From F the AArchives Vol. 17, No. 2, $1.50
The 182 182nd issue of Black Belt was dated February 1979. It was 76 pages long and featured taekwondo expert Jun Chong on the cover.
• “If a student fails to achieve power in his techniques, he cannot be considered advanced,” taekwondo instructor Jun Chong says in the cover story. “If this continues, I tell such students to go back and train with the lower belts. They hate this, so they train harder.” • Who remembers flipbooks? Before we had VHS, fans of films would buy, when available, books filled with photos from the movies, sequentially positioned to retell all or part of the story. You can get a two-volume set featuring Bruce Lee’s nunchaku scene and “eight consecutive kicks” scene for just $2.50. • Remy Presas predicts, “Modern arnis will become the martial art of the world.” • Stephen K. Hayes becomes the first American to receive the title shidoshi, or “teacher of warrior ways.” A resident of Japan, he trains under ninjutsu authority Masaaki Hatsumi. • Reading, Pennsylvania’s George Dillman is featured in a CBS documentary about self-defense for women. • In his analysis of the reasons people study the martial arts, Dr. Millard S. Seto opines, “Unconsciously or consciously, all individuals strive for security as a means of internal peace.” • Black Belt profiles Bow-Sim Mark, an immigrant from the People’s Republic of China who teaches tai chi to students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mark, of course, is the mother of movie star Donnie Yen. • A wooden dummy is advertised for $109.95. Never mind. It’s not a wooden dummy. It’s a “wing chun dummy” made from PVC plastic. Fortunately, the pipes are replaceable. • “Build yourself first, then help others,” Jigoro Kano is quoted as having said. “You have to think of yourself first in a positive sense of progress.” • A group of Catholic nuns in Michigan takes up karate. • The first United States Kendo Championships takes place at a Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. The team from Japan wins the lion’s share of the matches. • “When you practice tang soo do correctly in the classical, traditional sense, you will go through a mental and physical process to make you more alert,” says Robert E. Beaudoin, secretary of the Moo Duk Kwan Federation. “You can concentrate better so that when you pursue or participate in any kind of activity … you are going to be a better person for it.” • Black Belt gets up close and personal with bando, the traditional fighting art of Burma. The scoop comes from Maung Gyi, an expat instructor who set up shop in the United States in 1960. • A study finds that the average hand speed of a punching karateka is 33.2 feet per second, while a boxer’s equivalent stat is 40.7 feet per second. • A company starts selling “martial arts casuals,” dojo- inspired apparel that can be worn anywhere. • When American kung fu stylist Ralph Mitchell travels to Thailand to try his hand at muay Thai, his eyes are opened. “Their endurance was incredible,” he says. “As a warm-up, they’d take knees to the side that would floor most guys.”