As usual, the August 2011 issue of Black Belt magazine is jampacked with features and columns that will fine-tune your practice, improve your health and entertain your brain. On the cover is Mike Dillard, founder of Century Martial Arts, the 800-pound gorilla of the gear industry. If you think you already know about the man and the company, you still need to read this story of a child’s kidnapping, a life of bone-breaking adventure sports and a good idea that grew into a martial arts manufacturing powerhouse. To whet your appetite, check out this excerpt from the interview in which Dillard talks about the rise of MMA and how it’s affected Century.


Mike Dillard on MMA Training

Mike Dillard: The mindset, the attitude and the desire—all the qualities that make champions today—were making people champions back then. The same things that made Bill Wallace, Joe Lewis, Chuck Norris and, to whatever degree, myself champions back then would have made us champions today. Read Now: Century Martial Arts Founder Mike Dillard on MMA Training

Black Belt Makes Martial Arts History

Watch this video of Dillard and two-time Black Belt Hall of Fame member Patrick Burris as they reminisce about the pivotal role the magazine has played in the development of the martial arts in America—all on the occasion of Black Belt’s 50th anniversary. Watch Now: Black Belt at 50

Karate Way: Stupid Japanese Sword Tricks

One more sneak peek at the August issue comes in the form of Dave Lowry’s long-running Karate Way column. If you’ve ever witnessed a stupid sword trick or a senselessly dangerous demo, you’ll identify with what he’s writing about. Read Now: Katana Tricks and Stupid Japanese Sword Injuries

How will you perform at the moment of truth?

What's going to happen to you physically and emotionally in a real fight where you could be injured or killed? Will you defend yourself immediately, hesitate during the first few critical seconds of the fight, or will you be so paralyzed with fear that you won't be able to move at all? The answer is - you won't know until you can say, "Been there, done that." However, there is a way to train for that fearful day.

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The man who apparently launched a racist verbal attack on U.S. women's kata champion Sakura Kokumai earlier this month in a California park has been arrested following a physical assault on an elderly Korean-American couple in the same park Sunday. Michael Vivona is accused of punching a 79-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife without provocation.

Mynewsla.com reported that a group of people playing basketball in Grijalva Park at the time of the assault recognized Vivona from his previous harassment of Kokumai and surrounded him until a nearby police officer arrived to make an arrest. The incident with Kokumai, who is slated to represent the United States in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, gained widespread notice after she posted a video of it on social media in an effort to increase awareness about the growing threat of anti-Asian racism.


John Wayne Parr will make his highly anticipated ONE Championship debut against Nieky Holzken at ONE on TNT III on Wednesday, April 21.

The ONE Super Series Muay Thai bout will be contested at a catchweight.

Parr is a true legend of martial arts. The talented Aussie has a long track record and will be returning to showcase his skills on the global stage of ONE to a whole new audience of spectators around the globe. But he will be challenged by one of the top strikers in the world.

Holzken is the current #1-ranked lightweight kickboxing contender.

But on Wednesday, these two mighty warriors will dawn the four-ounce gloves in their bout.

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