NEWS BITES

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• 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.

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