martial arts styles

How Many Styles Do You Really Need?

In the era of mixed martial arts, it's become clear that, whether you're training for competition or the street, being competent in more than one way of fighting is a necessity. Inside the octagon, some of the most dominant fighters in MMA history—Fedor Emelianenko, Jon Jones, and Anderson Silva to name a few—have also been its most versatile. Meanwhile, the least adaptable fighters (like Ronda Rousey) end up paying a heavy price when the fight strays outside their realm of expertise.

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Get the inside scoop on this epic 3,500-page downloadable collection, news of which garnered an astounding 88,000+ “likes” on the Bruce Lee Facebook page!

The new downloadable Bruce Lee time capsule —Black Belt Magazine: The Bruce Lee Collection— has garnered a big response from Bruce Lee fans online. The official Bruce Lee page on Facebook recently posted an announcement regarding this new landmark collection and found themselves swimming in:

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MMA fighters practice techniques sourced from an eclectic array of martial arts from around the world. We've counted 13 styles so far. Is your traditional style one of them? Your style may have more in common with MMA than you think!

Despite what many people believe, MMA is not a barbaric blood sport. It is a stringently regulated combat sport that attracts some of the highest-caliber and all-around well-conditioned athletes in the world. The training regimen of the average professional MMA fighter would thoroughly exhaust most athletes in other sports due in part to its comprehensive nature. Some of you may be thinking, How about the athletes who compete in Olympic decathlons or Ironman triathlons? Well, both these multi-event sports are very demanding. However, the big difference that separates the two from MMA is that they don’t simultaneously apply multilevel skill sets directly against one another to attain victory. There are three recognized phases of combat in mixed martial arts:

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Southeast Asian martial arts practitioner and Black Belt columnist Antonio Graceffo talks about his travels with the magazine from the Martial Arts History Museum in Los Angeles in this exclusive video!

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, longtime martial artist and New York native Antonio Graceffo quit his job as a banker and traveled to Asia to pursue his dream of studying kung fu at China's legendary Shaolin Temple. That was the start of a much larger adventure — one that would take him on a journey throughout Asia to learn from that region's greatest masters in a wide variety of martial arts styles. The result of Antonio Graceffo's journey has been an ongoing series of online videos documenting his travels and martial arts training — many of which have been featured here at BlackBeltMag.com — and a series of books, including his two latest: Warrior Odyssey: The Travels of a Martial Artist Through Asia and a history of Cambodia: Khun Khmer: Cambodian Martial Art Diary. In this exclusive video regarding those two martial arts books — both of which explore the martial history of Cambodia and other countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and Laos — Antonio Graceffo talks about his world travels and what he goes through to bring readers and viewers his up-close-and-personal perspective.

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