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For two decades Bob Wall was a force on the tournament circuit placing 1st or 2nd in every major karate championship from 1965 to 1972. Mr. Wall was also a member of the legendary quintet of Chuck Norris, Mike Stone, Joe Lewis, and Skipper Mullins sweeping the world professional titles for 1970, 71, & 72.

Ferdinand Magellan The Battle Of Mactan and Filipino Martial Arts Submitted by: Jay de Leon (Photo: Ferdinand Magellan) This event is probably one of the most bruited and bandied historical topics in Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). It is the death of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan at the hands of Lapu-Lapu in the islands of Cebu, in the Philippines. To refresh your historical memory, Ferdinand Magellan was the Portuguese soldier of fortune and explorer who was able to wrangle five ships from King Charles of Spain in search of the fabled spices and new route to the New World. On Aug. 10, 1519, he set sail from Seville, Spain with a flotilla...
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Spiritual Depth Submitted by: Leo T. Fong July 20th was the 34th anniversary of the death of Martial Arts Icon and Legend Bruce Lee. For me it is important to remember Bruce Lee and his legacy as seeds to be planted and cultivated. He left much more than just a persona to be imitated, which scores of people are doing and calling what they are doing JKD, hoping to capitalize on the name and recognition to advance their own cause. Someone once said, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” This may be true to the person who is being imitated, but unjust...
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Hawaii Martial Arts Champion relocates to California for frequent Competition Submitted and Edited by Harrison Luke Watch the Interview (add video)CharlAnne Pohnel moved to California from Hawaii July 14, 2006 with her husband, in order to be able to compete in Martial Arts Championships on a regular basis. The expense of flying back and forth from Hawaii became very costly as well as being limited on how many events she could compete in. Since moving to California CharlAnne has racked up 3 Grand Championships, a 1st place and a 2nd place in the NBL Duel in the Desert. CharlAnne is an accomplished weapons experts specializing in the Bo staff, Nunchaku and...
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Skill and Character Submitted by: Leo T. Fong Watch the InterviewBoxing trainers have always had my respect and admiration. During my amateur boxing career in college, there were many great trainers; Jack Blackburn, Eddie Futch, Whitey Bimstein, Ray Arcel, Charlie Goldman, just to name a few, but my favorite was Cus D’ Amato, who turned Floyd Patterson, Jose Torres and of course Mike Tyson into champions. Cus D’ Amato was not only a boxing trainer; he was a self-style “Life Coach”. He had a lot of theories about success in and out of the ring. He believed that character and boxing skills were related....
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EMOTION & EXPRESSION Submitted by: Leo T. Fong Philosopher Aldous Huxley once said, “In all activities of life, the secret of efficiency lies in an ability to combine two seemingly incompatible states: a state of maximum activity and a state of maximum relaxation.” Whether it is in the training hall of a dojo or in the arena of life; a state of relaxation is essential. This is especially true both in martial arts and in life. It is so easy to lose one’s “head” in extreme anger or deep fear. Those who can remain cool and maintain grace under fire usually emerge winners. Huxley...
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World Black Belt UK Representative Submitted by: Charlie Poe We welcome Soke Gary Wasniewski (WBB Living Legend) as the new World Black Belt Director of the United Kingdom. He began training in the martial arts in 1970 and, since that time, has continued to train every day. Over the years Soke Gary has been featured on national television in the United States and Europe. He is known worldwide for his abilities and dedication to the martial arts, and has won numerous awards and special recognitions. Visit his website: www.ty-ga.co.uk   ...
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Since when is a Choke-out Entertainment at a Party? Submitted by: Harrison Luke See Video Clip - Click Here When Gene LeBell is invited…  Choke-Out01 The legendary “Judo” Gene LeBell (WBB Founding Member) was one of the select guests at Bob Wall’s birthday celebration. “Master” Gene LeBell was grappling decades before it gained popularity in the United States. The party’s guest list was a who’s who in the martial arts. As it has happened many times before it seems that there’s always one person in the group who challenges Gene LeBell’s reputation to easily put someone to “sleep”. This party was no exception. Choke-Out02 The “skeptic”, (who shall remain nameless)...
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Rising Star Elisa Au Submitted by: Charlie Poe Rising Star01 Usually when we talk about the young guns of karate we are talking about guys like Alexander Biamonti, or George Kotaka but there is a young lady and we do mean lady who is undoubtedly one of the young guns of the karate world. Her name is Elisa Au. Elisa in her mid 20’s is the most decorated world champion’s to come out of Hawaii. With not one or two but three gold medals in the World Karate Federations Championships Elisa is most certainly one of the most outstanding female martial artists USA has ever...
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Are You Betraying Your Style? By Sifu Glenn Hairston Glenn Hairston I’ve often noticed that many martial artists are reluctant to utilize techniques or methods which are not representative of their particular style or system. There seems to be some underlying concept that would suggest that by delivering a technique or strategizing, in a manner other than what was traditionally taught, is somehow a betrayal to their style of martial art. I have met individuals who feel that going outside of their formal system to put together even a winning series of tactics is to admit that their chosen martial style is somehow incomplete. It is...
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The Spirit of Competition Lives On Submitted by: Charlie Poe World Black Belt Team What drives a martial artist to continue to compete in sport karate sparring after thirty plus years? When is it time to hang up your gloves and walk away from the tournament scene? What can a fifty year old do out there in the national circuit. These questions were answered in a recent conversation I had with 5-time International Champion, Ron Pohnel. Ron began competing in the national circuit in the mid seventies and he continues to find success three decades later. He has considered “retirement” many times over the last 33 years...
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LA Based World Black Belt Team Continues To Rack Up Wins Leading the pack at the AMAPA All Stars Finals held in Anaheim California Saturday September 2nd was CharlAnne Pohnel winning the Woman’s Grand Championship. Ron Pohnel won first place in senior men’s but lost Grand to #1 ranked Sahnan Apple 7 to 5. The “Blue Ranger” Blake Foster places 1st in the super heavy weight division and our newest member Borin Khoun pulls out a 2nd place. The World Black Belt Team is also proud to announce that former Welter Weight World Champion/International Champion/NBL Champion Alvin Prouder has come on board as a competitor and a coach. Alvin has recently hosted...
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