These timeless quotes from Black Belt mag are guaranteed to enhance your understanding of and desire to practice martial arts!

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

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Get Silat for the Street by Burton Richardson 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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