and from military cultures like the Vikings,” he said. “I use those lessons to help kids. These days, kids are on…

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master’s legacy lives on in canada

The story of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation is a fascinating one. Martial arts organizations often fall apart after their chief instructor dies, but when the founder of the SWKKF passed away in 2000, the federation not only continued to survive but also flourished. The reasons for its success are worth examining. Masaru Shintani, 10 degree, was the leader of Wado Kai Karate in Canada, as well as the founder of the SWKKF. Before he passed away, he created a senate committee composed of nine senior members he’d hand-picked and mentored to carry on his teachings. These martial artists were selected with the belief and expectation that they would unselfishly represent the best interests of the entire organization, which now boasts 2,500 students, more than 400 of whom are black…

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how to beat joe lewis

Dur ing a conversation that took place in 1998, I asked Black Belt Hall of Famer Joe Lewis how someone could beat him in a match. This is what he had to say. It’s as enlightening now as it was then. “If I answer this question truthfully, I would have to say luck on the opponent’s part. I was strong on my lead-off move, and I was strong on my opponent’s lead-off move. I was strong on my follow-up, and I was strong on my opponent’s follow-up — and I worked it that way. “But seriously, to beat me — besides having years of experience over me — you had to be good and you had to catch me on an off day. You had to have a strong defense and be…

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news bites

• The editor of Black Belt mag visited New York City and New Hampshire to direct a photo shoot in Manhattan with Professor Mo of the 52 Blocks self-defense system and a shoot with kung fu monk Shi Yan Ming of USA Shaolin Temple, as well as to conduct a series of interviews with Black Belt Hall of Famer Steve DeMasco. • Earlier in the summer, DeMasco led a group of 41 American martial artists on a training pilgrimage to Shaolin Temple in China. • The talk of the town in Hollywood is a plan to remake Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon. The director being discussed is David Leitch, who helmed Deadpool 2. • On September 29, 2018, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeated Wanderlei Silva in round two of their match in Bellator 206. •…