Just like royalty has dynastic families that rule over nations, martial arts have dynasties that rule over the world of combat. So here's a list of our top five family dynasties in martial arts...
5. The Machado Family<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDQzOTE0OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyODM4Mjg1MH0.8-cPS5utHP1zXLaxarCb58hAevMPOIH5WV1snCtkUrI/image.jpg?width=980" id="23837" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="153ce548b5ccd1addb8cd9760332d791" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Machado Jiu Jitsu" />
jiujitsustyle.com<p>While often considered just an extension of the Gracie family, the Machado's do not actually descend from the Gracies, though they are cousins to the sprawling Brazilian clan and did originally learn their jiu-jitsu from them. But they've since branched off making their own important mark in the martial arts world. The family of five brothers - Carlos, Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John have garnered a plethora of national and international championships between them.</p>
4. The Canete Family<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDQzOTE1Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1OTM5NTMzN30.IrEn2ZmKzo_b1raGGW6Qvw1UVFahm6dI6gKhkmojR_g/image.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=0%2C29%2C0%2C635&height=700" id="003ae" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="680a4d3a1f666d665d20ff18ed85a064" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="canete escrima kali" />
3. The Chen Family<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDQzOTE2My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MTQ3NTExMn0.cNigrpKYyR1rLLYHUdi6Oo0ntHV6RMkUZ9SXwc4-u5M/image.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=65%2C-1%2C61%2C1&height=700" id="aaf92" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="dad32eddcc2be8de860573ff084b0b73" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Chen Wangting Tai Chi" />
2. The Gracie Family<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDQzOTE2NS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzIzMzk2OX0.URLXiJEq3PgM5Dhq50gl2p1t1wiRlg223w_HU4i8YE8/image.png?width=1245&coordinates=0%2C0%2C0%2C0&height=700" id="43a0a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e123071299471446861f73d518b125ec" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Gracie Family Jiu Jitsu" />
1. The Yagyu Family<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDQzOTE2OC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTc2NjQ5NX0.Dvv23kQ2MajQ4CxbQbHxy8HhkJcCYmeIHfvOcmOIa5k/image.png?width=1245&coordinates=0%2C73%2C0%2C310&height=700" id="d636a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="54e4cf8971de793468ddcdbb35cdf719" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Yagyu Munetoshi" />
ONE Women's Strawweight World Champion "The Panda" Xiong Jing Nan has been a force in the division since her arrival to Asia's largest sports media property. As the only woman to hold the title, she has warded off challengers ever since.
But at ONE: Inside The Matrix on Friday, October 30, she will see a familiar face across the ONE Circle in Tiffany "No Chill" Teo.
The two women originally met for the inaugural ONE Women's Strawweight World Champion in January 2018. Xiong was able to get a fourth-round stoppage to begin her reign. Since that time, "The Panda" has defended the crown three times against Laura Balin, Samara Santos Cunha, and Angela Lee.
An Interview with Paul Andrews
Xing Yi Quan is a Chinese internal martial art. In the same family as Tai Chi and Bagua Zhang, but not as well known. Hopefully, that will change. As a Xing Yi Quan instructor and practitioner, myself, I am always looking to see what is out there for instruction and bringing, what I consider to be a great art for health and self-defense, to a wider audience. Enter Paul Andrews.
Xing Yi is not very well-known in the West. How would you describe it to someone?<p>Although Xing Yi has kicks, takedowns, throws and locks, it is predominately a stand-up striking art. It uses whole-body momentum to generate heavy strikes whilst remaining mobile and evasive.</p><p>It is especially known for simultaneous attack and defense making use of slips and close evasions rather than hard blocks or physical control of the opponent. We look to evade with positioning, similar to how a boxer might evade by ducking and weaving.</p>
Have you fought competitively with Xing Yi?<p>I've competed in friendly but competitive bouts between other members of the Yongquan Chinese Martial Arts Association (there were around four or five separate schools with different martial arts at the time).</p><p>A memorable bout was with Matthew Calvert, (a Tai Chi, Choy Lee Fut, and Judo practitioner and a former British Open San Shou champion), in the first round I hit him in the side of the head and knocked him onto one knee, and he called for a temporary stop to the fight. After being checked out we decided to continue and at the end of the second round he caught my leg and took me to the floor with a really nice sweep that knocked the wind out of me. We decided to call that one a draw.</p><p>I competed in full contact European Chinese Swordfighting tournaments in 2011 and 2012. We use heavy wooden (hickory) swords with padded armour and masks.</p>
WATCH: Xing Yi Academy Showreel<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3edf5157629d0579297e34d0e54fb2e2"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/R5uSAuuqRok?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span>
