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BlackBeltMag.com curates a retrospective honoring the instruction, insight and innovation these men shared with Black Belt magazine, its readers and the martial arts community at large in ways both large and small.

In 2012, the martial arts world lost a number of individuals whose presence, teachings and friendship shaped the martial artistry and professional paths of many a martial arts practitioner — both young and old. Among them were noted figures Jerry Poteet, Joe Lewis, Jesse Glover, tang soo do's Jae Chul Shin, Masayuki Shimabukuro and jeet kune do master Bob Bremer. As we move into November, the month of Thanksgiving, we at Black Belt thought it might be fitting to take a look back at these artists and curate a brief guide to their careers and accomplishments as a "thank you" for the years of instruction, insight and innovation they shared with the magazine, its readers and the martial arts community at large in ways both large and small — starting with two longtime friends of Black Belt: Jerry Poteet and Joe Lewis.

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