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"Be like water, my friend."

Admit it, reading that one phrase conjured up images of Bruce Lee moving with lethal power and accuracy. Water has long been a close friend of martial artists, itself having many characteristics that an experienced fighter desires: fluidity, adaptability, persistence, and the ability to crash hard or flow softly.

What Aqua Training Bag has done is take the liquid we typically associate with a martial arts master and use it to fill a thick vinyl teardrop-shaped bag, making a unique punching bag that absorbs impact better than most and gives uniform feedback wherever your strikes land.

Sound interesting yet?

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In this issue find some of the best essentials you need for your training!

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Every martial artist deals with pain from muscle soreness, to bumps and bruises, and sometimes injuries. Cannabidiol (CBD) products are becoming increasingly popular to alleviate these problems.

The CBD health craze has erupted over the past decade and there is no industry that needs these products more than martial arts. Not only can CBD relieve pain and improve the healing process, but many uses of CBD are rooted in traditional medicine practices that are consistent with themes in the martial arts like chi energy. The Black Belt Team worked together to make a list of some of our favorite CBD products. Keep reading to find out what made the list in alphabetical order.

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Century does a fantastic job providing great products to their customers, including self-defense products. Self-defense keychains are quintessentially popular for a few reasons: they're simple to use without training, ready-to-use (no unsheathing or loading), and it's almost impossible to forget something that's literally attached to your keys.

In this blog, I'm going to review three of the most-popular self-defense keychains you can get from Century, ranked from my least- to most-preferred, as well as my professional opinion and reasons why. All of these are considered force-multipliers, and can do a great deal of damage if used correctly. With that being said, just relying on the tool to save you isn't enough – get training in how to use it. That way you'll set yourself up for success and not fall victim to circumstance.

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