What was the competitive fighting experience like for you?<p>I enjoy testing myself against others but no longer feel I have anything to prove. For me, competition and combat are a way to test that my practice is not delusional. I can do that with my training partners or other martial arts friends without having to enter a competition but training and competing with people outside your circle of training partners is good for dealing with the unexpected too.</p><p>Now, I see combat more about testing how you can apply your movement and energy, rather than predefined techniques. In many ways Xing Yi doesn't really have techniques it is based on principles. The artistry is the use of and adaptation of the energy and movement, taking what you have learned and expanding upon it. So, testing in non-cooperative situations gives you feedback, if you win you know something is working, if you lose then you know you need to work on something.</p>
What do you think is the most important thing to train whether for competition or just to improve understanding and application of the art?<p>Most people just want to learn "power generation", how to hit hard. But much more important is not getting hit and being able to connect your strikes. So, for combat, positioning and distancing are the most important and its footwork that gives you these skills.</p><p>Secondly, is what I might call shamanic technique, but others might call it anything from Qi Gong or Nei Gong to meditation. This is about training your mind, body, and spirit to work together and unify, bringing discipline, mindfulness, and playfulness into your practice: essential for training both the art and for competition.</p>
Why do you think people should study Xing Yi?<p>It is an art which bridges between many interests. It is practical but also deeply philosophical, direct and powerful, but also looks to be evasive and use relaxed force. It can be applicable for competition or combat or used to investigate yourself and nature. If you want to go deep with a martial art, I can't think of any other that has the diversity of Xing Yi.</p>
What are your goals for yourself and for Xing Yi?<p>One goal advanced Xing Yi practitioners sometimes have is to research a new animal Xing not within the 12 standard animals and this is something I may look at myself at some point. I hope to have the chance to return to China and visit more Xing Yi schools and record some of their practices to open up more of the art to a global audience. We are looking to provide more online content and courses from Xing Yi Academy and help others get their arts out there.</p>
The UFC's Fight Island, located on Yas Island in Abu Dahbi, debuted July 11th with UFC 251 and will continue this Saturday with UFC 254. Here are all the answers to your questions about this martial arts paradise.
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing quarantine, UFC president Dana White had been planning on how he'd be able to continue having events despite growing concerns. As sports leagues across the world began to cancel seasons, Dana White began work on a plan that would enable a safe zone for his fighters to continue events despite continued global restrictions. That dream came true with Fight Island!
The Hype Is Real<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ef37e0e7a101da66d7e22dfb514a4764"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-Y7rl7NBHBc?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Fight Island got off to a hot start at UFC 251 when Petr Yan tasted UFC gold for the first time while Alexander Volkanovski and Kamaru Usman defended their belts. Now, the fight of the year will take place there when the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov puts his spotless record on the line against the most violent man in mixed martial arts, Justin Gaethje.</p>
Where is Fight Island?<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODQwOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyODMyMzU3M30.OpTxRZSLsE68w_o87Hj8LpmTosZ9M9KLlUyrDpyGr9c/image.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C27%2C0%2C954&height=1500" id="c019f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d43f675809121680f1838c69ee1b01f0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="fan art of UFC Fight Island" />
Fan art by Deviant Art for Fight Island
How Does This Keep Fighters Safe?<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODUzNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMzY2MDk2M30.O93lT8nNnGq5Ia2TOA8C6FZAZRu55hwj8FJC8nSAX6w/image.jpg?width=980" id="3b28d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1e79169735ebec2099a1ed62a65d0e86" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Yas Island in Abu Dhabi to feature UFC's Fight Island" />
Yas Island which will feature UFC's Fight Island
The Octagon<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODYxNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMTg1OTkzMn0.GYYsrMq2fcglovYTD_AdZ72RxHz1_SXb9CFkJA-Q_3c/image.jpg?width=980" id="f8e34" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4ad07c0be33082664e206b3d69acd7ac" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Fight Island Octagon" />
Fight Island Octagon
What About The Facilities?<p>The facility has generated a rigorous plan for testing prior to events. All people in attendance have to travel from a designated hub airport. Each fighter has to complete a COVID test prior to leaving and quarantine overnight until test results arrive. Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, the fighters are again tested for COVID and quarantined until their results come back negative. If they are positive, they are escorted to a designated hotel to await treatment or travel arrangements home.</p>
Map of Fight Island complex on Yas Island
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Tune In Saturday Night!<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6667a75d58afb25a83f75c950b1f3ee6"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wy31YTg8HC0?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Now that you know everything there is to know about Fight Island, all you have to do is tune in Saturday night! Khabib Nurmagomedov is the UFC's most dominant champion in history, but the knockout power of Justin Gaethje could shock the world and change MMA lore forever.</p>
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