Black Belt Magazine VOL. 61 NO.3
SPRING 2023 BLACK BELT HIGHLIGHTS
CLARESSA SHIELDS HAS CONQUERED BOXING! NEXT UP: MMA
In the past 16 years, Claressa Shields has earned championship titles in the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization — as well as two gold medals in the Olympics. Now she’s turning her attention to the cage.
“YOU MUST DECIDE IF KARATE IS FOR YOUR HEALTH OR TO AID YOUR DUTY”
Anko Itosu included those words in his 10 Precepts of Karate to emphasize the importance of identifying the reason we train. If you haven’t already addressed this, now is the time to ask yourself, “What am I hoping to get from my martial arts study?”
THE ARMBAR RESEARCH STUDY
Numerous types of straight armbars are taught in the martial arts. To better understand the effectiveness of those variations, the author — a Ph.D. — conducted the Armbar Research Study from 2019 to 2022. Here are the results.
FINAL-PHASE JEET KUNE DO: HOW TO USE NO WAY AS YOUR WAY!
After creating jeet kune do in 1967, Bruce Lee continued to evolve his style and his thinking. Eventually he shut down his schools because he realized that original JKD had become stylized. Jeet kune do was entering a new developmental stage.
MEAN DOGS & MARTIAL ARTISTS
The moment any human being is confronted by a snarling, barking dog, a primal fear is awakened. Because martial artists train to address any threat, they no doubt will regard dog attacks as a possibility they need to prepare for.
NEW PKA IS HUNTING FOR THE GREATEST STRIKERS ON THE PLANET!
The PKA, which started life as the Professional Karate Association in 1974, is back. Under Joe Corley and Jeff Smith, it’s now called PKA Worldwide, and it will provide a place for kickers and punchers to showcase their full-contact skills.