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The World Association of Kickboxing Organizations has approved new rule changes that will be effective for two years beginning in January of 2021.

The WAKO Board of Directors has approved a variety of rule changes for their combat and performance divisions. There are some basic alterations that make the rules easier to understand, such as the creation of a "General Rules" category to avoid repetition of rules throughout the rulebook, as well as "Definitions" and "Procedures" sections within the General Rules. There are also some minor changes being introduced regarding naming conventions like the K1 discipline being referred to as "K1 Style" and distinguishing the term "Referee" as a person and "Central Referee" as a duty. In addition to these minor edits, there are some more significant changes that will impact competition.

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Once the UFC's agreement with Reebok ends, Venum apparel will be back in the octagon.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship signed their first exclusive outfitting deal with Reebok back in 2014. That deal will come to an end in March of 2021 and all UFC fighters will enter the octagon in Venum gear beginning in April. Reebok will remain the footwear sponsor until the end of 2021, per ESPN's Ariel Helwani.

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The 5A-rated NASKA event is the most recent world martial arts tournament to announce a virtual format amid COVID-19 concerns.

The Pan American Internationals in Miami, Florida is a well-respected North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) world tour event that is also sanctioned by a variety of other leagues including the World Kenpo Federation (WKF), Southeast Karate Alliance (SKA), National Martial Arts Circuit (NMAC), and more. Promoter Manny Reyes Sr., a Kenpo master and professor, announced Thursday that the 2020 installment of the event will now take place virtually on August 21 and 22.

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Jackson Rudolph Podcast Episode 27

Join Jackson Rudolph as he discusses martial arts school ownership, overcoming issues with martial arts and the current pandemic, and some of the racial biases that exist in the martial arts industry.

Isaac Costley, a master martial artist and former member of the United States military and police force, joins host Jackson Rudolph to discuss the racial inequality issues that America is facing. In addition to his personal anecdotes and detailed breakdown of the situation, Master Costley will also give his thoughts about what the martial arts community can do to promote a culture of diversity, inclusion, and equality

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The behavior of a martial arts student can reflect poorly on the behavior of his or her teacher. This behavior often makes itself evident at seminars and tournaments. As a former tournament referee, I realize that we don't always see every point and sometimes we have a different opinion of what constitutes a point than do some of the spectators. However, that is never an excuse to verbally abuse a referee.

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