CATEGORIES

DISCIPLINE, RESPECT AND THE DOJO

Discipline is a weighty part of the martial arts experience. That's because discipline figures into so many of the features and details the arts offer. While these can vary from one system to the next, there are key components that affect every training hall.

3 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

FAREWELL, GENE LEBEL

Martial Arts Community Loses a Grappling Legend

10 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

HOW KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR MET BRUCE LEE

AND DISCOVERED JEET KUNE DO He ducked his head as he walked through the door. When he stood up straight, his head almost touched the ceiling. Everyone in the office paused as the well-known figure nonchalantly strolled into the display room to browse through our books. \"He's tall!\" I murmured.

9 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

FOOT SWEEPS TO PUT YOUR OPPONENT DOWN AND OUT!

What if I told you that you could learn a technique that will send your opponent crashing to the ground, regardless of that person's size or strength?

5 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

SHANNON LEE REVEALS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BRUCE LEE UNIVERSE

Black Belt started working with Bruce Lee before he was a star witness our October 1967 issue, which featured him on the cover at a time when his name was deemed less attention-getting than the phrase Green Hornet's Kato’ Does he really practice kung fu?” Since he passed away, the magazine has continued to work with the Lee family to keep readers up to date on all the projects that are inthe works. In that vein, we present our annual interview with his daughter Shannon Lee, who has her hand in so many projects that it’s hard to imagine her ever resting.

9 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

THE RISE OF ATA NATION

HOW THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR MARTIAL ART SPAWNED ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST MARTIAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS!

10+ mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

IS JEET KUNE DO AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?

BRUCE LEE IS ALMOST UNIVERSALLY CITED AS THE BEST MARTIAL ARTIST EVER, SO WHY ISN'T JKD MORE POPULAR?

9 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

LEGEND OF BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

RIGAN MACHADO WAS INTERVIEWED FOR AN EPISODE OF THE COMBAT SHOW ON THE BLACK BELT MAGAZINE CHANNEL ON JUNGO PLUS. AS YOU MAY KNOW, HE'S PART OF THE RENOWNED MACHADO FAMILY OF BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU MASTERS. (HIS BROTHERS INCLUDE JOHN, JEAN JACQUES, ROGER AND CARLOS.) PRESENTED BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE Q&A, BUT BEFORE WE GET TO THEM, HERE ARE THREE FILMS WITH THE BEST TITLES EVER THAT YOU'LL FIND ON OUR CHANNEL.

5 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

BEST PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKES AND PALMS VS. FISTS, PART 1

In the June/July, August/September and October/November 2022 issues, I presented an overview of pre-emptive attacks as the lastresort option of proactive self-defense. In this issue, I will cover the two best strikes to use in that context and follow up with my thoughts on using palms versus fists.

4 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

MISTAKES OF THE VASTLY EXPERIENCED

\"But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident of any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never had been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.\"

4 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

BULLETPROOF! MEET HALEY GLASS, NEWEST ADDITION TO TEAM PAUL MITCHELL KARATE

Glass was born on June 3, 2003, and raised in Orlando, Florida. She started karate at age 5 while her mom Giomayra Walker worked late every night to make a better life for them.

4 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

FIRST FAMILY OF NINJUTSU

THIS TALE STARTS WITH TWO PEOPLE WHOSE STORY COULD HAVE BEEN A TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE. IT’S ABOUT A TIMELESS FORCE THAT BOUND A MAN AND A WOMAN FROM DIFFERENT WORLDS AND DIRECTED THEM TO BECOME ONE WITH THE PAST SO THEY COULD MOVE INTO THE FUTURE.

5 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

OLD SCHOOL

TRAINING IN A REAL MARTIAL ART REQUIRES AND BUILDS PERSEVERANCE AND FIGHTING SPIRIT. YOU ENJOY THE BENEFITS NOT ONLY ON THE MAT BUT ALSO IN DAILY LIFE WHICH 1S WHY THE ARTS REMAIN SO POPULAR CENTURIES OR EVEN MILLENNIA AFTER THEY WERE DEVELOPED FOR COMBAT. KNOW THIS BECAUSE I'VE SPENT THE PAST 60 VEARS FOLLOWING THE MARTIAL PATH.

4 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON RANK

NON-PRACTITIONERS OFTEN ASSUME THAT RANK IN KARATE AND OTHER MARTIAL ARTS IS A STANDARDIZED AFFAIR, CONTROLLED PERHAPS BY AN OFFICIAL BODY LOCATED SOMEWHERE IN JAPAN. THOSE WHO TRAIN, OF COURSE, KNOW THAT THERE'S NO SUCH THING AND THAT A SIXTH-DEGREE BLACK BELT IN ONE DOJO MIGHT NOT EVEN BE CONSIDERED A FIRST DAN N ANOTHER SCHOOL

3 mins read
Black Belt
December/January 2023

Hit the Road

Fit to fight

7 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

3 Real Black Belts Who Appeared in

One has already resurfaced in "Cobra Kai"! Will the other two?

10+ mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

A CHIP OFF THE OLD (KARATE) BLOCK

IT'S NOT EASY BEING THE SON OF A FAMOUS SPORTS FATHER. FOR EVERY PEYTON AND ELI MANNING, THE SONS OF NFL QUARTERBACK ARCHIE MANNING WHO FOUND MASSIVE SUCCESS IN THE SAME SPORT AS THEIR DAD, THERE'S A JEFFREY OR MARCUS JORDAN, THE SONS OF BASKETBALL LEGEND MICHAEL JORDAN WHO DID NOT. RICHARD AVERY PLOWDEN IS DECIDEDLY IN THE FORMER CATEGORY.

