MASuccess - September/October Issue 2020

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This issue of MASuccess takes a look at some of the most prevalent and pressing issues in our industry today.

COVID has shut down schools across the nation - some for months; others permanently - and irrevocably changed the way we handle business. Our cover story features a familiar MAIA face - social media marketing expert Cris Rodriguez of MAIA Foundations. Despite setbacks, her BJJ school is thriving. School owners who have been affected will also benefit from the advice within from Adam Parman, for whom the pandemic has been a learning experience with lessons he's sharing now.

This issue features "Racism and Martial Arts: How Far Have We Come and How Far Do We Have to Go?" Damon Gilbert is a Black martial artist, Team Paul Mitchell coach, school owner/instructor and Oakland PD officer. His story starts with his father's attempt to purchase a space for a kajukenbo school in the 80's and carries through his life today. It is definitely worth the read for all of us in the martial arts community.

Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

When The Fast and the Furious (2001) sped into the psyche's of illegal street racing enthusiasts, with a penchant for danger and the psychotic insanity of arrant automotive adventure, the brusque bearish, quasi-hero rebel, Dominic "Dom" Toretto was caustic yet salvationally portrayed with the power of a train using a Vin Diesel engine.

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Have you ever been scammed or catfished online? One out of every two Americans have, including myself. More and more Americans are now using the internet to find love. There are so many online services and dating apps out there. An estimated forty million Americans are connecting online to meet someone new. You want to have some safety precautions in place and some self defense knowledge. Knowing simple steps for your safety when interacting with others online is self-protection. Dating apps do not conduct criminal background checks on users, so it is up to you to determine if you are comfortable meeting up with someone you met on social media.
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In an epic final day match-up of unbeatens, sumo legend Hakuho defeated fellow Mongolian Terunofuji in an intense battle to claim a record 45th title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament Sunday in Japan. Both wrestlers had entered the bout with perfect 14-0 marks, one of the rare occasions the finals of a Grand Sumo Tournament featured two competitors with perfect records.

Hakuho came out of the blocks with an immediate forearm to Terunofuji's face followed by a slapping attack. After a belt grip, he secured an overhook on Terunofuji's right arm and finally forced him to the ground with an armlock throw to earn the championship.

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