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Martial Arts Legend Chuck Norris Remembers the 24 Movies That You Grew Up With

In the 35 years he's been in show business, Chuck Norris has built a name for himself that's instantly recognized around the world. As the title of his newest book, Against All Odds, says, he's had to claw his way up from having a four-word bit part in his first film to being deemed worthy of starring roles in big-budget productions—all despite the naysayers who insisted that a mild-mannered karate champ could never make it big in Hollywood. Despite his success, he never forgets to give credit to those who helped him navigate his circuitous path to the top and always manages to find time to spread the magic of the martial arts to those who need it most. Keep reading for the full interview!
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The 200th issue of Black Belt was dated August 1980. It was 76 pages long and featured 40-year-old Chuck Norris on the cover.

Chuck Norris on cross-training: "The Korean style (tang soo do) was good, but there is a lot more to learn than just that. So I started training with a Japanese stylist, and I got my hand techniques down a lot better. Then I started working a lot with the Chinese systems and learning the mobility of the Chinese systems. Plus I studied judo for five years, and so I started incorporating judo — the sweeping punch — and then I started studying aikido. I was just trying to absorb knowledge."

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Chuck Norris, Fumio Demura and Ed Parker Sound Off on Problems and Solutions

BLACK BELT: With the growth of interest in competition, there has been a lot of criticism about how tournaments are set up. What are the basic problems?

Parker: Uppermost is the fact that there are no uniform rules from one tourney to another. This is really a problem — a man could win in one tournament through one way and lose out in another.

Norris: It's getting better, but it needs improvement.

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When Black Belt asked me to draw up this list, I decided to do it right. I immediately composed a checklist of the qualities on which the TV series would be judged: creative fight choreography, stunt work and how well the two complemented each other.

To even be considered, a show needed at least one main character who regularly performed martial arts. Furthermore, it must have appeared on nationwide television and have been significant in the martial arts community when it aired.

The 12 finalists, presented here in chronological order, don't necessarily contain the best fights in TV history; it's their overall contribution to the martial arts subculture that matters.

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