The March 2013 issue of Black Belt officially goes on sale today. The following is a rundown of the features and columns you’ll find inside.

The March 2013 issue of Black Belt officially goes on sale today. The following is a rundown of the features and columns you’ll find inside. COVER STORY: SIMPLICITY IN SELF-DEFENSE From this single, nontelegraphic defensive posture, a martial artist can counter the most common street attacks. Chief master G.K. Lee of the American Taekwondo Association explains.


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HAPKIDO AGAINST THE ROUNDHOUSE A sixth-degree black belt from Jang Mu Won Hapkido presents a comprehensive guide to neutralizing this basic kick, which is just as likely to be encountered in a martial arts match as it is in a brawl. 7 DEADLY SINS OF STREET FIGHTING Thanks to the keen powers of observation of this veteran jeet kune do instructor, you’ll be able to recognize these traps and, more important, you’ll be able to avoid them.

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LIVE LONG AND PROSPER! In this exclusive interview, Bill Wallace talks about how undergoing joint-replacement surgery on several occasions has changed his martial arts lifestyle. ESSENTIAL LESSONS A cadre of Black Belt Hall of Fame inductees reveals the most important things they learned on their way to the top. Heed their advice for a more productive martial arts career. ACTIVE SHOOTER SELF-DEFENSE One of our best writers goes one-on-one with our 2012 Self-Defense Instructor of the Year to get his advice for keeping your kids — and yourself — safe in this age of mass murder. VERSUS COLUMN Chances are you’ve heard the adage, How you train is how you’ll fight. Mark Hatmaker examines this bit of martial wisdom and explains how it pertains to the various forms of dojo training. FIGHTBOOK COLUMN On November 19, 2012, the martial arts world lost another legend. Here’s a look back at the life and times of ninjutsu pioneer Ronald Duncan. MIL-SPEC COLUMN Kelly McCann puts his training and experience to good use in this streetwise discussion of the difference between situational awareness and self-awareness. DESTINATIONS COLUMN After months of traditional training in Southeast Asia, Antonio Graceffo is finally ready to enter his first MMA match. Their preparation finished, he and his teammates jet to the fight venue. FUEL COLUMN Our martial arts nutrition expert offers 14 food-and-drink-related tips for making your body healthier for the new year. Relax — none of them is going to turn your lifestyle upside down. KARATE WAY COLUMN Dave Lowry expounds on the importance of the group in martial arts practice. Specifically, he relates it to the koryu, the classical martial arts that were used on Japanese battlefields. FAR EAST COLUMN Our East Coast correspondent attends Ninja Camp, a New York-based training event that caters to kids now but whose creator is planning to start accepting adults. WAY OF THE WARRIOR COLUMN Keith Vargo argues that spending too much time and energy taking tests — and preparing to take them — can adversely affect your martial arts ability. FIT TO FIGHT COLUMN Black Belt’s resident medical doctor tells you everything you need to know about the types of eye injuries that can occur in the dojo. COMPANY SPOTLIGHT COLUMN Mantis Swords is a respected name in the field of bladed weaponry. This is the story behind the company.
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Kenneth Baillie: TKD has changed over the years. WTF changed to traditional TKD at our school because our chief instructor didn't like the Olympic status. He said the sport detracts from the tradition. We had a certain rivalry even back then with ITF. The two can merge, I believe. There are differences but anything can be achieved. Positives are easy to find here!

Boston George Legaria: I'm not a TKD practitioner but I've been in martial arts for 26 years (kyokushin, muay Thai and krav maga), and from what I can see, a solution is for those two organizations to come together and reform the art so it can stay relevant. In combat sports, a lot of people leave TKD in favor of BJJ or muay Thai, while in self-defense people leave TKD for styles like Russian sambo, krav maga or Keysi Method. As for a business model, they need to leave the black belt mill because even though that gets parents interested so they can show their little one's "progress" on FB, in the long run, TKD loses its credibility when people see a 6 year old "master."

Michael Watson: Follow grandmaster Hee Il Cho's lead — he does both styles and without the negative of the Olympic sport aspect. I studied ITF growing up, but I also researched a lot on grandmaster Cho and I love his way.

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