Can we admit we find it off-putting when someone struggles with being famous?
The mere mortals of us will probably as a rule be incredulous when we see people who get to do things people dream of and avoid real jobs. Especially when their gig gives them checks with lots of zeros on them. But some reflection might lead us to see fighting is probably not in the category of things that should illicit that kind of thinking. Does anyone in their right mind dream of stripping down to their skivvies and stepping into a cage to potentially be beat to pulp for a few thousand bucks? If you do, you may want to find an MMA gym near you.
The 1970s are awash in classic martial art films, but the most unique of them all has to be Billy Jack.
While most screen action heroes were fighting drug cartels, rival martial art schools, avenging a master's death or proving they can be the best in the ring, Billy Jack was fighting the system and the entrenched attitudes and prejudices people formed over generations. Written, directed, and starring Tom Laughlin, Billy Jack is the story of a lone warrior with a dark past seeking enlightenment but unable to turn away from the injustice he witnesses against Native Americans both by townspeople, business, and the law.
Hapkido<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNjAzNTQ4Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNjk4MTY2Nn0.EMx0pXksjJ6Ff0wGrgNW8Agoz_bmcB672V4kJaGnOls/image.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=107%2C44%2C20%2C27&height=700" id="1538c" width="1245" height="700" data-rm-shortcode-id="95b097897dabb64403ec239a8903639f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="The Born Losers" />
Training with a Master<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNjAzNTQ5Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2NDE5MTU2MH0.Yjoak-ePj18OVZZN0TdzsMInssDp6KVkFtPAyM2Uhd0/image.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=0%2C44%2C0%2C433&height=700" id="fa18b" width="1245" height="700" data-rm-shortcode-id="ad9bcf257f0feb0943903ca1489799e6" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Bong Soo Han" />
Other Billy Jack Projects<p><em>Billy Jack Returns</em> was the last project that attempted to bring back the iconic character. The film began production in 1985 but was never completed due to injuries Tom Laughlin incurred during filming. Christina Laughlin explains, <em>"He was supposed to be hit with a break-away bottle, but it was mistakenly a real bottle. They did the take several times, and then he went down, was unconscious and that was when they realized they were using the wrong bottles. He ended up in the hospital for a short bit. Through his recovery and all of that, it just fell apart. It's half-done sitting in a can."</em></p><p>What about a reboot? Could a new actor wear the iconic hat, gaze with a steely-eyed stare and become the new hand of justice? Whether as a remake of the original film or a new story entirely, Christina Laughlin isn't ruling it out, <em>"It's definitely something we're looking forward to pursuing."</em></p>
Renegades and the Legacy of Billy Jack<img class="rm-lazyloadable-image rm-shortcode" lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNjAzNTUwMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1ODA2MzY3MH0.ZFnU9MpZbhrx8sOOLKl1RVklipspyex3fBd0gHIPlTc/image.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=0%2C75%2C0%2C1161&height=700" id="e9a91" width="1245" height="700" data-rm-shortcode-id="7a5c491bd112737c0618547288e040fa" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Renegades Billy Jack" />
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Competitive Edge has added two names to the roster for their competition team.
Both of these competitors already had a relationship to the team as family members of other team members.
Esteban Tremblay's father Eric Tremblay from Blainville, Quebec, Canada joins Competitive Edge as one of the most decorated competitors in NASKA's senior division. Eric, 41, has been training in the martial arts for 31 years and is a 6th degree blackbelt and school owner. He also holds 53 world titles across NASKA, NBL, WKA, WKU, WKC and is a 3-time Diamond Nationals Diamond Ring Champion. Eric brings a level of competitive professionalism that is going to be a great asset to the team.