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By world-renowned martial artist and author Burton Richardson

I love jiu-jitsu. I also love functional, real world self-defense. Not the artistic kind where one guy holds his arm out while the other goes through his routine. I'm talking real self-defense practiced in a way that looks like MMA training or world-class sport jiu-jitsu preparation. But on the street, there are guns, knives, head butts, groin strikes, eye gouges, and biting. That's the environment that BJJ For The Street prepares you for.

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Willie Johnson is a pioneer in the American martial arts.

Raised on the East Coast, he trained under Dennis Brown, Tayari Casel, Tony Lin and other Chinese martial arts authorities. Johnson then made a name for himself on the tournament circuit, taking top honors at the U.S. Open, WAKO World Championships, Battle of Atlanta, PKA National Karate Championships and other events. In 1985 he became the second American to be certified by the Beijing Physical Culture Institute. In 2000 he was Black Belt's Kung Fu Artist of the Year. Nowadays, Johnson spends most of his time making sure our industry tailors its offerings to the needs of the next generation. That was the topic of his recent conversation with Black Belt, which yielded the following comments.

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ONE: Inside The Matrix IV closed out the "Inside The Matrix" event series for ONE Championship on Friday, November 20.

ONE Super Series kickboxing action headlined the evening with Russia's Aslanbek Zikreev edging out Wang "Golden Boy" Junguang in a catch weight bout. But it was a night full of competitive and fun action.

Three of the four undercard bouts ended with finishes and the back-and-forth Muay Thai battle between Rocky Ogden and Joseph Lasiri was worth the price of admission alone.

Main Event: Aslanbek Zikreev vs. Wang Junguang

Zikreeve Winner by Split Decision

Round 3 - 3:00

#2-ranked strawweight kickboxing contender Wang "Golden Boy" Junguang made it a close contest, but Russian Aslanbek Zikreev captured the split decision victory in their catch weight contest. Zikreev's performance firmly supplants him on the map in ONE Super Series as a new star. The exciting three-round battle gave both men their moments, but only one could get their hand raised.

Rocky Ogden vs. Joseph Lasiri

Lasiri Winner by Split Decision

Rocky Ogden and Joseph Lasiri had a back-and-forth battle for all three rounds, but it was the Italian who came out the otherside with a narrow split decision victory. In the final and deciding round, Lasiri's aggression and elbows did enough to warrant the win.

Bruno Pucci vs. Kwon Won Il

Kwon Winner by TKO

It was all-action when Bruno Pucci and Kwon Won Il's match began, but after Kwon defended a takedown his striking took over and closed the show inside the first round. A debilitating body blow left Pucci as a sitting duck to a couple right hands before a heavy uppercut finally sent him to the canvas. Kwon's dominant showing should set him up for bigger things in the new year.

Ryogo Takahashi vs. Yoon Chang Min

Takahashi Winner by KO

Featherweight contender Ryogo Takahashi also made a statement with a second-round win over Yoon Chang Min. Takahashi's heavy hands stunned Yoon in the second round, and he quickly piled up the combinations to keep his opponent reeling. Soon, a sweeping right uppercut would be enough to help finish the battle.

Maira Mazar vs. Choi Jeong Yun

Mazar Winner by TKO


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Chinese tai chi master Ma Baoguo, who achieved infamy after being quickly knocked out by an amateur boxer in a fight this past May, announced on his Weibo account this week that he would be leaving martial arts. Ma, 69. suffered ridicule after being knocked down three times in 30 seconds by 50-year-old Wang Qingmin

Recently spoof videos mocking Ma have again surfaced going viral with a reported 100 million total views on the Chinese video sharing site Bilibili. Ma's announcement, his first social media post since his loss, said he was returning to a peaceful life away from martial arts.

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