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"[This sequence] is prearranged to show ... the versatility of the judoka to handle a person, be it armed or unarmed," says the seventh-dan judo master and president/CEO of the United States Judo Association.

"Kata means prearranged form," explains 7th-dan judo master Gary Goltz, president and CEO of the United States Judo Association. "In karate, they have lots of prearranged forms where the individual practitioner does different patterns with the hands, with the feet, in combination. In judo, our prearranged forms obviously involve an opponent." And in this video demonstration recorded in one of Black Belt's photo studios, Gary Goltz and his training opponent seamlessly carry out a sequence of self-defense moves that incorporate techniques from two arts, actually: judo and aikido

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Guillermo Gomez has devoted the past 26 years of his life to perfecting his aikido techniques. In this video shot at Black Belt, he shows you how to immobilize an attacker!

Guillermo Gomez has devoted the past 26 years of his life to perfecting his aikido moves. The focus of his training in aikido moves has been on what all traditional martial artists should be aspiring to: mastery of the intricacies of all the techniques he was being taught rather than merely rising through the ranks. In this pursuit of technical mastery, he earned his fourth-degree black belt the hard way under the tutelage of sixth-dan Nelson Requena of the Venezuela Aikikai in Guillermo Gomez’s hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. When Guillermo Gomez visited Black Belt, we asked him to teach basic aikido moves that even nonpractitioners could use to fend off attacks they might encounter on the street.

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Watch MMA ref "Big" John McCarthy demonstrate five of his favorite MMA techniques in these five exclusive videos shot at his Ultimate Training Academy just outside Los Angeles!

Have you wondered exactly how to become a MMA fighter? Have you asked yourself how the fighters know all those MMA techniques? Do they take MMA fighting classes? If yes, then where? If you've been asking these questions, then you have come to the right place. In his book, Let's Get It On! The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee, pioneering ref "Big" John McCarthy gives you as close a look as you can get of the rise of the sport of mixed martial arts without having to take a punch. As MMA's original official, McCarthy's opening command of "Let's get it on!" is the battle cry that has sent countless MMA fighters charging headlong toward glorious victory and agonizing defeat. From his unique vantage point just inches from the action, McCarthy has witnessed all the ligament-stretching, bone-breaking, unconsciousness-inducing MMA techniques that are behind the sport's greatest victories. He's seen the best of the best duke it out for that coveted W inside the cage. If you're looking for answers as to how to become a MMA fighter, watch McCarthy demonstrate five of his favorite MMA techniques in these five exclusive videos shot at his Ultimate Training Academy in Valencia, California, where MMA fighting classes show a wide variety of students how to become a MMA fighter!

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Could you handle a triangle choke from Ronda Rousey? Watch her execute one on her training partner in this exclusive video!

Talk about a Cinderella story! A baby girl squirms inside her mother’s womb, inadvertently wrapping her umbilical cord around her neck. Suffering from a lack of oxygen, she clings to life long enough to emerge into the world and be freed from the entanglement. She doesn’t speak until she’s 6 years old. Meanwhile, her dad constantly reminds her, “You’re a sleeper — you’ll show everybody.” That "sleeper" was, of course, Ronda Rousey: MMA fighter and Olympic judoka known throughout the martial arts world for her impressive judo techniques (such as the sankaku-jime, demonstrated in the video below) and formidable MMA skills. Her proficiency in judo moves (such as the customized "Juji Squishi Roll" and her take on the Cuban sankaku-jime) began to take shape at age 10, when she fell in love with absorbing judo info.

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