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.

Black Belt - - EVENT SPOTLIGHT -

• “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.”

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