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• Kenpo karate leader Frank Trejo SDVVHG DZD\ RQ $SULO 7KH VWDII RI Black Belt is pre­par­ing a trib­ute that will ap­pear in a fu­ture is­sue. • One Cham­pi­onship, a Sin­ga­pore-based MMA and kick­box­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, an­nounced that it will seek to ex­pand its op­er­a­tion into Ja­pan where, it says, the UFC has failed to make in­roads. • MMA ÀJKWHU Josh Bar­nett replied to a Face­book ques­tion we posed about the movies of Michael Jai White. See 3DJH IRU KLV FOHYHU FRPPHQW

• Black Belt formed a Face­book group de­voted to Ja­pa­nese swords­man­ship. BB Hall of Famer Dana Ab­bott LV VHUYLQJ DV WKH PRGHUDWRU 0RUH WKDQ 600 mar­tial artists have DOUHDG\ MRLQHG • 7KH ÀUVW WZR T-shirts in a new line of Black Belt gear and ap­parel have been re­leased. See them DW FHQWXU\PDUWLDODUWV FRP FROOHFWLRQV EODFN EHOW PDJD]LQH • A trailer for a movie called Up­grade KDV KLW <RX7XEH DQG PDUWLDO DUWLVWV DUH DOUHDG\ WDONLQJ about the XQFRQYHQWLRQDO ÀJKW VFHQHV • 7KH VWDII RI WKH PDJD]LQH ZDV VXUSULVHG ZKHQ GXULQJ D SKRWR VKRRW IRU :LOOLH -RKQVRQ Michel Qissi — the man who por­trayed Tong Po in the orig­i­nal Kick­boxer movie — GURSSHG E\ 7KH PHHWLQJ ZDV DUUDQJHG E\ -DPHV %HQQHWW ZKR DOVR VWDUUHG LQ D SKRWR VKRRW that day. • 70= UHSRUWHG WKDW ER[HU Floyd May­weather has ap­plied for a li­cense to com­pete in MMA. • 6HDVRQ RI Into the Bad­lands has been re­leased on 1HWÁL[ ,WV VWDU Daniel Wu ap­peared on the cover of the Fe­bru­ary/March 2016 is­sue of Black Belt. • Steven Sea­gal was spot­ted in a ho­tel in Thai­land in an episode of a travel doc­u­men­tary called Jack White­hall: Trav­els With My Fa­ther, DOVR RQ 1HWÁL[ 7KH aikido DXWKRULW\·V scene was amus­ing. • The Trail Run­ner Na­tion pod­cast re­leased an episode in which the hosts and their guest dis­cussed ways to mod­ify your run­ning style with tai chi WR JHW « &KL 5XQQLQJ

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