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The first issue of Black Belt was published in 1961 by a Japanese-American who, not surprisingly, practiced martial arts (primarily aikido, kendo, judo and jeet kune do). Based in Southern California, Mito Uyehara envisioned a national magazine that would help spread the Asian martial arts, the benefits of which he knew very well, to the American public.

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The 196th issue of Black Belt was dated April 1980. It was 76 pages long and featured karate champion Mike Stone on the cover.

• "You ask any athlete," Mike Stone says. "He will tell you that it is 100-percent your mental attitude. I think people have to get back to knowing themselves."

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Join Black Belt Magazine and Combat Go as we present Fight Back: A Virtual Martial Arts Training Event Benefiting Covid First Respondents. In Partnership with Bellator MMA and Century Martial Arts we bring you 5 straight days of seminars and interviews from the world's biggest names in martial arts. This LIVE event will benefit first respondents of the Covid-19 pandemic through our partnership with American Red Cross. Please help us in uniting the martial arts community as one to support those putting their lives on the line to help others.
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These timeless quotes from Black Belt mag are guaranteed to enhance your understanding of and desire to practice martial arts!

For all who love the martial arts but prefer to consume the written word in bite-size chunks, the Black Belt staff has collected the following!

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Special two-day martial arts movie marathon on specialty cable network will feature a tribute broadcast of Enter the Dragon and films such as Challenge of the Masters, The Deadly Breaking Sword and others!

Tune in to the El Rey Network for its 48-hour "Way of the Turkey" Thanksgiving Kung Fu Marathon, starting Thursday, November 27, 2014, at 6 a.m. (EST). For those who don't know, the El Rey Network is a new 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, jointly owned by Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios Inc. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network seeks to "unite the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone." The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films and grindhouse pieces as well as cult-classic action, horror and science-fiction films. Watch the El Rey Network trailer here ... ... and check out general information about its kung fu films here. According to the El Rey Network press release for this Thanksgiving marathon, its lineup will include a special tribute airing of Enter the Dragon on November 27, 2014, at 10:12 a.m. to coincide with the day and time of Bruce Lee's birth. The airing also will celebrate what would have been Bruce Lee's 74th birthday.

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