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February/March 2020

STRIVE CARDIO KICKBOXING GLOVES
These gloves from Century Martial Arts have some brand-new looks. Washer and dryer safe, they're comfortable and durable gloves that won't slow you down with constant care and maintenance — just pop them in the wash between workouts. Plus, the bold new designs are sublimated and resistant to cracking and fading, which ensures that the colors stay as strong as your haymaker. Keeping your gloves up is easy when they look this good.
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TORRENT BAGS
The latest in the long line of Century's revolutionary free-standing bags, the Torrent T1 and T2 bag system features a two-part stem design, which allows the bag to bend, flow and shift with each strike. Keep throwing punches instead of chasing the bag!
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PADDLE TARGETS
Century's new Custom Double Paddle Targets are the perfect tool for the versatile fighter. The angled, double-sided striking surface is ideal for quick changes in attacks, allowing for varied combinations with fluid movement — each blow landing with a satisfying snap. For a personal touch, get your artwork silkscreened on any of the bold color options.
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BALANCED HYDRATION
Balanced Hydration features more bioavailable forms of the electrolytes you need with zero sugar and no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors. It's higher in potassium than sodium so you can promote hydration during the day long before you start training.|$30
VITAMINSHOPPE.COM



CHEN STYLE TAIJIQUAN
This new book by Mark Chen is subtitled Collected Masterworks: The History of a Martial Art. The 232-pager provides a fascinating glimpse into China's martial past and the self-defense system one facet of it generated.
$19
BLUESNAKEBOOKS.COM



KI-AI HEADBANDS
These headbands are designed to help unify and focus your spirit and body every time you tie one on. Like the headbands that inspired and motivated Japan's samurai and ninja, these high-quality pieces will inspire and motivate you.
$11-$13
KI-AIENTERPRISES.COM



HAND WRAPS WITH INSTRUCTIONS
ArrowWay developed its Instructional Hand Wraps to guide newcomers along a safer path to the ring. Approximately 142 inches long, they feature step-by-step directions for wrapping your hands for maximum support.
$10
MEISTERELITE.COM


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The UFC returned to American network television for the first time in more than two years Saturday on ABC while former featherweight champion Max Holloway returned to his winning ways following two straight losses, earning a unanimous decision over Calvin Kattar in Abu Dhabi. Holloway showed he still has plenty left as a fighter dominating Kattar from the opening bell of the main event with a mix of punches and low kicks.

It appeared as if the former champion might stop his opponent in the fourth round landing a series of vicious body blows followed by hard elbows to the head as a bloodied Kattar sagged against the fence. But Kattar somehow survived managing to keep himself upright through the fifth stanza as well, only to lose a lopsided decision. After dropping his title to Alexander Volkanovski and then losing a controversial rematch, Holloway may have put himself in position for one more crack at the championship following Saturday's impressive performance.

The Legendary Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame has never before been documented in a single location. Now, you can learn about all the icons that have achieved one of the greatest honors in all of martial arts.

Black Belt Magazine is proud to announce the NEW Member Profiles feature for the Hall of Fame. At the time of this article, the online records account for every inductee from the inaugural year of 1968 all the way through 1990 (upwards of 200 martial artists). The page will be updated continuously and will include every inductee through 2020 in the near future. For now, you can enjoy images and facts about the legendary members for each induction they received before 1991. Take advantage of this never-before-seen opportunity to learn about many of the martial artists who contributed to the lifestyle, culture, and community that every martial artist experiences today.

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When it comes to grappling arts most people have heard of Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, and Sumo. The dynamic art of Shuaijiao, though it is not as well known as the others, should be.

What is Shuaijiao?

Shuaijiao (also spelled Shuai-Chiao) is a Chinese martial art that is approximately four thousand years old. Shuaijiao was born in a time of warfare long ago when to fall on the battlefield meant likely to never get up, and in that spirit, the curriculum of Shuaijiao focuses on throwing in a variety of ways. It is a standup grappling style, meaning that although there are hip throws, leg sweeps, and hand techniques, like many other arts, there is no ground grappling. The goal of Shuaijiao is to end up in a dominant position standing.

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ONE Championship's first event of 2021 is on the horizon as the company returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium for ONE: Unbreakable on January 22.

In the main event, bantamweight kickboxer Capitan Petchyindee Academy challenges ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Alaverdi "Babyface Killer" Ramazanov for his crown.

The Thai challenger has a chip on his shoulder for this contest. Capitan mentioned that he wants to prove all of his doubters wrong with a title-winning performance on Friday in a video detailing the matchup.

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