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Traditional Martial Artists

In the changing landscape of martial arts, many civilians and practitioners are looking to the martial arts more for fitness, sports, combat training, self-defense training and physical discipline. However, many martial arts were initially based in traditional values of self-awareness, character development, and spiritual and philosophical cultivation. Traditional martial arts practitioners observe all of the above.

For the most part, traditional martial artists adhere to the original training methods, skill sets and techniques as outlined by the founders of their particular style of martial arts. They also try to live by a moral code of conduct, like that observed by their predecessors.

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  1. Haruo Matsuoka on Steven Seagal and Aikido’s History in America

    Haruo Matsuoka on Steven Seagal and Aikido’s History in America

    Black Belt contributing editor Dr. Mark Cheng explores the history of modern aikido relative to the martial paths of the respected Haruo Matsuoka and his former sensei, action star Steven Seagal.
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  2. “Judo” Gene LeBell vs. Boxer Milo Savage: America’s First MMA Fight

    “Judo” Gene LeBell vs. Boxer Milo Savage: America’s First MMA Fight

    Decades before the first UFC, “Judo” Gene LeBell used a mix of martial arts skills against boxer Milo Savage. In this exclusive interview from our archives, the legendary grappler reveals how skill variety can be the secret to success!
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  3. Graciela Casillas: Pioneer of Women’s Full-Contact Fighting

    Graciela Casillas: Pioneer of Women’s Full-Contact Fighting

    You’ll be surprised to learn why — and where — Graciela Casillas, legend of women’s boxing and full-contact fighting, started training in the martial arts!
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  4. New Jean Jacques Machado Grappling DVDs Coming Soon! Set Will Feature Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts Techniques!

    New Jean Jacques Machado Grappling DVDs Coming Soon! Set Will Feature Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts Techniques!

    Based on their acclaimed best-selling book of the same name, Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos’ highly anticipated three-DVD set, The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques, serves as a martial arts multimedia companion wherein the two Brazilian jiu-jitsu masters demonstrate takedowns, chokes, holds and submissions in living color and
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  5. The Man Behind Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Gilbert Johnson

    The Man Behind Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do: Gilbert Johnson

    On the eve of Tao of Jeet Kune Do’s release, public awareness will be awakened again to the legendary man who wrote this book: Bruce Lee.  As a child, I used to call him “Uncle Bruce.”  But there was another special human being who I regard just as warmly.  And when
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  6. Black Belt Goes to Disneyland!

    Black Belt Goes to Disneyland!

    Martial arts fans and practitioners are gathering to watch, learn and compete at the happiest place on Earth!

    On Saturday, August 27, Black Belt will be setting up a booth at the 2011 Origins International Martial Arts Festival at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. There will be tournaments, seminars and martial
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  7. George Kirby’s Top 10 Jujitsu Techniques: Outer Rear Sweeping Throw

    George Kirby’s Top 10 Jujitsu Techniques: Outer Rear Sweeping Throw

    Want a really simple jujitsu throw?  This is it.

    The outer rear sweeping throw is a simple, easy-to-execute jujitsu move that just about anyone can perform, which is why it’s one of George Kirby’s top 10 jujitsu techniques. Here’s what George Kirby, author of Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art,
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  8. George Kirby’s Top 10 Jujitsu Techniques: Sleeve Pivot Throw

    George Kirby’s Top 10 Jujitsu Techniques: Sleeve Pivot Throw

    With this sequence, jujitsu master, George Kirby demonstrates how to use your opponent’s strength to your advantage.

    Here is what George Kirby had to say about this sequence:
    “One thing Seki always taught us was never to fight our attacker, but to help him. This throw, which uses the same footwork as
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  9. George Kirby’s Top 10 Jujitsu Techniques: Elbow Lift

    George Kirby’s Top 10 Jujitsu Techniques: Elbow Lift

    To help you improve your grappling game, we asked George Kirby to share with us the top 10 jujitsu techniques from his book Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art Expanded Edition.

    Here’s what George Kirby had to say about the elbow lift:
    “This is one of those ‘dirt-simple’ ketsugo techniques I
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  10. George Kirby’s Top 10 Jujitsu Techniques: Basic Drop Throw

    George Kirby’s Top 10 Jujitsu Techniques: Basic Drop Throw

    Black Belt asked jujitsu master George Kirby to tell us about a few of his favorite techniques from his new book, Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art Expanded Edition.

    Long before Brazilian jiu-jitsu came to the United States, George Kirby wrote a book that would shape America’s understanding of
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