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Tim Kennedy and His Team Teach Self-Defense for the 21st Century!

Going by what you witness on the news these days, the world is a dangerous place — and it's getting more dangerous all the time. Hardly a day goes by when you don't see a story about a mass shooting, a terrorist attack or just a senseless act of random violence, sometimes in your own backyard.

Whether this is an accurate picture of how things are or merely a sensationalist attempt to garner news ratings via fear-mongering, the fact is many people are worried, and they're looking for ways to set their minds at ease. Some of them are, naturally, turning to self-defense instruction. But they're finding that some martial arts instructors are ill-prepared to deal with questions pertaining to how to survive an active-shooter situation or the best way to treat a life-threatening wound.

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Perhaps the best way to get to know Greg Jackson is to review the names of the MMA fighters he's coached: Holly Holm, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, etc. Now you can learn mixed martial arts from this Black Belt Hall of Famer on your tablet or smartphone!

Part 1: If you read the cover story of the June/July 2015 issue of Black Belt, you know who Greg Jackson is. Of course, if you’re a follower of the biggest names in MMA, you probably already knew. The reason you’re reading about him here is he’s much more than a successful MMA coach, as you can see from the comments he’s made in past interviews. “We, as mixed martial artists, can’t be saying traditional martial arts doesn’t give us anything. In true mixed-martial-arts fashion, we need to take the best of all, and we especially need to grab the social value of traditional martial arts. It has a lot of techniques that we’re using all the time, but the social thing is a big deal. When you learn traditional martial arts, what do you think of? Respect, bowing, discipline — things that are important to the world. We need to absorb that into our culture.”

Greg Jackson on the cover of the June/July 2015 Black Belt

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You name the skill — punching, kicking, grappling, knife fighting, shooting — and this martial artist has trained in it. And used it. For real.

In the 20-plus years I’ve worked for Black Belt, I’ve met a lot of people whose backgrounds have run the gamut from traditional Asian arts to law-enforcement defensive tactics to military combatives. I’ve interviewed tons of masters, soldiers, cops and fighters — representatives of just about every category of martial artist you can imagine. Why do I bring this up? Because if I had to pick one of those people as the Most Dangerous Man in the World, it would be a guy who was featured on the cover of our July 2011 issue and inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 2011 as MMA Fighter of the Year. His name is Tim Kennedy. If you’re a follower of the UFC, you know Tim Kennedy’s name well. His professional record stands at 18-5 (according to Sherdog.com), which is impressive by anyone’s standards. If you’re not into MMA, you might remember him from his appearances in Black Belt and from the free guide that’s available on our website. Kennedy rose to his current status by building on the martial arts he learned as a child — jujitsu, boxing and wrestling — and augmenting that skill set with kickboxing and jiu-jitsu and then tempering it all in the MMA cage. But that’s hardly enough to make someone the Most Dangerous Man in the World, in my opinion. What sets Tim Kennedy apart from the rest of the pack is his military training. He started with Army Basic Training, then volunteered for Airborne School. Getting his jump wings wasn’t enough, however; he went on to spend nearly a year in the Special Forces Qualification Course. If you’re thinking “lots of theory but not so much practice,” know that Kennedy, 35, served in a counterterrorism unit in Iraq, where he no doubt polished his combat skills. When he was rotated stateside, he elected to undergo Ranger training and, he says, attend “a few different sniper schools.” OK, let’s review for a second: •    Skilled in MMA — check •    Airborne qualified — check •    Special Forces — check •    Ranger — check •    Sniper — check, check and probably check again

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BlackBeltMag.com is our main site, of course, but you can reach and interact with us -- and each other -- through this convenient guide to our multiple online outlets!

While BlackBeltMag.com is certainly the central hub of Black Belt magazine's online presence, don't forget that the world's leading martial arts magazine is plugged into the world's largest social media and video outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube! If you haven't found Black Belt magazine on these online communities yet, this easy guide is your chance to get connected!

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MMA fighter and Texas National Guard Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy explains how to use Army combatives' "close and destroy" moves against an opponent in this technique video shot exclusively for Black Belt magazine!

Are you looking for H2HC (hand-to-hand combat) training? Well, we've got the military martial arts expert you're looking for — and, to boot, he's also an MMA fighter! We're talking, of course, about UFC fighter Tim Kennedy. This mixed martial artist — who's competed in Strikeforce, the WEC, the IFC, ShoMMA, HDNet Fights, and represented the Chicago Red Bears in the IFL — is a staff sergeant in the Texas National Guard. Tim Kennedy is an H2HC expert and an expert in Army Rangers training, and he is trained in the self-defense moves of the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) and the Special Operations Combatives Program (SOCP).

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