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Go behind the scenes at the Black Belt photo shoot that was done in New York City with Professor Mo, aka Mahaliel Bethea. This renowned martial artist is a master of the style called 52 Blocks, also known as Jailhouse Rock and "wall fighting" but more properly known as the "art of Africa."

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Professor Mo Teaches 7 Fighting Techniques From 52 Blocks, the Street Art of Africa!

By now, you've heard all about 52 Blocks — especially because we featured the art and its most visible proponent Professor Mo, aka Mahaliel Bethea, on the cover of our June/July 2019 issue. The New York City–based instructor is back in Black Belt, this time to teach seven of his system's trademark techniques.

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In our June/July 2019 issue, we highlighted Professor Mo, the prominent New York City-based teacher of 52 Blocks, on the cover. It sold so well that we decided to run a follow-up feature in the June/July 2020 issue of Black Belt. In the second story, Professor Mo teaches 7 fighting techniques from the African martial art. At his photo shoot, he also demonstrated a technique called "cover the bullet." Unfortunately, we didn't have room to include that technique in the magazine. Which is why we're posting the video here.

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Professor Mo demonstrating his 52 Blocks technique.

The best-known 52 Blocks instructor in America is Professor Mo, aka Mahaliel Bethea. He appeared on the cover of our June/July 2019 issue, as well as inside our June/July 2020 issue.

In the latter story, the New York City–based instructor teaches seven techniques from 52 Blocks. During the photo shoot, he demonstrated those techniques on video for Black Belt's online audience. One of the moves, called "roll the dice" is shown here.

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