WMAC Masters

On Friday, June 18th several cast members of the 90's hit show WMAC Masters reunited in a virtual call under the auspices of the Urban Action Showcase to speak about issues of social and cultural solidarity, and the martial arts' place in helping youth around the world. Former WMAC Masters cast members Hakim Alston, Christine Bannon-Rodrigues, Erik Betts, Willie Johnson, Herb Perez, and Jamie Webster spent the hour panel discussing their memories of the show, how the martial arts impacted their lives, and how they use what they learned to help the next generation of young people.


In the 1990's WMAC Masters attempted to instill the fundamental lessons of the martial arts- honor, humility, dedication- through a combination of action, drama, and vignettes that struck a chord with a generation of young people. Spawning VHS releases, Halloween costumes, and an action figure line from Bandai, the show was on the precipice of becoming a full-fledged phenomenon when it was shockingly canceled before its third season.

The show remained an influence, staying on in re-runs in various iterations over the years, exposing even more young minds to the joys and truths of the martial arts. With the original generation of viewers now old enough to be starting families of their own- many are more vocal than ever in calls for a return of the series. With a new, in-depth book on the series in the works, the time may never be better for the return of the Masters.

"What we did then, what we want to do now, is show the kids that real people can be superheroes," said Willie "The Bam" Johnson. "We're not characters, we're just real people sharing our stories. With everything going on in the world, the world needs that now just like it did then."

For more information on the Urban Action Showcase visit urbanactionshowcase.com.

Introducing Martial Arts School Listings on Black Belt Mag!
Sign Up Now To Be One Of The First School Listed In Our Database.
SUBSCRIBE TO BLACKBELT MAGAZINE TODAY!
Don't miss a single issue of the worlds largest magazine of martial arts.
Photo Courtesy: Dawson Holt via Instagram

The 2021 Diamond Nationals took place on October 8th and 9th, the first time the prestigious event has been hosted since 2019. World class competitors gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota to test their skills in forms, weapons, point sparring, and more.

In the early 2010's, Ken Warner (otherwise known as ZenInc on YouTube) always shared his "Top Five" on Facebook after major sport karate events. Reflecting on these posts has inspired me to write a top five article of my own for the Diamond Nationals, and I plan to continue writing these articles after each tournament I attend. Special thanks to Ken Warner for his contributions to documenting sport karate history. Without further ado, here is Jackson's Five for the Diamond Nationals.

Keep Reading Show less

UFC Fight Night results, highlights: Marvin Vettori survives wild brawl with Paulo Costa to take decision win

In a match-up of elite middleweights contested at light heavyweight, Marvin Vettori outfought Paulo Costa over five rounds to take a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 196 Saturday in Las Vegas. Originally scheduled for 186 pounds, Costa announced he weighed 211 on Wednesday and wouldn't even be trying to make 186 so the bout was reset for 195 pounds. But when Costa said that was still no good, the UFC and the Nevada Athletic Commission gave him his way as Vettori agreed to fight at 205.
Keep Reading Show less
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases of the airways of the lungs. In developed countries it affects 7- 10 % of population, and it has got an increasing tendency. In 2014, around 300 million people globally had asthma, mostly in North America and Europe and with lowest rate in Africa.
Keep Reading Show less