Go inside the upcoming issue of Black Belt magazine for a special preview of its contents! (Bonus: Two archival videos featuring Michael Jai White!)


The October/November 2014 issue ofBlack Belt is scheduled to hit newsstand and bookstore shelves — as well as our third-party digital-issue providers— on September 23, 2014. Well ... that's three weeks away! Why wait that long when you can get a sneak peek of the issue's contents right here? Why wait that long when you can get a sneak peek of the issue's contents right here? From our cover story with martial artist and actor — and now theBlack BeltHall of Fame's 2014 Man of the Year — Michael Jai White (Watch him in action at his dojo in Burbank, CA!) … … to a firsthand look at Filipino martial arts … … and from an account of hapkido legend Bong Soo Han's final years ... ... to an analysis of two karate interpretations … … this is an issue chock-full of traditional martial arts techniques, history, commentary and hard-hitting tips for improving your self-defense arsenal and your martial arts training overall!


COVER STORY

MICHAEL JAI WHITE

Once you read the kyokushin karate stylist's views on martial arts, movies and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you'll know why he was selected as Black Belt's 2014 Man of the Year.

Editor's Note: And in case you didn't know it, Michael Jai White has had a long relationship with Black Belt magazine. He was featured on the cover of the February 2002 issue as well as offered comments on the influence of Black Belt on his martial arts journey for a retrospective video called "Black Belt Memories." Watch two videos from the Black Belt archives featuring Michael Jai White below:

MARTIAL ARTS HISTORY VIDEO Black Belt Memories: Martial Artists and Industry Luminaries Reflect on the History and Influence of Black Belt Magazine

BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO Michael Jai White Photo Shoot at Black Belt

FEATURES

KARATE-JUTSU VS. KARATE-DO

What do shotokan founder Gichin Funakoshi's writings say about the two interpretations of karate? Read this comparison to learn more about the version you practice — and maybe the version you should be practicing.

BONG SOO HAN'S FINAL YEARS

This account, penned by a martial artist who spent 13 years training and teaching with the hapkido legend, reveals how the grandmaster labored to spread his art to the world until the very end.

Get the inside story on the genesis of a martial arts cult classic!
Billy Jack Flashback: How Tom Laughlin and Hapkido Techniques Master
Bong Soo Han Made a Martial Arts Cult Classic

INDOMITABLE SPIRIT

These two martial arts champions suffered potentially career-ending injuries, then battled their way back to the top. Let their stories inspire you.

KILL OR BE KILLED?

If you're into reality-based training and your workouts are all focused on lethal force, you should familiarize yourself with the reality of violent crime — before you get in trouble with the law.

DOCE PARES ESKRIMA

Want to know why this Filipino fighting formula is regarded as one of the best in the world? A Black Belt contributing editor went hands-on with Dionisio “Diony" Cañete to find out.

SECRETS OF THE NINJA REVEALED!

Prepare to be educated! With help from Sho Kosugi, this article — titled “10 Things You Didn't Know About the Shadow Warriors" — will enable you to impress all your martial arts friends with your newfound knowledge.

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COLUMNS

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