Black Belt Magazine VOL. 58 NO.6

Black Belt Magazine VOL. 58 NO.6

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MODERN MUSASHI

Jocko Willink is a former Navy SEAL who fought in the battle for Ramadi during the Iraq War. He’s a recipient of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. He’s also a BJJ black belt. These are his commentaries on the martial way.

TOP MARTIAL ARTS FILMS OF THE 21ST CENTURY

Years ago, Dr. Craig D. Reid wrote “Top 20 Martial Arts Films of All Time,” and it’s become one of our most popular web posts. Here, he offers his picks for the top flicks of the 21st century — so far.

POLICE OFFICERS, MARTIAL ARTS AND CHOKEHOLDS

The tragic death of George Floyd has ignited a worldwide controversy regarding police use of what are generically called “chokeholds.” For an insider’s perspective, we consulted a martial artist who’s also a police defensive-tactics instructor.

POSITIONAL SETUP

Once a top-10 karate fighter, Dan Anderson now teaches a surefire way to discern which techniques an opponent will throw just by observing how he positions his body. Are you ready to learn his proven methodology?

 BLACK AND WHITE

Bruce Lee’s 1973 classic Enter the Dragon includes a scene in which African-American co-star Jim Kelly is harassed by white policemen. It’s a glimpse into an issue that’s affected the American martial arts from the very beginning.

THE SAI

In the traditional practice of kobudo, students execute attack-block-counter sequences that are regarded as no-brainers. By adopting a classical approach to weaponry, however, you see potential moves that are hidden among the obvious.

PLUS!

  • What do karate students need to know about the Japanese sword?
  • Learn the lesson our writer picked up from Joe Lewis back in ___.
  • The writer of our travel column looks back on the past 10 years.
  • A veteran combatives instructor cautions readers about “intellectualization.”
  • Our entertainment columnist reviews the new Bruce Lee documentary Be Water and Donnie Yen’s Enter the Fat Dragon.