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Black Belt Magazine has a storied history that dates back all the way to 1961, making 2021 the 60th Anniversary of the world's leading magazine of martial arts. To celebrate six decades of legendary martial arts coverage, take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through some of the most influential covers ever published. From the creators of martial art styles, to karate tournament heroes, to superstars on the silver screen, and everything in between, the iconic covers of Black Belt Magazine act as a time capsule for so many important moments and figures in martial arts history. Keep reading to view the full list of these classic issues.

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The man who apparently launched a racist verbal attack on U.S. women's kata champion Sakura Kokumai earlier this month in a California park has been arrested following a physical assault on an elderly Korean-American couple in the same park Sunday. Michael Vivona is accused of punching a 79-year-old man and his 80-year-old wife without provocation.

Mynewsla.com reported that a group of people playing basketball in Grijalva Park at the time of the assault recognized Vivona from his previous harassment of Kokumai and surrounded him until a nearby police officer arrived to make an arrest. The incident with Kokumai, who is slated to represent the United States in this summer's Tokyo Olympics, gained widespread notice after she posted a video of it on social media in an effort to increase awareness about the growing threat of anti-Asian racism.


Robert Whittaker put on a clinic in modern mixed martial arts technique Saturday night in Las Vegas winning a lopsided unanimous decision over Kelvin Gastelum at the main event of UFC on ESPN 22. The former middleweight champion mixed an array of punches, kicks, wrestling and groundwork all night long that left Gastelum perpetually a step behind.

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The European Judo Championships and the Pan American Judo Championships both took place this weekend but with quite different flavors. Twelve different countries split the 14 gold medals available at the European event with Kosovo and Turkey the only nations to grab two golds while France had the most total medals with eight. Host country Portugal captured four overall medals including Telma Monteiro's gold in the women's 57 kg category.

Meanwhile, the Pan American tournament was thoroughly dominated by Brazil. Lead by two-time Olympic bronze medalist Rafael Silva, who won the men's heavyweight division, Brazil took home 7 of the 14 golds and owned the total count with 14 overall medals. Host country Mexico nabbed six medals but no golds while the United States earned seven medals but also couldn't bring home any gold.