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Thomas LaPuppet: Remembering a Pioneer of American Karate and Fighter From the Legendary Tong Dojo

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Thomas LaPuppet had a long and impressive resume: U.S. Marine, New York firefighter, actor, bodyguard for Donald Trump, not to mention shotokan standout, international karate referee, Black Belt Hall of Famer and mentor to thousands of young martial artists.
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Posted in Martial Arts History.

Aaron Banks: Milestones in the Storied Career of a Martial Arts Promoter (Part 2)

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Five more of the most important events in the life of East Coast karateka/tournament promoter Aaron Banks (1928-2013) are detailed in this story. Learn how one man’s determination changed the martial arts in America and around the world.
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Posted in Western Martial Arts History.

Aaron Banks: Milestones in the Storied Career of a Martial Arts Promoter (Part 1)

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Tournament promoter extraordinaire Aaron Banks passed away in May 2013. In an effort to pay tribute to his lifelong devotion to the arts, Black Belt is posting this article, which originally appeared in our March 2002 issue.
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Posted in Western Martial Arts History.