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

Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

When The Fast and the Furious (2001) sped into the psyche's of illegal street racing enthusiasts, with a penchant for danger and the psychotic insanity of arrant automotive adventure, the brusque bearish, quasi-hero rebel, Dominic "Dom" Toretto was caustic yet salvationally portrayed with the power of a train using a Vin Diesel engine.

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The skill of stick fighting as a handy weapon dates from the prehistory of mankind. The stick has got an advantage over the stone because it could be used both for striking and throwing. In lots of countries worlwide when dealing with martial arts there is a special place for fighters skillful in stick fighting. ( India, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, countries of Africa, Europe and Americas etc).

The short stick as a handy weapon has been used as a means of self-defence from animals and later various attackers. Regarding its length it was better than the long stick, primarily because it was easier to carry and use. The short stick as a means of self-defence was used namely in all countries of the world long time ago.

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The Czech Republic's Lukas Krpalek put himself in the history books Friday when he became only the third judoka to ever win Olympic gold medals in two different weight categories claiming the men's +100 kg division in Tokyo. Krpalek, who won the under 100 kg class at the 2016 Rio Olympics, hit a throw with time running out in the finals against Georgia's Guram Tushishvili and went into a hold down to pin Tushishvili for the full point to earn his second Olympic championship. Meanwhile, two-time defending +100 kg champion Teddy Riner of France, considered by some the greatest judoka in history, was upset in the quarter finals and had to settle for the bronze.

On the women's side, Akira Sone helped Japan break its own record for most judo gold medals in a single Olympics when she claimed her country's ninth gold of the tournament capturing the women's +78 kg division against Cuba's Idalys Ortiz. The win came in somewhat anticlimactic fashion as no throws were landed and Ortiz lost on penalties in overtime.