Black Belt Magazine

Black Belt Magazine February/March 2019

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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3 min.
martial arts in the olympics

There are those who believe that all sports are derivatives of the arts of war. Whether or not they’re right, I don’t know. What I do know is that physical pursuits readily identifiable as combat-related have long been popular with the public, and several are integral components of the modern Olympics. They include the weapon-based sports of archery, shooting and fencing, and the empty-hand sports of wrestling, boxing and judo. For the longest time, martial artists had no choice but to be satisfied with those when watching the Games. Then the pendulum started to swing. In 1988 taekwondo became a demonstration sport, with its status rising to official sport in 2000. And that was fine because there was clear separation between the various Olympic combat events: One was a grappling sport…

2 min.
new ninja series will have stephen k. hayes as key contributor

“Ninja operated inside family clans. Fathers, mothers, sons and daughters spent a lifetime mastering the knowledge, techniques and philosophy of ninjutsu. They struggled, fought and sometimes died together to complete the mission.” When Enterprise Pictures begins production on Ninja, a historical action-drama about a family of shadow warriors fighting to survive during Japan’s bloody civil war, it will be under the guidance of Black Belt Hall of Famer Stephen K. Hayes. An acknowledged authority on ninjutsu — including the togakure-ryu style, in which he holds a 10th-degree black belt — Hayes spent many years in Japan studying the history and techniques of the system. “I’m thrilled that an-shu Hayes has agreed to come on board Ninja as our historical and technical consultant,” said Matt Robillard, president and founder of Enterprise Pictures. “His…

3 min.
how important is fitness in self-defense?

In a recent interview, the editor of this magazine posed the question that serves as the title of this Black Belt Times piece, along with a couple of follow-ups, to Damon Gilbert, an eighth degree in kajukenbo and a law-enforcement officer for more than 20 years. His response proved insightful. “In the olden days, martial artists would say it’s going to be over in three seconds — two strikes, right? — so they thought they didn’t need to be in shape. But nowadays, more people know that ‘fatigue makes cowards of us all.’ I truly believe that. Most fights are a battle of attrition, a battle of who can continue to impose their will. “Cardio is one of the most important elements in a fight because no matter how good you are,…

2 min.
fighting parkinson’s disease one kick at a time

A group of martial artists made it their mission to A KICK Parkinson’s disease — literally. On September 3, 2018, the Viola Karate Dojo assembled more than 100 students to make a bold statement in record-setting heat by kicking 1 mile nonstop on a racetrack in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. The students raised more than $10,000 to help fund research at the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases. In all, over the past three years, PIND events have raised in excess of $1 million through appropriations, grants and sponsors. All of it goes for experimental tests designed to find a cure for Parkinson’s. The KICK concept was developed by Bill Viola Jr., founder of Kumite Classic Entertainment, and Sean Logan, former Monroeville mayor and Pennsylvania state senator. Logan was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease…

1 min.
recently posted on blackbeltmag.com

Will Your Knife Defense Strategy Get You Killed? Reality-based fighter Richard Dimitri shows you the right way to neutralize a blade attack. Korean Martial Arts: 10 Masters on the Treasures of Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, Kuk Sool Hee-Il Cho, Dana Hee, Taejoon Lee, Jhoon Rhee, Herb Perez and H.C. Hwang are among the experts who weigh in on the many benefits of training. 10 Weird Martial Arts World Records Between the covers of The Guinness Book of World Records, you’ll find pages of records that’ll make you say, “Wow, that’s incredible!” Since the martial arts have inspired competition as long as they’ve been around, it’s only natural that there would be multiple records pertaining to them. Bill Wallace Says No Pain, No Gain in Martial Arts Is No Good What is the role of pain in…

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news bites

• After carefully evaluating ssirum, Korea’s traditional form of wrestling, UNESCO has determined that it is an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. • On November 30, 2018, the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations was recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Its provisional status will continue for up to three years, according to an IOC letter posted on WAKO.org. • The same day, it was reported by Russia Today that the IOC had temporarily recognized sambo. • In a battle of MMA pioneers that took place in Southern California under the auspices of Golden Boy Promotions, Tito Ortiz defeated Chuck Liddell with a round-one knockout. • Another Chuck — Norris — met with the prime minister of Hungary to observe that nation’s anti-terrorism troops in training. • Black Belt’s Japanese Swordsmanship Group on Facebook now has…