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For all who love the martial arts but prefer to consume the written word in bite-size chunks, the Black Belt staff has collected the following!


More from ^Professor Mo^ of 52 Blocks:

“We always teach that when you stay on the ground, you have to assume that your opponent has another person with him. That other person can be a wife who's about to stab you or a guy who's about to hit you with a chair. In ground fighting, we try to finish quick. Once we stabilize the person, we look around. We're always looking for who the next attacker might be. That's why a good 52 Blocks guy likes to 'play the wall.' When your back is against the wall, nobody can hit you from behind."

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Read more about ^Aaron Banks^ in Black Belt mag here and here.

More from Black Belt Hall of Famer/jeet kune do master ^Richard Bustillo^:

“From Bruce's beliefs regarding established styles, I learned to train with an open mind. Essentially, he allowed me to be free from being closed into one particular style."

Read about Richard Bustillo in Black Belt mag here.

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Read more about the Southern Shaolin Temple in Black Belt mag here:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Read more from ^Burton Richardson^ in Black Belt mag here and here.

Get Burton Richardson's best-selling silat book from the Black Belt Store!

Read more from Black Belt Hall of Famer ^Steve DeMasco^ in Black Belt mag here.

Order Steve DeMasco's Shaolin kung fu book from the Black Belt Store.

Read more from sword master ^Russell McCartney^ in Black Belt mag here.

Read more from MMA star/Black Belt Hall of Famer ^Tim Kennedy^ in Black Belt mag here:

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Boston George Legaria: I'm not a TKD practitioner but I've been in martial arts for 26 years (kyokushin, muay Thai and krav maga), and from what I can see, a solution is for those two organizations to come together and reform the art so it can stay relevant. In combat sports, a lot of people leave TKD in favor of BJJ or muay Thai, while in self-defense people leave TKD for styles like Russian sambo, krav maga or Keysi Method. As for a business model, they need to leave the black belt mill because even though that gets parents interested so they can show their little one's "progress" on FB, in the long run, TKD loses its credibility when people see a 6 year old "master."

Michael Watson: Follow grandmaster Hee Il Cho's lead — he does both styles and without the negative of the Olympic sport aspect. I studied ITF growing up, but I also researched a lot on grandmaster Cho and I love his way.

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