• On -une 16, 2017, former rcC champ and Black Belt Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was seriously injured in a truck-train accident in Illinois. At press time, he was reported in stable condition but still not awake after suffering head trauma. • Asian World of Martial Arts reported in its blog that a new Bruce iee biography will start production soon. To be titled Little Dragon, it involves phannon ieeI which will ensure adherence to the facts that pertain to her father’s life. • Alain Moussi once again will star as Kurt Sloane in the reboot of the -eanClaude Van 'amme classic Kickboxer. Titled hickboxer: oetaliationI the new film is supposed to be released in September. • oeboot pynopsis: After avenging his brother’s death, Sloane vowed never to return to Thailand. Yet he’s now in a Bangkok arena, fighting for the title of MMA world champion. And then he’s lured back into the underworld of noholds-barred death matches. • Black Belt Hall of Famer Dr. vangI Jwing-Ming posted that he may be unable to keep his vMAA oetreat Center in rural Northern California open as a live-in training facility. Sadly, it seems not so many 21st-century martial artists are interested in
multiyear commitments. • Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Morgan ppurlock (Super Size Me) and Academy Award–winner Ross Kauffman have made a documentary on MMA competition. Titled Tough duysI it premiered -une 15 at the AFI 'ocs Film Festival in Washington, '.C. • Black Belt contributing editor cloyd Burk has started a blog. His first two posts pertain to his early experiences writing for this magazine. Find them at tradamkarate.com. • maladin mress reported that its founder/publisher meder iund passed away on -une 3, 2017. The staff of Black Belt has plenty of fond memories of our decades-long business relationship with Mr. Lund. RIP, sir! • Retired Team maul Mitchell harate member Christine Bannon-oodrigues revealed that she’s finally started writing her biography. • Black Belt now has an fnstagram account. (Better late than never!) You can access it at @blackbeltmag. • Chuck NorrisI 77, was selected to appear is a series of advertisements for ciat motor vehicles. • A museum dedicated to shadow warriors and their art of ninjutsu has opened in -apan. It’s called the Ninja Museum of fgaryu. • Jackie Chan and pylvester ptallone announced that they will join forces for an upcoming action flick. Tentatively titled Ex-BaghdadI it’s slated for a 2019 release. • Black Belt Hall of Famer Wang BoI formerly a monk at phaolin Temple but now based in Southern California, landed a role — believe it or not, he’s doing martial arts — in a 6XPPeU ·V (Ye FRPPeUFLal • MMA star and %ODFN %HOW·V 2011 MMA Fighter of the Year Tim hennedy reportedly has re-enlisted in the ppecial corces. • Michelle veoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is scheduled to be part of the crew of the USS 'iscovery in the upcoming prequel series ptar Trek: Discovery. • Showing a short video clip, a local Ts station reported that an ape may have escaped from its presumed enclosure and taken up residence in a forested section of pouthern California. No word on whether the news spurred any martial artists to brush up on their monkey kung fu in case of an encounter.