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Black Belt Hall of Famer Jim Arvanitis weighs in on the subject of pankration and the Olympics, while Black Belt contributing editor Mark Hatmaker looks at the evolution of wrestling and the Games.

In Part 1 of this series, Black Belt examined judo and how it's changed because of the Olympics. In Part 2, we looked at taekwondo and the effect the Games have had on the Korean martial art. In Part 3, the subject was the Olympics and karate — which, it was recently confirmed, will debut at the 2020 Games. Here, we discuss how wrestling has been altered and whether pankration has a chance of getting back in.

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It sounds boring, but drilling can make all the difference of being someone who does martial arts vs. being a martial artist. Mark Hatmaker explains.

Drilling is repetition, plain and simple. The very word implies performing a task so often it’s "drilled" into your skull. The word “training” carries the same sort of single-focused connotation — a train gets to its destination by staying on the tracks. It makes no unnecessary side trips; there are no detours. To do anything other than what’s absolutely necessary to stay on track is to literally and metaphorically derail. Drilling and training are composed of the actual skill work needed to improve the technical expression of the combat art. We should see drilling as separate from conditioning in that conditioning may contain zero apparent correlation with the sport being conditioned for.

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The March 2013 issue of Black Belt officially goes on sale today. The following is a rundown of the features and columns you’ll find inside.

The March 2013 issue of Black Belt officially goes on sale today. The following is a rundown of the features and columns you’ll find inside. COVER STORY: SIMPLICITY IN SELF-DEFENSE From this single, nontelegraphic defensive posture, a martial artist can counter the most common street attacks. Chief master G.K. Lee of the American Taekwondo Association explains.

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