Ryo Kiyuna
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The individual finals of the 2021 World Karate Championships concluded Saturday in Dubai as Japan's Ryo Kiyuna made history winning his fourth world championship in men's kata performing the traditional ohan dai form. Kiyuna, who captured kata gold at this summer's Tokyo Olympics, surpassed his own teacher, Tsuguo Sakumoto, who won the kata world title three times.

Fellow Tokyo gold medalist, Spain's Sandra Sanchez, also claimed gold in women's kata. France's Steven Dacosta, who won kumite gold in Tokyo, turned in the most impressive fighting performance of the day capturing the men's 67 kg division sending his opponent, North Macedonia's Emil Pavlov, flying from the ring with a sidekick. Moments later he scored on a sweep/punch combination and then another sweep and punch to seal the victory.

Other winners in men's kumite included Douglas Brose 60 kg, Dastonbek Otabolaev 75 kg, Youssef Badawy 84 kg and Gogita Arkania 84+kg. Women's kumite winners included Miho Miyahara 50 kg, Ahlam Youssef 55 kg, Jovana Preković 61 kg, Irina Zaretska 68 kg and María Torres 68+ kg. American medalists were Trinity Allen who won silver in the women's 55 kg division and Thomas Scott who took bronze in the men's 75 kg class.

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Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon
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Bruce Lee really did have the Midas touch when it came to training. Most people think Bruce was advanced and complicated, but he was the master of simplicity. He was not worried about doing the jump-up flip spin-around back kick. Not sure if there is one. But by the time you land, Bruce would just throw a simple kick or punch to knock you down as you landed to the ground. However, that is the point. Simplicity is often overlooked because of the coolness and the latest and greatest workout when simplicity produces the most significant effect. Super complicated does not mean superior. This is actually reverse in fact. We see super complex exercises that don’t need to be. Truthfully, if an exercise or method is not straightforward in its approach, then it probably is not good.
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Tommy Fury, half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, has withdrawn from his upcoming bout with undefeated YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul due to injury, per ESPN. The match was supposed to be contested at 192 pounds for eight, three-minute rounds on December 18. Thanks to former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, the show must go on.

Woodley, who was defeated by Paul via controversial split decision in August, will seek redemption on short notice. The announcement of the rematch comes less than two weeks before the event takes place. According to Paul, Woodley will receive a $500,000 bonus if he is able to land a knockout. However, Paul doesn't expect this to happen, claiming that he is going to "punish" the 39-year-old mixed martial artist.

The Woodley-Paul grudge match is not the only exciting fight on the Showtime pay-per-view card, as ESPN's #3 ranked female boxer Amanda Serrano will take on Miriam Gutierrez in the co-main event. There will also be another celebrity matchup between 3x NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams and 5x NFL Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore, who will duke it out in a heavyweight bout.

A social media sensation versus a former MMA world champion. Two world class lady warriors. A former professional basketball player versus a member of the NFL 2010's All-Decade Team. Who will have their hand raised that night? Stay tuned for more news and updates about the event from Black Belt Magazine, both here on our website and on social media.

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Karate training
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I have a confession to make: I’m a romantic for cheesy martial art movies.

One of my favorite things to watch in kung fu cinema is a teacher tortu–er, training a novice student. Of course, it is easy to see how we fit in the script. Regardless of our level, it is important to have a mentor who can help guide us properly in our training.

A big part of our growth as people and martial artists is finding the correct ways to be challenged and to promote our depth of understanding. While that duty often is seen as only befalling on the person you study under, there are various things we can consciously do to mix up our training to glean better benefits.

Check out these methods and you’ll soon be able to add new levels of realism to your training and find any hidden holes in your techniques!

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