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Black Belt is proud to announce NEW online mini-courses with Sifu Damien Chauremootoo.

In Australia, one reality-based training organization stands out: Empower Tactical in Melbourne. Under the leadership of Damien Chauremootoo, Empower Tactical has built a reputation for results in the self-defense world, and now its courses, which combine street savvy and a scientific knowledge of biomechanics with proven strategies and effective techniques, are being made available around the world.

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A wooden nunchaku once owned by legendary martial arts film star Bruce Lee went for a whopping $83,200 last week at Julien's Auctions. Sold during the two day Hollywood Legends & Luminaries/Hollywood Sci-fi, Action, Fantasy and More event, the nunchaku was estimated to value around $2,000 but brought in more than 40 times that amount.

It's been reported the weapon was in the possession of Lee's student, Taky Kimura, who passed away earlier this year. Though it doesn't appear to have ever been used on film, Kimura certified the nunchaku was owned by Lee from the mid 1960s up until his death in 1973 and the actor regularly practiced with it. The highest ticket item at the auction was a Walther P5 pistol used by Sean Connery in his final appearance as superspy James Bond during the 1983 film Never Say Never Again, which sold for $106,250.


ELITE PUBLICATIONS PRESENTS THE RELEASE OF THE MENTAL COMMANDMENTS OF PERSONAL SAFETY WITH WILLIE "THE BAM"JOHNSON

For Immediate Release: The Elite Publications announces a new book, The Mental Commandments of Personal Safety with Willie "The Bam" Johnson: A Guide of Solutions to Violence in the Real World, to be released in late April. This book is a collection of guiding principles on living a safe and healthy life for anyone traveling the wrong road towards destruction. This well-traveled road often leads to death, while Johnson is offering life.

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I can't remember the day I was handed my first pair of nunchaku, but looking back 19 years later I know we were meant to find each other.

However, I do remember they were made by two older brothers (who were students at the studio) from a thin piece of PVC pipe and small thin rope from Home Depot. They were covered in dark blue chrome (which was my favorite color back then). To this day, I still keep them as a reminder of how far I've come from that point in time. I have gone from using homemade nunchaku and representing the studio's competition team, competing at local tournaments, to representing the most prestigious competitive martial arts team in the world (Team Paul Mitchell). I had the honor of being Matt Emig's (in my opinion, undoubtedly the best nunchaku practitioner there is) first private student. Without his inspiration, I wouldn't be the same "chucker" I am today. Pridefully, throughout years and years competing on the NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) circuit, I have become one of the most renowned female martial arts competitors. I've earned numerous world champion titles, set records, and have become a coach to students all over the country. I inspire numerous girls to compete in sport karate and to have confidence in their ability to use nunchaku.

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