4 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

NEW FRONTIERS

WITH THE RISE OF SOCIAL MEDIA, WOMEN ARE LEVERAGING NEW POWER, AUTONOMY AND IDENTITY IN THE MARTIAL ARTS. WITH THOSE, THEY'RE CREATING MORE PLATFORMS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEMSELVES THAN EVER EXISTED EVEN A GENERATION AGO. TODAY'S WOMEN ARE EXPLORING NEW TERRITORIES AND BREAKING THROUGH OLD GLASS CEILINGS TO DEFINE THEIR OWN REALITIES. LISTED BELOW ARE A FEW EXAMPLES.

3 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

FIGHTING WITH ROPES AND SASHES

THE WORD "THUG" CAN BE FOUND IN ANY DICTIONARY OF MODERN ENGLISH, BUT FEW PEOPLE KNOW THAT IT ACTUALLY ORIGINATED IN ANCIENT INDIA. THERE, MEMBERS OF CRIMINAL GANGS BORE THAT NAME, AND THEIR ACTIVITIES WERE KNOWN AS THUGGEE IN THE LOCAL DIALECT.

2 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

A THOUGHT FROM "SENSEI LOWRY"

IN JAPANESE, TITLES GO AFTER ONE'S NAME. IN ENGLISH, IT'S JUST THE OPPOSITE. SO MR. SUZUKI WOULD BE ADDRESSED IN JAPANESE AS SUZUKI-SAN, AND PROFESSOR SMITH WOULD BE SMITH SENSEI.

4 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

THE LAST RESORT OF PROACTIVE SELF-DEFENSE, PART 3

Returning once again to the scenario I described in the June/ July 2022 issue: You've done everything possible to de-escalate the volatile confrontation, all to no avail. It's crystal clear that the aggressor is about to attack at any moment. After doing everything you can to de-escalate the situation, you make the decision to get physical.

5 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

HOW BRUCE LEE INSPIRED THE EVOLUTION OF COMBAT SPORTS

IN A NEW EPISODE OF THE COMBAT SHOW ON THE FREE BLACK BELT MAGAZINE CHANNEL ON JUNGO PLUS, GEORGE CHUNG INTERVIEWS SCOTT COKER, FOUNDER OF STRIKEFORCE AND CURRENT PRESIDENT OF BELLATOR MMA. COKER HAS BEEN A MARTIAL ARTIST FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE. THAT, COUPLED WITH INSIDER ACCESS AT HIS FIGHT SHOWS, HAS GIVEN HIM A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMBAT SPORTS. BEFORE WE BEGIN, HERE ARE A FEW OF THE CHANNEL'S HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE COMING MONTHS.

4 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

BENEFITS OF LONG-TERM STUDENT CONTRACTS, PART 2

In the August/September 2022 issue of Black Belt, Floyd Burk began his examination of the value of student contracts for martial arts schools. Here, he concludes his interview with Marcia D. Watters, Esq., who operates Mr. Jimmy's White Tiger Martial Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, with her husband Jimmy Smith.

3 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

HOW HE BEAT BULLYING AND BECAME A WRESTLING AND MMA CHAMPION and How He's Giving Back!

Justin Wren began making a name for himself in our world when he embarked on his MMA career in 2006. He went on to build a respectable record of 13-2 in the UFC, Bellator and other orgs. But he really started to shine when he dedicated his life to helping the Pygmies in Africa improve their lot in life by building water wells and eventually a school and a hospital. Now the 35-year-old Wren, whose ring name is "The Big Pygmy," is taking aim at a problem that's plagued society forever: bullying.

10+ mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

STREET CRED

TOP 7 STYLES THAT WILL SUPERCHARGE YOUR SELF-DEFENSE QUOTIENT!

9 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

HIDETAKA NISHIYAMA

STUDENT OF GICHIN FUNAKOSHI EXPLAINS KARATE'S REAL GOAL - NOT TO BASK IN THE GLORY OF ACHIEVEMENT BUT TO PUSH FORWARD TO THE LIMIT OF YOUR CAPABILITY! -

6 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

PUT UP YOUR DUKES

SHOULD YOU SUPPLEMENT YOUR MARTIAL ARTS SKILLS WITH BOXING? HERE ARE THE PROS AND CONS!

9 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

THE MANJI SAI

HOW TO HANDLE THE LESSER-KNOWN COUSIN OF THE UBIQUITOUS SAI

6 mins read
Black Belt
October/November 2022

“Made In Chinatown” Finding Love, Culture And Heritage

Question: What’s crazier than sending your horse to audition for The Godfather, wackier than two parrots saying, “Are you talking to me?” and wilder than the Scarecrow introducing Toto to the Wizard of Oz by stating, “Say hello to my little friend,” and thereafter referring to himself as the Scar-crow?

6 mins read
Black Belt
August/September 2021

MISTAKES CAN BE EMBARRASSING

THAT A DIRECTOR OF MY CITY’S OPERA COMPANY WOULD CALL ME SEEMED A LITTLE ODD. THERE ARE PROBABLY SOME MONKEYS WHO KNOW MORE ABOUT OPERA THAN I DO. BUT THE DIRECTOR WAS INVITING ME TO LUNCH, SO OF COURSE, I WENT.

4 mins read
Black Belt
August/September 2021

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