Raymond "The Real Deal" Daniels, arguably the greatest point fighter of all time and Bellator Kickboxing welterweight champion, announced on Thursday that his contract with Bellator has expired. The free agent has defeated his last three mixed martial arts opponents and is now considering resigning with Bellator or taking his talents to another promotion. Based on the tagging in his Instagram post, major organizations like the UFC and ONE Championship are being considered to land the sport karate icon.

Daniels has connections to each of these entities, as he just helped Gilbert Burns prepare for his win against karate-style fighter Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson at UFC 264 and his wife Colbey Northcutt Daniels is under contract with ONE Championship. Wherever Daniels ends up, his next match will be a must-see bout due to his flashy style of world-class striking that features jump-spinning kicks and unbelievable knockouts.

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Members of the martial arts community — and followers of the arts of Bruce Lee, in particular — suffered a loss on January 7, 2021, when Seattle-based instructor Taky Kimura passed away at age 96. He had been the most senior living student of Lee and one of only three people (along with Dan Inosanto and the late James Yimm Lee) certified by Lee to teach.

He had been the most senior living student of Lee and one of only three people (along with Dan Inosanto and the late James Yimm Lee) certified by Lee to teach. Taky, the son of Japanese immigrants, was born and raised in Washington state. He was the only person of Japanese descent in his high school, but according to his son Andy Kimura, he was treated well in the community and rarely experienced discrimination.

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Curtis Sliwa, a controversial radio talk show host and the founder of the martial arts-trained crime fighting organization the Guardian Angels, won the Republican primary for New York City's mayoral race Tuesday. Sliwa started the Guardian Angels in the late 1970s to help patrol the New York City subways as crime ran rampant there. The group continues to do safety patrols around the city as well as working to aid the homeless.

An unarmed, volunteer organization, Guardian Angels' recruits are frequently touted as being trained in karate and other martial arts, though some former members have been critical over a lack of such training. Sliwa has also admitted the group faked some of the heroic acts they gained notoriety for early on in order to drum up publicity. But he continues to wear the organization's trademark red beret in public and it was reported he received a broken jaw last year while helping a Guardian Angels' team protect a store from looters during the George Floyd riots.

On Friday, June 18th several cast members of the 90's hit show WMAC Masters reunited in a virtual call under the auspices of the Urban Action Showcase to speak about issues of social and cultural solidarity, and the martial arts' place in helping youth around the world. Former WMAC Masters cast members Hakim Alston, Christine Bannon-Rodrigues, Erik Betts, Willie Johnson, Herb Perez, and Jamie Webster spent the hour panel discussing their memories of the show, how the martial arts impacted their lives, and how they use what they learned to help the next generation of young people.

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