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BLACK BELT: Here's a link to a video titled "Kenji Yamaki: How I Survived the 100-Man Kumite."

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Dennis O'Keefe: Can anyone explain to me, how long does he face each opponent? I watched the Judd Reid video but couldn't see how long he sparred with each opponent.

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In this exclusive interview filmed during his cover shoot for the October/November 2014 issue of Black Belt magazine, the martial arts movie star talks about discipline, development and training with the late Joe Lewis.

A role model to millions, film star Michael Jai White has studied the martial arts for 30 years and is far from finished! An observant fan once referred to Michael Jai White as "Denzel Van Schwarzenegger." The nickname is as accurate as it is hilarious — an amalgam that creates the perfect triad to describe Michael Jai White: actor, martial artist, fitness icon. Plenty of celebrities have ascended to superstar status by standing atop just one of the three pillars that support Michael Jai White's career. Years of rugged training have produced a work ethic that enables him to nurture all three sides of himself. The lifestyle is possible, Michael Jai White says, only because of the discipline he learned in the dojo.

MICHAEL JAI WHITE VIDEO How Black Belt Magazine, Traditional Martial Arts Discipline and Working With Teachers Such as Joe Lewis Led Him to Success in His Life and Career

"I'm not one to spoil myself," Michael Jai White says. "I'm living the life of a professional actor, but I train like a professional fitness person, and I do martial arts like a professional martial artist. I don't have an assistant. And people who don't do a quarter of the work I do have an assistant — sometimes two. People say, 'How do you have the time?' It's all about discipline."

Learn about the genesis of brutal tests such as the 100-man kumite in this FREE download! History of Karate: Inside Mas Oyama's Hard-Core Kyokushin Karate Conditioning Program

Click here for an inside look at the October/November 2014 issue — and be sure to pick it up today for more from Michael Jai White in his cover story, including his takes on:

... and much more!

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Go inside the upcoming issue of Black Belt magazine for a special preview of its contents! (Bonus: Two archival videos featuring Michael Jai White!)


The October/November 2014 issue ofBlack Belt is scheduled to hit newsstand and bookstore shelves — as well as our third-party digital-issue providers— on September 23, 2014. Well ... that's three weeks away! Why wait that long when you can get a sneak peek of the issue's contents right here? Why wait that long when you can get a sneak peek of the issue's contents right here? From our cover story with martial artist and actor — and now theBlack BeltHall of Fame's 2014 Man of the Year — Michael Jai White (Watch him in action at his dojo in Burbank, CA!) … … to a firsthand look at Filipino martial arts … … and from an account of hapkido legend Bong Soo Han's final years ... ... to an analysis of two karate interpretations … … this is an issue chock-full of traditional martial arts techniques, history, commentary and hard-hitting tips for improving your self-defense arsenal and your martial arts training overall!

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It’s rare to find a movie star who teaches regularly at a karate dojo. Then again, Michael Jai White isn’t your average movie star. He’s the owner of seven black belts. Visit the school where he spends off time in this exclusive video!

Kyokushin karate — the fighting art founded by Mas Oyama, a man who battled live bulls, occasionally lopping off their horns with his knifehand strike — has a reputation for toughness, including full-contact sparring with minimal safety gear.

But that never scared off Michael Jai White, a lifelong martial artist and actor who's part of the Victory Dojo & Fitness family. In fact, Michael Jai White has always enjoyed the physicality and discipline of the art, calling it his “savior."

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