Go behind the scenes at the Black Belt photo shoot that was done in New York City with Professor Mo, aka Mahaliel Bethea. This renowned martial artist is a master of the style called 52 Blocks, also known as Jailhouse Rock and "wall fighting" but more properly known as the "art of Africa."


Watch as Professor Mo teaches "shuffle the cards," a street-proven method for temporarily stripping an attacker of his ability to see, after which any number of follow-ups can be used to end the confrontation.

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To read more about 52 Blocks techniques, get a copy of the June/July 2020 issue of Black Belt. Click here to order from the Black Belt Store.

To order the issue of Black Belt with Professor Mo on the cover — and read our exclusive Q&A with the best-known 52 Blocks instructor in the world — click here. Hurry while supplies last!

Ready for more 52 Blocks information? Check out these Black Belt links!

"Professor Mo: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 52 Blocks"

"Learn the 'Dirty Bird' Self-Defense Technique From 52 Blocks!"

"52 Blocks: Learn 'Cover the Bullet' From Professor Mo"

"Lucky 7"

"Learn 'Roll the Dice,' a Self-Defense Technique From 52 Blocks!"

Studio photos by Peter Lueders

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Having just concluded hosting the Hungary Grand Slam, the first international judo competition in eight months, it was announced Hungary will now host the 2021 Judo World Championships. László Tóth, head of the Hungarian Judo Association, said the event will take place starting on June 3 in Budapest.

The 2021 championships were originally slated to be hosted by Uzbekistan with Hungary to have hosted the 2022 tournament. The world championships will be a qualifying event for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

On Friday, October 30, ONE Championship presents ONE: Inside The Matrix. The event will feature World Championship contests across four divisions with some of the best and most exciting global stars.

The six-bout card from Singapore will air live and free on the B/R Live app starting at 8:30 a.m. EST/5:30 a.m. PST.

Click here to find out how to watch the event if you live outside of the United States.

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If there is anything fans should know going into ONE: Inside The Matrix, it is to have their snacks ready because every contest will feature athletes who can finish bouts in the blink of an eye.

Two title challengers, Thanh Le and Iuri Lapicus enter their respective World Championship clashes with perfect finishing rates. However, both of their opponents, Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen and Christian "The Warrior" Lee respectively, have finishing rates above 90%.

In the main event, both Aung La "The Burmese Python" N Sang and Reinier "The Dutch Knight" De Ridder have finishing rates of 92%.

And strawweights "The Panda" Xiong Jing Nan and Tiffany "No Chill" Teo have also finished more than half of their wins before going to the scorecards. In an evening of title tilts, every match for gold is filled with the possibility of a show-stealing ending.

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Gaethje employed a stick and move strategy that helped him avoid Nurmagomedov's relentless wrestling game until the end of the first round when the champion took him to the mat and easily passed his guard going for an armbar attempt. Though the bell sounded before Nurmagomedov could cinch in the armbar, he was instantly back to work in the second round taking Gaethje down, mounting him and wrapping his legs around the challenger's neck to fall back into a perfect triangle choke. Gaethje quickly tapped but, when referee Jason Herzog was slow to step in, he appeared to briefly go unconscious.

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Nurmagomedov, competing for the first time since his father passed away earlier in the year, immediately announced this would be his final fight. If he does stay away from the cage, he leaves the sport with an unblemished 29-0 record.

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