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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Taekwondo Forms: Uncovering the Self-Defense Moves Within
Traditional Taekwondo PatternsHAPKIDO 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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In this exclusive interview, Bill Wallace
talks about how undergoing joint-replacement surgery on several occasions has changed his martial arts lifestyle.
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.
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
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 COLUMNKelly McCann
puts his training and experience to good use in this streetwise discussion of the difference between situational awareness and self-awareness.
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.
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 COLUMNDave 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 COLUMNBlack 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 COLUMNMantis Swords
is a respected name in the field of bladed weaponry. This is the story behind the company.