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
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Dustin Poirier has knocked out Conor McGregor in the second round at the UFC 257 Main Event. This spoils McGregor's long-awaited UFC return after his win over Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone last January. Poirier hinted after the match that he would be open to another bout against McGregor, as this fight brings their rivalry to a 1-1 record. The impressive wins of Poirier and Michael Chandler on Saturday night set the UFC's lightweight division up for a very exciting future.

The Legendary Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame has never before been documented in a single location. Now, you can learn about all the icons that have achieved one of the greatest honors in all of martial arts.

Black Belt Magazine is proud to announce the NEW Member Profiles feature for the Hall of Fame. At the time of this article, the online records account for every inductee from the inaugural year of 1968 all the way through 1990 (upwards of 200 martial artists). The page will be updated continuously and will include every inductee through 2020 in the near future. For now, you can enjoy images and facts about the legendary members for each induction they received before 1991. Take advantage of this never-before-seen opportunity to learn about many of the martial artists who contributed to the lifestyle, culture, and community that every martial artist experiences today.

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The UFC returned to American network television for the first time in more than two years Saturday on ABC while former featherweight champion Max Holloway returned to his winning ways following two straight losses, earning a unanimous decision over Calvin Kattar in Abu Dhabi. Holloway showed he still has plenty left as a fighter dominating Kattar from the opening bell of the main event with a mix of punches and low kicks.

It appeared as if the former champion might stop his opponent in the fourth round landing a series of vicious body blows followed by hard elbows to the head as a bloodied Kattar sagged against the fence. But Kattar somehow survived managing to keep himself upright through the fifth stanza as well, only to lose a lopsided decision. After dropping his title to Alexander Volkanovski and then losing a controversial rematch, Holloway may have put himself in position for one more crack at the championship following Saturday's impressive performance.

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Jessie Wray's Virtual Fight Tour brought the heat in their fifth promotion with a call-out match, massive "Draft Edition" team fight, and a surprise bonus bout to bring sport karate fans an action-packed event.

The call-out match featured the Canadian veteran Ben Stewart as he challenged Black Belt Magazine's #3-ranked point fighting heavyweight in the world, Anthony Merricks of Team Next Level. After a new Virtual Fight Tour record was set in that bout, the action just kept getting more intense as Team Jadi Tention took on Team Richard Plowden in twelve total rounds of team fighting. Even after a thrilling team fight with numerous momentum shifts, promoter Jessie Wray still brought out one last fight to keep the fans happy. Keep reading to find out how it all went down at Virtual Fight Tour V: Draft Edition.
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