BEST BRUCE LEE VIDEOLINDA LEE CADWELL: THE ORIGINAL EDITION OF TAO OF JEET KUNE DO VS. THE NEW EXPANDED EDITION Bruce Lee's widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, talks With Black Belt about the history of her late husband's famous martial arts book Tao of Jeet Kune Do and the genesis of 2011's Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Expanded Edition.
BEST TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS TECHNIQUE VIDEOKAYLA HARRISON: JUDO'S OUCHI GARI (MAJOR INNER REAPING THROW) TECHNIQUE Judo expert Kayla Harrison brought home the United States’ fourth world-championship judo gold medal in September 2010. She was the first female American world judo champion in more than a quarter-century! In this video, she shows you a winning judo technique called ouchi gari.
BEST MARTIAL ARTS DVD TRAILERKENJI YAMAKI: FULL-CONTACT KARATE! 2-DVD SET Kenji Yamaki survived Japan's 100-man karate combat challenge with a total of 83 wins! As production continues on his upcoming two-DVD set, Full-Contact Karate! — Advanced Sparring Techniques / Hard-Core Physical Conditioning, Black Belt proudly presents this exciting preview montage!
BEST SAMURAI VIDEOSAMURAI SWORD CUTTING WITH MASAYUKI SHIMABUKURO! Samurai sword masters Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long detail and demonstrate a variety of samurai sword techniques in this exclusive DVD preview from their 2011 DVD release Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship. In introducing Shimabukuro’s cutting demonstration, or suemono giri, Long explains: “We’re going to explore the more advanced section of test-cutting. The first one we’re going to do is called inazuma. Inazuma means ‘lightning strike,’ and so it’s key that the cuts never truly stop moving." And it's plain to see what he means as samurai sword master Shimabukuro quickly, elegantly and seemingly effortlessly slices a rolled tatami to pieces.
BEST VIDEO FEATURING A KNOWN BADASSKELLY McCANN: HOW TO USE LIVE PARTNERS IN COMBATIVES TRAINING Please excuse our use of the term "badass," but when talking about combatives expert Kelly McCann, there really is no other term that properly describes this guy. While he may not be punishing his combatives-training partner Jack Stradley quite as much as he usually might in this particular video, no list of this nature would be complete without one entry from this former U.S. Marine special-missions officer and author of the no-holds-barred self-defense multimedia juggernaut Combatives for Street Survival: Hard-Core Countermeasures for High-Risk Situations.
BEST MIXED-MARTIAL ARTS TECHNIQUE VIDEOJEAN JACQUES MACHADO: SHOULDER LOCK FROM INSIDE CLOSED GUARD Jean Jacques Machado has been popular on blackbeltmag.com this year -- and with good reason! This Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend was awarded the red-and-black-striped belt by Rickson Gracie and released his new book The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense. As if that weren't enough, he also put out the highly anticipated three-disc companion-DVD set for his first book, The Grappler's Handbook Vol. 1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques. This video not only features a cool technique from the mixed-martial arts section of DVD 3 in that set, but it also highlights the top-notch production quality of this new set -- a fitting martial arts multimedia companion for the top-notch book on which it's based!
BEST MARTIAL ARTS EVENT-COVERAGE VIDEOPAUL VUNAK: CONTEMPORARY JEET KUNE DO AT 2011 "BRUCE LEE BASH AT THE BEACH" “[‘Bruce Lee Bash at the Beach’] was an event that was meant to show people the metamorphosis of Bruce Lee when he first landed in America all the way up until the day he passed away,” Paul Vunak explains. “My goal to Dan Inosanto, [who] was Bruce Lee’s protégé, was that I would help continue the growth of Bruce Lee’s art." And in this exclusive event-coverage video shot on location by Black Belt's executive editor, it's clear that all this and more is in full swing!
BEST MARTIAL ARTS INTERVIEW VIDEOSHANNON LEE: RE-IMAGINING BRUCE LEE'S CLASSIC MARTIAL ARTS TEXT, TAO OF JEET KUNE DO Shannon Lee kindly granted Black Belt an exclusive interview regarding the production of the highly anticipated Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Expanded Edition. In this conversational segment filmed at Bruce Lee Enterprises in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of martial arts icon and jeet kune do founder Bruce Lee touched on what went into the book's new layout and how it was modernized while retaining the martial arts and philosophy content that made the original edition such a classic.
BEST MARTIAL ARTS HISTORY VIDEOBLACK BELT MAGAZINE TURNS 50! In this brief but informative retrospective, Century Martial Arts CEO / Chairman Mike Dillard and two-time Black Belt Hall of Fame inductee Pat Burris remember the early days of their favorite martial arts magazine and the parallel paths of influence Black Belt and Century Martial Arts have had on the world of traditional and mixed martial arts since their respective inceptions. This very special video features a host of Black Belt covers from decades passed, as well as archival photography and "retro" article spreads. This piece is a must-see for fans of this magazine -- and magazines in general!
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BEST MARTIAL ARTS PHOTO-SHOOT VIDEOMAN VS. STEEL In this popular entry from a string of videos demonstrating incredible feats of strength and endurance, Mike Gillette explains to the Black Belt audience the mechanics and martial power involved in bending a steel bar. He and his demonstration partner Scott Bolan have, over the last couple years, broken arrows with their necks, gotten sledgehammered and rolled skillets with their bare hands. Don't believe us? Check out their other martial-power demonstration videos and see for yourself!
BEST MARTIAL ARTS TRAVEL VIDEOANTONIO GRACEFFO TRAVELS TO THE PHILIPPINES! Black Belt columnist Antonio Graceffo checks in from another exotic destination with this video documenting his travels to the Philippines, where he explores a variety of martial arts and gives an overview of the fighting and training scene in this island nation. Included are his experiences training in arnis, kuntaw, yaw yan and hybrid yaw yan.
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