• Vanity Fair reported that some of the actors from the 1984 hit The Karate Kid — including Ralph Macchio (Daniel- san) and William Zabka (Johnny) — will assemble to make 10 episodes of a new series that will follow the film’s storyline. No word on whether Martin Kove, who portrayed Cobra Kai instructor John Kreese, will take part in the YouTube Red series, which will be called Cobra Kai. Kove recently had a small part in an episode of the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs, in which he played “Master John.”
• A recent episode of the Jocko Podcast, hosted by former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink, offered an interesting examination of master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Willink analyzed the samurai’s life from his perspective as a military man and a martial artist — in his case, Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It’s available for free on iTunes. • Keanu Reeves, that actor who won over tens of thousands of people in the martial arts community because of the fight skills, particularly on the ground, that he demonstrated in the John Wick flicks, is also an accomplished shooter. Watch him in action at wearethemighty.com. • Self-defense authority Bradley Steiner, whose writings have been featured in Black Belt numerous times, was interviewed on a nationally syndicated radio show called Coast to Coast AM. • The Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart movie Get Hard, recently shown on television, included a fun martial arts sequence accompanied by the soon-to-be-immortal whispered words, “Your capoeira is strong.” • Black Belt attended Dragonfest 2017, the martial arts convention organized by monkey kung fu authority Michael Matsuda, head of the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank, California. Watch for photos and a write-up in the next issue. • The UFC announced that it will hold its first event in China on November 25, 2017. The venue will be in Shanghai. • An obvious martial arts connection was evident in a recent episode of the rebooted TV series Battle of the Network Stars. Specifically, Ronda Rousey (judo and MMA star) served as a team coach, while Lorenzo Lamas (actor, karate practitioner and iaido practitioner), Erik Estrada (co-star or CHiPs and a kenpo student) and Kelly Hu (co-star of Sammo Hung’s Martial Law) were among the celebrity athletes.