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If an attacker knocked you to the ground and moved in for the kill, would you know what to do? Could you respond instantly and effectively?

Techniques from martial arts such as aikido, judo and jujitsu can save your skin when you do battle on the ground. In fact, they offer an extensive repertoire of lethal techniques.

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Kyle Funakoshi on Shotokan Karate's Proven Strategies for Faking

You've come across martial artists called Funakoshi often enough in the pages of Black Belt. The first such person bearing that surname was Gichin Funakoshi, founder of shotokan karate. The second person was Kenneth Funakoshi, a fourth cousin of the creator and a 10th-degree master. Now it's Kyle Funakoshi, a ninth-degree black belt and chief instructor for the Funakoshi Shotokan Karate Association. Kyle appeared on the cover of our January 2010 issue, and more recently, he was in the February/March 2019 issue. This time, he discusses the supreme strategy of faking while fighting.— Editor
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"Yoshiharu Osaka sensei was always the textbook of shotokan," one experienced karateka said."True," his colleague replied. "But Kanazawa sensei was always the book of its poetry."

Stories of Hirokazu Kanazawa are a soundtrack of post-training bull sessions. Kanazawa, who won the first All Japan Karate Championship in 1957 — with a broken wrist. (When his mother heard he was dropping out of the competition because of the injury, incurred only days before the event, she asked him why he couldn't win with the other hand and with his kicks, compelling him to stay in. Moms then, and Japanese moms in particular, were a little different.)

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"I think anything that I've accomplished can be attributed to the discipline I learned through martial arts."

That's an impressive statement coming from anyone. When it comes from someone with as many accomplishments as Michael Jai White, though, it is doubly powerful. White holds black belts in seven different martial arts styles, including Shotokan, taewkondo, Goju Rye, and wushu. He is one of the first Black actors to portray a mainstream comic book superhero in a major motion picture (Spawn, 1997). And, that's only one of his leading film roles!

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