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Black Belt Magazine

April/May 2021
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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
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
breaking the cycle of despair

First, I would like to say thank you to the staff of Black Belt for believing in me and my family and for supporting us over the years. However, the story about my son Marco Johnson made some statements that I would like to correct. I never got locked up for a drug offense. I was locked up for fighting with the police. In my life, I never had a drug charge and never was locked up for any of the bad things I thought I should’ve been locked up for. I consider that a blessing from God. Kung fu hip hop, the system that Marco talked about, is an element of wushudo, the system that I created. Kung fu hip hop is what I passed along to my son as he…

1 min.
covid claims one mma fighter, another recovers

UFC pioneer Paul Varelans passed away on January 16, 2021, at age 51 after battling COVID-19 for more than a month. He was diagnosed with the virus in December 2020, and as his condition worsened, he had to be placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. Known as “The Polar Bear,” the 6-foot-8-inch, 300-pound Varelans debuted in UFC 6 in 1995. During his career, he fought a host of notables, including Dan Severn, Mark Kerr and David “Tank” Abbott. Perhaps his most memorable performance came in UFC 7, when he made the finals of an eight-man tournament but ultimately lost to Marco Ruas in a bout that lasted more than 13 minutes. It was one of the longest tournament battles the promotion had ever seen. Fedor Emelianenko, 44, also was…

1 min.
candidate list announced for “the apprentice: one championship edition”

ONE Championship has released the candidate list for the inaugural season of The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition, which will begin airing later this year. On it, 16 candidates will compete for a $250,000 contract to work under ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for a year. They will have to compete in both business and athletic challenges. The global cast will feature four candidates from the United States: Eugene Chung, Monica Millington, Nazee Sajedi and Roman Wilson. Chung is the youngest cast member, Wilson is a former football star in the Ivy League, Sajedi is an aviation expert and Millington is a successful entrepreneur. The Apprentice will begin to air in Asia on March 18 via AXN in multiple markets and will debut in China on March 20 via ByteDance streams across…

1 min.
pereira wins second title at glory 77

An epic Glory kickboxing show saw Alex Pereira become the first martial artist to win the organization’s undisputed championship in two weight classes in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Pereira, the middleweight titleholder, captured the light-heavyweight belt when he earned a split decision over defending champ Artem Vakhitov. Glory 77 also featured heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven defeating Hesdy Gerges and then Tarik Khbabez to win a four-man heavyweight tournament. In the show’s wildest moment, welterweight challenger Murthel Groenhart attempted a flying knee against champion Cedric Doumbe but launched himself over the top rope and out of the ring when Doumbe sidestepped. Although Groenhart climbed back into the ring, he seemed as if he might have hurt his back. Moments later, he took a huge overhand right to the head that knocked him out.…

1 min.
all-female grappling show makes history

The first ever all-female pro grappling event recently took place in Miami. Staged by the Fight 2 Win promotion, the show featured only female referees, judges, commentators and grapplers competing in individual matches. The main event had Rafaela Guedes, a black belt for only six months, continue her hot streak by defeating three-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world-champion Ana Carolina Vieira by decision in a no-gi match. The show also saw a battle of former Abu Dhabi Combat Club world champions as Luanna Alzuguir won a split decision over 41-year-old BJJ legend Hannette Staack in another no-gi battle.…

1 min.
low-ranked sumo wrestler scores upset amid pandemic

In a competition bereft of many of its top wrestlers, Daieisho was a surprise winner at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. With the area under a state of emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic and a postwar record of 19 wrestlers having withdrawn from the event, Daieisho pulled off the upset victory — coming from the maegashira level, the lowest of five ranks in sumo’s top division, to win the title. It was the wrestler’s first championship as he finished the event with a 13-2 record. Displaying a powerful pushing and thrusting style, he also garnered the prize for outstanding performance during the tournament, as well as the prize for best technique.…